Welcome

The Archive offers a display of 40-plus years of cultural history. Who did what, why, when and to what effect. More than an absorbing archive: also a do-it-yourself kit to contribute to future cultural initiatives; covering events created by the Black-E as well as the work of visiting artists.

Starkies Stall - June 1977
THE IDEA:  for this outdoor event emerged from a conversation with artist and Read More
07-05-2015 2 days 19 hours ago
Cultural Bingo - March 1970
"Bingo ...is a moronic activity" "......... the encouragement of large numbers of people to sit vacantly gaping at a numbered card in the usual vain expectation of totally undeserved reward is a questionable activity"  Lord goodman Chairman of The Arts  Council Cultural Bingo was a game invented by Bill Harpe; the idea was simple, the audience played bingo but won not only prizes but also a 'cultural' activity'.  Read More
22-11-2016 1 week 1 day ago
Gifts For A City - The Event - April 1979
Gifts for a City was The Blackies' fourth participatory exhibition at the Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool. The ideas/inspirations behind the show were public sculptures, the Blackies' summer theatre 'Gifts to a City' and to get people thinking about how they would like their city to be.  Read More
05-08-2013 2 weeks 5 days ago
Gifts For A City - The Works - April 1979
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.  Read More
31-10-2016 2 weeks 5 days ago
Poetry Plus
The following are events based round a specific poet, but often with music, and/or additonal readers.  For some poets we built a specific environment.  By and large we know very little about these events since often all we have is the original leaflet and our ever fading memories. Many of the links below are to Wikipedia but the Poetry Archive is also a brilliant resource for their works. Read More
27-11-2012 12 weeks 1 day ago
The Great Georges Project -a Report On The Work To Date - March 1970
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12-09-2016 12 weeks 3 days ago
(03) Newsheet March - 1970
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10-09-2016 12 weeks 3 days ago
(04) Play Is A Revolutionary Activity - Summer 1970 18-06-2016 12 weeks 6 days ago
(05) It's An Education - Summer 1971 11-06-2016 12 weeks 6 days ago
(06) In The Community Interest - Winter 1971 25-06-2016 12 weeks 6 days ago
Participatory Vigils 2 - Richard Layzell - 26th Nov 1983
The Vigil Framework Read More
11-02-2016 36 weeks 6 days ago
(01) Newsheet July/August 1969
This is the earliest newsheet we have found - to date.  It consists of two pages and does not have a cover as such. Read More
09-09-2016 12 weeks 6 days ago
(02) Newsheet Dec 1969 / Jan1970 Newsheet
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09-09-2016 12 weeks 6 days ago
(03) Newsheet March - 1970
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10-09-2016 12 weeks 3 days ago
(04) Play Is A Revolutionary Activity - Summer 1970 18-06-2016 12 weeks 6 days ago
(05) It's An Education - Summer 1971 11-06-2016 12 weeks 6 days ago
(06) In The Community Interest - Winter 1971 25-06-2016 12 weeks 6 days ago
(07) Its All In The Game - Easter 1972
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25-06-2016 12 weeks 6 days ago
(08) Towards A common Language - Summer 1972
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25-06-2016 12 weeks 6 days ago
(09) Towards A Definition Of Community - Autumn 1972
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25-06-2016 12 weeks 6 days ago

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