Sand, Sea & Spray is a unique urban arts festival that brings UK and International street artists to Blackpool to paint live in various locations around Blackpool and the Fylde Coast, regenerating derelict and rundown parts of the town.
It began in 2011 and was founded by Robin Ross, a local artist and well-known former Radio DJ who runs ‘The Old Rock Factory’ - a 3 story artistic hub on Deansgate that houses resident artists, screen printing workshops & studios, local arts charities, & a photography studio, and is home of ICAN the Independent Creative Artist Network for the Fylde coast.
Over the past 5 years of the Sand Sea & Spray festival, it has hosted over 80 of the best street artists in the world and Blackpool has been transformed into an ‘open-air gallery’ of high quality art. If you look around the streets of central Blackpool you are sure to see one of over 100 amazing pieces of artwork on what used to be derelict dreary walls.
These pieces of art are by some of the biggest and most renowned names in the world, attracting over 50,000 visitors, photographers, and journalists per year who come especially to see the art in situ and attend the summer festival.
During the festival itself, you will see walls being transformed by these amazingly talented artists with crowds of delighted onlookers.
“ I think all this art around the town is wonderful and I look forward to seeing new pieces every year”
Mary -Local Resident
“ Wow, just look at the piece on the back of our pub, it’s unbelievable and people haven’t stopped talking about it. We now have our own landmark!”
Joe -Manager The Townsman Pub-Topping Street
'Final Fleet' by Nomad Clan on the Townsman Pub
“Blackpool is a definite location on the world map of street art and should be proud of having
such a stunning array of works.”
David Hirst, SS&S Co-ordinator 2016