Lytham St Annes Art Collection was started in 1925 by John Booth, of Booths supermarkets fame.
He presented one of his paintings, The Herd Lassie by Richard Ansdell to the St Snnes Town Corporation, while apologising that he wasn’t able to provide the town with an art gallery.
In 2008 John Booths descendants finally carried out his wishes and provided the area with the beautifully designed gallery above their foodstore at Booths in Lytham.
There are well over 200 works of art in the Lytham St Annes Art Collection, which is kept at St Annes Town Hall.
John Booths first donation was the start of many bequests, and the collection was greatly expanded by Alderman James Dawson in the 1930’s who gave over 50 paintings and sculptures to the Borough for the benefit of local people.
Fylde Decorative and Fine Arts Society were successful in a £24,000 bid from the heritage Lottery Fund which funded a two year project to raise awareness about the Art Collection, and create an online and printed catalogue about the collection through their ‘Tagging the Treasures’ project.
The Fylde Gallery is available for the exhibition of works from other local, non-commercial art groups. You can find out how to exhibit from the Friends of the Lytham St Annes Art Collection website.
The Friends of the Lytham St Annes Art Collection aim to raise awareness of the collection and raise funds for its conservation.
Why don’t you join and get involved?
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Fylde Decorative and Fine Arts Society
Friends of Lytham St Annes Art Collection
St Annes Town Hall
Booths at Lytham, home of the Fylde Gallery