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Plans and Projects in 2017






‘The Difference’

Copper poem plaques: art works created by Mr Dee as part of the Art Trail in St Annes. Thanks to Melanie and Jane at the Attik, St Annes for supporting us and St. Anne’s on The Sea Town Council for funding the work.


We have set a competition for people to find all 10 plaques situated throughout St Annes.

First Prize went to Dee Webb and Richard Hone worthy 1st winners of an original work of art. Having completed the arts trail hunt ‘The Difference’ by Boz Phillips andMisterDee ToYou. Proving that it can be done! There is still time…the Arts trail hunt will continue during the festival of the seaside with 4 pieces of art still to be won. Pop in to Urban Arts Studio, 11-12 Back St. Annes Road West, FY8 1RD Lytham St Annes, to pick up the 10 clues and come back to us to collect your prize. It’s a treasure hunt with a different pot of gold.








Working with Glass Artist Colette Halsted, Boz Phillips  created two of the plaques in glass.


Horizon Tram Project August

During August we will be working with Horizon Blackpool to create art works on a static Blackpool Tram, situated near the Sandcastle Blackpool. We are currently working with two groups on their designs and ideas.









Fun Days Screen printing workshops

On August 16th we created screen printed bags with Revoe residents on Revoe Park for the Revoe-lution Fund Day.





















On Saturday we were screen printing bags at the

Ibbison Community Fun Day








Posters project – King Edward Picture House.

Posters in situ on the front of King Edward Picture House.





















At the end of last year we worked with Hand Made Un’s Art Club participants and the local community to create these posters for the front of the King Edward Picture House on Central Drive. Designs and ideas came from the participants. The posters went up in January.

Looking forward to creating two new posters for the King Edward soon: working with our Art Club members @ Hand Made ‘Un’s Art Club Ibbison Court Community Center.








Poster in progress from Margaret and Andy.

May 2017

Live paint at Blackpool Grand Theater, Matcham Court 20th May 2017

On Saturday 20th May. Mr Dee  Live painting at Matcham Court, Blackpool Grand Theater ‘Hip Hop Takeover’ as part of the lead in event to Breakin’ Convention on Saturday 27th May.






Grand Love Hip Hop

Mr Dee: Graffiti Art Work, Back St Annes West, part of the Art Trail in 2016 St Annes-On-Sea, Lancashire.

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Minty Fresh

Although we are a very small organisation we like to look at the bigger picture.

We try to reach as many community members, local artists and organisations as we can: building on each project to create a network of creative thinking and making throughout the Fylde Coast.

We are in the process of identifying funding and grants to carry out creative projects and activities in St Annes this year. We are also currently seeking individuals, groups and organisations who would benefit from working in partnership with us in St Annes.

Graffiti and Poster workshops at Mary Smith House









We were at the Revoe-lution AGM on Saturday 08/04/2017 doing a workshop and showing photos and information from previous workshops, to the local community. The workshops funded by the Revoe-Lution ‘Community Chest’ grant enabled us to work in partnership with the youth outreach team this February.








‘Art Buddies’ – creative community engagement January – ongoing 2017

Joanne’s ‘Crazy Cat’ book getting an expert appraisal. June 30th at Art Club.








In 2016 we received funding from BCH (Blackpool Coastal Housing) that we are utalising in 2017 to reach people in the community who may feel isolated or who miss out on opportunities for creative engagement due to circumstances beyond their control. ‘Art Buddies’ began this January in the Revoe area of Blackpool and is continuing successfully. Reaching individuals to engage in creative activities. Two of our ‘Art Buddies’ Joanne and Stephen are now coming along to the ‘Hand Made Un’s’ art club.

Joanne and Stephen have been working on books and posters.






Joanne working on a map for her new book

Stephen working on a poster design








Art Club ‘Hand Made Un’s’ 2017

We created stencil canvases and hand draw table ware.






















Receiving local funding and working with local organisations enables us to engage with communities, local artists and individuals at a grassroots level.

We would like to thank 

Circles of Light

Shabby2Chic CIC

POSCA pens for the valuable contribution of pens to us.

The New Revoe Residents Association for their ongoing support


Blackpool Coastal Housing

Residents of Blackpool

The Grand Theater Blackpool

Urban Arts Studio St Annes

Blott Art Studio

Attik St Annes

Pavilion Cafe Ashton Gardens







Friday Art Club at Ibbison Community Center collage shapes from 3D objects







Today I took brought along a number of objects for people to use as ideas for shapes to cut out to then use in a new collage, instead of choosing random pictures and papers. These were some of the items.







Some people chose one item to cut multiples. Some people chose more than one item and then composed collages with the cut out shapes.









Some cut out shapes took on new lives


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Any of these pictures here would look amazing framed. What do you think?

So many people say they ‘can’t’ draw or ‘do art’. Using colours and shapes makes us see everyday objects in  different ways.







Henri Matisse was famous for his cut out art


Being creative helps the mind ‘play’ and frees us from  ‘formal’ ideas of what we may think ‘art is’.  A creative mind is a healthy mind and there is plenty of research  to prove this.




Next week we will be following up on Julia Swarbricks’ workshop by doing more printing and using some of our new found skills to make printing blocks and printing with them.







Graffiti Cross stitch Ibbison Community center Blackpool Dec 2015

graffiti cross stich poster 14th







Funded by Friends of Muir Housing we will be working with families from the Revoe / Central Drive area on Monday 14th  December 6pm – 8pm.

The participants will start an outline of the letters and take the kits home to finish in their own time.

In preparation for the workshop we made up cross stitch packs with Mr Dee’s graffiti designs.

yolo graffiti





Cross stitch kits designed and prepared ready for the workshop in December.







Then Boz cross stitched a sampler ready to show the participants.









‘YOLO’ stitched by Boz







finished yolo no background








Thanks to Lee Hodgkiss for persuading Kim to work on the other design.

‘LOL’ stitched by Kim







Very tidy and well stitched. Thank you Kim

One of our participants Emma has taken home a cross stitch kit and is busy getting stuck in. Thank you so much for coming along.









Keep up the excellent work 🙂

Here is Tina’s amazing cross stitch. Fantastic !!



Go-Kart workshops with young people at 4Techmoto Blackpool August 2014







We were really exited to be asked to work with this group of amazing young people while they built go karts with Phill and Graham  at    4Techmotohttp://www.4techmoto.co.uk/

With Phill and Grahams skill at Blackpool t4Techmoto two teams built 2 go-karts for racing after two days build and a final day ‘fettling’ and painting up the

Boz worked with the two teams while they built the machines ready for racing on day three. while Mr Dee helped design and paint the custom graffiti on the finished karts.

Phill working on Team Smiles classic go kart design




















Quick check to make sure everything is working

before taking off the wheels ready for graffiti custom job








Team Smile with Mr Dee









Practising the painting










Team Oblivion with Graham






A few test runs before the races later in the day





Loading the karts in to the trailer


Arriving at the Palatine race track


Then up to the line for the first of three races










Even Sally the dog got in on the act with Phill


Fantastic day with the two teams and all the people involved


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


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

casey box

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

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


casey tshirt

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.

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.


team blackpool


mr dee and bryn








Painted boards in Doreen Holt Park Bethesda Square Blackpool