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Festival of Stories Graffiti Workshops Lytham Park View August 2015

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Lytham Festival of Stories at Park View.

3 days. Fifteen hours of workshops.

150 foot of graffiti art painted.

Over 50 artists aged between 6 and 60 years old.

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Starting on Friday on the skate park walls.

Working alongside poet Mark Mace Smith.

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Poetry in motion graffiti wall

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Saturday and the start of the next graffiti art piece.

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Choosing colours first

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Another glorious day of stories on Sunday

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These are a selection of photographs taken by us over the three days of workshops.

A big Thank You –  to all the participants, Park View, Festival of Stories and all who came along to an amazing three days of fun in the sun.

 

 

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

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

Live paint at Breakin’ Convention Blackpool Grand Theater

Mr Dee created a graffiti art piece for  Breakin Convention in Blackpool.

Blank boards waiting to be painted

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The end of a perfect painting day – about 10.30 pm

 

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Working with Club2Go Blackpool Crosslands Park

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Mr Dee design for Club2Go for a ‘colouring book’ .

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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Mr Dee working with young people on their name signs

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Boz Phillips community arts-health practitioner

BOZ PHILLIPS: COMMUNITY

ARTS-HEALTH PRACTITIONER 1999-2020

Boz Phillips: B.A (hons) Fine Art.

M.A Arts-Health (dist)

I am co- founder, treasurer and ‘fund finder’ for Last Legs.

Last Legs currently works with people from the homeless and recovery community and isolated and hard to reach individuals.

I have a current enhanced DBS and public liability insurance.

I am an Arts Awards Adviser and have a City and Guilds in teaching.

My background is in community support of people with disabilities prior to returning to education in 1999.

I facilitate the art making of people in the community, while continuing my fine art practice.

2013 Fantasy animal made from recycled materials based on a design drawn by schoolchildren for ‘Dr Evoes Pet Shop’ Central Drive Blackpool 2013 

Design by schoolchildren Revoe Academy art work by Boz Phillips 2013

I have experience of working in partnership with organisations such as Horizon Blackpool, The Grange Blackpool, Urban Arts Studio St Annes, Age Concern UK, Connexions, Homestart, New Revoe Residents Association, Revoe-Lution Blackpool,  Blackpool Borough Council, Young carers, Streetlife, Fylde Youth Service, Blackpool Art Of Recovery and Blackpool Club to Go : delivering, and facilitating numerous community arts and digital media workshops since 1999.

I continue to collaborate with a number of local artists, musicians and individuals to create digital and non digital art works. My art works, jewellery and video productions, have been exhibited online, in local galleries, and local shops over the last 15 years. I have also directed and been involved with a number of short films and online music and television productions.

From 2016- 2018 I was the ‘artist in residence at Ibbison Community Center where I was instrumental in setting up ‘Hand Made Un’s’ Community art group.

https://www.facebook.com/Hand-Made-Uns-Art-Club-1009319079114751/

I am currently working with 3 homeless hostels in Blackpool, funded by BCH on project – ‘Onwards and Upwards’. A project devised and delivered by Last Legs after our successful ‘Art Buddies’ project 2017-2019. In 2017 we were nominated for a BCH community award for Art Buddies.

Projects I have recently led include – a poster project for Blackpool Art service, Horizon ‘Freedom Clock’ art work in conjunction with Grange Park Residents and the recovery community. I have worked in partnership with Lee Fitzgerald on both these projects. As Last Legs we have received funding for a number of project in the Blackpool Central / Revoe areas. Working with community members of all ages. Our most recently successful devised, delivered and funded project is ‘Art Buddies’ – going to the homes of isolated individuals and involving them in creative activities. This project is ongoing.

2006 Video stills from two videos produced for the Grundy Art Gallery.

In 2006 I worked with two Blackpool schools to produce two videos based on the work of Yuji Watabe who’s video work was on display at the Grundy Art Gallery.

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Boz Phillips 2006

Relevant Skills

Designing and delivering projects and workshops: working with community groups to create art works

Big Spider made from gloves from a design drawn by schoolchildren for Dr Evoes Pet Shop

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Boz Phillips 2013

Creating and installing art works in shop windows

Bird lady in cage 2012 

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 Art film production skills – costume, set design etc

Curating and organising multi-media, art projects.

Planning and carrying out health, safety and risk assessments.

Evaluating and giving feedback on project outcomes

Organising, networking and collaborating with other artists and work colleagues

Producing measurable, quality outcomes from projects and activities

An understanding and experience of multi agency working practices.

Research skills.

Identifying and receiving funding

Budgeting and planning project expenditure

Directing, filming and creating short films and experimental video

Teaching (self employed tutor) Blackpool Borough Council adult Learning services

  • Organising  ‘Hand Grown Un’s’  Community Art Club @ Ibbsion Community Center Blackpool

2013 – Dr Evoe (transformed mouse). Made for Dr Evoes Pet Shop 

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Boz Phillips 2013

Current Fine Art practice

 

Painting and mixed media art work.

Creating mixed media art works that reflect my interest in genetics, the human condition and simulacra theory.

Collage with vintage printing blocks

Printmaking and bookmaking

Fine art work using recycled and vintage materials

Research into turn of the century ‘performers in plumage’

Further education/ training

M.A Arts-Health (distinction) 2006

B.A (hons) Fine Art 2003

Diploma in Figure and Portrait (dist) 2010

Film making course with First Take 2009

Scratch to Screen film making course 2008

Arts Awards Advisor course (Arts Council) 2007)

Diverse Lives- Distinct Voices 2007

Arts in Youth Justice Settings 2005 (The National Training Consortium for Arts in Criminal Justice Settings)

City and Guilds/NVQ 730-7/6 Teaching Certificate 1999

City and Guilds Community Care Practice 1992

City and Guilds Hairdressing 1984

Publications including my work

Marking the Martyrs – Blott Art Studio publication 2019.

The History of Blott 2018

https://www.facebook.com/blottstudio/

Be the ‘Banana Skin’ a feminist exhibition 2016 online catalogue

Blackpool Culture Shops – Nov 2012

We can Fly’  – March 2012 A storybook with photos from the Birdies Trail art project working with writer Chris Culshaw, NADFAS and Homestart St Annes

Click to access LYTHAM_EVENTS_NEWSPAPER%20FINAL%20FINAL(1).pdf

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Chris Culshaw 2012

One of the clues posted in local shops. Image of young person in bird costume made during the ‘birdies Trail’ project for the book ‘We Can Fly’ – created by Chris Culshaw.  I worked with families to make costumes and masks that formed the images to accompany stories in the book.

Fish-box’ – screen printed limited edition book Spring 2008 (Red Fox Press)

http://www.redfoxpress.com/FH-fishbox.html

Getting Our Heads Together’ – A book documenting the recorded experiences of people coping with mental health: June 23rd 2006

Recent exhibitions

Pavilion Cafe, Ashton Gardens, St Annes-On-Sea 2017

@ Urban Arts Studio – St Annes Lancashire     February 2016

@ Blott Art Studio – ‘be The Banana Skin’ – Feminist Art Exhibition March 2016

Since 2000 I have produced directed and been commissioned to make a number of short films and DVD productions

Video still from ‘Short History of the Illuminations’ 2006

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Boz Phillips 2006

Photograph of participants of the ‘My Place’ video made to celebrate the opening of the ‘Oracle’ building in Blackpool. Working with Blackpools dance officer and UDP.

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Boz Phillips 2012

Web sites

lastlegsart.com

https://www.facebook.com/Hand-Made-Uns-Art-Club-1009319079114751/

https://www.facebook.com/fantasyplantshop/

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

http://www.shabby2chic.co.uk/Boz-Phillips.html

http://www.flickr.com/photos/simulacra1394/

http://www.outofsight.co.nz/Ice9/exhibit/ice36.htm

http://www.bbc.co.uk/lancashire/content/articles/2007/01/29/artists_boz_phillips_feature.shtml

http://www.portobellofilmfestival.com/2003/06elgin.html

Project partners, funders and supporters 2014 -19

Project partners, funders, and supporters .

Blackpool Coastal Housing

The Grange on Grange Park

Horizon Blackpool

Blackpool Grand Theater

Workshops with

Ibbison Court Community Center

Highfield Road Park

The Grange Blackpool

Gorton Street Hostel

Bugs 2 Butterflies 

 Head start 

 Aiming higher 

Streetlife 

Aspired Futures

as lead in activities to

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

Click to access Area-Forum-Report-04-02-2014.pdf

Events participation

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

Home

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.

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.

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Painted boards in Doreen Holt Park Bethesda Square Blackpool

Dr Evoes Pet Shop Central Drive Blackpool 2013

Dr Evoes Pet Shop: A fantasy pets shop designed in partnership with Revoe School and Boz Phillips and Mr Dee Community artists

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

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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

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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.