About Prom Art
Prom Art is a unique Art and Craft Fair. It offers up to 80 stalls of work created by the exhibitors themselves, and welcomes artists and designer makers at all levels of experience. It is possible to find fresh work by up-and-coming arts graduates, remarkable items produced by local hobby crafters, and original art and craft by professional creatives. Regular items for sale include Fine Art, Prints, Photography, Sketches, Cards, Pottery, Upcycled and Recycled Jewellery, Turned and Green Woodwork, Fused Glass, Silversmithing, Millinery, Ceramics, Knitwear and Textiles.
Each Prom Art event is welcoming, friendly and quirky with the atmosphere of a European street market. Buskers play and perform for passers-by; exhibitors demonstrate their work; there are benches to take the weight off your legs; a café for those all important refreshments; a stunning herbaceous border; a vintage lido building exhibiting Grange old and new; and fascinating views across salt marsh and Morecambe Bay.
Visiting Prom Art is free, and a very worthwhile few hours of enjoyment for people of all ages who are interested in art and craft in lovely locations.
Prom Art 2017 – A Community Interest Company
To ensure the sustainability of Prom Art with the fantastic support from its members, Prom Art became a Community Interest Company commonly known as a CIC.
It was realised that for Prom Art events to be around for years to come that the event management should be outsourced. Tenders where presented by several companies and won by Groupe Geraud who have great experience in managing Markets and events across Europe.
Eric Morrell is the Director of the newly formed Prom Art CIC, Sam Spodofora, Rose Ivison and Harry Hughes are members of the Oversight Committee. Robert Leach the original founder of Prom Art, is appointed as a Lifetime Member, without Robert’s endless work Prom Art would not exist today.
History of Prom Art 2005 to 2017
Prom Art was initiated in 2005 by a small and enthusiastic collective of local artists who spotted the potential of Grange over Sands Promenade as an ideal venue for an outdoor exhibition space. Since those promising beginnings, Prom Art has swiftly grown to become a large, monthly Art and Crafts Fair (April to September) attracting up to 80 exhibitors and around 2000 visitors per day.
The idea was immediately endorsed by Grange Town Council, who saw its potential as an opportunity for artists and craftspeople to promote and sell their work, and also its development as a tourist attraction in this Edwardian seaside town. Artist and Councillor Robert Leach initiated Grange Festival of the Arts and became its first Chair. Under Robert’s determined enthusiasm the Prom Art project expanded year on year to become what it is today – the largest, regular, open air Art and Crafts Fair in the Northwest. He retired from the role in September 2013, handing the responsibility over to a new committee.
The ‘new’ committee worked tirelessly over 2013 / 14 to maintain the original legacy, and also to ensure that Prom Art continues to develop in ways that benefit its exhibitors and the town of Grange. An essential part of this is making sure that our event is stimulating and safe and appeals to a wide range of people.