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This Exhibition was created by The Great Georges Community  Cultural Project (colloquially known as the Blackie), during october 1988 as part of a five day event, "Going Solo" which celebrated the art of solo dance. The exhibition charts the development of solo dance from the end of the last century to its multi-faceted contemporary form. The exhibition consists of 41 wooden boards. with few exceptions each board concentrates on one particualr…

 

Created : Wednesday, April 20, 2016 - 13:38
Updated : Wednesday, May 6, 2020 - 12:34

 

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The Vigil The Framework The starting point was the creation of a two dimensional archetypical tree which was the full width and  height of the basement, so stretching from floor to ceiling and from wall to wall.  The tree was designed by Wendy Harpe and built and installed by Tony Mercer. Above the tree in situ Once the tree was in place tiny nails were hammered at one inch intervals along the lower edges of the branches. The Activity The…

 

Created : Thursday, February 11, 2016 - 16:40
Updated : Thursday, February 20, 2020 - 07:09

 

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The Vigil Framework Called  'Hands and Feathers' the performance took place in an area hung from ceiling to floor with long strips of paper which contained repeated drawings of a symbolic hand/bird form, where the outstretched fingers became the wings. These strips also represented a reaching through the space as a kind of flight. Above the space at the start of the Vigil and right an image of hands as wings - the kind of drawing which…

 

Created : Thursday, February 11, 2016 - 16:38
Updated : Thursday, February 20, 2020 - 07:09

 

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The Vigil The Framework Alastair MacLennan created a chequered board made up of  black and white squares on the ground floor of the basement.  Above this he hung a network of strings each culminating in a suspended nightlight. In the space he hung a paper lantern Above how the space looked at the start of the day. He also brought with him large billboard posters. The Activity Alastair cut the posters so as to form organic shapes but also in a…

 

Created : Thursday, February 11, 2016 - 16:33
Updated : Thursday, February 20, 2020 - 07:09

 

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The Vigils The Vigils were sub-titled 'Images of Peace'. To quote from the programme  "Images of war proliferate.  But images of peace have always been in short supply - particularly images of peace which are strong minded, positive and realistic" The Vigils were the Blackie's attempt to counter this situation. Left photos of the brochure's  cover with candle and birds. The springboard and stimulus for The Vigils was Jonathan Schell's "The Fate…

 

Created : Saturday, February 6, 2016 - 16:57
Updated : Thursday, February 20, 2020 - 07:09

 

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The creation of an environment daily for four weeks. We have very limited paperwork and few photographs of what was one of our very first visual arts projects but what we do have clearly lays out principles which have informed our work ever since those early days.  The following are quotes from the original Press Release and Invitation to people to take part. " One of the main problems of art is that is at the top you have the best ballet…

 

Created : Thursday, February 19, 2015 - 17:43
Updated : Thursday, February 20, 2020 - 07:09

 

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A sometimes serious, sometimes light-hearted look at food and eating, interpreted in textiles by artists from Merseyside and around the country. The Artists and Their Work: Su Richardson (Birmingham) Su uses crochet in much of her work - it's a medium she feels she can control; she "didn't learn it from a man, and men don't know enough about it to pass comment."  She also says of this technique: "It's a medium that's always been connected…

 

Created : Saturday, September 8, 2012 - 23:07
Updated : Wednesday, April 8, 2020 - 06:42

 

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'The universal concept of the secret garden, ancient and hallowed, is vital to psychic life, whether as a creation of the imagination, or as a real place.'    'Your high walls enclose a small patch of sky and earth, a microscopic landscape   where each object is so essential that it is … reduced to a symbol.'        -- Meinrad Craighead  'Elemental Symbols' 'Secret Gardens' was one of a series of exhibitions with the overall title: 'How…

 

Created : Friday, June 8, 2012 - 13:38
Updated : Wednesday, April 8, 2020 - 06:39

 

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To celebrate the Blackie's 20th birthday and the opening of the extended and completed ground floor as 'The Blackie Gallery', a six week cycle of contemporary textile exhibitions was introduced, with a new exhibition each week. 'How Does Your Garden Grow' was the first exhibition in the series of theme-based textile exhibitions. It was a personal collection of 'real' gardens. Batik, embroideries, weavings, collages and fabric paintings; they…

 

Created : Friday, June 8, 2012 - 13:27
Updated : Thursday, March 26, 2020 - 06:47

 

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