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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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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Knittaz With Attitude: 11 October 2021

Join us for a relaxed session at the Upside Down.

This October we’re catching up on a very eventful past couple of months. We’ll talk about the We’re Sew Done exhibition, how it’s done and what next?

Come along for some friendly stitching: We’ll have all the equipment and supplies for knitting, crochet and embroidery. We’ll also have our resident textile pros on hand to help guide you and offer feedback.

  • All equipment and materials provided
  • Beginners warmly welcomed

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 on street parking nearby on Edward Street and Topping St from 6pm.

NOTE: If you want to make the mini wall hanging (from the postponed earlier session) we’ll be doing this in November.

Loving live-streamed life drawing

As you might already know, we hosted a live-streamed life drawing session for The Big Draw with performance artist Harry Clayton-Wright. On the night, we welcomed 20 artists to the session and to cut a long story story short, we had an absolute blast! It was funny, camp, laid-back… Just a lovely experience.

A Zoom like no other!

We hope to put on more sessions and are just getting our heads around the logistics of hosting this regularly. We believe in paying artists fairly for their work, so we need to do some sums to make sure that we can continue to do this.

Amazing drawings shared on Instagram.

The Big Draw: Live Streamed Life Drawing

Get settled in for an evening of life drawing with performance artist Harry Clayton-Wright.

What to expect
Join us for a life drawing featuring a variety of poses from Blackpool-based performanced artist Harry Clayton-Wright live streamed from Bootleg Social in Blackpool. We’ll start the session with some quick ‘warm-up’ poses, then try some longer poses where you can really get stuck in.

Expect to see improvised props and costume accessories that highlight this year’s festival theme #ClimateOfChange. There will be a playlist of songs to accompany the drawing session as well as some commentary from the artist.

This is an untutored session, so you’ll be left to get on with your drawing although advice will be available through the Zoom chat function.
This event is for anyone who loves to draw, as well as those who think they can’t!
Please note that this session does not feature full nudity.

What do I need?
Some paper and a pen or pencil is all you really need to take part. You can also work with pastels, charcoal or any other materials you want to try. We recommend you watch on a desktop and go full-screen if you can, to get the best possible view of the model.

 

Cost
Access to live stream: £3
Access to live stream + drawing kit: %5
Must be booked before Thurday 22 October to allow time for postage.
Pack includes a free sketchbook, pencil, eraser, pencil sharpener, Big Draw Stickers and a Big Draw artist certificate.

 

Housekeeping
Poses: Harry will make small movements to speak to you and to maintain circulation.
The organiser will also ask you if they you are happy with the pose and that is the time to make observations.
If you would like to speak to the model, please go through the organiser, using the chat function.
There will be some short breaks for the model and a 10 minute comfort break for everyone at 8pm.
Share your work
We would love, love, love to see your work so please share it on social media using the hashtag #BigGreenDrawBPL and tagging @_AuntySocial_

 

For full details, visit the Eventbrite ticket page.

 

Photos of Harry by Rosie Powell & Eivind Hansen.

Mini Makers BPL: Activity 1, Paper Windmills

This week our friends at South Beach Beacons have designed a paper windmill-making activity for us 🤩

Here’s a pic of what you’ll get in your pack:

You’ll also get some printed step-by-step instructions, you can download them here too.🎨 

Here’s the video tutorial…

Last but not least, here are some of the South Beach Beacons having a go at making their windmills.

Part 1

Part 2

Happy Crafting!!! 

Find out more about the Meet Me at the Windmill Project

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

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.

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