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Together as Individuals we make the difference

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

Revoe Mosaic project 2022

Finished mosaic

How fabulous does this mosaic look now it is finished.

We are so pleased with the work that has been done by the Revoe art group to finish this labour of love.

Revoe art group participants involved working in the finished mosaic
way back then

First started back in 2018 !! pre pandemic just before Hand Made ‘Un’s art group at Revoe community Center ended in January 2019.

Home is Where the HeArt is August 2022

Large canvas completed with young people

We worked with a large mixed age group today can you tell what we did?

hands across the generations

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

first footprint
give me that art
we can do it together

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.

Three from Revoe Art Group receiving Jean Scotts prize Three Makezines found a ‘foRevoe’ home

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

New Makezines and new art packs ready
New Makezine with Jean Scotts winning poem: hot off the press

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.

We helped make some t-shirts for ‘Gorton Fest’ where we love working.

Now our Makezine has been published we can include it in our packs to continue giving out to participants for the rest of 2022

Home is where your HeART is 2022

Sketchbook page 2022
Night sky shooting stars
Wheels on Fire
rainbow over G Street
grrrrrr mask
bat boy
eye work
work in progress
owl for mothers day
there’s an art in my kitchen
Billie T-shirt for cousin
arrr me harties
tower 1
pink tower
we love Blackpool
hand printed t-shirt with hand made printing plate
dolphins t-shirt
Kirstie’s art
we are family
hello kitty
rabbit rainbow

‘I’ve had the best day for weeks today’

spray paint airplane
dragonflies and space canvases
space dragonfly

We are now back working with our fabulous participants on the ‘Home is where your hART project’

spray painted selection
what’s new in the kitchen
Space is so deep
dragonfly in pastels
butterfly away

Creative sketchbook

Gary graffiti canvas 2022

Urban Arts Studio

Urban Arts Studio St Annes on Sea Lancashire

Current exhibition: Turkish Cypriot artist Ayten Nightingale ahead of her new solo exhibition

Latest exhibiting artist

we made the local paper

By Wes Holmes

Thursday, 14th April 2022, 3:45 pm

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.

acrylic on canvas Leah Payne 2022

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.

Collage with printed element Boz Phillips

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.

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Acrylic on canvas Diane Duxbury

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

Home is where your HeART is 2021

a Christmas present
For Vickie
home sweet home

Great news for us coming towards the end of the year as we start a new art workshop project with community members in Blackpool in need of our creative interventions.

The eye has it
canvas art in progress

Art works above on Canvas with POSCA pens

Thanks once again to Blackpool Coastal Housing we are able to undertake this new venture encouraging new participants to make art works for their new homes and families.

We will also be updating our Makezine with new pages early next year as part of the Home is where your heART is project.

nans parrot teddy

poems, art, creative activities: COMPETITION ENTRIES

In this blog we have also included competition entries .

After what seemed like the longest time ….. we are now back working on the amazing mosaic, at Mary Smith House with Revoe residents. We will be there for the next 3 sessions on Tuesdays between 5-7pm.

The mosaic is now finished and will be attached to a prominent wall in Revoe. We will upload photos when we can take a photo.

We are making really good progress now thanks to last weeks work continuing
Barbara working on the mosaic

A big thanks to everyone who came this evening to work on the mosaic

making windows
A few tiles we cut earlier

Keep up to date with the sessions at

top half of the mosaic in progress
Bottom half of the mosaic

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.

painting and drawing today
funny face
6ft art piece
mask making today
miss meow
family workshop

princess sock puppet
making princess

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.

Some great work made this evening
The sun was very bright and hot today but the work made was fabulous. Thank you everyone who took part
and ….one for the cat lovers
working on a poem and logo
working on a handmade book

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.

Chloe’s Collaboration

Chloe’s sitting in the yard,

Making art, it’s not so hard

Sat there making an art book

Filling each page just to see how it looks

Creating stuff just to fill the time

While I sit here writing a rhyme

It seems like the perfect situation

To create this little collaboration

Chloe’s collage our 2nd art competition entry

drawing in the sketchbooks: provided for art journals – part of the art packs

‘Yes …. We have actually enjoyed ourselves’

Makezine published: art packs completed

We were so excited to receive our printed ‘Makezine’ and art pack header cards from Moulton printers Blackpool last Friday.

We have included them in our assembled art packs.

The Competition on the back invites you all to send us images of your work inspired by the ideas in the ‘Makezine’

Thank you to BCH and CAF for funding our work and the publication

community action fund logo
our current funders

Here is the link to an online version of our zine

Some of the Art packs now waiting to go out to project participants