The Hidden Gallery in the heart of Blackpool. 6 September 2019 by Visit Blackpool Last Saturday saw the opening of Blackpool’s newest exhibition space. Straight from two months on show in Chelsea, the Royal Photographic Society’s exhibition ‘Representation on the line: (Un)framing Our Identities’ was opened by Tracey Marshall, Director of Liverpool’s Open Eye Gallery and Dr Del Barrett, Vice president of the RPS, and was attended by over 400 people. This huge exhibition features over 1000 images and showcases the work of 80 international female photographers exploring themes of identity. Beautiful portraits hang alongside abstracts, collages and conceptual art providing a visual feast. From miniature books to huge colour prints, and work from countries including the UK, USA, Thailand, Rwanda, Egypt, Italy – there is something for everyone. This new arts space is provided by HIVE, an award winning artisan coffee shop and bakehouse on Church Street in the heart of Blackpool. Start your visit with refreshments in the coffee shop, where a wide range of coffee, teas and wines compliment the delicious home made cakes, sandwiches and pastries served each day. The exhibition is displayed over 3 floors - from ‘The Invisible Mother Project’ in the coffee shop on the ground floor, continuing on the stairs, to the main exhibition area on the first and second floors. The bare brick urban grunge and genuine retro wallpaper of the previously disused upper floors gives a unique and eclectic environment for the diverse range of work on show. This event is collaboration between the Royal Photographic Society, HIVE and Arrested ReDevelpment, and is open Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday, 10am – 4pm until 6th October and is FREE! (Other times and group talks are available by appointment).