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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’.

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

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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Working with Club2Go Blackpool Crosslands Park

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Mr Dee design for Club2Go

 

Art works below drawn with Posca pens on the Club2Go bus on Crosslands Park Blackpool April 9th 2014

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Club2Go/312458242221400

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fiddy fiddy finished

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Mr Dee working with young people on their name signs

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Project partners, funders and supporters 2014 -16

Project partners, funders, and supporters

We are currently working with

Blackpool Grand Theater

to deliver  workshops to –

Bugs 2 Butterflies 

 Head start 

 Aiming higher 

Streetlife 

Aspired Futures

as lead in activities to

Breakin’ Convention 2016

Breakin’ Convention 2016

Left Coast Blackpool.

http://www.leftcoast.org.uk

We have been commissioned to carry out our ‘Fantasy Plant Shop’

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

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 

http://www.muir.org.uk/Default.aspx

‘All Together ‘Now’ – Area Forum funding

http://www.blackpool.gov.uk/Your-Council/Area-forums/Documents/Area-Forum-Report-04-02-2014.pdf

Events participation

Blackpool ‘LeftCoast’  – SpareParts Festival Tram Sunday 2014 and 2016

http://www.leftcoast.org.uk/

http://www.tramsunday.co.uk/

New Revoe Residents Association

https://www.facebook.com/pages/New-Revoe-Residents-Association/535704703151883

Club2Go

http://www.labgc.org.uk/more_info.asp?current_id=254

Posca 

http://www.posca.com/uk/creative-workshops

Shabby2chic

http://www.shabby2chic.co.uk/

 

Art in the Park Doreen Holt Park Blackpool

Art in the Park Doreen Holt Park Blackpool.

Funded by Friends of Muir Housing.

http://www.muir.org.uk/fomg.aspx

A  number of these art works are to be shown at the Grand Theatre Blackpool on Tuesday June 2nd as part of the Breaking Convention show.

http://www.blackpoolgrand.co.uk/shows/performance/breakin-convention-2014-uk-tour

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mr dee and bryn

 

corey

 

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Painted boards in Doreen Holt Park Bethesda Square Blackpool

Building Creative partnerships with community members and who we are

Dr Evoes Shop

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’.

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Dr-Evoes-Pet-Shop-Central-Drive-Blackpool/402029496559706

http://blackpoolcultureshops.wordpress.com/2013/05/22/central-drive-culture-shops-dr-evoes-pet-shop/

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.