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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 11 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 11 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
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 50 weeks 6 days 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 2 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 2 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 3 years 18 weeks 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 42 weeks 5 days 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 1 year 27 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 16 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 1 week 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 4 weeks ago
Building Sight - Like Stars In Your Eyes - 22/23 February 1975
Like Stars In Your Eyes was an installation by Clive Dilnot.  There are  no photographs of this installation.  However the original proposal still exists and represents pretty much what happened.  LIKE STARS IN YOUR EYES  SCULPTURE PIECE FOR GREAT GEORGES Read More
24-11-2014 2 years 4 weeks ago

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