Blackpool Carers Art Exhibition hosted by The Arts Society Fylde
One of the aims of our society is to ensure that we are part of the fabric of the Fylde Coast community and a positive force for the wider benefit of arts at local level. We do this by networking, supporting the local voluntary and community sector, and involving ourselves in worthwhile community actiivities related to our aims and ethos.
During the first lock-down, one of our members, Tony Tackett, liaised with the Blackpool Carers Centre in organising an exhibition of artworks by unpaid carers.
The Blackpool Carers Centre provides specialist support, respite and outings for unpaid carers from the age of five years and their families. Such carers provide care by looking after an ill, older or disabled family member, friend or partner, as well as loved ones experiencing mental ill health or substance misuse issues. This could amount to few hours a week or round the clock care.
Amongst its many support services, Blackpool Carers promotes an interest in arts and crafts pursuits. Most recently, carers were invited to submit a small artwork, of any description, defining the emotions and feelings of “being a carer”. These works were to have been displayed in an open exhibition but due to COVID-19 restrictions this hasn’t been possible. Instead, the exhibition has been made publicly available on our website.
Many unpaid carers feel they are invisible and The Arts Society Fylde is honoured to be able to make this exhibition available to the public and improve carer visibility. Please do take a look at this ‘art from the heart’. You can link to the exhibition here.
Please also tell your friends and family about it so the exhibition can get the attention it deserves. A more memorable and friendlier web address to pass on is bit.ly/blackpoolcarers.