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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.

Edward Murphy OBE
Ed Murphy friend, supporter, volunteer and Chair of the Trustees from   to his death in October 2016. Read More
16-10-2017 2 hours 8 min ago
Garden Dances -28 May - 17th June 1984
Garden Dances took place during the Liverpool International Garden Festival :   2nd May  – 14th  October 1984 Read More
08-06-2015 2 weeks 1 day 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 3 weeks 4 days ago
The Education For All Show- June 1970 20-09-2017 3 weeks 6 days ago
Magic In The Parks - August/Sept. 1970
Magic In The Parks was the Blackie's Summer Theatre for 1970 Read More
22-07-2017 4 weeks 3 days ago
Second Sight - 1977
Second Sight was the Blackie's Summer Theatre in 1977.  It was inspired by 1971's Summer theatre  Gifts To A City  but focused on photography. Read More
25-07-2017 4 weeks 4 days ago
Second Sight - Silhouettes - August 1977
Second Sight was based on using photography to get people to look again.  It came in two parts - part 1 was  events around the City and part 2  was photographic games played with young people in 4 different playschemes.  This is a description of part two - although there are good descriptions of the games, we have very little in the way of photographs. Silhouettes Read More
25-07-2017 7 weeks 2 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 11 weeks 2 days ago
Food Events - Summer 1976
The Idea   Read More
09-03-2014 11 weeks 4 days ago
Directors Report On Lorry Theatre - 1969
Lorry Theatre took place very early in the Blackie's history  and it was the first attempt of working with communities in the open air.  Bill Harpe directed the event and, not surpringly, his Report On Lorry Theatre considers the role of the arts and artists when working with audiences who traditionally have had little or no relationships with either. LORRY THEATRE EXPEDITION 1969. DIRECTOR'S REPORT Read More
17-07-2017 13 weeks 19 hours 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 36 weeks ago
Artists Who Have Exhibited at The Black-E: H to M
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. .   Read More
21-09-2012 1 year 32 weeks ago
Artists Who Have Exhibited at The Black-E: N to S
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. .   Julia O'Leary : ANIMALS: for the use of ... (1989) Read More
21-09-2012 1 year 36 weeks ago
Artists Who Have Exhibited At The Black-E: T to Z
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. Joram Tenbrink  :  Participatory Vigils (1983); Read More
20-09-2012 1 year 36 weeks ago
Bar Room Tales - Ken Campbell's Road Show - May 1970
Ken Campbell's  Road Show - led by the immitable Ken Campbell   - was a group of six performers based in Chorley Lancashire.  The Blackie promoted their Bar Room Tales in May 1970.  Read More
18-10-2013 4 years 1 hour ago
Becoming Breathless May Also Become A Friendly Habit
A player runs into a room where one player is lowering themselves to the ground in slow motion and the other players are each individually and quietly engaged in building card houses.  The running player is breathing heavily and beginning to sweat.  This player steps carefully over to the figure moving in slow motion  -  avoiding any vibration likely to disturb the card houses which are being assembled  -  and touches the slow moving figure on the shoulder.  After a moment of relaxa Read More
22-06-2012 1 year 24 weeks ago
Bill Harpe
Bill Harpe 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 2 years 8 weeks ago
Body & Soul Film Shows - January 1976
As part of Peter Moore's second Exhibition Body & Soul the Blackie staged its second participatory exhibition 'Yours For The Taking'.  We also contributed by showing films and video tapes at the Blackie under the title Body & Soul   where the music was Soul and the Body was dance. The screenings started on Saturday 17th January and went on 4 weeks.  We started with:-:- Read More
05-10-2012 4 years 50 weeks ago
Brendan MacCormack - Blackie Benefit
The Story behind Brendan MacCormack's guitar concert this Thursday February 4th,  began over a year ago.  In December 1980, a few days before Christmas, the Blackie learned (in company with 40 other Projects nationally) it would not receive a grant from Arts Council in the coming year. Read More
15-01-2014 3 years 35 weeks ago
Building Sight - Balloons - 4/5 and 19th January 1975
The Idea:  To create a coloumn of Helium filled white balloons which went from the bottom to the top of the building site. This would hopefully sway in the wind which at this stage of rebuilding swept through the site. This turned out to be the first  of three installations involving balloons. Read More
12-11-2014 2 years 37 weeks ago

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