Home Is Where the Art Is

Submitted by root on Mon, 11/23/2015 - 14:18

Home is Where The Art Is was the theme for the 1995 Summer playscheme. There is comparatively little paperwork on this playscheme. There is a short report and a time-table which lists a whole range of activities on which we have no further information.



Cooking has long been part of Blackie sessions - here the invitation was to research, bake, eat, take home and display breads from around the world.

This lead to the creation of "Around The World In Eighty Breads" (known a the Bread Work)  - in which a box - similar to the box used for "My Room" - with 80 compartments - was filled with varnished breads from around the world. 

The Bread Box filled with bread Left is a picture of the box filled with the varnished breads. 

Ronnie Lai Tak, a sculptor, based in Manchester,  but who himself came to the Blackie as a youngster, joined the team to lead on the sculptural and research aspects of the work.

The Breads were amazingly different (see the pictures below), and the research took the youngsters to China, Asia, Africa, North and South America, and Western and Eastern Europe.

Photo of some of the breads in situSome of the breads in situYet more breads in situ

If you want to see even more breads and the completed work click here.

This was a very successful work shop - as Lisa Agatha, Playworker from The Black Sisters put it; "the kids were made up - not only did they learn to make bread - they ate it - and now its part of a sculpture in the Gallery". 

Sadly the work no longer exists because, despite the varnishing, it was attacked by flour weevils and had to be destroyed.


"Seven To One" was based on photographing everyday domestic equipment from ordinary and extraordinary angles.  It started with the youngsters acquiring the skills of and techniques of close-up photography (under the supervision of Helen Clarke).

Once proficient they then chose their object or piece of domestic equipment and photographed it from seven different angles. These photographs were then collaged together  to make a composite work.    

Other Workshops

In terms of the following we only have the description on the time-table - so if anyone has any other information please let us have it.

1.  Kitchen Circus Skills -  plates on poles, juggling bowls and playing spoons

2.) Making Musical Instruments from cooking utensils.

3.)  Still Lives - portraits of domestic objects using paint, photography and collage.

4.)  Tea Dances - workshops involving dance and performance using tea post as partners

5.) Kitchen Sink Drama - workshops in writing and videoing kitchen sink dramas - written, performed and filmed by young people.

6) Cookery - a) dishes from around the world concentrating on potatoes b) rice dishes from around the world

7) Cooking The Books - workshops and story telling based around the kitchen story.

Reading the above it is a great pity that we have so little written information or photographic record of what seems to have been a very successful playscheme.


This was a playscheme which was attended by Play Leaders and young people from Liverpool Black Sisters;  and Page Moss Nacro brought a group of young people to the playscheme on a weekly basis

Thanks To

Liverpool City Libraries, the local residents and shops which lent domestic equipment

The Team

The lack of information continues - Sally Morris led the playscheme and from the above we know that Helen Clarke and Ronnie Lai Tak were part of the team..