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Blackburn is Open champions local creatives

Blackburn is Open has launched a quarterly zine to champion the creative talents of people who live, work or play in Blackburn.

Blackburn is Open champions local creatives Blackburn is Open has launched a quarterly zine to champion the creative talents of people who live, work or play in Blackburn.

The first edition includes interviews with local sculptor Halima Cassell, whose geometric sculptures have seen her gain increasing international recognition; artist Alexandra Gallagher whose digital art brings a new dimension to the world of the internet and street-wear designer Sam Houghton who opened his own shop thanks to Blackburn is Open. It also features the poetry of local lass Melissa Lee-Houghton, delves into the history of taxidermy and the ‘new wave’ of the craft and follows Blackburn Museum and Art Gallery curator Vinai Solanki on a day out in Blackburn, 1885 style.

Blackburn is Open is a creative regeneration scheme funded by Arts Council England and backed by Blackburn with Darwen Council. It aims to support the creative industries in the town and also offer empty spaces and shops to artists and entrepreneurs to start businesses or to hold cultural events. Its motto, Arte Et Labore, which is also that of the town, translates as ‘by art and by labour’ or ‘by skill and hard work’ and as a result was chosen as the title of the new publication.

The publication has been designed by Blackburn based agency Source Creative who also sponsored it and created a font especially for the zine. Source Creative are also responsible for the distinctive look of the Blackburn is Open brand including the distinctive look of the scheme’s HQ in Blackburn Town Centre.

Entitled the ‘Influence issue’, the first issue of By Skill and Hard Work explores what inspires and motivates those featured including creative director of Blackburn is Open, Wayne Hemingway MBE. Entrepreneur and designer Wayne Hemingway said:

“It is heartening indeed to see creativity being celebrated in the town that I was born in. “Blackburn certainly has a bright future if it can continue to grow its manufacturing sector and build its creative sector at the same time. Both can feed off and support each other and help to make the town prosperous and a happy creative place to live and work.“

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