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Lightpool Festival
Grundy Art Gallery, Blackpool
20 October - 16 December 2023

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Island Pattern, 2017. Neon, 129.5 x 200 cm, Ed. 2 of 2. Courtesy of Hybrid Futures and Shezad Dawood Studio.

Shezad Dawood‘s neon work, Island Pattern, 2017, has been co-acquired as part of Hybrid Futures. It is informed by studies of the wave patterns in the Venice Lagoon and tells the story of a city at increasing risk from climate change and rising seas levels. The ideas for Island Pattern evolved out of conversations with marine engineer Angela Pomero and the chief designer at Venice’s Fortuny textile factory, Pietro Lunetta who had created a textile print using the same wave pattern data.

Hybrid Futures is a multi-part collaboration focusing on climate, sustainability, collaborative learning and co-production between Castlefield Gallery, Manchester; Grundy Art Gallery, Blackpool; Touchstones Rochdale; University of Salford Art Collection and Shezad Dawood Studio, and generously supported by Arts Council England and Art Fund.

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