On Friday evening Aunty Social opened the new HQ at 25 Deansgate, Blackpool, FY1 3AU.
We managed to secure an empty shop (due to be demolished for the Talbot Gateway project in November) through the Blackpool Culture Shops Programme run by Blackpool Council Arts Service. The agreement allows us to display in the windows and provides us with a temporary central base for of Arts/crafts workshops.
Over 20 volunteers donated their time, skills, decorating and cleaning materials and we were able to make this transformation in only 5 days. We have had extensive positive feedback not only from members, but also from local residents and members of the public. Neighbouring business owners have also commented positively on the improvement we’ve made to what was a grotty, disused space.
The project has really brought people together, doing something positive for the Blackpool arts scene and for the community as a whole.
It’s a tremendous achievement, so thanks to all the volunteers, you are ace of base!
Help us spring clean our new HQ and get launch tickets (including cake and cocktails):
Aunty has secured a town centre venue through the Blackpool Culture Shops Project 2011
and needs lovely volunteers to make her HQ spick and span in time for the launch of the project on 8th July.
If you are free to lend a hand between Monday 4th and Friday 8th July, please visit the Facebook event page
and follow the instructions to mark your availability.
All of the time slots last 2 hours and you can choose more than one. All helpers will receive an invitation to the event launch on Friday 8th July at 6pm (details will be given on signup).
A few pictures of the shop in its current state:
- Felt -work Materials
A lovely time was had by all at the Right Royal Stitch up. We had a great time making felt flowers, jewellery and knitting. Thanks to Kerry and Craig at Barista for being really welcoming and helpful.
See more photos on Flickr
Sarah the Knit-Wit
Celebrate the Royal Wedding (or not) with a craft workshop courtesy of Aunty.
Cake, tea, beadcraft, feltwork, bunting, records, chat, biscuits…done.
2pm to 5pm on Friday 29th April 2011 at Barista, 24 Birley Street, Blackpool, FY1 1DU
Cost: Only a measly £1.50 to help us pay for materials x
Keep everything you make
If you’d like to come along, please let us know in advance (so there’s enough materials and cake), by email [email protected] or on our Facebook Event Page
Good golly, Miss Molly, word doesn’t half get around quickly! Aunty Social has had a great response, thank you, thanl you, thank you! It’s lovely to know that people are interested and want to get involved.
We will hosting own very own arts and crafts marquee at Yomofo ALFRESCO on Saturday 11th June 2011 ! Laid back beats and safe fun-packed day for all the family. Including craft and fun for the kids, laser tag, local artists showing what they do, entertainers, live graffiti art, puppets, football coaching, bboy and street dancing lessons! Lots more to be confirmed.
Find out more at www.yomofo-alfresco.co.uk
We’ve decided to offer beadcraft and kite-making, its all included in the general entry price and whatever you make you can take home… WIN!