CONSISTENTLY CURIOUS (2022-2025) 

Morag Myerscough

Morag Myerscough

These People Are Our Kinship pavilion

Discussions of community and kinship were on the lips of Blackpool residents during the summer of 2023, as a jubilant, 4.5 metre tall artwork popped up in unlikely places across the town.

International artist Morag Myerscough brought her bold and colourful artistic approach into community settings, with a touring pavilion, which she created with over 100 residents.

The exuberant installation, titled These People Are Our Kinship (a direct quote from a Blackpool resident), radiated euphoria with its florescent lettering and striking design, as it appeared next to The Hub at South Shore, Claremont Park Community Centre, and Revolution Community Hub – all of which stood as proud backdrops to the work.

So much went into the production of the artwork, from 29 different coloured paints, to 1.2miles of frog tape, and an incredible 332 hours from LeftCoast volunteers.

Throughout the tour, over 1,800 people came to see the pavilion, with over 29,700 people engaging with the project online. It has been a brilliant commission and collaboration with the people of Blackpool, artist Morag Myerscough, associate artist Sarah Harris, and local poet Nathan Parker.

Morag Myerscough who has a blonde bob and black rimmed glasses, stood in front of her brightly designed pavilion titled These People Are Our Kinship

Morag Myerscough

Gifting back

As part of the commission, LeftCoast will divide the pavilion into 100 squares, which will be gifted back to those who helped create the artwork. 

From painting, to designing, and stewarding the spectacle, everyone who volunteered their time will be able to go home with a piece of These People Are Our Kinship. 

LeftCoast will also gift back parts of the pavilion to the community groups who housed the artwork over its tour. A date will be arranged in December for people to come and collect their piece of the installation from Blackpool School of Arts.

It will be an evening to celebrate These People Are Our Kinship, all of the hard work that went into the artwork, and a way for LeftCoast to thank their volunteers.

Soon, Morag’s work will take over the town, injecting colour and comment into different community settings.

Find out more about the project and the people involved.

Nathan Parker - white man with short brown hair talks to elderly woman in a pink cardigan

MORAG MYERSCOUGH

Hawes Side Poem

My lifeline; my support.
A warm hug, for my anxious thoughts.
When we lose family we discover friends.
Here there is a love, a love that never ends.
I feel independent; I have fun.
Its kept me young, the socialising is never done.
I feel lighter, from life’s worry.
A word of advice or a hilarious story.
Everybody has time for me;
Never in too much of a hurry.
I am empowered; I’ve bounced back.
The Hub showed me my strengths,
As well as friendship – which I no longer lack.
I have purpose, no longer isolated,
Age, gender and ability no matter,
This community is integrated.
The smell of roses; the sound of laughter,
The feeling of connection; of something after.
It helps my mental health; I feel more like myself,
Pursuing my interests and keeping in touch.
It’s the family I never knew I needed,
I’m grateful to them so much.
My life saver; my support,
The creator of positive thoughts.

MORAG MYERSCOUGH

Revoe Poem

A closeness exists, metaphorically and physically. 
It’s the people who make this place – unequivocally. 
Don’t believe the hype, if you live here, you’ll know, 
That Revoe is bubbling with life, where different cultures grow. 
The sound of seagulls and children playing, 
The spray of salt from the sea; horses and donkeys relaying. 
It’s historic; there is legacy, whilst people come and go, 
New lives are built here, creating an ever-changing flow. 
We’ll sit in the street, chatting and laughing, 
And look after others when we can. 
We’re resilient and resourceful, 
For when life doesn’t always go to plan. 
Central Drive is an institution, 
It runs right through Revoelution, 
Everyone is welcome, no intrusion, 
We learn from each other – that’s inclusion. 
It’s vibrant and colourful, not just with sirens of blue. 
There’s challenges here for me, as I’m sure there are for you. 
Don’t get it backwards though, I feel safe here, except for the odd blip.
But these streets are my home, these people are my kinship.
The heart of Blackpool beats with compassion, its clear. 
Revoe 4eva is the saying; 
Wherever you might go, you’ll always belong here.

Garry Cook Claremont Morag Myerscough

Photos taken by: Claire Griffiths, LeftCoast, Garry Cook

Poems written by: Nathan Parker and community groups in South Shore, Claremont, and Revoe

MORAG MYERSCOUGH

Claremont Poem

It might not be how it was,
Doesn’t mean it has to stay the same.
We were a thriving community once,
And I reckon we can be again.
But we’ve got to make this happen,
Positive changes start with us.
We can reconnect and rebuild,
Rediscover that local buzz.
Some of us have been here for life,
Others, our journey is just beginning.
Across the area there are golden speckles,
The potential is absolutely brimming.
The Magic Club is our safe place,
Where there’s always a bright, friendly face,
Where we feel calm and relaxed in our space,
‘Cause our strength is in unity,
So let’s cut to the chase…
People used to come here for a reason,
So lets give them a reason to stay.
Life is about love, fed with compassion,
With a sprinkle of friendship, belonging and play.
With this recipe, roots will grow,
There will be dips and challenges along the way.
But, we’re stronger together, surely?
So, lets get to know each other instead.
We need to feel safe, secure and connected,
Light up our neighbourhood with a smile,
It’s our time to stand up and be counted,
After being overlooked for a while.
We should have one common focus,
To improve the area that we all live.
But doing so, we’ll improve ourselves,
We’ve so much positivity to give.