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.

African Connexions - The Batiks
African Connexions was a project which explored the similarities between traditional African dances and contemporary social dances.  It led to 24 Batiks which were then exhibited. You will find a ful description of African Connexions under Dance (not yet available). The Batiks were made by Jan Green. Read More
02-12-2017 1 day 15 hours ago
African Connections - 1992 -1997 02-12-2017 1 day 17 hours ago
Merseyside Firsts - The Summer Tour-1989
Merseyside Firsts Summer Tour  The idea was an expansions from the 1986 playscheme 'Liverpool Firsts.'  In this instance the idea was to take young people on visits to places where there had been a Merseyside First and make a video illustrating  it. Read More
20-03-2018 2 days 18 hours ago
Liverpool Firsts - 1986
Intro The majority of Themed Playschemes have been written up specifically for the Archive Website. This is not the case with 'Liverpool Firsts'.  Below is a Report which was written at the time.   It is unaltered apart from the condensing of some of the statistical information which in the original runs to several pages. Read More
24-08-2016 3 days 18 hours ago
Black Dance In Britain - 23 August 1993
Left is the flye Read More
17-11-2017 1 week 3 days ago
The Education For All Show - June 1970
Education For All was the third of the Blackie's participatory theatre shows. It was commissioned jointly by St Helen's Council through its Education Department and North West Arts.  It celebrated the 100th anniversary of the 1870 Education Act. Preparations for the Show started with research - all possible participants were provided with a Reading List much of which was compulsory. ( The Reading List can be accessed by clicking here). So by the time the show was being created those working on it had a clear idea of how  governments and educationalists saw the purposes of education and  the differences within these visions. The Idea The Show would be in two parts - part one was a model of the education system.  Part two was a model of the world of work. As with all the Blackie participatory shows there was a central bureaucracy.  This welcomed people as they arrived - provided score sheets - provided certificates - ensured that participants were in the right place. In addition there were those who supervised the various processes and, as necessary,  acted as anything from social workers to a police force. How It Worked The Education System within the Show was based on people's ability to balance and the speed at which they could fulfill the tasks.   Based on the statistics of the time a system was created which mirrored how the education worked and fulfilled the practical needs of the show. Each performance had limit of 60 participants of these:-  30 people would leave the education system without gaining any qualifications 30  would go on to get try to get a 1st degree certificates  (kind of the equivalent of 'O' Levels) 22 would pass and get a 1st degree certificate. 11 would gain  qualify for a 2nd degree certificate 8 would gain a 2nd degree certificate 4 would pass to go on to the equivalent of University (1 in the 4 would 'drop out')   Left a sample of a Certificate of Excellence.  The colour of the stars varied depending on the level of the degree achieved.     Participants were tested by a series of games which ranged from the easy to very difficult. Below are some of these games in process:- Game 1 Progress along a string on the floor.  Participants were invited to hop along the string as fast as they could.    Above and right participants  hopping along a string which is calibrated.  This was the simplest game played.  Participants were scored on how far they got before losing contact with the string, time they took and style. Game 2  With board on head follow the string along a wall by touching it. You lost points if you lost contact with the string or lost your board. Game 3 There were two obstacle courses one was a course over boxes covered with cups where you had to avoid touching the cups. You lost points if you touched a cup or lost your board.   Game 5 This was an obstacle course amongst piles of books.  You had to avoid touching the books.  Below is the best photograph we have of this activity.    Game 6 Progressing along a string on the floor with a board on head and picking up cups placed alongside the string.     You lost points if you touched the floor, lost contact with the string or dropped or missed a cup.  Read More
20-09-2017 15 weeks 5 days ago
The Education For All Show - The Reading List - June 1970
Reading List for Education For All   1870 Education Act* 1944 Education Act* Half Our Future by Sir John Newsham* Read More
22-11-2017 16 weeks 4 days ago
(13) Still Crazy After All These Years - Summer/Autumn Winter '81 Spring '82 27-10-2017 17 weeks 14 hours ago
Magic In The Parks - August/Sept. 1970
Please note that unlike most parts of this archive, photos on this page do not necessarily enlarge as they are, in some cases, screen grabs from a DVD of a film and do not therefore have a level of quality which allows for succesful enlargement.   Read More
22-07-2017 18 weeks 2 days ago
Community Arts In Great Britain By Rufus Harris 01-11-2017 20 weeks 2 days ago
Black Dance In Britain - 23 August 1993
Left is the flye Read More
17-11-2017 1 week 3 days 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 5 years 20 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 4 years 6 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 3 years 8 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 3 years 8 weeks ago
Building Sight - Animal Magic No 3 - 30 Nov/1 December 1974
This event was created by DDart, a theatre group from Leeds Polytechnic Fine Art Department which included Jack Whirlpool and J.E.Latham.  We know this because the poster for the event and the publicity material says so.  We have no other paperwork or any idea of what the event was about.  The other thing we have are photographs and these are below. Read More
02-12-2014 3 years 10 weeks ago
Building Sight - Banners - 25/ 26 Feb 1975
Banners consisted of a display of large banners hung across the site containing thoughts Read More
03-11-2014 3 years 10 weeks ago
Building Sight - Beaming - 7/8 December 1974
The Idea : create a series of slogans around the word 'beam'  - so it drew upon the humour of young Read More
19-11-2014 3 years 8 weeks ago
Building Sight - Christmas Decorations - 21/22 December 1974
The Idea:   Decorate the building site for Christmas. Read More
19-11-2014 3 years 10 weeks ago
Building Sight - Flower Show - 26/27 Oct 1974
The Idea was simple - to create a Flower Show on site.  The idea was put to Liverpool City Council's  Department of Recreation and Open Spaces who agreed to do it. Read More
05-11-2014 3 years 15 weeks ago

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