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‘Participation’ is a word which is now used with many different meanings.  Participation  -  as featured on the pages ‘Living Model Theatre’, ‘Themed Boxes’, and ‘Participatory Exhibitions’  -  focuses on one  area of participation, and is directed specifically on those unique events where the audience attending the event become the joint  creators or creator of a completed work or works.

 

The Education For All Show - June 1970
Education For All was the third of the Blackie's participatory theatre shows. It was commissioned jointly by St Helen's Council through its Education Department and North West Arts.  It celebrated the 100th anniversary of the 1870 Education Act. Preparations for the Show started with research - all possible participants were provided with a Reading List much of which was compulsory. ( The Reading List can be accessed by clicking here). So by the time the show was being created those working on it had a clear idea of how  governments and educationalists saw the purposes of education and  the differences within these visions. The Idea The Show would be in two parts - part one was a model of the education system.  Part two was a model of the world of work. As with all the Blackie participatory shows there was a central bureaucracy.  This welcomed people as they arrived - provided score sheets - provided certificates - ensured that participants were in the right place. In addition there were those who supervised the various processes and, as necessary,  acted as anything from social workers to a police force. How It Worked The Education System within the Show was based on people's ability to balance and the speed at which they could fulfill the tasks.   Based on the statistics of the time a system was created which mirrored how the education worked and fulfilled the practical needs of the show. Each performance had limit of 60 participants of these:-  30 people would leave the education system without gaining any qualifications 30  would go on to get try to get a 1st degree certificates  (kind of the equivalent of 'O' Levels) 22 would pass and get a 1st degree certificate. 11 would gain  qualify for a 2nd degree certificate 8 would gain a 2nd degree certificate 4 would pass to go on to the equivalent of University (1 in the 4 would 'drop out')   Left a sample of a Certificate of Excellence.  The colour of the stars varied depending on the level of the degree achieved.     Participants were tested by a series of games which ranged from the easy to very difficult. Below are some of these games in process:- Game 1 Progress along a string on the floor.  Participants were invited to hop along the string as fast as they could.    Above and right participants  hopping along a string which is calibrated.  This was the simplest game played.  Participants were scored on how far they got before losing contact with the string, time they took and style. Game 2  With board on head follow the string along a wall by touching it. You lost points if you lost contact with the string or lost your board. Game 3 There were two obstacle courses one was a course over boxes covered with cups where you had to avoid touching the cups. You lost points if you touched a cup or lost your board.   Game 5 This was an obstacle course amongst piles of books.  You had to avoid touching the books.  Below is the best photograph we have of this activity.    Game 6 Progressing along a string on the floor with a board on head and picking up cups placed alongside the string.     You lost points if you touched the floor, lost contact with the string or dropped or missed a cup.  Read More
20-09-2017 1 week 4 days ago
The Education For All Show - The Reading List - June 1970
Reading List for Education For All   1870 Education Act* 1944 Education Act* Half Our Future by Sir John Newsham* Read More
22-11-2017 2 weeks 3 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 19 weeks 3 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 1 year 3 weeks ago
Gifts For A City - The Works - April 1979
The works below have been chosen from the works that were not taken home.  This means that we do not have equal numbers of works for each area; for instance only two for Toxteth.  Read More
31-10-2016 1 year 3 weeks ago
My Room 1982
1982 was the centenary of Virginia Woolf. Read More
11-02-2012 1 year 25 weeks ago
The Bread Work - 1995
The Bread Work was made during t Read More
12-11-2015 2 years 1 week ago
Sanctuary October 31st/November 1st 1969
Sanctuary was the Blackie’s second piece of model theatre. It was commissioned by Shelter. There were 4 performances – afternoon and evening on October 31st and November 1st.  It was performed by people from the Blackie and 6th form pupils from Quarry Bank high School. Read More
23-11-2010 2 years 10 weeks 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 2 years 20 weeks ago
Rainbows Unlimited - Summer 1988 08-03-2012 2 years 23 weeks 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 2 years 20 weeks 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 19 weeks 3 days ago
Games For A Rainy Day -September 1978 29-03-2012 2 years 46 weeks 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 1 year 3 weeks ago
Gifts For A City - The Works - April 1979
The works below have been chosen from the works that were not taken home.  This means that we do not have equal numbers of works for each area; for instance only two for Toxteth.  Read More
31-10-2016 1 year 3 weeks ago
Many Hands Make Art Work - February 1981
Many Hands Make Art Work was the Blackie’s 5th  Rainbow Project Read More
09-03-2012 2 years 46 weeks ago
My Room 1982
1982 was the centenary of Virginia Woolf. Read More
11-02-2012 1 year 25 weeks ago
Rainbows Unlimited - Summer 1988 08-03-2012 2 years 23 weeks ago
Sanctuary October 31st/November 1st 1969
Sanctuary was the Blackie’s second piece of model theatre. It was commissioned by Shelter. There were 4 performances – afternoon and evening on October 31st and November 1st.  It was performed by people from the Blackie and 6th form pupils from Quarry Bank high School. Read More
23-11-2010 2 years 10 weeks ago
The Bread Work - 1995
The Bread Work was made during t Read More
12-11-2015 2 years 1 week ago

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