The Lancashire seaside town of Morecambe will forever be a place of nostalgia for me – and for many of my fellow Lancastrians.
Steeped in design heritage as the home of Art Deco masterpiece, The Midland Hotel, and boasting miles of coastal promenade, it's a classic example of a once cherished British holiday resort.
However, in recent years the town has once again become a destination in its own right, with visitors now treated to a myriad of colourful artworks by the likes of Manchester-based mosaic artist, Mark Kennedy.
As part of the Fantastic Morecambe initiative, and launched with a Street pARTy festival on 30 July 2016 – organised and funded by Deco Publique, Portas Pilot Project and the Arts Council England, a new era for the town centre has been marked with a giant, artistic display on Victoria Street.
Kennedy has created a series of large-scale mosaic portraits, which use colourful tiles supplied by Johnson Tiles, to celebrate three celebrities associated with the town – Eric Morecambe, Laurence Olivier and Thora Hird.
This latest campaign follows the hugely successful Vintage By The Sea event, organised by Hemingway Design (the next event takes place from 3 - 4 September 2016), and has succeeded in putting Morecambe firmly back on the creative map.