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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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.

Get involved with Retroscope – volunteer character actors needed

Retroscope – Family Archive Film Day, Saturday 29 July 2017, Blackpool Winter Gardens

We’re pleased to announce that we will be hosting a family archive films day as part of the British Film Institute Britain on Film season.

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

About the event

Retroscope is a variety of screenings performance and family activities taking place in the Pavilion of heritage venue Blackpool Winter Gardens.

There will be sideshows, promenade theatre, craft activities, deckchair theatre, a dress-up photo studio, a parasol parade, music and lots more.

Volunteer roles

You will be in character as visitors to Blackpool through the ages and will be based in the Pavilion Theatre and Horseshoe area.

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 period clothing, you can wear your own costume.

There will be a workshop session to:

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

Key Dates:

Workshop sessions (you will need to attend one of these):

  • 6:30pm Thursday 13 July, Winter Gardens
  • 6:30pm Thursday 20 July, Winter Gardens

Show date: Saturday 29 July – 10am – 6pm

About Britain on Film

Britain on Film: Coast and Sea is an exciting programme of archive film screening events bringing our coastal heritage to life this summer.

Britain on Film : Coast and Sea is part of Britain on Film, a major project from the BFI National Archive, Regional and National Archives and rights holders from across the UK that reveals new and unseen stories of our lives through the history of film. Unlocking the UK’s film and TV history – our national collection, much of it previously unseen – the season will open up our local histories and provide unprecedented online access to our screen heritage. As part of a major programme of digitisation, which started in 2012 and continues until the end of 2017, Britain on Film offers ways to discover, explore and engage with the newly digitised films.

Britain on Film is supported by Unlocking Film Heritage awarding funds from The National Lottery.

 

If you would like to take part, please complete this online form by 16 June 2017.

 

This is a fantastic opportunity to work on a fun and exciting BFI project.

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.

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!

Christmas Crafternoon: The Tree Fairy (2015) + family crafts

The Tree Fairy + family craft workshop (U)
Thursday 29 December, 2pm

Directed by: Louis Neethling Genre: Family, Drama
Language: BSL, English Subtitles
Awards: Best British Film, Best Director,
Best Actress – Deaffest 2015

Struggling to fit in with her new step-family, a young deaf girl called Libby, makes three wishes to the Christmas Tree Fairy. She is delighted when the fairy appears and can communicate with her using sign language. But will she get what she wished for?

This screening also includes a Christmas craft workshop, where you can make your very own felt fairy and book tree. Suggested age range for workshop 5-10yrs.

Children must be accompanied by an adult.
BSL interpreter support provided.

Tickets £2.50 available online soon and on the door.

Get involved with Black Star – volunteer character actors needed

BFI Black Star event – Stormy Weather, Friday 9 December 2016, Blackpool Winter Gardens

bfi-black-star-season-artworkWe’re pleased to announce that we will be hosting an immersive screening of the 1943 musical Stormy Weather as part of the British Film Institute Black Star season.

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 an early 1940’s nightclub. There will be cocktails on arrival and a swing/jive party accompanied by a live band after the screening.

Volunteer roles

You will be in character as customers and staff of a 1940’s nightclub and 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 1940’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:

Workshop sessions (you will need to attend one of these):

  • 6:30pm Thursday 3 November, Winter Gardens
  • 6:30pm Thursday 10 November, Winter Gardens

Show date: Friday 9 December 2016 – 6pm until late

About the film
Stormy Weather (1943) is an American musical film. Featuring Lena Horne, Bill ‘Bojangles’ Robinson, Cab Calloway, Fats Waller and the Nicholas Brothers; it’s a who’s who of Hollywood’s best African-American performers from the 1940s. It’s an unusual film because at this time, African-American actors and singers rarely appeared in lead roles in mainstream Hollywood productions, especially those of the musical genre.

Stormy Weather is based upon the life and times of its star, dancer Bill “Bojangles” Robinson. Robinson plays Bill Williamson, a talented dancer who returns home after fighting in World War I and tries to pursue a career as a performer.

About Black Star

Black Star is the UK’s biggest ever season of film and television dedicated to celebrating the range, versatility and power of black actors. Black Star explores the relationship between stars and the audiences who love them, spotlighting great performances by black actors on screen.

If you would like to take part, please complete this online form by 20 October 2016.

This is a fantastic opportunity to work on a fun and exciting BFI project.

For any more information, please send us an email.


FAQs

  • Do I have to be black? No, we are looking for volunteers of all ethnicities.
  • 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.

Get Knotted – Beginners Macramé for Voluntary Arts Week

Macramé (making textiles using knotting techniques) has made a huge comeback, so we’re hosting a drop-in beginners sessions in Charabanc this Voluntary Arts Week

Anyone can come and have a go at making plant hangers. The workshop is FREE and includes all materials and plants.
You can take your hangers home with you too!

Come and see how much fun craft and making can be.

Get Knotted

Get Knotted! Beginners Macramé for Voluntary Arts Week

 

Macramé (making textiles using knotting techniques) has made a huge comeback, so we’re hosting a drop-in beginners sessions in Charabanc this Voluntary Arts Week.

Anyone can come and have a go at making plant hangers. The workshop is FREE and includes all materials and plants. You can take your hangers home with you too!  

Come and see how much fun craft and making can be.

See the Facebook Event

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