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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.

Going Away Games - 7th January 1973
As explained in the above leaflet Going Away Games was a day long show to mark the closure of the building for redevelopment. Read More
15-03-2017 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.  Pat Rodaway had been coming to the Blackie since he was a young lad.  He performed on the gallery stage but currently we do not have any  photos of this. 2pm   Tommy Jones :  Goyararu Karate - in the basement Read More
18-01-2017 2 weeks 5 days ago
Kites by Da Bei Feng
 Da Bei Feng was, when he first came to the Blackie Read More
21-04-2017 4 weeks 3 days ago
Participatory Vigils - 19th Nov - 3rd December 1983
The Vigils Read More
06-02-2016 8 weeks 5 days ago
The 20th Birthday Celebrations - 26th - 30th May 1988
People were invited to join the 20th Birthday Party by visiting The Blackie during t Read More
18-01-2017 9 weeks 15 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 9 weeks 14 hours ago
The 20th Birthday Celebrations - Sally & Judy's Party - 27th May 1988
Sally Morris' & Judy Bates, (now Gough)  Party 12 noon The Guo Brothers - on the steps of the dome. Read More
27-01-2017 10 weeks 2 days ago
Food Events - Summer 1976
The Idea   Read More
09-03-2014 11 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 11 weeks 4 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). We know that 'The Party' included a puppet theatre, a Clown who did magic and comedy, a disco and of course food and a birthday cake.  What is less clear is the actual running order of events, so below is an educated guess. 3pm - 4.30pm Cartoon Film show, Puppet Theatre and Comedy/Magic. Read More
30-01-2017 11 weeks 4 days ago
Eat Your Art Out - February 1987
When visitors arrived at the Bede Gallery they were given a small printed leaflet which read as follows Read More
19-02-2015 1 year 44 weeks ago
Electronic And Acoustic Music - Oct 1970
Three day residency by Colin Stiff, William Monical, and Phillip Wechsman at the Blackie in 1970.  Programme as below, laid out as we advertised it. It was a mixture of electronic and contemporary acoustic music and so is under both heads.   Read More
11-10-2012 2 years 12 weeks ago
Electronic Concert - 26 April 1968
Promoted by T Read More
22-02-2015 2 years 11 weeks ago
Electronic Concert Discography - April 1968
Below is a (necessarily incomplete) discography of electronic and concrete music. With the exception of deleted records (i.e., available only at second-hand) all records may be obtained at, or ordered at Rare Records Ltd., 36, John Dalton St., Manchester. Tel: 0161-832-73/5 Unless otherwise indicated, all records are 12" L.P.’s. Read More
22-02-2015 2 years 11 weeks ago
Every Century Is Cause For Some Celebration
It looks like a skipping marathon.  All of the players have taken a skipping rope.  Some are skipping gently, some are skipping at speed, and some are trying out tricky footwork and crossed arms as they skip.  Then one player trips on their rope and stops skipping.  The player puts down the rope and lies down on the floor as if going to sleep.  Read More
22-06-2012 1 year 4 weeks ago
Evolution of the Blues - Jon Hendricks & Family - March 1972
JON HENDRICKS rose from singing in his fathers church in Ohio to national fame as a chart-topping singer and composer in the U.S.  He presented the original version of "The Evolution of the Blues" at the Monterey Jazz Festival in 1961. Read More
11-10-2012 4 years 29 weeks ago
Expectation Promotes Unity
The players have been promised a party but first they are to decorate the room.  The players have been provided with a very long skipping rope, decorations, and a ladder. Read More
23-06-2012 4 years 48 weeks ago
Family Threads - July/August 1989
This exhibition was aimed towards reflecting individual interpretations, through the medium of textiles, of the concept of a family, whether it be in the form of a visual metaphor as with Liz Pembroke’s work or perhaps, more simply, as a response to the presence of a particular member of a family, as with Betty Myerscough. The Artists and Their Work: Read More
21-02-2012 2 years 37 weeks ago
Flower Works and Bird Works 16-09-2013 3 years 19 weeks ago
Food Events - Summer 1976
The Idea   Read More
09-03-2014 11 weeks 4 days ago

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