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Just in time for the Christmas holidays we installed the ‘Fantasy Plant Shop’.
On Monday 23rd of December Last Legs Community Arts Organisation set up a ‘pop up’ art installation in a Central Drive Shop at Bethesda Square (previously Mickeys Carpets) in Blackpool the same shop where ‘Dr Evoes Pet Shop’ was previously housed as part of the Culture Shops initiative in 2013 and has been created by the same artists Boz Phillips and Lee Fitzgerald.
All the art on display has been the work of the local community including pupils at Revoe Learning Academy. Boz Phillips and Lee Fitzgerald set up workshops with the participants to support intergenerational community arts activities for the project.
‘Last Legs’ – Boz Phillips and Lee Fitzgerald approached LeftCoast earlier this year for funding to support the local community with publicising their community garden situated at the back of Lady Smith House, Ibbison Court.
The community have worked hard with GroundWork and the Council to set up the garden and are still seeking volunteers to get involved.
The installation will remain in the shop for one month from 23rd December – January
‘We have worked with the community of Central Drive and Revoe to create a ‘Fantasy Plant Shop’ art installation – Hand Grown Un’s.
After creating ‘Dr Evoes Pet Shop’ last year we received such positive feedback and requests to produce another art installation we decided to seek funding from LeftCoast to carry out this project. The children who designed the fantasy pets/ animals for the ‘fantasy pet shop’ last year really wanted to get involved making the work but we did not have enough funding or time to act on their request. This time thanks to funding from LeftCoast as part of the ‘Growing People – programme,designed to get local communities thinking differently about their green spaces’, we were able to involve school pupils, young people attending the Monday Club at Ibbison Community Center and more of the older community in making the art works. All the art works created for the shop were made using recycled materials.
We worked directly with at least 500 participants on the project with the aim of supporting the community gardeners and give their hard work a higher profile.
By installing more art in empty shop windows on Central Drive people can see there is a really strong sense of community in the area. People there are working very hard to improve the area and need positive creative ideas from everyone to reinforce this.
The community profile recently carried out in the area showed that local people really do want more opportunities for art and creativity there. We are currently in the early stages of setting up art workshops for older people in the area next year.
Working in the area is always a pleasure because the community are so enthusiastic and positive: we will continue to support them by creating opportunities for further arts activities’.
LeftCoast for funding the project
Blackpool Borough Council for the loan of the shop premises
The Revoe-Lution and The New Revoe Residents Association team based at Lady Smith House for their ongoing support and hard work
Revoe Learning Academy for their art works
Bugs to Butterflies for their art works
Susan Howarth and The New Life Church for their art works
The community of Revoe and Central Drive who participated
Shirley McCarten and the Tuesday luncheon club for their support and input
The community gardeners at Lady Smith House, Ibbison Court
Blackpool Family Hostel, Central Drive
Last Legs’ friends and artist colleagues for their help, support.
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.
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
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.
Four more year groups’ work to follow this week.
Project partners, funders, and supporters .
Blackpool Coastal Housing
The Grange on Grange Park
Blackpool Grand Theater
Ibbison Court Community Center
Highfield Road Park
The Grange Blackpool
Gorton Street Hostel
Bugs 2 Butterflies
as lead in activities to
Breakin’ Convention 2016
Left Coast Blackpool.
We have been commissioned to carry out our ‘Fantasy Plant Shop’
project in the Blackpool Central Drive /Revoe area thanks to the ‘Growing People’ strand of funding. We launch the project on August 25th 2014.
We worked with Revoe Learning Academy pupils as part of this project, in November 2014.
We are supported by the New Revoe Residents Association
Friends of Muir Housing
‘All Together ‘Now’ – Area Forum funding
Blackpool ‘LeftCoast’ – SpareParts Festival Tram Sunday 2014 and 2016
New Revoe Residents Association
Dr Evoes Pet Shop: A fantasy pets shop designed in partnership with Revoe School and Boz Phillips and Mr Dee Community artists
Bird Boxes designed by young person from Revoe School: made by Mr Dee
Pig Dog designed by young person during workshops at Ibbison Court Community Center 2013: made by Boz Phillips
Dr Evoes Shop One of our many community projects.
From 2014 – 2018 : Last Legs is proud to have shared so many creative experiences with the community.
Dr Evoes shop was created as part of the ‘Blackpool Culture Shops’ project in Blackpool and was one of the first projects Boz Phillips and Lee Fitzgerald worked on together. then becoming ‘Last Legs Community Arts Organisation’.
All the animals and shop fittings were created with recycled materials.
The sign on the shop window was created as a historical reference to the traditional hand painted shop window signs and utalised a ‘classic’ font. This was painted by Mr Dee.
Mr Dee has been creating graffiti work in public places, on walls for over 20 years. Mr Dee is currently chairman for Last Legs
Boz Phillips has been creating work for display in local shops and displaying the work of the community in public places in collaboration with local artists since 2004. She is currently the treasurer for Last Legs
When available Lee Hodgkiss is our official photographer and secretary for Last Legs. Lee helps out as at larger community events.
We are DBS cleared, have public liability. We also have a child protection policy in place.
David Jennings is the latest member of our team and provides help support and knowledge when we are building walls and items that require woodwork skills.