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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.

Sakoba - African Dance Drama - 1990/93/94/95
Sakoba was founded in 1987 by Bode Lawal (dancer and choreographer) and Ola Adeniran (musician and writer).  Sakoba is Yoruba for 'new dawn''  or 'new beginnings'.  The name reflects the Compnay's commitment to creating new work in Briatin drawing on traditional African sources, developing character and creativity  within African dance in the UK and promoting the tradition of story telling theatre. Read More
22-06-2018 2 days 17 hours ago
Celebrating Ed Murphy's Life - 6th Oct 2017 02-07-2018 1 week 2 days ago
Sally Morris
Sally Morris came to work at Blackie in 1971 and, apart from a year off to do a film course, remained until 2012. Sadly for the Black-E, her partner Kevin, and all her family and friends she died in May 2012. At the bottom of this page you will find a slide show which was created for her funeral. Working with Young People Read More
19-05-2014 4 weeks 2 days ago
Edward Murphy OBE
Ed Murphy friend, supporter, volunteer and Chair of the Trustees from   ?? to his death in October 2016. As can be seen from the obituary below much of Ed's life took place in meetings and offices but reviewing our Photographic Archive it can be seen that he took part in or attended numerous events at the Blackie, particularly in the days when his work load was less. Read More
16-10-2017 6 weeks 4 days ago
African Connections - 1992 -1997 02-12-2017 7 weeks 2 days ago
African Connections - The Batiks -1992-1997
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.. Read More
02-12-2017 7 weeks 2 days ago
Irie! dance theatre - 1992 & 1993
IRIE! dance theatre - Background Read More
09-06-2018 8 weeks 4 days ago
Irie! the black spirit - Review by Bill Harpe
Saltaire Dance is no more than a virtually undetectable small blip on the profile of the recently established National Curriculum for schools. It can surely only be because this Curriculum has been created by a non-dancing quango. Read More
18-06-2018 8 weeks 4 days ago
Educational Darts - 17/18th March 1971
This was the Blackie's second piece of model theatre on the education system - the first in 1970 was "Education for All". Read More
11-07-2017 9 weeks 3 days ago
Bill Harpe
Bill Harpe (choreographer, dancer and games creatrer) was a co-founder of The Blackie (now The Black-E). He started work in 1968 and, apart from the odd sabbatical few months and an 18th months job share at the GLC with Wendy Harpe, he is still working there. Working With Young People Read More
07-11-2012 11 weeks 2 days ago
(19) (The Blackie) Now Available Stone Washed - Summer 1986
    To read the content click on the numbers below and enlarge the image Read More
06-07-2016 42 weeks 6 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
09-09-2012 4 years 1 week 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 2 years 37 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 2 years 30 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 2 years 15 weeks 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 1 year 51 weeks ago
A Question of Equity - April 1990
 A Question of  Equity was a piece of Research as to the situation of women in the arts on Merseyside.  It was undertaken by Wendy Harpe and funded by Merseyside Arts.  It was a result of work done by The Women in Arts Research Group which was based at the Blackie, but which operated under the auspice of Mersyside Arts which provided administrative back up. Read More
07-08-2017 46 weeks 6 days 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 3 years 29 weeks ago
African Connections - 1992 -1997 02-12-2017 7 weeks 2 days ago
African Connections - The Batiks -1992-1997
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.. Read More
02-12-2017 7 weeks 2 days ago

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