My work takes me to all sorts of interesting venues and spaces and today was no exception. I was invited to do a pop-up workshop in the Mount Pavilion in Fleetwood near Blackpool, as part of a programme of pop-up holiday events programmed byLeftcoast.
I was really lucky as, despite the cool winter temperatures, the skies were blue and the sun was shining - perfect for a train and coastal tram ride to Fleetwood - a town right at the end of a stretch of coastline above Blackpool. Built in the 1800s on an extensive network of rabbit warrens (apparently!), The Mount Pavilion is perfectly positioned as a vantage point for views along the North West coastline which stretch as far as the Lake District and the Isle of Man on a good day. Perched on the hill like a glorious bandstand, the Pavilion houses a memorial clock which is supposed to chime every quarter of an hour, although I didn't hear it as I was pretty busy the whole time I was there! The Pavilion is currently being restored to its former glory and acts as a perfect base for cultural, community events.
I was greeted by two groups of workshop participants keen to get started with experimental paper pop-ups. The session Pop-Up Paper Play introduced ways to fold and cut paper to make pop-up dioramas and scenes, something I have been developing and working with myself recently. The 3D creations seemed really fitting for a pop-up programme in this unique venue.
It was a refreshing change to work at the seaside and meet members of the community of Fleetwood. The Pavilion was a perfect base overlooking the seafront and landscaped play areas and I'm sure there are lots of interesting activities programmed in what proved to be a quirky and curious space to get creative in.
You can also see some photos of Mount Pavilion scenes past here.