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Hand Grown Un’s Art Installation Central Drive Blackpool

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Just in time for the Christmas holidays we installed the ‘Fantasy Plant Shop’.

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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.

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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

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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’.

Thanks to

 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

GroundWork

Last Legs’ friends and artist colleagues for their help, support.

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Recycled cardboard armor with YMCA group

In 2013 we were asked to facilitate two short workshops with young people engaged in National Citizens Service activities with the YMCA  in the fantastic setting of Rossall School Fleetwood, during the summer break.

We created cardboard knights armor for the participants to add their own team designs to.

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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.

Graffiti Art in the Park, Kirkham, Lancashire 2013

As part of the Circles of Light Project we facilitated a drop in session for a day at Kirkham Park.

http://circlesoflight-fylde.blogspot.co.uk/2013/07/spraying-signs-sayings-with-friends-of.html

Families and young people participated throughout the day.

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Mr Dee was kept busy

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The art works went to good use

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Circles of Light in Fylde Lancashire 2013

Circles of Light 2013.

http://circlesoflight-fylde.blogspot.co.uk/2013/09/graffiti-our-last-session-of-project.html

Contemporary Calligraphy at Lytham Hall, Lytham

Older participants were invited to create a graffiti design based on an image of Lytham Hall with calligraphy designs as part of the Circles of Light Art Project

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The design idea

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The canvas: a roll of cling film stretched between the trees in the grounds of Lytham Hall.

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The participants couldn’t wait to get started

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From the front

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From the back

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Mr Dee working on the text

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All finished

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Then it was gone …..

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Great day