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 OPEN NOW***

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

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.

Inspector Norse: Treading the boards with KWA

The all-new Swedish crime thriller Inspector Norse from the Lip Service Theatre Company is coming to Blackpool’s Grand Theatre on 15th October 2012.  It promises to be a night of nerve-jangling suspense, laughter…and a partially knitted set that hopefully you can contribute to!

 

Knittaz with Attitude (of town centre yarn bombing fame) will be hosting knitting workshops where you can make all the various parts.

We’ll provide:

  • Wool and needles/hooks/french knitting bobbins to those who need them
  • Guidance for beginners learning to knitting and crochet
  • Patterns
  • Light refreshments

It all takes place in the wonderful setting of the Grand Theatre Studio on the following dates:

  • Monday 17th September.  We’re starting at 6:30pm so that we can have a little tour of the theatre before we get on to our wool-fest at 7pm.
  • Wednesday 26th September, 7pm
  • Saturday 6th October, 2pm, this will include a Scandinavian tea party, so don’t forget to wear your woolly jumper and bobble hat!

So sign up online on Facebook or email us

The project is funded by the Arts Council via Blackpool Council Arts Service

 

 

KWA: HQ Hook Up

It’s nearly time for our mid-month get together at Aunty Social HQ, The Old Rock Factory.

Monday 20th August 2012, 18:30-21:30
at Aunty Social HQ,
The Old Rock Factory
Rear 40 Talbot Rd,
Blackpool, FY11LF

Bring your own work or join in with our next yarn bombing project (this time it’s international!)…anything goes. All ages and abilities welcome. Tonight is the deadline for the Manchester Yarnbombing squares and Emma from the Grand Theatre is coming to tell us more about the knitted props required for Inspector Norse.

The all-new Swedish crime thriller Inspector Norse from the Lip Service Theatre Company promises to be a night of nerve-jangling suspense, laughter…and a partially knitted set that hopefully you can contribute to!

If you want a head start then feel free to download these leaf and icicle patterns.

This session will start a little later than usual (6:30pm) and will only be £2. We will provide drinks and biscuits.

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!

Yarnbombing the YMCA: International Women’s Day

On Saturday 10th March, Aunty hosted a yarnbombing workshop for young women (age 13-16 years) from a variety of youth groups from Wyre.  Activities included dance and various arts and crafts activities and took place at Fleetwood YMCA …Young (wo)man, there’s no need to feel down, la la la.

Participants learned how to get crafty and stitch together a variety of woolly loveliness to create a flower garden outside the entrance to Tommy’s the local youth club.  All in all, it was a lovely day, we had some great positive feedback from the groups and created a woolly wilderness to boot, fabulous!

 

Calling artists and crafters! Can you run a workshop from Aunty HQ?

We’re looking for artists and makers to run art and craft classes from our community craft workshop…  Interested?

We have a community craft workshop in central Blackpool and plan to run a variety of sewing/craft sessions from there.  We want local artists and makers to help us make use of the workshop by facilitating a range of classes.

If this sounds like something that you would be interested in, complete the Expression of Interest form and email it to us by Friday 30th March 2012. We will contact you during the week commencing 9th April 2012.