Young people spray painting their design on to the wall
Poem being written in to the art work above
Onward and Upward continued
We are thrilled to announce that BCH are funding Last Legs for a further 24 creative sessions ‘Onwards and Outwards’ . We would like to thank BCH and the grant award committee for once again supporting members of our community who are often excluded from engaging in creative activities, due to lack of funds or personal circumstance.
All our participants leave workshop sessions with art works for their rooms, new homes, or friends and family. The experience of creating an art work from scratch often inspires individuals to continue with their new found skills once they move to a new home.
Project working with Horizon ‘Art of Recovery’ group and Grange Park residents 2018-2019
This year we have presented ‘The Grange’ Blackpool with two art works created in collaboration with the Grange Park community and members of the ‘Art of Recovery’ group. The art works include photos of over 70 individuals from the Grange Park area and from the Art of Recovery groups . Community members from Grange Park and people from the recovery community allowed us to take photographs to add to the final piece. We also received a number of super photographic images for inclusion, taken by Donna Hannigan. The ‘Freedom Clock’ art work is now complete and up on the wall, next to the poem art work.
People trying to find themselves on the clock
Freedom Clock Poem by art group member
‘Life is like one big clock Keep on thinking happy thoughts Tick tock: tick tock’.
Our last art work made in to a postcard that went out to Grange Park residents
for including us in this beautiful catalogue commemorating the ‘Marking the Martyrs’ parade last year. We participated in the celebration of ‘Votes for Women’ along with our friends the Revoe-lution choir.
After collecting tiles from Kass at ‘Al Murad’ Blackpool and spotting a small hoard ready for the skip at another shop, we had a ‘trial run’ of using the pieces that Mr Dee spent 3 days cutting up.
The Hand Made Un’s Art Club have now started the work after securing a small pot of funding for materials earlier this year, thanks to Pippa Martin. We are applying for further funding to work with more of the community throughout 2018 to produce some smaller mosaics to be installed outdoors in the Revoe area.
The Blackpool Gazette came this week to take photographs for a feature on the project and the club. Thank you to Dan and Julia from the Gazette.
Lee’s drawing up on the backer board ready to add tiles.
Keep watching the blog for updates.
Margaret tried out a windmill design, while Andy ‘supervised’.
Anita tried out a house design.
Barbara worked on her King Edward Picture House design. The location of the finished mosaic will be on the side the George pub that is also included in the mosaic.
work delivered to Grange Park today 4th January 2019
Our last artwork for 2018 completed in December 2018 for ‘The Grange’ working in collaboration with art group, local, and the art of recovery community. on behalf of Horizon Blackpool.
Thank you to everyone who participated and a Happy New Year.
We are currently working with people in Blackpool as part of our Art Buddies Project.
The project aims to support people who may be socially isolated to get involved creatively in their communities. We take creative activities to people who may not have the opportunity to get involved with the arts due to personal circumstance or ill health. The project is funded by BCH.
In November we began work with the art group at the Grange, Grange Park to produce a bespoke artwork that reflects the memories and images of people of Grange Park. We are working with the group for 6 weeks until 14th December.
We were at Highfield Park today creating art works for the park with the community and Friends of Highfield Park volunteers.
With the community in Revoe and the Art Club Hand Made Un’s we created two new poster for the front of the King Edward Cinema. Project commissioned by Blackpools’ Healthy Living and Creative Design Officer.
Revoe Community Choir participated in the ‘Marking the Martyrs’ parade on Saturday 2nd June.
Banner made with ‘Hand Made Un’s’ art club and Boz Phillips.
Supporting Blackpools’ longest established artists group: Blott Artist Studio.
With the Hand Made Un’s and community members in the Central and Revoe area we are creating a community mosaic. The mosaic will be installed on the empty spaces along the George Hotel on Central Drive visible to the wider community.
Work started in May after 2 days of sorting and cutting tiles
We received a very generous donation of tiles from Al-Murad Tiles Blackpool branch. Thanks to artist Kass –
for sourcing these end of line tiles for our mosaic.
Hand Made Un’s art works on plates dishes, cups and saucers, will be for sale on 18th August at Revoe Fun Day.
items such as these beautiful Blackpool themed plates are now available prices start at £3: half the money will go to the community center the other half to the lifeboats.
On Saturday August 18th
We will be running a workshop for children customising bandannas at the Fun Day.
We are currently working with Shabby2Chic and the wonderful Sandra, in Knott End. An exiting opportunity to be involved with the Wise Owls project in a fantastic new venue for exhibiting and selling began this week. We will be in Knott End at the studio every Monday.
In January we will be continued with the successful ‘Art Buddies’ in a new Blackpool location – Marton . The first leaflets have now been distributed to people in sheltered housing in Marton. The project is funded by Blackpool Coastal Housing.
In February we exhibited a selection of our work at Urban Arts Studio St Annes.
M ‘So for me this project has come at a vital time in my recovery … I got into art a few months ago having having been introduced to it’s therapeutic values in the psychiatric ward around 7 months ago …
The warm welcome has been great and for me it’s all about the creative wonderful people I have met and will continually meet in the Freedom Building. A special thanks to Carole, The massive amount of encouragement from Boz and Lee (thank you Lee for all our chats you have really inspired me). Thank you Faron for a few days painting I would definitely work for you again.
I would definitely be interested in any future art projects’
E ‘It’s great how much this has helped you guys.
Boz and Lee should certainly work helping in recovery. I think they’re great people. You feel no judgement from them, only kindness and encouragement. Very opening and welcoming people. ‘
Extract from Horizon Press release.
“As well as displaying artwork created as part of the recovery journey, the tram site will also act as an information point for people looking to access help with their addiction issues. We want to spread the word that recovery is possible for the majority of people who seek help.”
‘The project was officially launched on 8th September as part of the FAVOR UK Recovery Walk celebrations which will be taking place in Blackpool over the weekend. A national recovery conference is planned for Friday the 8th September and the annual FAVOR UK Recovery Walk will take place on Saturday 9th September; the largest gathering of people in recovery in Europe with an estimated 5000 people expected to join in the celebrations in Blackpool town centre.’
The static tram with the art could be viewed at Blackpool, South Promenade, in front of the Sandcastle. The tram with art works has now moved back to Fleetwood for storage as of 26th June 2019.
‘Yeah it,s going but…………………………….what that means to me. I first saw it when Carole showed it to me. As an addict, that was an amazing thing to see. I’ve been down there when I have felt a bit low. I’ve not told anyone but Feb/Mar/Apr time, on a Sunday, I’d cycle down there. I was struggling. I cycled back totally under control. I got pics, I will never forget that tram.’
The ‘Art Of Recovery’ group, set up by the project participants still runs on a Wednesdays evenings and Saturdays at the Freedom Building
If you require any further information about the project or the services mentioned above please contact them directly.
Copper poem plaques: art works created by Mr Dee as part of the Art Trail in St Annes. Thanks to Melanie and Jane at the Attik, St Annes for supporting us and St. Anne’s on The Sea Town Council for funding the work.
We have set a competition for people to find all 10 plaques situated throughout St Annes.
First Prize went to Dee Webb and Richard Hone worthy 1st winners of an original work of art. Having completed the arts trail hunt ‘The Difference’ by Boz Phillips andMisterDee ToYou. Proving that it can be done! There is still time…the Arts trail hunt will continue during the festival of the seaside with 4 pieces of art still to be won. Pop in to Urban Arts Studio,11-12 Back St. Annes Road West, FY8 1RD Lytham St Annes, to pick up the 10 clues and come back to us to collect your prize. It’s a treasure hunt with a different pot of gold.
Working with Glass Artist Colette Halsted, Boz Phillips created two of the plaques in glass.
During August we will be working with Horizon Blackpool to create art works on a static Blackpool Tram, situated near the Sandcastle Blackpool. We are currently working with two groups on their designs and ideas.
On August 16th we created screen printed bags with Revoe residents on Revoe Park for the Revoe-lution Fund Day.
On Saturday we were screen printing bags at the
Ibbison Community Fun Day
Posters project – King Edward Picture House.
Posters in situ on the front of King Edward Picture House.
At the end of last year we worked with Hand Made Un’s Art Club participants and the local community to create these posters for the front of the King Edward Picture House on Central Drive. Designs and ideas came from the participants. The posters went up in January.
Looking forward to creating two new posters for the King Edward soon: working with our Art Club members @ Hand Made ‘Un’s Art Club Ibbison Court Community Center.
Poster in progress from Margaret and Andy.
Live paint at Blackpool Grand Theater, Matcham Court 20th May 2017
On Saturday 20th May. Mr Dee Live painting at Matcham Court, Blackpool Grand Theater ‘Hip Hop Takeover’ as part of the lead in event to Breakin’ Convention on Saturday 27th May.
Grand Love Hip Hop
Mr Dee: Graffiti Art Work, Back St Annes West, part of the Art Trail in 2016 St Annes-On-Sea, Lancashire.
Although we are a very small organisation we like to look at the bigger picture.
We try to reach as many community members, local artists and organisations as we can: building on each project to create a network of creative thinking and making throughout the Fylde Coast.
We are in the process of identifying funding and grants to carry out creative projects and activities in St Annes this year. We are also currently seeking individuals, groups and organisations who would benefit from working in partnership with us in St Annes.
Graffiti and Poster workshops at Mary Smith House
We were at the Revoe-lution AGM on Saturday 08/04/2017 doing a workshop and showing photos and information from previous workshops, to the local community. The workshops funded by the Revoe-Lution ‘Community Chest’ grant enabled us to work in partnership with the youth outreach team this February.
‘Art Buddies’ – creative community engagement January – ongoing 2017
Joanne’s ‘Crazy Cat’ book getting an expert appraisal. June 30th at Art Club.
In 2016 we received funding from BCH (Blackpool Coastal Housing) that we are utalising in 2017 to reach people in the community who may feel isolated or who miss out on opportunities for creative engagement due to circumstances beyond their control. ‘Art Buddies’ began this January in the Revoe area of Blackpool and is continuing successfully. Reaching individuals to engage in creative activities. Two of our ‘Art Buddies’ Joanne and Stephen are now coming along to the ‘Hand Made Un’s’ art club.
Joanne and Stephen have been working on books and posters.
Joanne working on a map for her new book
Stephen working on a poster design
Art Club ‘Hand Made Un’s’ 2017
We created stencil canvases and hand draw table ware.