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
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 30 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 1 year 50 weeks ago
Electronic Concert - 26 April 1968
Promoted by T Read More
22-02-2015 1 year 50 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 1 year 50 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 42 weeks 2 days 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 16 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 34 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 23 weeks ago
Flower Works and Bird Works 16-09-2013 3 years 5 weeks ago
Frustration May Be The Mother of Invention
  A group of players are busy arranging a collection of wooden bricks into a large circle.  Read More
22-06-2012 42 weeks 2 days ago

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