There’s good and
bad news

First the not-so-good news (but stick with me, as I have a plan and I need your help!). Artificial Intelligence (A.I.) generative ‘art’ is derailing commercial artists as anyone can now generate their own art with the touch of a button. It’s an ongoing headache with lawsuits across the world as A.I. steals artist’s creations and regurgitates it for free. This is having an impact on my art and of my peers.

The better news: I’ve been fortunate enough to have collectors like you support my art throughout my career and I’m now seeking a path that takes my art to where A.I. can’t follow.

The best news! I’ve a brand-new project which will culminate in an exhibition and I’d LOVE to have your support as I make this new collection of contemporary paintings a reality.

Let me tell you more…

My new project is titled
Backstage Blackpool

Over the coming weeks, I will be visiting the many world-class varied entertainment venues here in Blackpool. More than that, I’ll be backstage as the performers, actors, circus acts, singers, dance troupes, magicians, comedians and variety stars transition from their public life to their show character.

Using photography and sketches, I’ll begin to document this fascinating process, capturing the moment the face-paint goes on and the showman appears.

This will result in a brand new and exciting collection of painted studies, finished portraits, sketches and large-scale paintings showcasing the varied people who take the stage night after night and bring a smile to us all.

Having worked in the entertainment industry myself, both scenic painting and as a speed painting performer in variety shows, I have a particular affinity with performers of all kinds and a personal interest in the backstage world. My new collection will capture the intimate moments between performances where entertainers take off their ‘mask’, plus the joy and camaraderie in the buzz before the curtain opens.

For me, the most exciting part of Backstage Blackpool is the collaboration, not only of the performers who will be featured in my new works (I’m aiming to be the modern age Toulouse Lautrec!) but also to be supported by you, my collectors of my art.

This is where I really need your help.

 

In the old days, a lucky artist had a wealthy patron who would support them as they created their new body of work.

I’ve not got a wealthy patron (yet!) so I’m hoping you may consider becoming one of my Backstage Blackpool Backers!

I’ve put together several reward packages that I’d love for you to consider contributing towards, so I can spend the next four months researching, documenting, sketching and painting this brand-new collection.

Each tier offers unique Jen Allen goodies, including originals. As the tiers increase, availability is limited. You can secure original art created for this exhibition before I even begin!

As a Backstage Blackpool Backer, every contribution helps. Without your kind support, I’d simply not be able to spend the necessary time creating these new works.

I’ve already had interest expressed from a very prestigious art gallery to showcase the completed exhibition. My dream goal is to host this exhibition in this prestigious gallery, with a UK tour to follow. This could increase interest in my work, raise my profile and, in turn, lift the value of my works both past and present.

Thank you for your time and consideration.

OK, let me tempt you with the following rewards

and I hope you will become a Backstage Blackpool Backer!

Tiers for support / patrons:

£10 Tier

Availability: Unlimited
  • Access to my Backstage Blackpool private blog featuring regular updates, photos, videos and notes.
  • First access to my videos of weekly round ups and clips from behind the scenes.
  • Your name printed in my Backstage Blackpool souvenir exhibition brochure.

£25 Tier

Availability: Unlimited
  • All the above, plus…
  • 1 x VIP ticket to my exhibition and private view*
  • 1 x Signed, Backstage Blackpool exhibition souvenir brochure (RRP £15)

£50 Tier

Availability: Unlimited
    • All the £10 package rewards, plus…
    • 2 x VIP tickets to my exhibition and private view*.
    • 2 x Signed, Backstage Blackpool exhibition souvenir brochure (RRP £15)
    • A signed, souvenir Backstage Blackpool poster print of a selection of my art produced for my exhibition.

Interest free payment options are available at check-out, so you can spread the cost of one of the higher tier packages below.

£250

10 available
    • All the £50 package rewards, plus…
    • An ORIGINAL Backstage Blackpool mounted sketch from my collection/exhibition (RRP £450+)

£1000

4 available
    • All the £250 package rewards, plus…
    • A private ONE-TO-ONE 30-minute video chat to talk about my Backstage Blackpool exhibition plans, my work and process, the evolution of the Backstage Blackpool project and answer any questions you might wish to ask.
    • An ORIGINAL Backstage Blackpool 20 x 20” PAINTING from my exhibition (RRP £1295). Reserved for delivery to you after they have been exhibited in galleries.

£2500

2 available
    • All the £250 package rewards, plus…
    • A private ONE-TO-ONE 30-minute video chat to talk about my exhibition plans, my work and process, the evolution of the project and answer any questions you might wish to ask.
    • An ORIGINAL Backstage Blackpool 30 x 30” PAINTING from my exhibition (RRP £2495). Reserved for delivery to you after they have been exhibited in Galleries.

£5000

1 available
  • All the £2500 package rewards, plus…
  • FIRST SELECTION of ANY of the Backstage Blackpool featured original artworks, including up to 72 x 48” (RRP £4995). Reserved for delivery to you after they have been exhibited in Galleries. (Only ONE of these packages are available for the serious collector, which include THREE original Backstage Blackpool paintings (1 x 20×20”, 1 x 30×30” and 1 x larger work) plus ONE original Backstage Blackpool sketch – giving you £9000 worth of Jen Allen original art created for Backstage Blackpool!)

* VIP ticket to the Backstage Blackpool private view, includes champagne and meet-and-greet with Jen for the project exhibition which will take place in Blackpool in the latter half 2024/early 2025. Please note; you will be liable for travel and accommodation expenses.

T&Cs – Backers must be over 18 years old. By contributing funds in exchange for rewards you agree that your contribution is made voluntarily and at your own risk. Contributions are non-refundable, except as required by applicable law. Unless specified, all original artwork created for this project will be available to backers in the different tiers on a first come, first served basis. Artwork will not be allocated until all exhibitions have been fulfilled. By contributing, you acknowledge that you have read, understood, and agree to be bound by these Terms and Conditions.

Disclaimer – As a creative with a project goal, I will do everything in my power to fulfil this project culminating in an exhibition. Should I not be able to host the exhibition in a suitable gallery, an alternative venue will be found. The Backstage Blackpool exhibition will be held in Blackpool, with an aim to tour other galleries and venues if sufficient interest is shown. Backers will be kept informed throughout of my progress via email and project private blog.

For more information about Backstage Blackpool – Please email me at jen@artbyjen.co.uk or use the form below