Our work with Rainbows started in 1978 and was inspired by the political debate happening at the time for the need to enliven the inner cities, and by the work of the artist Patrick Hughes (to whom our thanks). With what is called synchronicity this was also the time of Jesse Jacksons' Rainbow Coalition.
The Blackie's work with 'rainbows' shows how one theme can be used as the basis for work with young people both at the Blackie and on tour around Liverpool; participatory exhibitions in the Hayward London & the Walker, Liverpool; public art on the streets of Liverpool and a participatory event on the streets of Gdansk; and an evening of entertainment for local people.
Rainbows have been one of the Blackie's most successful themes and have entered the life blood of the organisation. Recently we have moved from using rainbows as a visual image to rainbows as aspiration. Somewhere Over The Rainbow is being used to inspire young people to do something they have never done before. Our first success being young people doing ballroom dancing in Liverpool's Anglican Cathedral.
- Wendy Harpe
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