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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 9 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
DIY of Meeting and Greeting Games
There is no single structure around which meeting and greeting games may be devised.  Meeting games may explore and celebrate the physical interactions of meetings and greetings, the verbal interactions, or both.  Players may be creating hand greetings which have never been seen before, introducing themselves in ways which they have never done before, or meeting other players whom they cannot see.  Games along these lines are described in this chapter. Read More
07-05-2015 2 years 23 weeks ago
DIY Of Obstacle Courses
THE DIY OF OBSTACLE COURSE GAMES The creation of an obstacle course is a game in itself, and may indeed be structured as a game for players to undertake before they venture into an obstacle course of their own creation. Read More
06-05-2015 2 years 8 weeks ago
DIY Of Upside-Down Children's Games
The four games described in this chapter are upside-down versions of the party games musical chairs and pic-a-stick, the playground game tig (or tag), and 'blind man's buff'.  Turning a familiar children's game or competition upside-down, however, is not easy.  It only seems easy and natural after it has been done.  Read More
30-04-2016 1 year 24 weeks ago
Doors and Gates
This games was played over two weeks and the intention of the game was to end up with a photographic exhibition of Doors and Gates. Read More
16-09-2013 2 years 20 weeks ago
Dotto - 1998 onwards
Dotto (originally titled ‘Thirty Something’ after a TV series exploring the lives of 30 year olds) was a game invented to celebrate our 3rd decade 1998-2008.  We started playing it in 1998 and played on until we left the building for redevelopment in 2003   Read More
10-03-2014 3 years 22 weeks ago
Down To Earth 1 - 1978
Down To Earth was originally created as a way of providing the basis for debate and creative activities for the Second Merseyside Gathering of Community Artists February 1978.  It was staged as a day-long game and took place in an empty 3-storey warehouse in the centre of Liverpool Read More
04-08-2015 1 year 47 weeks ago
Down To Earth 1978 - Problems and Solutions
Below major problems in farming are followed by solutions both for the farmers and for the community artists.   PROBLEM YOU HAVE BURNT OFF THE FOREST COVER ON YOUR MOUNTAIN LAND TO PLANT CROPS, YOUR SOIL IS NOW BEING WASHED AWAY DOWN THE SLOPE BY HEAVY RAINFALL, YOU HAVE TO DEAL WITH THE LAND TO PRESERVE THE SOIL, AND STILL MAKE A PROFIT Read More
15-10-2015 2 years 1 day ago
Down To Earth 2 - Oct/November 1984
Down To Earth has had two outings, the first being staged as a day-long game in February 1978.  See Down To Earth 1978. Read More
04-08-2015 1 year 47 weeks ago
Down To Earth Booklet - 1978
The Down To Earth booklet was produced after Down To Earth 1978. It contains the thoughts which informed and arose from the event itself. Read More
10-10-2015 2 years 1 week ago
Down To Earth Booklet - 1984 15-08-2015 2 years 5 weeks ago

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