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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 Last Poets - Oh My People Go - 29th May 1988
The Last Poets (Jalal Mansur  Nuriddin and Suliaman El-Hadi) made Read More
01-02-2017 1 day 1 hour ago
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 2 days 2 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 2 weeks 2 days 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 2 weeks 4 days 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 2 weeks 4 days 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 3 weeks 4 days 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 3 weeks 4 days ago
Starkies Stall - June 1977
THE IDEA:  for this outdoor event emerged from a conversation with artist and Read More
07-05-2015 10 weeks 5 days 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 11 weeks 4 days 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 1 day 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 2 years 6 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 2 years 5 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 2 years 3 weeks ago
Building Sight - Christmas Decorations - 21/22 December 1974
The Idea:   Decorate the building site for Christmas. Read More
19-11-2014 2 years 5 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 2 years 11 weeks ago
Building Sight - Ghost Riders - 1/2 February 1975
The Idea.  This installation was created  by Robin Riley; (his second installation for Building Sight); the following is his description of it. "Ghost Riders In The Sky (title of song) was used as sound for the event. Read More
10-12-2014 2 years 9 weeks ago
Building Sight - Landscapes and Living Spaces - 29/29 September 1974
This was the first  of the Building site installations. It was a work by performance artists Shirley Cameron and Roland Miller. The Idea  Shirley, Roland and their twin babies would 'live'  on the building site for the day.  Read More
02-12-2014 2 years 11 weeks ago
Building Sight - Level - 16/17 November 1974
Level was the first of three installations created by Liverpool sculptor Robin Riley.  Read More
15-11-2014 2 years 5 weeks ago
Building Sight - Light Now - 9/10 Nov 1974
Light Now was an installation created by artist Read More
05-11-2014 2 years 5 weeks ago
Building Sight - November Dreams - 2nd Nov 1974
November Dreams was a performance piece created by Liverpool poet an Read More
04-11-2014 2 years 5 weeks ago

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