From Wigan Casino to the Hacienda, the old Wembley towers to Preston Bus Station, these superb pieces of artwork encapsulate iconic and some lost locations around Britain.
Sometimes art stops you, makes you think, stirs emotions, memories or ideas. That’s what art is for moving us, reminding us we are humans who can feel, think and create. Art is about being truly human. These works of art produced by Dorothy a Manchester based art studio, really stopped me in my tracks, really made me feel human, alive and inspired. The Wigan Casino piece especially opened up a flood of memories of a long gone youth.
The series of prints called Lost Destinations feature lost, forgotten and iconic locations around Britain. With a style evocative of Art Deco advertising artwork, these images are superbly illustrated and tastefully worked, making stunning and striking pieces fit for any wall.
Lost Destinations stirs the soul
The Wigan Casino artwork evokes warm memories of my youth. Although I never went to the Casino my youth in the ’80’s and 90’s was closely linked with this iconic beating heart of the Northern Soul scene.
I was lucky enough to be once part of a group of 4 young upstarts who managed to host the first Northern Soul All Nighter in Wigan since the Casino closed. With a line up of all the legendary old DJ’s from Wigan Casino and a dance floor packed with 500 hundred people, the dance floor bounced all night. That night was magical, it was as if the memories of the once world famous club were transposed from them to me, embedding the music deeper in my soul.
To have lived so close to Wigan Casino and almost touched the spirit of the legend over many years is a memory I’ll never forget. If that’s what I felt feeling only the spirit of the place, what must it have felt like to really be there in it’s hey day.
Not just Northern Soul
Of course Wigan Casino is also know to many of the older generation in Wigan as the Empress Ballroom. The Empress Ballroom, Wigan played host to legends such as the Rolling Stones, Little Richard, Tom Jones, David Bowie, Shirley Bassey and Dusty Springfield to name but a few. Built in 1916 The Empress Ballroom was the venue for many dances and for some many a happy hour playing snooker and billiards (yes it had a Snooker Hall too).
Of course became globally known as Wigan Casino, from 1973 – 1981 it was the Heart of Soul. That globally renowned Wigan venue was loved so much it even beat New York’s Studio 54 to be named Best Disco in the World by Billboard Magazine in 1978.
The Wigan Casino artwork by Dorothy provides a tantalising view of the club which simply makes you wonder more “what was it like to be there at an all nighter?” This is a truly stunning and ‘fresh’ piece of art.
Even more music memories
The Lost Destinations series of artworks includes other famous music venues from around the country including:
- The Hacienda, Manchester – for many the hot house for the rave and acid house scene. Not forgetting a venue that helped Madonna at the start of her career.
- London Astoria – a go to destination for many legendary artists including Nirvana, Radiohead, The Manic Street Preachers to name but a few.
- Eel Pie Island Hotel – a legendary rhythm and blues venue. Artists such as The Rolling Stones, Long John Baldry’s Hoochie Coochie Men (including Rod Stewart), John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers (featuring Eric Clapton), Pink Floyd, David Bowie, The Tridents (featuring Jeff Beck), The Who and The Yardbirds played here.
If music isn’t your thing, The Lost Destinations series of prints currently has over 20 other places including the old Wembley, Maine Road, Forton Servies and of course Preston Bus Station to name but a few.
More than Lost Destinations
The group of artists called Dorothy from Manchester don’t just have The Lost Destinations works for sale they have a series of other equally stunning original pieces of artwork. From beautiful Colour Wheels, a wonderful collection called Road to Nowhere, not to mention sublime themed Star Charts covering topics from Science Fiction to Love.
All of the artwork they produce is simply stunning, original, enchanting and engrossing, simply brilliant.
See if you can find the Custard Cream rug … it’s superb!
They say the last people standing when the robots take over all our jobs, will be creative ones. They’ll be the untouchables, the ones that robots can’t replace – I think the folks at Dorothy will be safe enough. They’ll be part of a select few in our new world of drones, robots, unemployment and slothfulness that prosper. At least the rest of us can look back through these pictures and remember a time when we loved to dance!
Long after tonight is all over, Time will pass you by, but lets hope it’s not Too Late …. Keep on keepin on!