Young Seasiders' exhibition is virtually here!

Published on 04/03/2021 by DTHACK

Explore Blackpool’s Young Seasiders Arts and Crafts Exhibition - celebrating 75 years in 2021.

Young Seasiders showcases art by schoolchildren across the borough. A highlight of the town’s cultural scene, Young Seasiders is once again being hosted by Blackpool School of Arts.

But this year, and to showcase work safely, it’s online.

Visitors are in for a real treat - because they’ll experience the exhibition in virtual reality, bringing the art and the digital space to life.

"You’ll explore the artwork just as you would Google Street View,” said curator Aaron Tonks, creator of the 3D gallery.

"By appearing online, students’ work will reach a much bigger audience,” said Aaron. “We’re really excited to be showing the world the fantastic creativity and talent of young artists living on the Fylde coast.”

Aaron is a specialist practitioner at Blackpool School of Arts, part of Blackpool and The Fylde College.

He first developed the virtual reality space to celebrate the work of last year’s graduates.

"We’ve been researching and developing virtual reality (VR) art galleries for years,” said Aaron.

"The graduate exhibition attracted more than 3,000 visitors in its opening week. That showed to us a deep desire for alternative forms of entertainment during lockdown.”