Make! Craft! Live!

Celebrating 50 Years of the Crafts Council

Make! Craft! Live! is a season of nationwide exhibitions, learning events, fairs, and digital activities that celebrates the value of craft to empower, enrich and connect our society. Running from October 2021 to October 2022, this marks 50 years of the Crafts Council and will be delivered through craft activities taking place at venues across the UK such as craft studios, museums, galleries, schools and community centres.


Aunty Social is pleased to be selected as one of the Crafts Council’s partners. Working together we will prioritise the social and environmental value of making, and platform new voices and narratives that have been historically overlooked. Championing ideas of diversity, sustainability, and resilience, our activity on is a call to action to rethink the role of making as a vehicle for social change.

So what are we doing?

The Halloween Crafternoon Tea Party

Saturday 30 October 2021

Join us for a magical and relaxed Halloween gathering hosted by Harry Clayton-Wright.   

A highlight of the afternoon is an inclusive ceramics workshop with artist Morgan Dowdall. Morgan will guide you as we create striking ceramic collages inspired by the theme of magic.

We’ll have plenty of tea, snacks, conversation and great tunes – all in a friendly, sober environment. Over the course of the afternoon, there will be two workshop sessions and you are very welcome to come and relax with us when you’re not taking part in the ceramics activity.

This is a free event.

Your host Harry Clayton Wright – Photo by Eivind Hansen
Workshop with Morgan Dowdall

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Half Term Model Making Workshops with Aardman Animations

Tuesday 1 June 2021: 10am & 12:30pm

EVENT POSTPONED

Join an expert model maker from Aardman Animations for a fun, hands-on clay modelling workshop.

About this event

Join an expert model maker from Aardman Animations for a fun, hands-on clay modelling workshop. 

At this session, you’ll discover how to make your very own model of inventor and Wallace’s best friend, Gromit which you can take home and keep.

Budding animators also get a rare chance to ask questions about the tricks of the trade from the Aardman studio, and learn about the animation process involved in the making of their award winning films.

Hands-on modelling workshop

Workshop times

  • 10:30am – 11:30am
  • 12pm – 1pm

Bursaries

We have a limited number of free places available for people on low incomes living in FY postcode areas. If you would like to request one of these tickets, please complete this short form. You will be asked to upload a photo/scan of evidence of your low income such as a mean-tested benefit or free school meals.

FAQs

Q: Can I take the model home that I create during a workshop?

A: Yes, please do!

Q: Is there an age restriction for this activity?

A: This event is suitable for ages 7 years+.

Q: Where is the Old Electric?

A:The Old Electric is on Springfield Road in Blackpool. The postcode is FY1 1QW. Their telephone number is 01253 834175. For more information, please visit the website.

Q: Do parents need to stay for the duration of the workshop?

A: 

– All children must be accompanied by an adult for the duration of the workshop. 

– Accompanying adults are not required to purchase a ticket, unless they wish to make a model too. 

– Please ensure that any siblings that are too young to participate in the workshop are supervised at all times.

Covid 19 safety

  • Please sign in/us the QR code to check in when entering the Old Electric. 
  • There are hand sanitiser points around the building, please make use of them.
  • If you are over 11years old, please wear a mask.
  • Social distancing of 1m+ applies. 
  • You will receive your own set of materials/resources – you do not have to share.

Please make sure that you are not experiencing symptoms related to Covid-19 such as high temperature, lack of smell and taste and a new persistent dry cough. If you show any symptoms you should not attend the event. 

Similarly, if you have been in contact with people exhibiting Covid-19 symptoms you should not attend the event. Please stay home and keep yourselves and others safe.

BFI Film Club Blackpool

Want to make your own films and see them on the big screen?

We’re looking for 15 budding filmmakers aged 12-15 yrs living in Blackpool to take part in Blackpool’s first BFI film club.

Registration for the April – June group has closed but if you’re interested in future sessions, please email us.

  • A filmmaking group for 12-15 year olds.
  • 6 April 2021 – 19 June 2021
  • 10 sessions and a showcase event

You’ll learn how films are made and with help from our industry professionals you’ll try your hand at lots of different skills including scriptwriting, model-making, filming on location, cinematography and video editing.

Your final film will be shown at a big showcase event and you’ll be able to invite all your friends and family.

Sessions also include workshops from Aardman Animations as well as a cinema trip. Plus, you’ll receive cinema vouchers when you screen your film at the final showcase event.

This is a great opportunity to try out creative filming techniques using a variety of kit. With plenty of expert guidance, you’ll pick up some handy skills that will make your films stand out, whether you’re completely new to filmmaking or pretty experienced.

The sessions will run from Tuesday 8 April (Easter Holidays) to Saturday 19 June 2021 and will are supported by qualified youth workers from the Magic Club Blackpool.

Session Dates

  • Tues 6 April,  ONLINE
  • Thurs 8 April, ONLINE
  • Weds 21 April,  ONLINE
  • Weds 5 May, ONLINE
  • Weds 12 May,  ONLINE
  • Sat 22 May
  • Sat 29 May
  • Tues 1 June
  • Thurs 3 June
  • Sat 12 June
  • Sat 19 June

If we can’t carry out face-to-face sessions due to covid, they will be held online. We will provide the necessary resources.

Face to face sessions (22 May onwards) will run from 10am – 1pm, you’re also welcome to stay for lunch which runs from 1-2pm.

How do I sign up?


The deadline for applications is midnight on Monday 5 April 2021.

What will I get out of it?

By taking part in the BFI Film Club, you’ll:

  • Explore all aspects of hands-on filmmaking helping you to develop your practical knowledge and skills working alongside industry professionals who are respected practitioners in their field.
  • Work with other young people to make new films that will be screened at a big showcase event.
  • Meet industry experts such as directors, writers, costume makers.
  • Watch a range of films and gain a real insight into the exciting world of cinema. Finding out what skills and experience you need to be part of the future film industry.
  • Become part of the BFI Film Club Alumni and access exclusive opportunities, advice and professional development after the course has finished.

Who can join?

To join the club you must:

  • Be aged 12–15 years old on the first day of the course
  • Be based in Blackpool
  • Have an interest in filmmaking
  • Be able to commit to the duration of the course (11 sessions between Tuesday 6 April to Saturday 19 June 2021).

Where is it?

The first five sessions will take part online. We will send you any materials needed for you to take part in the activities. The following sessions will be delivered face-to-face at The Old Electric on Springfield Road, Blackpool. There will also be visits to the cinema and to special filming locations – you will receive details on sign up.

Is it expensive?

This activity is free for young people living in Blackpool.
There is also additional help for those that need it:

  • We provide a sandwich lunch at our face-to-face sessions
  • We have a small fund available for transport costs, e.g. bus fares

Questions?

Please email us!

This film club is hosted by Aunty Social CIC, with youth worker support from the Magic Club and film tutors from Blackpool School of Arts (Film Studies). Our activity venue is The Old Electric

This is a British Film Institute Film Club. This project is supported by the BFI and funded by the National Lottery and DCMS.

Job Opportunity

Aunty Social is seeking staff to support their upcoming BFI-supported Young Filmmakers Club.

This spring, we’re launching a new club that will support 15 budding filmmakers aged 12-15 yrs. They’ll learn how films are made and try out lots of different skills including scriptwriting, model-making, filming on location, cinematography and video editing. Their final film will be shown at a big showcase event for friends and family.

We’re recruiting the following roles:

Film Club Assistant

Expected time commitment: 
10 half day (5 hour) sessions and a showcase event between 30 March 2021 and  19 June 2021. 

Pay
£9.50 per hour
Total 50 hours
PAYE

Location 
The Old Electric, Springfield Road, Blackpool
The Magic Club
If coronavirus restrictions do not allow physical sessions, we will host the sessions online (via Zoom)

Film Club Coordinator

Expected time commitment: 
1 day per week (7.5 hours)

Pay
£11 per hour
Total 82.5 hours
PAYE

Location
Working from home
Occasional Blackpool town centre meetings (if coronavirus restrictions allow).

The roles are to start week commencing 22 March 2021, please note that the start/end dates may alter slightly depending on Coronavirus safety restrictions.
Please see the Role Descriptions for detailed information. 

If you are interested, please submit a CV and either:

  • a short covering letter explaining why you would like the role and how you meet the requirements; OR
  • A  link to a short video explaining why you would like the role and how you meet the requirements

Please send your application email to [email protected] 

Closing date: 12 noon Friday 12 March 2021

If you have any questions please email [email protected]

We will acknowledge receipt of your application.

Short interviews will take place between 5:30pm and 7pm on Tuesday 16 March and Wednesday 17 March 2021.

Watch out, there’s a Foodbank Monster about…

Our Knittaz With Attitude have been busy making a colourful foodbank donation point monster for Blackpool Food Bank.

This woolly beastie is at Morrisons Squires Gate in Blackpool.

Staff say that foodbank donations are up and the kids love the “Om, nom, nom, burp and SLUUUUUURP!” sounds.

We have another monster at big ASDA on Cherry Tree Road and 2 more on the way, so watch this space…

Foodbank Monster at ASDA Cherry Tree Rd, Blackpool.
Photo from Adrian Pritchard

Mini Makers

Children’s Art & Craft time in Blackpool!

Check out our new project with Mint & Mamma and Betterstart Blackpool for children aged 0-4 years.We’re delivering art and craft packs to your doorstep alongside online tutorials:

We’ve created a series of craft kits to deliver to families, so that they can have their own art sessions in the comfort and safety of their own homes.

Each kit will contain:

  • All the materials needed to carry out the activity
  • Step by step instructions
  • A link to online video tutorials for those with a more visual learning style or those who may struggle with literacy.

We’re looking for 25 children to receive 1 pack a week over a 4 week period. There will be a mix of crafty activities, all of which are suitable for very young children. You’ll be invited to join a Facebook group so that you can chat to other parents, share your tiny person’s artwork and give us some feedback on the activities.

The packs (and delivery) are free, but places are limited so make sure that you sign up.

***SIGN UP NOW CLOSED***

Sorry you’ve missed this one 🙁

At the moment, packs will be distributed to families that live in these Blackpool wards:

  • Bloomfield
  • Brunswick
  • Claremont
  • Clifton
  • Park
  • Talbot
  • Victoria

World Book Night 2022

Aunty is giving away 80 free copies of Transitions: Our Stories of Being TRANS by Juno Roche, Meg-John Barker, Sabah Choudrey & Various Authors to celebrate World Book Night on Saturday 23 April 2022. 

We wanted to be a free book distributor because we love reading and storytelling. A lot of people that have taken part in our projects don’t regularly read for pleasure. Not everyone has access to books, especially people on very low incomes, and especially those who have been shielding over lockdown.

Copies of “Transitions” will be available to people in the Blackpool and Fylde Coast area. We’re also going to donate copies to Blackpool Libraries, so people who miss out on the giveaway can access it through their free lending service.

We hope that World Book Night will inspire more people to read for pleasure, and give people who enjoy reading an opportunity to discover something new.

How do I get a book?

In the first instance, we’re offering the books to people who we know who do not usually read or don’t usually have access to books. We’ve already been in touch with some folks to make sure that they get a copy. As we have first hand experience of not seeing ourselves represented in books, comics, TV or film, we understand how important it is to get these books out to people who may be feeling the same way. We’re making the most of our diverse networks to make sure that these touching books go to people who will really love them.

If you can see the sign up button below, it means that we have some books available to post out to you.

You can still sign up for a book after World Book Night.
We’ll only close the registration form when we run out of copies.

About

the book

Moments of anxiety, rage, joy, beauty – all contained in a small package. These voices are placed carefully beside one another, each fresh and unique. It’s not a long read, yet it’s one of the most impactful books I’ve read for a while.

Elle Turpitt, Unwrapping Words, Book Review: Transitions: Our Stories of Being Trans, 20 April 2022

Transitions: Our Stories of Being TRANS
by Juno Roche, Meg-John Barker, Sabah Choudrey & Various Authors

Showcasing eight new exciting trans writers, this powerful and visionary collection of first-person stories explores the untold lived realities of what it means to be trans today to help inform, inspire and unite.

From the daily bite of anxiety as you go to leave the house, to the freedom found swimming in the wild, through to moments of queer rage and joy and the peculiar timeslip of reliving your adolescence, the stories in this collection reveal the untold lived realities of trans people to help inform, inspire and unite. Spanning a range of topics such as gender dysphoria, transphobia, chest binding, gender reassignment surgery, coming out in later life, migration and love and relationships, these unique first-person accounts celebrate the beauty and diversity of being trans and will empower others on their journey.

Showcasing eight new exciting trans writers, this extraordinary collection is a powerful and heartfelt love-letter to the trans community.

Categories: Non-Fiction

Knittaz With Attitude: 4 April 2022

Join us for some casual social stitchery. April will be an *open session* so please feel free to bring your own crafty projects or just have a play with some of our kit.

We’ll have good tunes, yummy vegan food and plenty of brews.

Please book in advance where possible so we can make enough food!

KWA session at the Upside Down


Important bits

  • £3.50 (£2 for kids) – includes food, equipment, tuition & mint tunes 🙂 
  • All food will be vegan, and you can buy hot and cold drinks. The coffee is ace! 
  • TOP TIP: If you need to park a car, then there is plenty of free on-street parking on Edward St, Topping St and Church St (near the Brew Room) from 6pm.
Knittaz With Attitude: 4 April 2022

Knittaz With Attitude: 4 April 2022

£2.00 – £3.50

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The Discomfort Blanket – update

Geared up from the amazing response to We’re Sew Done, Knittaz With Attitude talked about how the Conservative Party conference is heading to Blackpool in March 2022 and we decided that we should take this opportunity to send a message that highlights how the decisions of the current government have affected Blackpool people.

We decided that we would like to create a quilt to be displayed during the Conservative Party conference at the Winter Gardens. Group members created textile squares to illustrate the ways that we’ve all been affected by the actions and inaction of the current government.

This project didn’t just come about because it’s the Conservative party per se, it just happens that they are the party in government and they have the power to make changes. However a lot of the pieces that have been submitted do relate specifically to the Conservative Party; We asked the participants to share their feelings and they did just that.

The pieces cover a variety of topics. Some squares relate to NHS cuts, the Levelling Up agenda, fuel and food poverty, the hostile environment faced by refugees and the Windrush generation. Others look at poor health, low life expectancy, lack of social care, pay gaps and state pension inequality. It’s a real mix. 

The quilt will be displayed in Blackpool Town Centre at Charabanc, 1 Olympia Buildings, Coronation St, Blackpool, FY1 4NY from 18 March 2022.

Come and hang out with us in April

March KWA: Monthly Makes & Sew Done update

Join us to catch up on We’re Sew Done.

We’re going to have a look at the We’re Sew Done book, make some badges and get all the pre-orders and crowdfunder rewards ready to send out.

We’ll also be sewing the Discomfort Blanket ready for installation and display when the Conservative Party conference is in town later this month – we’re talking about this at February’s session.

KWA session at the Upside Down


Important bits

  • £3.50 (£2 for kids) – includes food, equipment, tuition & mint tunes 🙂 
  • All food will be vegan, and you can buy hot and cold drinks. The coffee is ace! 
  • TOP TIP: If you need to park a car, then there is plenty of free on-street parking on Edward St, Topping St and Church St (near the Brew Room) from 6pm.
Knittaz With Attitude: 7 March 2022

Knittaz With Attitude: 7 March 2022

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The Discomfort Blanket

Yesterday our Knittaz With Attitude met to discuss and plan projects for later in the year.

Geared up from the amazing response to We’re Sew Done, we talked about how the Conservative Party conference is heading to Blackpool in March 2022 and decided that we should take this opportunity to send a message that highlights how the decisions of the current government have affected Blackpool people.

We decided that we would like to create a quilt to be displayed during the Conservative Party conference at the Winter Gardens on 18-19 March 2022.

We’re asking you to create a textile square that illustrates the ways that we’ve all been affected by the actions and inaction of the current government.

Making Details

The idea is to make a quilt which encapsulates all of our feelings and issues relating to the current government.Squares can contain text, patterns or images. The content is up to you, however we will start a thread (in the Facebook and Whatsapp groups) where you can list your general messages so that we have an idea of what everyone is doing.

  • Total size 200cm x 200cm
  • 3 rows of squares measuring 40cm x 40cm
  • 4 rows of squares measuring 20cm x 20cm
  • There will be 55 squares in total

We will be able to provide fabric and haberdashery. Feel free to use your own if you prefer. 

  • Blu and Catherine will start divvying up materials at Charabanc very soon.
  • We will create a quick form so that you can request your preferred square size(s)

Want to take part?

We’ve had to close the sign-up survey now as we’re getting very close to our deadline. Please keep an eye on our website/socials for future call outs. <3

Background reading

Craftivism

On Blackpool

Photo credit: The Craftivist Collective

We’re Sew Done Book: Donate & Pre-Order

We’re creating a We’re Sew Done book to document this project and raise funds for local women’s projects.

What is it?

Knittaz with Attitude wants to create a book that documents the project, showcases the artworks and most importantly highlights the experiences of women on the Fylde Coast. 

Cross stitch at Layton bus stop by Stephanie Cottle.
Featured in Big Issue North, January 2021

What we’re fundraising for

We need to pay for:

  • Print costs
  • An ISBN number (to help us sell copies through bookshops)
  • Design/layout work

Once the book has been published, we plan to donate proceeds to local women’s organisations and projects, specifically those who offer practical support to women experiencing violence and those working to improve women’s health and wellbeing.

It’s been a privilege to share the stories and experiences of women on the Fylde Coast and we hope that you can support the next stage of this project.

We started a crowdfunding campaign (with lots of lovely rewards) running from 24 January to 24 February 2022. 

Please donate what you can.

KWA February session

Join us for a relaxed session at the Upside Down.

We’re going to plan some projects for later in the year, so have a think about what you’d like to do.
Bear in mind that the Conservative Party conference is heading to Blackpool in March, so any ideas of messages that we can send to them would be a good starting point.

We’ll have good tunes, yummy food and plenty of brews.

KWA session at the Upside Down


Important bits

  • £3.50 (£2 for kids) – includes food, equipment, tuition & mint tunes 🙂 
  • All food will be vegan, and you can buy hot and cold drinks. The coffee is ace! 
  • TOP TIP: If you need to park a car, then there is plenty of free on-street parking on Edward St, Topping St and Church St (near the Brew Room) from 6pm.
Knittaz With Attitude: 7 February 2022

Knittaz With Attitude: 7 February 2022

£2.00 – £3.50

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Photo Gallery: The Halloween Crafternoon Tea Party

On Saturday 30 October we hosted artist Morgan Dowdall for some magical inclusive ceramics workshops at Blackpool Central Library. The relaxed Halloween gathering was hosted by Harry Clayton-Wright and attendees created striking ceramic collages inspired by the theme of magic.

This event was part of the Crafts Council’s 50th anniversary celebrations which consist of a season of nationwide exhibitions, learning events, fairs, and digital activities that celebrates the value of craft to empower, enrich and connect our society. We were super chuffed to be selected as a Make! Craft Live! partner.

Beautiful photos by Colette Moore (IG: @coletteedits)

KWA November session

Book your spot now for the next Knittaz With Attitude sesh, which will take place on Monday 1 November 2021 at the Upside Down on Edward St.

Join us for a relaxed session at Upside Down. 

This month we’ll make mini wall hangings. We’ll explore a number of embroidery and tapestry techniques that combine the traditional with the contemporary and play with bold colour palettes, unusual textures and striking shapes. All equipment and materials provided. 

October’s Session

Come and check out our new host venue and help us to plan projects for 2021. 
Got some ideas? Well bring them along! 

Important bits

  • £3.50 (£2 for kids) – includes food, equipment, tuition & mint tunes 🙂 
  • All food will be vegan, and you can buy hot and cold drinks. The coffee is ace! 
  • TOP TIP: If you need to park a car, then there is plenty of free on-street parking on Edward St, Topping St and Church St (near the Brew Room) from 6pm.
Knittaz With Attitude: 1 November 2021

Knittaz With Attitude: 1 November 2021

£2.00 – £3.50

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