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Monday, October 18, 2021

Born in Liverpool, Robert Blackburn completed his studies at the Liverpool College of Art.

He then worked in commercial art in the North West. During a period of change, he lived and worked in North Wales before entering the teaching profession and becoming head of the art department in a large comprehensive school. During his career, he worked on stage design, store and exhibition displays and graphics.

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Oke was born in Lagos Nigeria but moved to Merseyside as a result of changed family situation. He attended St Anselm's College in Birkenhead from !991 to1996. He completed his foundation course in Art and Design at Wirral Metropolitan college at Withens lane.

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Caroline England is a singer-songwriter who lives in Hoylake and brings a remarkable vocal range and length of breath to her singing of urban folk. She describes herself as a 'flame-haired Medusa bursting out of the musical haven that is Hoylake armed with her acoustic guitar'.  She has been named as 'The One to Watch' by the BBC.  Her debut album is out now.



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Carol Tipping - aka Carol Ballard/ Carolyn Taylor is a photoartist who lives in Hoylake.

Combining photography with painting has been what I was always looking for. I like the fact that I can create anything that I want and still look for innovative ways to work with this medium.

I am a member of Hoylake Photographic Society



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Barbara Meynell creates vibrant, intricate pictures using the technique of batik. Each piece of work is totally individual due to the unique and unpredictable outcomes of using hot wax and dyes on paper and silk. She mostly draws inspiration from coastal and mountain landscapes, exploring the essence of a place and aiming to capture space and light in her work.

Barbara produces a range of individually hand-painted silk scarves that are stocked by Seagrass Studios in Hoylake. She takes part in the Wirral Open Studios, displaying her batik pictures and scarves.

She has taught silk painting and batik to adults in further education, run projects with children in schools in Liverpool and worked with adults with mental health needs in Manchester. She runs occasional workshops in batik at her studio in Meols.

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Wirral-born artist Jo Smith opened Seagrass Studio Gallery in April 2009, where she creates her own range of unique jewellery and artwork.

Her eclectic painting style includes flamboyant and colourful flowers, forests and richly textural local scenes, which are showcased alongside other local artists' crafts, arts and gifts.

Commissions welcomed from all artists.

Bespoke jewellery and personalised wedding and anniversary gifts.

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 Terry Duffy is an internationally established artist and works between London and Hoylake. He studied at Liverpool College of Art in the 1970's. He has exhibited in New York, Berlin, Venice, Paris, London and many other locations.

More recently he had a show in Liverpool at the Walker Art Gallery and other important locations in 2008 during the European Capital of Culture year. In 2009 he exhibited in the prestigious Venice Biennale at the Palazzo Contarini.

His work has always been received with enthusiasm and support by the press and media, e.g. Studio International, Time Out, The Guardian, The Independent, Art Review, Channel 4 and BBC World News. His painting now form part of many collections in this country and abroad. E.g. Sainsbury's, Granada, Bosch, Penguin Books, Panasonic and other collections in the USA, Switzerland, France and Germany.

His website is:


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Barbara completed her BA Honours degree in Fine Art at the University of Chester in 2008.

She paints in acrylics, watercolours and silk. She is also a photographer.




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