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Last legs Community Arts Organisation. Not for profit. Building Creative partnerships with community members.

Revoe mosaic project 2018

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

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Projects in 2018

This week we have been working with people at a Blackpool hostel as part of our Art Buddies Project. Taking creative activities to people who may not have the opportunity to get involved with the arts due to circumstance or ill health. The project is funded by BCH.

 

 

Later this week we will be at Highfield Park creating art works for the park with the community and Friends of Highfield Park volunteers. Due to the weather forcast for rain on Wednesday we are there on Thursday.

http://friendsofhighfieldroadpark.co.uk/events/

On Saturday 18th August at the Revoe Fun Day we are delivering creative activities to young people from Blackpool.

 

 

 

 

 

 

We have been spray painting these portraits on the Recovery Tram: working with Blackpool Horizon Art Club to produce stencil based art work using photographs of participants.

 

 

 

 

 

 

We also worked with the group to produce spray paint designs on the Horizon tram ready for the pride walk 12th June 2018.

 

 

 

 

 

In May we volunteered at the stone carving workshops in St Annes, organised by St Annes in Bloom.

 

 

 

 

Mr Dee working with one young participant to make his mark on the stone

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Anthony Lysycia the stone carver at work on one of the stone pieces.

https://www.facebook.com/anthony.lysycia

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

St Annes in Bloom making their marks on the stone

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

https://www.facebook.com/stannesinbloom/

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.

http://www.blott.co.uk/

Sashes produced by Boz Phillips for Revoe Community Choir

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

‘Marking The Martyrs’ exhibition celebrates 100 years of  Womens’ Right to Vote

 

 

 

 

 

Hand Made Un’s creating letters for the banner

https://www.facebook.com/groups/126193264703510/

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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 –

https://www.facebook.com/African-Woodstock-425125124513955/

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

https://www.facebook.com/shabby2chiccic/

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.

https://www.facebook.com/urbanartsstudio/

 

 

 

 

 

Wishing everyone a Creative  2018.

 

Horizon Recovery Freedom Tram project September 2017

The Horizon Recovery Freedom Tram  Project.

In August Boz Phillips and Lee Fitzgerald worked with people accessing the services of Horizon Blackpool to curate a series of their art works and poetry to be included on the tram. The art work produced by individuals is now on display as a series of vinyls on the side of Blackpool Heritage 641 Centenary tram.

 

 

 https://www.tramtalk.co.uk/art-of-recovery
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 will be 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.’

 https://www.facebook.com/FAVORUK/?hc_ref=ARS94NNKPC92GlUMh0ouGDbbRssm4TYZzF3fBsiwV-XINB6d5i22KoIQOXt6ZWQsPzs

 

The static tram with the art can now be viewed at Blackpool, South Promenade, in front of the Sandcastle, close to Blackpool Pleasure Beach.

The art exhibition will then continue and change each month with new art works displayed in the windows of the tram, curated by individuals from different groups who access the Blackpool services.

An art group set up by the project participants now runs on a Wednesdays and Saturdays at the Freedom Building

If you require any further information about the project or the services mentioned above please contact them directly.

https://www.facebook.com/HorizonBlackpool/

http://www.druglinelancs.co.uk/#

Plans and Projects in 2017

 

 

 

 

 

‘The Difference’

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.

https://theattikstannes.myshopify.com/

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.

http://www.colettehalstead.co.uk/

Horizon Tram Project August

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.

https://www.facebook.com/groups/ArtofRecoveryinBlackpool/

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fun Days Screen printing workshops

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.

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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.

May 2017

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.

 

 

 

 

 

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Mr Dee: Graffiti Art Work, Back St Annes West, part of the Art Trail in 2016 St Annes-On-Sea, Lancashire.

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Minty Fresh

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Receiving local funding and working with local organisations enables us to engage with communities, local artists and individuals at a grassroots level.

We would like to thank 

Circles of Light

Shabby2Chic CIC

POSCA pens for the valuable contribution of pens to us.

The New Revoe Residents Association for their ongoing support

Revoe-lution

Blackpool Coastal Housing

Residents of Blackpool

The Grand Theater Blackpool

Urban Arts Studio St Annes

Blott Art Studio

Attik St Annes

Pavilion Cafe Ashton Gardens

 

 

 

 

 

Activities and ongoing work for Last Legs in 2016

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On 6th August Ibbison Community Center re opened after the refurbishment work was completed. The glass chandelier is up as of today. The reaction so far has been fantastic. Thank you to Colette Halstead who took time out today to hook all the glass on to the bespoke frame after working with us to create this beautiful masterpiece.

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In November we completed a poster project for a Blackpool Heritage project. The posters will be displayed on the front of The King Edward picture House on Central Drive in December 2016. We worked with the community and the Hand Made Un’s Art Club participants to create two distinctive ‘Movie’  posters which make references to local history and local places.

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Margaret (pictured here talking about her work) has been instrumental in designing one of the posters for the ‘King Eddie’.

At the present we are not able to put up images of the work until the posters are in-situ.

On September the 2nd we began our ‘Wise Owls’ workshops with Shabby2Chic

Shabby2Chic CIC

https://www.facebook.com/shabby2chiccic/

Art Club members from ‘Hand Made Un’s’ undertook this course with  Sandra Johnson from S2C. All participants received a certificate at the end of the course.

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https://www.facebook.com/revoecommunity/

On August 20th we were involved with the Revoe Fun Day

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Mr Dee has been busy painting for the Back West Art Trail in St Annes. The results have gained many admirers and we hope to continue this work in support of St Annes and the community.

https://www.facebook.com/stannesbackwestartstrail/?fref=ts

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This is the most recent of the graffiti paintings done by Mr Dee.

As we usually work with community members  this was an opportunity for Mr Dee to create art works using his own designs.

Boz Phillips has recently participated in the Sugar and Spite Exhibition at Blott Art Studios to coincide with the recent Rebellion Punk Festival.

https://www.facebook.com/events/611949638973189/

Blott Art Studio exhibits the best of local artists work and is currently recruting volunteers to participate in gallery invigilation and activities.

https://www.facebook.com/blottstudio

In May we worked with

Blackpool Grand Theater

to deliver  workshops to –

Bugs 2 Butterflies 

 Head start 

 Aiming higher 

Streetlife 

Aspired Futures

https://lastlegsart.com/2016/05/03/workshops-with-grand-theatre-blackpool-and-local-organisations-for-breakin-convention-show-2016/

Breakin’ Convention 2016

http://www.breakinconvention.com/events/festival/breakin-convention-2016-blackpool

The ‘Graffiti Grannies’  created a graffiti art work with Mr Dee for  ‘Breakin’ Convention’ in Blackpool this year 2016 at Matcham Court on May 16th 

Photos from Monday 16th May

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Photos from the ‘Graffiti Battle’ in Palatine Road Car Park

Intergenerational ‘Graffiti Battle’ 2014

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https://lastlegsart.com/2014/08/18/graffiti-battle-at-palatine-road-car-park-august-17th-2014/

Hand Made Un’s Art Club

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We have set up a Facebook Page for our ‘Hand Made Un’s’ community art club. Information about past, present and future work can be found here

and includes work we did to create the glass chandelier with  glass artists Colette Halstead and local residents

is ready to be mounted from the ceiling in when the center is completely  refurbished Ibbison Community Center. The workshop was funded by LeftCoast as an extension to our local artists workshops in 2015/2016.

 

Boz and Mr Dee had some of their work on exhibition and for sale recently  at Urban Arts Studio St Annes

http://www.urbanartsstudio.com/

This is an exiting new art space where we hope to be doing more work very soon. There are also opportunities for us to work with and support local businesses while working with the community.

and Boz exhibited her work at  Blott Art Studio as part of the ‘Be The Banana Skin’ feminist art exhibition in May 2016

 

We are also currently working  with

Arts Partnership Fylde to find ways to support and enhance the arts creativity and community engagement throughout Fylde.

https://artspartnershipfylde.wordpress.com/

Bookmaking ongoing

Julia Swarbrick will continue our ongoing working partnership with local residents following her successful book making workshop in January. The project will involve  working with local historian Shirley McCarten to make a handmade book. Julia will also  work with local residents who remember Blackpool Central  Train Station, and the Wakes Weeks to record historical events of the times gone by. Julia currently works with Blackburn Museum. The ‘Wakes Weeks’ project is part of her ongoing work.

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Photo from January’s workshop. Funded by LeftCoast.

The book making extended our range of local artists workshops run for 6 months, once a month on Tuesdays Memory Lane Cafe.

https://juliaswarbrick.wordpress.com/

 

One year since the opening and a ‘Live Paint’ with Mr Dee for Breakin’  Convention in May 2016 to celebrate !

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The residents ‘Revoe-lution’ community choir recently performed at the King Edward on Central Drive and two local poets Walentina Ivanovna and Kate Eggleston-Wirtz joined us for the occasion – The Shakespeare Festival week

http://www.ccasblackpool.co.uk/revoe-lution-community-choir.html

 

The residents Association recently won an award for all their hard work for the community. We were very happy to accept the invitation to the event and the award  presentation.

http://www.blackpoolgazette.co.uk/news/community/community-news/glittering-awards-dinner-as-popular-as-ever-1-7774285

Last Legs is committed to working in partnership with local artists, community groups, organisations and businesses to promote and support health and creativity for people of all ages.

Information on all our previous activities are available on these wordpress blog pages

 

 

 

 

Workshops with Grand Theatre Blackpool and local organisations for Breakin’ Convention Show 2016

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Graffiti hats in the Teepee at Blackpool St Johns Square May 20th and 21st in the lead up to the fantastic Breakin’ Convention Show at Grand Theatre.

This May we worked with Grand Theatre to publicise and support the  ‘Breakin’ Convention’ show  at Grand Theatre Blackpool

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http://breakinconvention.com/events/festival/breakin-convention-2016-blackpool

We worked with Revoes notorious ‘Graffiti Grannies’ on the 16th May at Matcham Court Grand Theater Blackpool.

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Selected photos from the 5 workshops can be found below.

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Graffiti sign workshop at Ibbison Community Center

and a selection of photos from workshops with Aiming Higher,

Aspired Futures, Streetlife and Headstart Blackpool

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Graffiti Art and Dance Workshop at the Oracle Blackpool Day 2

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Another Fantastic day with a brilliant group of young people from Blackpool Young Carers.

Working with

FY Wingz Blackpool

and Grand Theater Blackpool for the forthcoming ‘Zoonation’ production

 

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Finished graffiti piece

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