This month have also been working with some young children and their families
Thanks to our grant from BCH Tenants fund we continue to engage with people and families most in need of creative activities across Blackpool.
This month we have also been working with a group of young people who we hope to be creating a large scale mural with later this year. The group are keen to get involved in graffiti art work and this evening we tested their skills.
In June we had our first competition entry from Jean Scott who lives in Revoe.
A great start to the competition.
We are looking forward to working with people face to face again this month.
Using the art packs and the Makezine as inspiration for people to get creative and send entries in to our competition.
Great session this evening in Blackpool with a group of young people.
Now in September we are still monitoring the situation to enable us to get back to what we love doing most which is working with the community, supporting creativity across the Fylde Coast and beyond.
We are currently discussing how to safely continue our working practise while maintaining safety for our participants. It is tough times for our organisation as most of our participants do not have access to digital media platforms and our work is all about inclusive, face to face participatory arts activities. We hope to be back to it soon.
Art work made in March 2020 with participants
for a local hostel. Requested by staff.
Update April 2020
After an email from one of our partner organisation we decided to make up ‘art packs’ for the people we have been working with as part of recent project/s. The participants of our recent projects have become even more isolated due to the current situation and we feel we must do something positive to support them while stuck indoors with very little social interaction or artistic intervention.
We would like you to use the provided sketchbooks to create art works, poems, thoughts, ideas – if possible one a day on a page or using a double page.
We thought these could be photographed or scanned when your ‘diary/ sketchbook’ is complete so that we can make an online or physical exhibition of your work that could inspire other people who may be in a similar situation to create art works as well.
Let your imaginations run wild. You can write or draw anything
For instance you could tear up this letter and rearrange the words to create a poem.
We hope to be working with you again face to face once the situation improves for everyone.
Boz and Lee April 23rd 2020
We are currently making up more packs and would like to thank particularly Mike Mckone and others who have recently donated pens, paper and materials towards the art packs.
I would also like to thank Jean and the Granthams Art Discount team for sorting out the sketchbook orders so quickly.
Thank You! YOUR SUPPORT IS GREATLY APPRECIATED.
Dear all early March 2020
As individuals and as an organisation we take our responsibility to the health and well being of our participants and partnership organisation seriously.
Due to the current situation with regards the Coronavirus we have taken the difficult decision to suspend all our creative activities until further notice.
We apologise for any inconvenience or disappointment this will cause to yourselves and to our participants. We feel this is a necessary precaution to undertake due to the numbers of groups and individuals across the Fylde Coast that we work with. Many of our participants are already ‘at risk’ or ‘vulnerable’ residents and community members; therefore we wish to protect them and ourselves from any possible chance of infection or risk of infection.
We were looking forward to taking our recent activities forward in support of positive community engagement however this current crisis has put these creative sessions on hold for the time being.
Last Legs – Boz and Lee wish you all the best and hope that we can continue to work with you all again in the very near future.
Thank you for all your support and understanding
Boz and Lee
Art work below made in March by family member just prior to the current ‘lockdown’ situation.
Earlier this year
In 2020 we have already facilitated 10 workshops with the community and received notice that Glasdon have agreed to support us with funding to enable us to carry out at least one more workshop.
The artist who created the canvas above requested to have the address for suicide prevention services included here
We would like to acknowledge our most recent grant funding from the ‘Edith Mary Clark Foundation’, and thank the trustees for awarding us £500 to continue our creative activities with local people and families on the Fylde coast.
We now envisage some of this funding to be utilised for creating art packs for families currently isolated due to the current situation.
We feel privileged to work with our community and are enabled to do so through generous funding from local organisations.
We also continue with our project ‘Upwards and Outwards’ funded by Blackpool Coastal Housing: BCH
On March 2nd we began our creative sessions with families living at a Central Blackpool location. Sessions will be held at the New Life Church, 6 Queen Victoria Rd, Blackpool. These ‘face to face’ workshops are currently ‘on hold’ due to the current situation.
In around two weeks we hope to start back working on the large mosaic, working with local, Revoe and Central Blackpool residents again, thanks to previous funding from the community chest, Revoe-lution funding.
Life may be tough
Things will get rough
There will be bad days and good
but if the bad days are too much
Please don’t give up
Always stand tall
Always hold your head up high
because as long as you keep moving
there will be no more goodbyes
one win at a time.
Poem by G. Dunn 2020
We would like to thank Tracy – ‘Lytham Community Network’ for her recent generous donation of arts materials that will continue to help us offer free materials to participants during our workshops.
Last Legs will be working with local families by offering creative activities free to people experiencing financial hardships due to complex personal circumstances, thanks to our recent funding received from Edith Mary Clark Foundation
As always we seek to work with individuals and groups who often miss out on creative opportunities .
Young people spray painting their design on to the wall
Poem being written in to the art work above
Onward and Upward continued
We are thrilled to announce that BCH are funding Last Legs for a further 24 creative sessions ‘Onwards and Outwards’ . We would like to thank BCH and the grant award committee for once again supporting members of our community who are often excluded from engaging in creative activities, due to lack of funds or personal circumstance.
All our participants leave workshop sessions with art works for their rooms, new homes, or friends and family. The experience of creating an art work from scratch often inspires individuals to continue with their new found skills once they move to a new home.
Project working with Horizon ‘Art of Recovery’ group and Grange Park residents 2018-2019
This year we have presented ‘The Grange’ Blackpool with two art works created in collaboration with the Grange Park community and members of the ‘Art of Recovery’ group. The art works include photos of over 70 individuals from the Grange Park area and from the Art of Recovery groups . Community members from Grange Park and people from the recovery community allowed us to take photographs to add to the final piece. We also received a number of super photographic images for inclusion, taken by Donna Hannigan. The ‘Freedom Clock’ art work is now complete and up on the wall, next to the poem art work.
People trying to find themselves on the clock
Freedom Clock Poem by art group member
‘Life is like one big clock Keep on thinking happy thoughts Tick tock: tick tock’.
Our last art work made in to a postcard that went out to Grange Park residents
for including us in this beautiful catalogue commemorating the ‘Marking the Martyrs’ parade last year. We participated in the celebration of ‘Votes for Women’ along with our friends the Revoe-lution choir.