All aboard the Charabanc!

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Charabanc is Blackpool’s newest handmade boutique gift shop, selling everything from hand crafted jewellery to custom furniture, home wares to artwork and everything in between.

August Bank Holiday Weekend will see Charabanc open its doors to shoppers from across the Fylde Coast and beyond giving an opportunity for you to pick up that perfect gift or, if you’re visiting, a souvenir with a difference to take back to your friends at home.

As well as giving local designers and makers an opportunity to sell their wares on the high street, Aunty Social is also raising much needed funds through the new venture with profits being invested into providing low cost activities for residents.

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Amongst the stockists you’ll find products from glass artist Colette Halstead, custom jewellery creator Yappers Chappers, screen print king Robin Ross and home wares specialist Squirrel & Tiffin – plus many more besides.

So do drop in and browse the beautiful selection of hand crafted items on offer – and grab yourself a bit of Blackpool.

Open from Saturday 13rd August 2013
Address: Charabanc, 1 Olympia Buildings, Coronation Street, Blackpool

 

 

Places to go and things to do…

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At Aunty Social we’re always looking at how we can put on fun and interesting creative events and activities that get people out of the house. So we’ve put together a quick survey to help us plan our programme.

Please help us out and take part, it shouldn’t take more than 10 minutes.

Take the survey

Aunty at Wordpool: 2012 round-up

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Wordpool (Blackpool Council’s 6th Annual Festival of Words) took part between 31/10/2012 and 16/11/2012.  This was the first year that Aunty Social has been involved hosting three events in the programme.

 

Halloween Screen     31/10/2012

A double bill of black and white gothic horror from the vault.  This was a rare chance to see two classic horror films Nosferatu (1922) and Frankenstein (1931) on the big screen in the wonderful setting of the Winter Gardens Pavilion.  To match the atmospheric venue, we asked the audience to dress up.  Prizes were awarded to the best dressed!  The evening finished with Torchlit tours of the Winter Gardens.

With an audience of over 100 in attendance, this was a great fundraiser for the Winter Gardens Trust and Aunty Social.  Aunty will be returning to the Winter Gardens for more screenings in 2013.

3hundredand65     14/11/2012
Dave Kirkwood, founder of 3hundredand65, a graphic novel, created on Twitter, one day at a time in aid of the Teenage Cancer Trust.

Trust.  The event included a Q&A, a chance to look through the project sketchbooks and fundraising auctions and competitions.  We managed to raise £327 for the Teenage Cancer Trust by holding two online auctions of art work by Pure Evil and Sam ‘Mr Sam’ Shearon as well as a more traditional cake sale and raffle.  Dave got his wish of securing Simon Pegg to compose a tweet for the project (due on the 24th Dec 2012).  Let’s hope our Twitter-nagging helped!

For more information on the project, visit: http://www.3hundredand65.co.uk/

31daysinBlackpool (#31days)
Exhibition: 16/11/2012 – 30/11/2012

31daysinBlackpool was a diary with a difference, locals and visitors will contribute to a photo diary of Blackpool via Twitter.  Participants took a photograph of/in Blackpool at 31 minutes past any hour and tweeted it using the hashtag #31days.  The winner of the competition was Kimberley-Jayne Wright with her Legend of Zelda themed photo of Salisbury Woodland.

For an overview of the rest of the festival, there are some great photos on both the Wordpool blog and the Facebook sites and reviews on the AltBlackpool website.  AltBlackpool have nominated Wordpool as one of five best events in Blackpool in 2012, you can vote on their site soon.

Overall, Wordpool delivered 20 events, 62 workshops/sessions, 8 new commissions/projects/pilots, 53 exhibition days (2 new exhibitions), employed 52 artists/writers/poets, and had over 2500 participants/audiences (the figures are still coming in on this and this doesn’t include the exhibition audiences, college workshops or our virtual audiences).

 

“All aboard the Charabanc!” Aunty has a new shop!

At our new shop! L-R Fran, Catherine, Mel, Blu, Wendy, Dotty.

Do you have your tickets?  Are you wearing your Sunday best?  Then hop in, we’re off to Blackpool, and we’re travelling in style!

Charabanc is Blackpool’s newest boutique, selling vintage and hand-crafted items for you and your home.  Beautiful vintage fashion, stylish furniture, individual and quirky jewellery, gifts and homewares and so much more.

This hidden gem, tucked away in King Street, opened on Saturday 25th August 2012 in a flurry of creativity and cupcakes.

Aunty has teamed up with some fellow creatives to create a boutique with a wide range of products in a unique setting.  Our partners are:

We will be selling a variety of our crafty wares: jewellery, accessories and, of course, lovely woolly items courtesy of Knittaz with Attitude.  Our profits will go into providing more inclusive arts activities in Blackpool.

The launch party took place on Friday 24th August, with plenty of people coming along to wish us luck in our new venture.  There was a competition for the best dressed vintage singleton or couple, with the winner receiving £20 to spend in Charabanc and live entertainment.

Do pop in and say hello, you can find us at 28b King Street, Blackpool, FY1 3DL. You can also keep up to date with shop news and offers on Facebook or Twitter

A big special thank you to

 

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It’s been a while since the last post, but we have been ever so busy with planning activities for this month and beyond.  Over the Bank Holiday weekend, we painted a gazillion faces and helped nippers make lots of pretty bracelets and necklaces at YOMOFO ‘Alfresco’ at Stanley Park Cricket Club.  Despite the yucky weather, it was a grand day out, with plenty of activities, brill music and smiling faces.

So, this is where we will be in June:

Watch out for other crafty activities in between!

Flying the Flag: A crowdsourced textile art project

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Last month Knittaz with Attitude took part in The Fabric of the Flag exhibition at FY Creatives in Blackpool.

For The Fabric of the Flag curator Robin Ross invited a group of artists to consider issues which surround the idea of a flag. Responses looked at the properties of flags in wide ranging terms; influence, symbolism, inspiration and even the basics of the fabric which makes them.

“Flags are changing nations lives, futures and indeed the political map of the world.”

Artists: Aunty Social / Edwin Firminger / Garth Gratrix / Kevin Walsh
Jamie Cook / Robin Ross / Sam Horsley / Shane Gray / Sharen Kaur / Ruby Coupe

Naturally, ours was woolly :D
A big thank you to all who took part knitting and crocheting squares and stars and sewing pieces together.  An extra big thank you to those of you who found us via Twitter and posted squares to us…you rock!

 

Aunty goes to ‘that London’: European Year of Volunteering #EYV11Tour

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Last week Aunty took part in the London stage of the European Year of Volunteering (EYV) tour at Coin St Neighbourhood centre in London.

The London EYV Tour events lasted a week and were designed to inspire volunteers.  The events, backed by the European Commission, offered anyone interested in helping others the chance to meet voluntary and community organisations and their volunteers.  It was also a chance for volunteers to get together, share their experiences and discuss issues that affect them.

It was great to meet other organisations and their volunteers and a special ‘shout out’ goes to the lovely Mark from Consortium and May from Greater London Volunteering Also, a big Blackpool “thank you” to the EYV Tour staff who looked after us well and gave us some very bright orange t-shirts to fashion into something tasteful *cough* and oh so *cough* stylish.

For more on EYV, visit www.cabinetoffice.gov.uk/eyv11tour or take a look at the #eyv11tourUK hashtag on Twitter.

Pop goes the Workshop: Part 2

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FREE Beadcraft workshop.
Make bracelets, earrings, phone charms and keyrings.
2:30pm to 4pm at the Grundy Art Gallery, Queen Street, Blackpool.
Suitable for all ages.

Drop in at any time between 2:30pm and 4pm
Facebook Event Page

Here’s the event poster and photos from last week’s session…

Do you know your Tweets from your Pokes?…

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Aunty Social Connected

Introduction to Social Media, Wednesday 1st June 2011

The Number 5 Cafe, 5 Cedar Square, Blackpool, FY1 1BP. Map

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Knittaz With Attitude

Calling all knit-wits! 

Aunty fancies a bit of yarnbombing (a type of street art that uses knitted fabrics instead of paint.  There will be a ‘knitting 101′ session for beginners to get you started.  This is your mission…if you’d like to get involved, drop us an email on info@auntysocial.co.uk for info on our next sesh.