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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
Building Sight - Rainbow - 15/16 February 1975
The Idea :  To create a rainbow across the site.  Read More
03-12-2014 2 years 4 weeks ago
Building Sight - Sailing - 14/15 December 1974
The Idea.  Sailing is about imagination. Combine the unfinished building and figures sailing in a mesh of steel girders. Could they go through the walls and into space? Sailing was Robin Riley's second contribution to Building Sight.  It was installed by Robin and his son Simon. The above is Robin's description of the installation. Read More
18-12-2014 2 years 4 weeks ago
Building Sight - Seaweed - 11/12 January 1975
The Idea:  to drape fresh seaweed over the beams. Read More
15-11-2014 2 years 10 weeks ago
Building Sight - Slides - 8/9 February 1975
The installation consisted of slides of the internal structures of the building material being used on the site. So slides of concrete, steel, bricks, etc. The slides were sourced from laboratories, and universities.  Overall there were 81 slides.  They were projected from within the site on a large screen on the back wall.  Read More
12-11-2014 2 years 4 weeks ago
Building Sight - The Concept -Sept 1974/Feb 1975
The Context:  The Blackie started its rebuilding programme in 1974  - as the building was stripped out there appeared the most amazing space which changed on a regular basis as the building work progressed. Read More
19-09-2014 2 years 6 weeks ago
Building Sight- Light On Site - 29th December 1974
Light on Sight was an event done to celebrate Wendy Harpe's birthday based on her Vigil For Peace.  The site was strongly lit, people clothed in black moved slowly along the beams placing lit night lights at the junctions wherever girders/ beams met. Read More
07-01-2015 2 years 6 weeks ago
Carnem Et Ciclum Dec 1972
Carnum et Ciclum was created by Leopoldo Maler as an event to celebrate  the original auditorium Below is the leaflet/poster  which announced the event  ________________________________________________________________              CARNEM ET CICLUM Read More
16-10-2012 1 year 43 weeks ago
Caught Up - Summer 1983
The Idea The summer of 1983 saw a variation - but in some ways also a continuation - on that year’s Easter Play Scheme theme of wool and weaving. The summer’s Play Scheme took the theme of spiders and their own weaving techniques. The theme proved to be very fruitful with a total of over 4,000 attendances over 54 sessions and some truly innovative takes on the spider theme. Read More
04-04-2015 1 year 44 weeks ago
Chance Is Brought About By Touch
A group of players are dancing with hoola-hoops.  Some players are keeping the hoola-hoops in motion around their waists, some around their hips, and some around their necks, arms, or legs.  Whenever a hoola-hoop falls to the floor the player simply picks up the hoop and starts again. Meanwhile, one other player  -  in an area with flowers and vases  -  is practising flower arrangement. Read More
22-06-2012 42 weeks 5 days ago
Collage By Letter
The game begins with the players going on a journey to an agreed destination. Read More
17-09-2012 1 year 39 weeks ago

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