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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 10 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
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 42 weeks 4 days 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 1 year 38 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 2 years 40 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 13 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 1 year 18 weeks 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 13 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 1 year 19 weeks ago
Down To Earth Booklet - 1984 15-08-2015 1 year 23 weeks ago
Easter Casino 1974 09-03-2014 2 years 12 weeks ago
Eat Your Art Out - Summer 1987
The Idea : Our 1987 Summer Tour (part of Merseyside Play Action's Artists on Playschemes Initiative) was based on the participatory exhibition 'Eat Your Art Out' held at the Bede Gallery Jarrow in February 1987. Read More
25-02-2015 1 year 13 weeks ago

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