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.

Knittaz With Attitude: Monthly Hook-Up

Come and join us for a knit and a natter, all ages/abilities welcome. As usual we will have a light meal, tea and cake available, as well as wool, needles, hooks etc, for you to have a go with. Bring your own project or help us with our next yarnbombing adventures.

£3.50 as usual…Look forward to seeing you there!

Yarnbomb Trail: Goodness, gracious great balls of wool!

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Square from Scotland

Square from Scotland

We’ve had a great response to our  yarnbombing workshops and we’re nearly ready to go with the trail.

Special mentions go out to the staff and students of Blackpool Sixth Form College who help a super knit-in on 19 July. As well as out hardcore knittaz from our group and pom-pom makers extraordinaire Tyler and Charlie.  Thanks Guys!

Watch this space as knitted creatures will start to appear around Blackpool. There will be an accompanying web map that will help you to spot them all.

Knittaz in action

 

YT workshops

Our workshop programme from July 2014

Dance development apprenticeship opportunity

Dance DevFollowing on from the success of the Blaze Ignite placement from June – November 2012, the Fylde Coast Dance Development Programme are pleased to announce a second Young Apprentice Placement.  Fylde Coast Dance Development is looking for a young person aged 16-19 years to gain paid work experience in the dance sector in Blackpool, Wyre and Fylde.

This is the a fixed term contract for up to 7 hours per week, either during the day, in the evening or on weekends, at £5 per hour gaining valuable experience in the dance industry.

To apply for this opportunity, please complete and return the application form which can be found on the Fylde Coast Dance website.

Knittaz with Attitude: Monthly hook-up

The next Knittaz with Attitude is on Monday 7th January 2013
6pm to 8:30pm at Claremont Park Community Centre, Claremont Road Blackpool FY1 2QJ.  More info here!

Aunty at Wordpool October/November 2012

Wordpool 2012 is Blackpool Council’s 6th Annual Festival of Words. The Festival is managed by Blackpool Council’s Arts and Library Services.Wordpool development and delivery is overseen by the Wordpool Steering Group, which includes representatives from strategic partners, Wordpool volunteers and delivery partners, community organisations, schools and colleges and arts and library staff.

Aunty Social is pleased to be taking part in Wordpool and will be hosting the following events as part of the programme:

Weds 31st October 2012
Halloween Screen: Nosferatu & Frankenstein

A double bill of black and white gothic horror from the vault.

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 are asking you to dress up. Prizes for the best dressed!
Take a look at the event page.

Weds 14th November
3Hundredand65

An evening with Dave Kirkwood, founder of 3hundredand65, a graphic novel, created on Twitter, one day at a time in aid of the Teenage Cancer Trust.

Includes a Q&A, a chance to look through the project sketchbooks and fundraising auctions and competitions with prizes such as pieces of contemporary art and Wordpool goodies. There’s also a bakesale!

Visit the event page.

Weds 16th November
31daysinBlackpool (#31days)

A diary with a difference, locals and visitors will contribute to a photo diary of Blackpool via Twitter. Take a photograph of/in Blackpool at 31 minutes past any hour and tweet it using the hashtag #31days. Remember to follow @_AuntySocial_

There’s more information on the event page.

 

Strictly Bollywood Divali 2012…

The 9 Week Bollywood Dance Class Course that Blackpool, Wyre & Fylde has been waiting for is finally here.  After the astounding success of Strictly Bollywood Summer 2010 due to popular request and demand Blackpool now brings you…

Strictly Bollywood Divali 2012

Classes start on Wednesday 12th September at Palatine Dance Studio, Palatine Sports College, St Annes Road, Blackpool, FY4 2AR. 

There are two classes: 6:15pm –  7:10 pm and 7:15pm – 8:10pm
£3 per class or         £20 for the whole course

The first class (Weds 12th Sept) is a free taster session.

For more information telephone Madhvi on 07877780853

Hosts:
Nritya Sangam – Indian & World Dance, Music and Events  
Aunty Social – Community Arts

About the instructor:
Mr Yash Shah is from Mumbai, the Bollywood Capital of India and of Ludus Dance, Lancashire.  Dance has always been his hobby and passion since he was a child. He currently works as a Support worker helping people with learning disabilities.  He has also been teaching Bollywood dance professionally at LUDUS  DANCE COMPANY in Lancaster for the last 2 years. 

So, whether you’re a beginner or  a Dance Pro,  come along to have fun, work out, tone up and learn some Bollywood moves!   It’s a fabulous opportunity to network with other dance enthusiasts, find out about amazing Dance Team Formations as well as great Dance Performance opportunities and other specialist Indian Dance Arts Related Classes, Workshops & Events.

LLP Inclusion Conference: Aunty’s trip to Birmingham

On the 19th and 20th June, we took a trip to the LLP (Lifelong Learning Programme) Inclusion conference at the International Convention Centre in Birmingham.  As a result of our Youth in Action project Pop Goes The Workshop, we had been invited to exhibit by the YIA coordinators at the British Council.  We jumped at the chance as this was an opportunity to find out about other learning and skills-sharing opportunities, see what other organisations across Europe were doing and say thank you to Youth in Action/British Council for taking a chance on a rather bizarre project!

We learned about so many fantastic projects and met lots of lovely people who have given us plenty of ideas including some possible trans-national projects… squee!
We <3 Grundtvig!

We came back to Blackpool, buzzing with ideas and with a notebook full of contacts, good job!

P.S. if there was a prize for stall that looks most like a craft fair, we would have won, hands down!

Hey Ho, let’s So!VolTech

We’re very pleased and excited to announce that the FREE tickets for So!VolTech – Social Media & Technology conference for the Voluntary Sector – are now available.

Testled LogoThe conference will take place on Saturday 19th November 2011 at Blackpool Central Library, Queen Street, Blackpool, FY1 1PX.  We’re also rather chuffed to tell you that this event will be absolutely free for you to attend, thanks to our lovely sponsors at Testled.

Social media can offer your not-for-profit organisation lots of opportunities to reach and engage with wider audiences, whether that’s awareness-raising, problem-solving, recruiting volunteers or getting people involved in discussions on issues that affect them.   We have a variety of fascinating speakers lined up including the creator of Riot Clean Up Manchester (and JCI contribution to the community award winner) Jez Myers, who helped to mobilise hundreds of volunteers literally overnight to clean up their
community, using the power of social media.

Full details of the speakers can be found at http://sovoltech.co.uk along with a link to the registration page and a full agenda.

We have two types of ticket available:

  • Voluntary Sector Ticket: For representatives of not-for-profit Voluntary and Community sector organisations.
  • Social Innovator Ticket: For social media/web/technology developers and practitioners

We’re really keen to make sure that lots of organisations from the North West get the
opportunity to be there on the day so book your ticket today to make sure you don’t miss out. It’d be really great if you could share this email with your networks as well to ensure that as many organisations can take advantage of this opportunity.

You can of course join the conversation before the day on Twitter using #sovoltech11 and you can follow us on twitter @SoVolTech. We’ll also be blogging every week in the run up to the event giving a taste of what is in store on the day at http://blog.sovoltech.co.uk!

Check out Aunty’s connections!

What's a social media surgery without cake?

On Wednesday night Aunty held the third in the series of Aunty Social Connected (or Blackpool Social Media Surgery). We had about 10 representatives from the voluntary sector in Blackpool come along and even though we were short on surgeons (thanks to @CazFisher74, @StephenMullen and Blu – without you we’d have been stuck) we had some lively conversation about both Facebook and Twitter.

 

talking twitter

Talking twitter

At the end of the evening we used ipadio to find out from some of our patients what they had enjoyed the most about the evening. You can listen to what they had to say below…

 

 

You can already register for September’s Connected event which will be happening on Wednesday the 28th of September 2011 from 6.30pm to 8.30pm at the (soon to open) Blackpool Central Library! To sign up for your place visit http://asconnected4.eventbrite.com. As always you can keep up with the discussion on twitter with hashtag #blackpsms!

We’re also still hard at work organising So! VolTech – a conference on Social Media & Technology for the Voluntary Sector – which will be taking place on the 19th November 2011. Tickets aren’t available yet but you can keep up with the latest developments at the blog or by following @SoVolTech on twitter!