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The Lucky Jotter returns to Blackpool

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A young Blackpool entrepreneur is proving that given the right start, and a helping hand from Blackpool Council, it’s possible to achieve your dreams.

Since winning the Oracle Young Enterprise Challenge in January 2013, an enterprise event which was organised specifically for 18 to 24-year-olds in Blackpool, Joseph Pegler has established himself as a successful independent curator and now holds exhibitions featuring the work of artists from around the world.

Industry experts recognised Joseph’s entrepreneurial spirit and saw great potential in his idea to launch a showcase promoting artists and writers.

Joseph founded The Lucky Jotter whilst studying at the Blackpool and The Fylde College, and has now developed his business into an international art showcase featuring emerging artists.

The Lucky Jotter International Art Showcase is currently exhibiting artists from around the world in the University Centre Gallery within the Blackpool and The Fylde College. The exhibition runs until Friday 18 November.

Over the years, The Lucky Jotter has exhibited in major cities such as Manchester, Nottingham and Berlin, and featured work from South Korea, Istanbul, the United States of America, Belgium, France and the United Kingdom to name but a few.

Joseph, a former pupil at Cardinal Allen in Fleetwood said: “Using the knowledge and guidance from the Get Started team, and affiliated mentors, I have been able to take the brand to different cities and countries.

“As a new business it is vital that you take advantage of advice when available, and I cannot thank Blackpool Council’s Get started team as well as the Culture, Libraries, Heritage and Art team, enough for their continued support.

“Over the past four years I have succeeded in my mission to provide a service that exposes artists’ work to the public through our online sites and exhibition shows. Our online platform showcases a mixture of amazing talent, with a handful of the featured artists being award winners in their chosen field.

“Blackpool and The Fylde College have welcomed us back to host our eighth exhibition in the University Centre Gallery. We are currently showcasing the very best work from our featuring artists, focusing on beauty and the simplicity of modern art.” Cllr Mark Smith, Blackpool Council’s Cabinet Member for Business and Economic Development, said: “It’s fantastic to see that Joseph is doing so well. I am delighted that we were able to help him develop his idea and offer him continued support.

“Joseph has expanded to a second studio in Manchester which has helped him further his professional career and his Blackpool born business, The Lucky Jotter – he is a true home grown entrepreneur.

“90% of the businesses that Get Started has helped in the last two years are still operating and in some cases, doing very well indeed. That’s because businesses can still benefit from our expert advice and support even after they are up and running.”

Nigel Brown, Head of Creative Arts and Digital Industries at B&FC, said: “It is always a pleasure to see one of our students go on to have global success and we were delighted to be able to welcome Joseph back with his Lucky Jotter exhibition. “Joseph’s idea for a showcase to promote artists’ work has been very well-received and has seen people from around the world get involved with this project. The current exhibition in our University Centre Gallery features a wide range of international contributors.

“Like many of our students, Joseph has gone on to make a real mark in the industry and we are delighted to welcome him back to Blackpool.”

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