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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.

The 20th Birthday Celebrations - 26th - 30th May 1988
People were invited to join the 20th Birthday Party by visiting The Blackie during Read More
18-01-2017 1 day 12 hours ago
The 20th Birthday Celebrations - Stephen and Jimmy's Party - 29th May 1988
Stephen Knox and Jimmy Tagoe created the last of the three parties. The Programme 12pm - 2pm   Pat Rodaway : guitar and song - in the Gallery 2pm   Tommy Jones :  Goyararu Karate - in the basement 12       Da Bei Feng : Kites from the roof Read More
18-01-2017 1 day 13 hours ago
The Last Poets - Oh My People - 29th May 1988
The Last Poets (Jalal Mansur  Nuriddin and Suliaman El-Hadi) made Read More
01-02-2017 1 day 13 hours ago
The 20th Birthday Celebrations - Kevin's & Nicky's Party - 26th May 1988
3-10pm Kevin Rowan's & Nicky Dewison's Party (for Blackie regulars aged 12 and under) 3pm - 4.30pm Cartoon Film show 4.30 - 6.30  Puppet theatre. Clown, Birthday cake and food 7pm - 10pm  Disco   Read More
30-01-2017 3 weeks 9 hours ago
The 20th Birthday Celebrations - Sally & Judy's Party - 27th May 1988
Sally Morris' & Judy Bate's  Party 12 noon The Guo Brothers - on the steps of the dome. Read More
27-01-2017 3 weeks 9 hours ago
The Last Poets - Blessed Are Those Who Struggle - Dec. 1985
This was the first of two visits by the iconic group The Last Poets to the Blackie - the 2nd being in 1988 as part of the Blackie's 20th Birthday Celebrations. Read More
13-01-2017 4 weeks 10 hours ago
The Last Poets - Review
Of all the lines included in this collection - a collection which spans almost 20 years, from the late 1960s to the mid-1980s - the one that for me most tellingly sums up The Last Poets comes from the chorus to Suliaman El Hadi’s Blessed Are Those Who Struggle: ‘Bet­ter to die for a noble cause than to live and die a slave’. Read More
13-01-2017 4 weeks 10 hours ago
Starkies Stall - June 1977
THE IDEA:  for this outdoor event emerged from a conversation with artist and Read More
07-05-2015 11 weeks 1 day 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 12 weeks 6 hours 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 13 weeks 4 days ago
100 years of Womens Banners
“Great claims are made for the pen, the brush and the sword, but the needle can be as sharp, as mighty and as moving”  Dawn Pavitt. 100 years of Womens Banners was a Grade 2 travelling exhibition and included historical material. Read More
08-09-2012 2 years 28 weeks ago
25 Stroke Trees - 1993
The Black-E was launched in May 1968.  These workshops were both a celebration of our 25th Annivers Read More
25-11-2015 1 year 12 weeks ago
43 - From May 2011
The 43  exhibition began to come to life on 26 May 2011 with… AN INVITATION TO CELEBRATE A BIRTHDAY Read More
07-06-2015 1 year 4 weeks ago
A Meditational Activity May Produce Growth
A picture of a flower is emerging stroke by stroke on a blackboard.  It is being created by a group of players.  All the players began this game by gently rising and sinking with boards balanced on their heads.  Any time a board has fallen to the floor, the player losing the board has gone over to the blackboard and made a single chalk mark towards the creation of a flower :  the player then returns to their place, replaces the board on their head, and begins again gently rising and falling.  Read More
23-06-2012 42 weeks 5 days ago
A Modest Proposal ok - 1974
Above the cover of 'A modest Proposal ok' and below is the opening page. Read More
22-08-2016 26 weeks 1 day ago
A Spring Happening - In Homage to Allen Kaprow - July 1969
A Spring Happening by Alan Kaprow was first performed at the Reuben Gallery, New York in March1961.  It was recreated at The Blackie by Wendy Harpe in July 1969.   Read More
22-07-2013 2 years 4 weeks ago
African-Caribbean Dance at The Blackie
‘Black Dance’ (to use those two words in the most simple and direct of ways) first took root at The Blackie in 1969 through the twice weekly (Junior and Senior) Soul Discos created in partnership with Radio Doom Discoteque and Nova Express Lightshow.  The youngsters participating in these Discos  -  principally from Liverpool’s African-Caribbean communities in L8 and L1  -  engaged in social dancing to the music of African-American artists and groups James Brown, The Temptations, Sly and the Family Stone, Stevie Wonder, Aretha Franklin, The Supremes, Gladys Knight a Read More
09-06-2014 2 years 36 weeks ago
Agreement May Produce Pleasing Results
The players are sat in a circle around the storyteller. The storyteller begins by asking questions.  The players all agree on the answer before this answer is given to the storyteller (or, alternatively, they all agree that they cannot answer the question).  Read More
23-06-2012 42 weeks 5 days ago
Anna Lockwood
Anna Lockwood is a distinguished New Zealand composer, now called Annea Lockwood and resident in America. She first came to Liverpool in 1967 when Wendy Harpe promoted her Glass Concert (in which Anna made music from a range of glass - from striking long glass rods of varying lengths to dropping glass beads into metal containers) at the Bluecoat Chambers. Read More
27-11-2012 4 years 7 weeks ago
Artists Who Have Exhibited at The Black-E: A to G
The artists below have all exhibited at the Black-E since it start in 1968. Wherever possible we have included the dates and event they were part of, but in some cases we lack this information - 40 years is a long time. .   Mags Blackwell :  Sister To Shakespeare (1982). Read More
20-09-2012 1 year 2 weeks ago

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