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The Idea:  African Connections was a project which explored the links between traditional African dances and contemporary social dances.  It led to the creation and exhibition of 24 Batiks plus the creation of 24 flick books illustrating the chosen dances.. You will find a full description of African Connections under Dance  by clicking here. African Connections  took place over 5 years - it started with research - followed by bringing the…

 

Created : Saturday, December 2, 2017 - 16:06
Updated : Thursday, February 20, 2020 - 07:09

 

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 Da Bei Feng was, when he first came to the Blackie, called Ed George.  He worked as a member of staff from April 1970 until June 1972.  He then changed his name to Da Bei Feng and took up a number of Chinese activities including Calligraphy and Kite making. He died young and we have been left with his kites - now somewhat the worse for wear.  We use them to decorate the building during Chinese New Year and on other appropriate occasions. Below…

 

Created : Friday, April 21, 2017 - 16:48
Updated : Thursday, February 20, 2020 - 07:09

 

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The works below have been chosen from the works that were not taken home.  This means that we do not have equal numbers of works for each area; for instance only two for Toxteth.  There were two logistical problems in the show.  First everyday throughout the week there was a different photograph - this posed problems in that people who wanted to offer a 'gift' to a specific part of the City were often faced with working on a different site.   In…

 

Created : Monday, October 31, 2016 - 12:34
Updated : Thursday, February 20, 2020 - 07:09

 

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This Exhibition resulted from a Meeting And Greeting Game. The players were invited to move around,  each time they met another player they created a hand-greeting repeating this three times until both partners are happy with the hand-greeting created. Both players must contribute equally to the greeting (that is, the greeting does not reveal one active player and one passive player). This was the original hand greeting game. It was finally…

 

Created : Saturday, April 30, 2016 - 17:53
Updated : Wednesday, May 6, 2020 - 12:30

 

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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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This was our first visual arts activity and was a way of decorating the basement area in what was, when we moved in, a very dilapidated building. At the time the building was uded by a number of groups

 

Created : Wednesday, January 20, 2016 - 12:05
Updated : Thursday, February 4, 2016 - 16:38

 

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