Two artists – One Eclectic Exhibition
Paintings, ceramic sculpture and prints
In 2016, Jayne Langhorne met painter and sculptor Corrine Streetly. Through their mutual interests they developed a creative and interactive friendship, committing to the idea of a year of making ceramics, concluding with an exhibition of their work.
Artist Corrine Streetly takes eclectic to another level, with subject matter being The Suffragette Movement, Pigeon Fancying (a little about the history at bottom of blog) and the local girls school Queen Mary’s School (now AKS)
Corrine’s Lytham Plate was one of the quirky pieces and has been bought by one lucky local.
Jayne Langhorne is a Northwest based artist, Jayne spent a short time working in the ceramics industry before establishing herself as a community based artist and creating and exhibiting her own ceramics. Jayne has created a working pottery for a local charity. Her new pieces have local connections either in decoration or in form, featuring ceramic seats and large coil built dishes developed from her sketches of Lytham.
This is the Venus Collection; a range of hand coiled sculptures and bowls, inspired by shell forms and decorated with satin oxide glazes
All I can say is pop in to see it, all exhibitions at the Heritage Centre are free, but donations are very gratefully received to keep this tremendous facility thriving! On until 8th April (Closed on Mondays except Bank Holidays)
Potted History of Pigeon Fancying
Every January for the past 47 years, The BRPA pigeon fanciers convention comes to Blackpool, and the Winter Gardens complex and the town centre is filled with pigeon fanciers coming together from all over the world.
It is a fascinating pursuit and during the war for instance racing pigeons were actually given medals for bravery
Pigeon racing is based on the birds acute homing instinct. Each Friday evening, thousands of birds are taken by lorry to distant parts of the country and released to find their way home where they typically reach speeds of 45 miles to 60 mph. The bird with the fastest overall speed is declared the winner.
Lots of people like them. Britain’s 42,000 pigeon enthusiasts include the Queen, it is one of her favourite hobbies, and her Sandringham estate in Norfolk has 170 birds. But the sport of pigeon racing could be extinct within a decade thanks to Britain’s booming Hawk population. The Royal pigeon racing Association has issued a warning after reports that tens of thousands of its members birds were being eaten each year, mainly by Peregrine Falcons, who are deliberately nesting on pigeon racing routes, encouraged by nesting boxes placed on church towers. The RSPCA estimate that half the racing pigeons are being lost each year.