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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.

 

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/#

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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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Fantasy plant and flower workshop at Revoe Learning Academy year 4

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On Friday afternoon we worked with year 4.

Each pupil picked out an unusually named plant or flower from the ‘mystery bag’ and then drew a design of how they thought the plant might look. We invited the young people to research the origins of the plants and to look up how the plant really looked, after they had created these amazing fantasy plants using recycled materials.

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These are just a small sample of all the plants created.

This project is supported by the local community and funded by LeftCoast as part of their ‘Growing People’ initiative in Blackpool

Fantasy Plant Shop Mushrooms with Revoe Learning Academy

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As part of our Fantasy Plant project and Funded by LeftCoast we worked with year two at Revoe Learning Academy and here are their ‘Fantasy’ mushrooms. Here is a small selection of their work.

Each pupil picked out an unusual mushroom name from the ‘mystery bag’ and then drew out the design before making their own mushroom using recycled materials.

They turned out just great.

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Four more year groups’ work to follow this week.

 

Up-cycling and Art at Shabby2chic CIC

Working again with one of our favorite partner organisations Shabby2chic CIC and wonderful owner Sandra Johnson, a group of young people and YOT.

Over the next six weeks we will be working with the group to design items that are up-cycled, using printmaking, graffiti and shabby chic techniques.

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Art work on recycled furniture with young people

In 2013 Mr Dee was asked to work with Shabby2Chic as we have a great working partnership with this fantastic company

http://sandrajohnson.vpweb.co.uk/About-Us.html

Mr Dee worked with a young person to develop  his art work on to a piece of recycled furniture which sold for £60

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The young person who painted this has a real talent for illustration.

We suggested he develop one particular art work for adding to a

t-shirt.

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Not only did the young man in  pass his award: gaining confidence and self esteem with regards his skills. He was able to see the potential to take his work forward and develop a  business selling his art work in the future.