Working with the community gives people of all ages a unique opportunity to make a difference to the social fabric of society through creativity.
Working together we make a difference to each other.
·’I love it when the art group is here as I can get lonely- I have made new friends in the art group and I think it has helped my confidence, I am not scared to speak to people in groups now.’
·’I have found a new passion in art since going to Lee and Boz groups, when I left the hostel to go into supported accommodation I started an arts and crafts group, I would never have had the confidence or skills to do this if it wasn’t for Boz and Lee.’
·’I felt like I could speak to Boz and Lee about my struggles whilst doing Art, this really helped my mental health, before then I didn’t realise how much it would help, I wish I started doing Art sooner, I find it as a form of therapy.’
Badges made for the PANDA group
Lantern workshop at Claremont Community Center, with Empowerment
We are privileged to be able to work with our community thanks to a grant for ‘Home is where the HeArt’ is provided by Blackpool Coastal Housing’s Tenants Project Fund
The Art Group at Revoe was a bit quiet this evening but we were anxious to give them the art prize that Jean Scott won for her poetry and that is included in the updated Makezine. Jean generously donated her prize to the group.
We have now given 30 Art packs to the family center in Blackpool and have a further 30 made up now and waiting to find new homes
A busy year so far with new possibilities on the horizon close to home, fingers crossed.
The link below will take you to an online version of the Makezine.
If you would like to download a copy or copies of individual pages we can send you a dropbox link.
The Urban Arts Studio on St Annes Road West has recently opened its doors on an array of abstract and classical paintings all made by people who found solace in creativity.
Curator Boz Phillips, of the Last Legs Community Arts organisation, said: “I was offered the opportunity to use the walls as a space to put up community artwork to promote local artists, professional and non-professional. It’s really just trying to give artists and local creatives somewhere to exhibit their art which they wouldn’t otherwise have the opportunity to do.
“It’s therapeutic as well – ‘art is for health’ is our slant on it. We are a community arts organisation, so its a good space for us to use. New arts show at Urban Arts Studio in St Annes.
Pictured are artists Robert Haworth, Boz Phillips, Diane Duxbury with manager James Hunter.
“It benefits people, it helps their self esteem. To get people into a creative mindset can often be a distraction from other things that are going on in their lives. It really does help community come together. It’s something that is overlooked a lot, but it’s a really good way of helping people look at life a bit more positively.
“Then there’s the opportunity for people to sell their art, which most non-professional artists wouldn’t be able to do.”
The show, which features paintings from Robert Haworth, Leah Payne, Diane Duxbury and Andrew Greenwood, can be viewed on Thursdays and Fridays.
Diane, 63, a graffiti and abstract artist, was approached by Boz to take part in the show after rediscovering her love of painting while recovering from a back operation.
New arts show at Urban Arts Studio in St Annes. Pictured is Robert Haworth.
She said: “I’ve always loved art. I did it at school and was always interested, but I thought I was never very good at drawing people or landscapes. It was only when I had a bit of time on my hands off work that I started messing about with the paints really – the bigger the better.
“The Urban Arts Studio is trying to promote different people, which I think is brilliant. There’s not many people around here who do it.”
New arts show at Urban Arts Studio in St Annes. Pictured is Boz Phillips.
New arts show at Urban Arts Studio in St Annes. Pictured is Diane Duxbury.
Currently offering exhibition space on walls at this amazing music, performance and art space in the heart of St Annes on the Fylde coast.
We are interested to hear from local artists professional and non professional who are interested in having a chance to show work here or run workshops and events.
The venue is a bookable community arts space and has already held several music and jam nights while hosting the art works of local artists including members of Last Legs arts organisation, since the end of covid restrictions last year.
The aim of the venue is to support local and up and coming artists, musicians and performers of all kinds by offering a platform for new and exiting work
This month have also been working with some young children and their families
Thanks to our grant from BCH Tenants fund we continue to engage with people and families most in need of creative activities across Blackpool.
This month we have also been working with a group of young people who we hope to be creating a large scale mural with later this year. The group are keen to get involved in graffiti art work and this evening we tested their skills.
In June we had our first competition entry from Jean Scott who lives in Revoe.
A great start to the competition.
We are looking forward to working with people face to face again this month.
Using the art packs and the Makezine as inspiration for people to get creative and send entries in to our competition.
Great session this evening in Blackpool with a group of young people.