‘Looking Back | Moving Forward’ by Jenny Steele

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As part of the Testing Ground project, artist Jenny Steele created a site-specific installation in our former research base in a Victorian terraced house, as part of her self-initiated project ‘Looking Back | Moving Forward‘.

The installation drew on her research into Seaside Moderne architecture across the North West of England and Scotland. Seaside Moderne was a style of modernist architecture built in the 1930s between World War I and World War II, during the mid-war leisure boom. During the 1930s, everyday workers were newly allocated annual holidays in the United Kingdom, and used these to travel to the seaside to enjoy themselves away from everyday work toils. Palaces of fun, such as the Blackpool Casino and The Midland Hotel were built to house swathes of people, offering a glamorous place to relax within uplifting and optimistic design. Steele’s installation reflected on the design of the The Midland Hotel, Morecambe, The Blackpool Opera House, The Carron Restaurant and Outdoor Swimming Pool, Stonehaven.

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