Miami Moderne


4 – 22 October 2017

The Midland Hotel, Marine Rd West, Morecambe LA4 4BU
All day, everyday
FREE.  Wheelchair accessible

This Building for Hope will include new prints on paper and textiles, sculptures, architectural interventions, and site specific printed textile work on the promenade; which also reflect on her recent transatlantic research into 1930s coastal architecture in Miami South Beach

Steele’s long-running research project, Looking Back | Moving Forward, into Seaside Moderne architecture began in North West England and Scotland, with numerous site visits, and meetings with experts including historians, academics, and artists. A major part of her research has focused on the Grade II* listed The Midland Hotel in Morecambe.  She has spent time studying documents at the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) which revealed letters between the architect Oliver Hill and the financial controller at the London, Midland and Scottish Railway, who commissioned the hotel. Steele’s research also involved visits to the Victoria and Albert Museum Archive (London), and the renowned Textile and Wallpaper Collections at the Whitworth (Manchester), where she investigated original drawings and designs for the hotel by some of the most renowned the artists of the period, including Eric Ravilious, Marion Dorn and Eric Gill.

Steele has recently expanded her investigation into 1930s Seaside Moderne architecture, on a research residency in Miami Beach, USA, supported by an Artists International Development Grant from the British Council and Arts Council England. Miami South Beach has the largest concentrated area of preserved mid war modernist seafront architecture internationally, which was revitalised in the 1970-80s by the Miami Design Preservation League, partly by painting the facades in a new palette of tropical colours. Whilst there she presented an exhibition at The Breakwater (Miami Beach) and a breakfast talk at The Betsy as part of BritWeek.

Coinciding with exhibition a publication on Steele’s practice will be launched featuring essays by writer Linda Pittwood and Jenny Steele, designed by Textbook Studio.

The project is supported using public funds from the National Lottery from Arts Council England and supported with thanks to The Midland Hotel, English Lakes Resorts & Hotels, Big Art and Banners, G.F. Smith Paper, Evolution Print and UCLan.



Miami to Morecambe: Transatlantic Seaside Moderne 

Sunday 8th October 12-4pm 2017

The Midland Hotel

Marine Rd West, Morecambe



An afternoon symposium of presentations and discussion exploring 1930s Seaside Moderne architecture in Morecambe and Miami South Beach, USA, preceded by a walking tour of The Midland Hotel, and followed by afternoon tea in the Eric Gill Sun Terrace.

12- 12.15pm Welcome and light refreshments in Eric Gill room

12.15pm-1pm Tour of Midland Hotel by Brian Jenkins, concierge and local historian

1.15pm-2.30pm Presentations by Jenny Steele, Dr. Martin Zebracki and Dr. David Jarratt, followed by discussion and Q&A with audience in Eric Gill room.

3pm onwards Afternoon Tea in Sun Terrace £21 per person



Dr David Jarratt

Dr David Jarratt is a Senior Lecturer within the Lancashire School of Business and Enterprise at UCLan in Preston. His research interests revolve around how the visitor experiences and consumes tourism places. In recent years he has focused on sense of place as experienced by visitors to the traditional British seaside resort (using Morecambe as a case-study) and the associated themes of wellness and nostalgia. Jarratt will discuss his Seasideness research in relation to The Midland and coastal architectural heritage.

Dr Martin Zebracki

Dr Martin Zebracki is a cultural geographer whose research revolves around the intersecting geographies of public art, urban art-led-regeneration, (queer) sexuality and identity, where he develops mixed qualitative research methodologies. He is Assistant Professor in Critical Human Geography at the Univerisity of Leeds. Zebracki will present his recent paper ‘Urban preservation and the queerying spaces of (un)remembering: Memorial landscapes of the Miami Beach Art Deco Historic District’.

Jenny Steele

Jenny Steele is a visual artist whose research based practice most recently responds to mid war modernist coastal architecture in North England, Scotland and Miami South Beach, through the processes of drawing, printmaking, textiles and sculpture. Her exhibition ‘This Building for Hope’ at The Midland has been informed by a recent research visit to Miami South Beach, and previous research into The Midland’s architectural history at the RIBA and V&A archives. Steele will discuss her research process and the work presented in the site specific exhibition.

A return bus service will be provided from central Manchester to Morecambe.

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