Loving live-streamed life drawing

As you might already know, we hosted a live-streamed life drawing session for The Big Draw with performance artist Harry Clayton-Wright. On the night, we welcomed 20 artists to the session and to cut a long story story short, we had an absolute blast! It was funny, camp, laid-back… Just a lovely experience.

A Zoom like no other!

We hope to put on more sessions and are just getting our heads around the logistics of hosting this regularly. We believe in paying artists fairly for their work, so we need to do some sums to make sure that we can continue to do this.

Amazing drawings shared on Instagram.

Mini Makers BPL: Activity 4, printing on fabric

This week we will be
⭐️printing on fabric using rollers and sponge dabbers⭐️. You’ll get a nice big canvas tote bag and a pencil case in your pack, so your tiny folk can keep all of their art kit nice and tidy.


  • If you do get paint on clothes or furnishings use soapy water to remove as soon as you can.
  • Fabric paint can take a while to dry. Once it’s touch dry (in about an hour) you’ll need to iron on the reverse of the fabric to fix it. If you don’t want to iron it, you just need to leave it to fix for 2 to 3 days.

You can download the step-by-step instructions here.

Here’s the video tutorial…

Happy Crafting!!! 

Mini Makers BPL: Activity 3, Coil Pots

This week’s activity…
⭐️Coil pots using air-dry clay⭐️

Important points:

  • Grown-ups: This activity will need your full supervision.
  • The clay is safe and non-toxic but do try and keep it out of tiny people’s mouths and wash your hands after use.
  • Also small pieces could be a choking hazard.
  • If you don’t feel comfortable using the air dry clay, please see Mint & Mamma’s video on how to make salt dough.
  • You have enough clay and moulding tools in your pack for you to experiment and do all kinds of different things, not just this clay pot tutorial. Enjoy! 😄

You can download the step-by-step instructions here.

Here’s the video tutorial…

Happy Crafting!!! 

Mini Makers BPL: Activity 2, Weaving

This week, we’re having a go at weaving!

You can download the step-by-step instructions here.

Here’s the video tutorial…

Happy Crafting!!! 

A Lovely Woolly Wall Hanging

Mini Makers BPL: Activity 1, Paper Windmills

This week our friends at South Beach Beacons have designed a paper windmill-making activity for us 🤩

Here’s a pic of what you’ll get in your pack:

You’ll also get some printed step-by-step instructions, you can download them here too.🎨 

Here’s the video tutorial…

Last but not least, here are some of the South Beach Beacons having a go at making their windmills.

Part 1

Part 2

Happy Crafting!!! 

Find out more about the Meet Me at the Windmill Project

Sand, Sea & Spray 2015: Sponsorship opportunities

Sand Sea & SprayAfter a 1 year break, Sand, Sea & Spray urban art festival is back for 2015!… and we’re looking for event sponsors to help us to bring to Blackpool so that everyone can enjoy great art in their favourite seaside town.

Taking place from Friday 10 to Sunday 12 July, see a number of outdoor galleries created by 30 leading UK and international street artists. Based on 2013 figures, we aim to reach over 20,000 people at the live paint days, as we will be working from a number of highly visible sites in and around the town centre. The festival also includes a Q & A session with international artists, a hip-hop themed music event, an information point, art shop and a series of school and community based workshops.

With sponsorship packages starting at £125, we can offer a range of ways to promote your organisation including a presence on the event website, social media mentions, logos and advertisements on our printed promotional materials (20,000 – 40,000 print run with distribution) and announcements from live event comperes.

For detailed breakdowns of these packages, please email [email protected]

Festival media partner: altBlackpool.co.uk is an online magazine which covers arts and cultural events in Blackpool and is run by a dedicated staff of 60 local volunteer writers and photographers. They will provide coverage on their website and online broadcasts of the weekends events.

This year’s event will be run by local community interest company Aunty Social CIC. Aunty Social is a volunteer-led, grassroots community group that organises lots of positive arts activities for people in Blackpool.

You can always pledge support through our crowdfunding page

The festival is supported by grant funding from Arts Council England and Blackpool Council.