Blackpool Film Makers and Exhibitors Meet Up

Join us for our filmmakers get together on Monday 9 December.

This is an opportunity for you to share your work with local film lovers and get some constructive feedback.

If you want to screen your film, please comment below. Screening slots are 15 mins.
Please bring your film on a DVD or USB.

We’ll start the evening with the screenings and some discussion, then go on to some informal networking.

FREE event
Drinks will be available from the bar/cafe.
If you’re not based in Blackpool, you’re still welcome to come along 🙂

KWA December open house: Curry & Art Chat

Join us for a lovely bit o’ curry and a convo at our last meet-up of 2019.

We’re going to have an around the table conversation about what you lovely arty folk are up to and what you’d like to see in Blackpool in 2020. Kind of a cultural wish-list!

We’re feeling festive, so this is a free open session. Anyone with an interest in the arts and culture in Blackpool will be warmly welcomed.

If you’re feeling crafty, you can also make a Christmas decoration to take home or you can bring your own art/craft project to get on with while we chat.

All food will be vegan, hot drinks and squash provided.

IMPPORTANT!
***Please respond to our Facebook event with ‘going’ to let us know if you are definitely coming, if you’re not sure, just choose ‘interested’ or you can email us …we don’t want to be left with a tonne of leftovers, ta!***

Big Pier Day 2019

Come and celebrate Blackpool’s piers at this fun-filled family event.

11am – 4pm Saturday 13th July 2019

Lots of fun activities and entertainment for all the family and the best part is that it’s all free!

Live rock & roll band The Jetsons UK, Punch and Judy shows, traditional barrel organ, North Pier heritage exhibition and fairground rides. Don’t forget to try the coconut shy, you might win a prize!


We have lots of super arty activities led by Fylde Coast artists:

– Drop-in drama with The Electric Sunshine Project

Postcards from the Past is a short, original piece of drama that explores 1950s seaside holidays in Blackpool. Take a trip down memory lane in this enjoyable family piece.  

Drop-in-Drama has been running for the last 22-weeks as a regular opportunity for adults to come together with like-minded people and have fun – learning new skills, trying out different performance techniques and mostly having a chance to play!

Art and craft activities with Sam Simpson Art and Christine Stringfellow.

Make your own fantastical sandcastles and beach scenes. We’ll supply templates, samples, paper & colours; all you need is your imagination, who knows what will happen! 

Photography workshops with Whipper Snappers (pre-book here: https://pier-photo-treasure-hunt.eventbrite.co.uk )
The whole family can join in on a visual treasure hunt to identify hidden elements located around the pier. You’ll learn some fascinating historic facts about the pier too. We’ll use photography to take a look at colours, architectural elements, perspectives and hidden stories. 

Seaside storytelling performed by Linda Hampton.
Come and listen to Violet’s amazing and astounding Wish you were Here – Seaside Stories. Hear about the magic sandcastle that grew and grew, the musical seashell that could transport you to a land of adventure, and the buried treasure that turned up on a crowded beach! Make sure you join Violet for storytelling sessions throughout the day. 

All activities are FREE FOR KIDS (must be accompanied by an adult)

There will also be a Best Dressed Competition with Fab prizes for the best 3 vintage-style outfits. Sign up on the day from 1pm, prizes awarded at 2pm.

Dirty Great Textile Exhibiton

An exhibition of contemporary textile work by artists living in Blackpool and the Fylde Coast area.

 

Joe Booth, Katy Daniels, Kate Doran, Norma Foulds, Nia Heslop, Knittaz With Attitude, Jessica Longstaff, Vicky Mellor, Holly Pitt Knowles, Amy Raybone, Melody Sharples, Corrinne Valente, Carla Wilson

 

Launch: Thursday 6 December, 6pm – 9pm. Refreshments provided.

Exhibition runs from 6 – 13 December.

See the Facebook event page

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Stitch Play Create: drop-in textile workshop

Join Aunty Social’s Knittaz With Attitude and make your own mini wall hanging.

Inspired by the current exhibition, 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.

Free, drop-in workshop (call in any time from 2pm)
All equipment and materials provided

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EXHIBITION INFO

The Vanity of Small Differences
Grayson Perry
28/09/2018 — 15/12/2018

After four years touring the world, Blackpool,now gets its opportunity to host this exciting Arts Council Collection touring exhibition, and as the last venue of an extensive tour, don’t miss this final opportunity to see it in its current form.

This series of six large-scale tapestries by Turner Prize winner Grayson Perry sees the artist exploring his fascination with taste and the visual story it tells of our interior lives. Inspired by William Hogarth’s moral tale, A Rake’s Progress (1732–35) the tapestries are composed of characters, incidents and objects Perry encountered while gathering inspiration for the television series, ‘All in the Best Possible Taste with Grayson Perry’ which first aired on Channel 4 in June 2012. Elevating the common place dramas of everyday life, Perry weaves the characters that he meets into a narrative every bit as acute as that in Hogarth’s 18th century paintings.

Arts Council Collection, Southbank Centre, London and British Council. Gift of the artist and Victoria Miro Gallery, with support of Channel 4 Television, the Art Fund and Sfumato Foundation with additional support from Alix Partners.

Dirty Great Textile Exhibition: Entry details

6 – 13 December 2018

ICW, 22 Church St, Blackpool, FY1 1EW

What?
This winter Knittaz With Attitude will host an exhibition of contemporary textiles. 

We’re looking for bold contemporary pieces to challenge and excite our Blackpool audience. Think bold, modern and experimental!

Artists can submit one or two works in any textile or fibre medium e.g. sewing, weaving, knitting, quilting, embroidery, lacemaking, collage etc. 

Artists are invited to submit recent work (produced within the last 2 years) that has not been included in previous Blackpool-based exhibitions. 

 

Who can enter?
The exhibition is open to all ages and textile disciplines provided that you have an FY postcode and/or are a member of Knittaz With Attitude.

Artists from all backgrounds and all levels of experience including professional are invited to submit one or two of their most recent works to go on display. 

Children are more than welcome to take part.

 

How much does it cost?
If selected, there is a £10.00 installation/admin fee per submission – this will go towards the venue costs.

 

How do I enter?
Please complete the online form by noon Sunday 4 November, we will let you know whether you have been selected by Friday 9 November.

Selection criteria: We want you to be as bold and adventurous as you dare. We’re really keen to see work that is:

  • Unusual and experimental, e.g. makes use of technology.
  • Abstract and avant garde, weird and conceptual is very welcome.
  • Pieces that you would have difficult exhibiting elsewhere

Selection will be made by a group of Knittaz With Attitude members: A variety of Blackpool-based textile lovers who want to bring something different to our town and believe that we have some amazing amateur and professional artists working locally.

 

How do I present my work?
All work that requires hanging must have mirror plates attached at the side to secure it to the wall and be framed. We do not accept ‘clip frames’ or any work deemed unsafe or unprepared for display. Mirror plates are available at most hardware shops. 

All work should be labelled on the back with: 

  • Your name 
  • Your Email address 
  • Your postal address
  • Your telephone number 
  • If the work is for sale – the price.
    Please remember to include 30% gallery commission in the price. 

 

What happens if my work is sold?
You will be notified if a work is sold.
Payment will be made by Aunty Social CIC after the close of the exhibition.
We can only sell your work if you provide us with a Unique Tax Reference Number (UTR)

 

Is my work insured?
Work cannot be insured by Aunty Social and is at all times at the owner’s risk. 

 

Important Dates 

Handing in days:

1pm – 4pm Sunday 2 December

4pm – 8pm Monday 3 December

Preview/Launch: 

Thursday 6 December, 6pm – 9pm.

Exhibition runs from
6 – 13 December

Collection: 

6pm – 8pm Thursday 13 December 

11am – 4:30pm Friday 14 December 

Please drop off/collect from ICW, 22 Church St, Blackpool, FY1 1EW

 

We cannot store work after Friday 14 December. Any work not collected by this date will be auctioned for charity.

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Knittaz With Attitude: July stitch-up

Join us for a relaxed session at Claremont Park Community Centre. We’re going to plan some projects for later in the year, so have a think about what you’d like to do.

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

£3.50 (£2 for kids) – includes food, drinks, wool & equipment.

Lights, camera, action! Volunteer character actors needed for Film Festival opening night

Some Like it Hot – Friday 16 March 2018, Blackpool Winter Gardens

We’re pleased to announce that we will be hosting an immersive screening of the 1959 classic Some Like it Hot as the opening night event of the Winter Gardens Film Festival.

We are looking for volunteers to take part in our live cinema event at the Winter Gardens, Blackpool.

About the event
This event cinema screening takes place in the Grand Foyer of heritage venue Blackpool Winter Gardens. The venue will be set up as a late 1920’s nightclub. There will be cocktails on arrival in the secret speakeasy and a 1920’s style party with a live band after the screening.

Volunteer roles

You will be in character as customers and staff of a 1920’s nightclub and speakeasy will be based in the Opera House entrance, Cocktail Bar and the Grand Foyer.

You don’t need any previous acting experience and you will not need to learn a script. Costumes will be provided, or if you have suitable 1920’s clothing, you can wear your own costume.

There will be a workshop session to:

  • Familiarise you with the film
  • Show you the venue
  • Tell you about your role
  • Fit your costumes

Key Dates
You will need to attend a workshop session before the event, we will give you date options after you have signed up.

Show date: Friday 16 March 2018 – 6pm until late

About the film

  • Some Like It Hot (1959)
  • Director:Billy Wilder
  • Starring: Marilyn Monroe, Tony Curtis, Jack Lemmon

Two down on their luck jazz musicians find themselves out of a job and on the run after the police raid the speakeasy they perform in and they inadvertently stumble upon a gang war. With no money and nowhere to hide, a gig with Sweet Sue and her Society Syncopators at a Florida beach resort seems like the perfect getaway. There’s just one problem: the Syncopators are an all-female band, and Joe and Jerry aren’t women – yet.

About the Winter Gardens Film Festival
Since 2014, the Winter Gardens Film Festival has showcased the best of modern and classic black and white film in the spectacular historic setting of Blackpool Winter Gardens.

If you would like to take part, please complete this online form by 25 January 2018*.

For any more information, please send us an email.


FAQs

  • Do I have to be 18yrs or over? Yes, however we can make some exceptions for 16/17yrs but we’ll need you to email us.
  • This is a callout for people to take part in an immersive live cinema event – it’s not about being in a film!
  • *Due to the large amount of interest, we’ve brought the closing date forward to 25 January 2018.

Oxide Ghosts – The Brass Eye Tapes + Q&A

Pop-up Picturehouse is pleased to present our Christmas special:

Oxide Ghosts – The Brass Eye Tapes + Q&A with director Michael Cumming

Made from hundreds of hours of unseen material from his personal archive, director Michael Cumming’s film shares insights into the process of making the legendary TV series Brass Eye. Michael directed both of the pilots and the series and, over a two year period, witnessed the highs and lows of Brass Eye from a very personal perspective. Part documentary, part artwork – the film is designed solely for live screenings and is made up almost entirely of never before seen footage. Oxide Ghosts carries the blessing of Chris Morris and provides a rare glimpse of his extraordinary working practices.
Michael Cumming is a director and filmmaker, successfully working at the cutting edge since the ’90s. A graduate of the Royal College of Art Film School and recent recipient of an honorary doctorate, Dr Cumming’s back catalogue also contains such gems as Jo Brand’s improvised comedy drama ‘Going Forward’, cult classic ‘Snuff Box’, political pranks and polemics on ‘The Mark Thomas Product’ and Matt Berry’s BAFTA winning sitcom, ‘Toast Of London’.

Michael will be doing a Q&A after the film – spilling beans, shattering myths and letting a few cats out of the bag. Celebrating twenty years since Brass Eye’s transmission in 1997, this film & Q&A sessions are a must for fans of the series but will appeal to anyone with a curiosity about how great comedy is made.

Tickets £7.50 available now

Buy Tickets

Screening details
Oxide Ghosts (2017)
Director: Michael Cumming.
Featuring: Chris Morris.
Duration: Film 60mins, Q&A 40 mins
Event 100mins approx.
Language: English
Cert: Uncertified, suggested 18
Doors open 7:00pm
Screening starts at 7:30pm
Q&A at 8:45pm

Merry Muff-mas! Knittaz With Attitude: December hook-up!

Knittaz with Attitude

Join us for our December get-together.

We’re making twiddle-muffs (or twiddle-pockets if you prefer) for Dementia and Alzheimer’s patients at Victoria Hospital.

What the Dickens is a twiddle-muff?

They’re knitted muffs with items attached to keep dementia patients’ hands active and busy. They contain strands of textured ribbons, beads, and various fabrics attached both inside and outside.

People with dementia often have restless hands and like to have something to keep their hands occupied. A twiddle muff provides a wonderful source of visual, tactile and sensory stimulation, and keeps hands snug and warm at the same time.

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You can join in with our activity or work on your own Christmas projects.

Join us for a relaxed session with good tunes and have a natter over yummy food and a brew.

£3.50 – includes food, drinks, wool & equipment.