KWA Reclaim These Streets

We’re doing what Knittaz do best, supporting Reclaim these Streets Blackpool & Fylde Coast craftivism-style. 

Crochet & embroidery, Joe Booth

Overview: We’re making small textile/craft works of art that will be strategically placed in public spaces to highlight the harassment and threats of violence that women face everyday.

Why? This means a lot to us. These are our experiences and we want to do something that helps people to understand the impact of everyday street harassment.

Embroidery & crochet, Kelly Gorrie

Our aim for this project is to draw attention and make an impact. Drawing attention is not something that us Knittaz ever need help with, so focusing on the ‘impact’ aspect, we think a collection of pieces will be far more dramatic than one piece, and more likely to inspire questions and conversation.

The Blackpool Reclaim These Streets event is currently planned for August/September 2021 so we’re aiming for then. This gives us a good bit of time to crack on and build a stash ready to be ‘displayed’ alongside the event. After this, pieces will be photographed at pinpointed locations on the Blackpool RTS map detailing locations of acts of street harassment around Blackpool. At the moment there’s 50+ locations so the more we can get the better!

The pieces will then be displayed in an exhibition at Blackpool Central Library over September 2021.

About your piece

  • We think it’s really important that the pieces are yours. We don’t want to tell you what you should say. 
  • They can be as big or small as you like, use as many or as little colours as you like, use whatever techniques you like, there can be words or not, or maybe an image.
  • We’d like the pieces to be cohesive, but only in a way that is recognisably us…. So bright colours where possible please. 
Cross stitch (work in progress) Stephanie Cottle.

Skills & Techniques
If you have an idea but you don’t know how to execute it, or if it’s a technique you don’t have knowledge of (or the equipment), let us know. We have lots of fabrics, yarns, tools etc. that we can lend out, and between us we have the skills to share, or collaborate with each other.

Want to take part?

Drop us a quick email and we’ll send send you a group invite.

World Book Night 2021: I will not be erased

Aunty is giving away 80 free copies of “I will not be erased” Our stories about growing up as people of colour, by Gal-dem to celebrate World Book Night on Friday 23 April 2021. 

We wanted to be a free book distributor because we love reading and storytelling. A lot of people that have taken part in our projects don’t regularly read for pleasure. Not everyone has access to books, especially people on very low incomes, and especially those who have been shielding over lockdown.

Copies of “I will not be erased” will be available to people in the Blackpool and Fylde Coast area. We’re also going to donate a copy to Blackpool Libraries, so people who miss out on the giveaway can access it through their free lending service.

We hope that World Book Night will inspire more people to read for pleasure, and give people who enjoy reading an opportunity to discover something new.

How do I get a book?

In the first instance, we’re offering the books to people who we know who do not usually have access to them.

The introduction to the book says “There is something in each of these essays that will speak to anyone who has ever wondered what they might say to their younger self…But it is our hope that these essays will especially speak to those of us from marginalised backgrounds…”.

As we have first hand experience of not seeing ourselves represented in books, comics, TV or film, we understand how important it is to get these books out to people who may be feeling the same way. We’re making the most of our diverse networks to make sure that these touching books go to people who will really love them.

” If you are a person of colour, growing up in a place where who you are doesn’t fit the bill of ‘how/what you ought to be’ READ THIS.”
Review from The Artisan Geek

You can still sign up for a book after World Book Night.
We’ll only close the registration form when we run out of copies.

Remember to check back here for the link!

About

the book

“I Will Not Be Erased”
Our stories about growing up as people of colour
By gal-dem


Fourteen joyous, funny and life-affirming essays from gal-dem, the award-winning magazine created by young women and non-binary people of colour.

gal-dem, the award-winning online and print magazine, is created by women and non-binary people of colour. In this thought-provoking and moving collection of fourteen essays, gal-dem’s writers use raw material from their teenage years – diaries, poems and chat histories – to give advice to their younger selves and those growing up today. gal-dem have been praised by the Guardian for being “the agents of change we need”, and these essays tackle important subjects including race, gender, mental health and activism, making this essential reading for any young person. “A radical, beautiful, world-changing collection of writing that we all need to read.” Scarlett Curtis, Feminists Don’t Wear Pink

Categories: Non-Fiction
For readers aged: 14+

We do have an optional donate option and all donations will be used to support Aunty’s creative activities.

Heritage Action Zone: Calling artists, creatives and organisations on the Fylde Coast

Are you an Artist, creative or arts organisation on the Fylde Coast?

If so, this is your chance to take part in new research to inform Blackpool Council’s Heritage Action Zone.

The research aims to understand what creative skills and resources are available in the area and ensure that artists don’t miss out on opportunities to be commissioned as part of the project.

We’re leading the research on behalf of the council along with our partners Abingdon Studios and are encouraging as many people as possible to take part.

Everyone who takes part in the survey will have the option to opt in to a draw to win one of three £100 cash prizes.

The survey takes around 15-20 minutes to complete and is open for responses until Sunday February 28.

Following the survey, we will will carry out detailed interviews with some local artists & creatives to take a closer look at their needs and finally provide a report to the council.

About HAZ

The Blackpool Heritage Action Zone (HAZ) is a £1m project funded jointly by Blackpool Council, Historic England and the Department of Culture Media and Sport focused specifically on using built and cultural heritage to revitalise the high street.

The first strand of the project is all about improving streetscapes through improving the condition of historic buildings. This part of the HAZ builds on the success of the ongoing Quality Corridors project, which has focused on new pavements and road surfaces as well as a £1.5m shopfront replacement scheme on Deansgate, Topping Street and Edward Street. As part of this we’ll be restoring some if the Victorian shopfronts to the church street elevation of the Winter Gardens, putting back the Art Deco frontage of 28 Topping Street and restoring part of the Former Black’s building on Edward Street. In partnership with the Quality Corridors project, we’ll also be creating a creative cooperative hub at No. 28 Topping Street to provide local artists and creatives with a place to sell their work and run workshops and events. The work at the former Blacks building on Edward Street will also form the first phase of creating live/work units for creatives.

The second strand of the project is a bid for £120k to create a programme of cultural events to bring new offers to the high street and new reasons to visit it. Blackpool’s bid contains proposals for street markets (crafts/farmers/flea/specialist) using empty shops for film screening and performances well as heritage events and walks.

Aunty needs you

Aunty Social is on the hunt for at least one new Director to join the board of this creative and crafty community interest company based in Blackpool.

Our aspirations are to grow the Aunty Social projects that we already have and strengthen their sustainability and impact. We’re also interested in how we can develop as an organisation to ensure that we’re geared up to access larger funding opportunities and deliver services on behalf of public bodies.

With this in mind we have three key goals for 2017…

  1. Increase opening hours in Charabanc Shop by at least 50%
  2. Increased trading income (shop sales, film box office and advertising)
  3. Securing of at least one large funded project to include project management fees

We’re looking for Director(s) with the following skills to join the board…

  • Business development
  • Commercial business experience (small business retail especially)
  • Financial management and/or accountancy
  • Human resources and/or legal
  • Private sector philanthropy
  • Social investment
  • Advertising sales

Details of the level of commitment and legal duties associated with being a Director are contained in the recruitment pack.

For more information download the recruitment pack here.

Applications should be sent to [email protected] no later than Monday 13 February at 5pm.

So, what are you waiting for? Become an Aunty and get your New Year going with a new challenge.

Aunty goes to ‘that London’: European Year of Volunteering #EYV11Tour

Last week Aunty took part in the London stage of the European Year of Volunteering (EYV) tour at Coin St Neighbourhood centre in London.

The London EYV Tour events lasted a week and were designed to inspire volunteers.  The events, backed by the European Commission, offered anyone interested in helping others the chance to meet voluntary and community organisations and their volunteers.  It was also a chance for volunteers to get together, share their experiences and discuss issues that affect them.

It was great to meet other organisations and their volunteers and a special ‘shout out’ goes to the lovely Mark from Consortium and May from Greater London Volunteering Also, a big Blackpool “thank you” to the EYV Tour staff who looked after us well and gave us some very bright orange t-shirts to fashion into something tasteful *cough* and oh so *cough* stylish.

For more on EYV, visit www.cabinetoffice.gov.uk/eyv11tour or take a look at the #eyv11tourUK hashtag on Twitter.

Crash bang wallop… Aunty’s just crash landed into the Blogosphere!

Hello m’dears!  We’re a lovely little collective that wants to give people in Blackpool and the Fylde Coast an opportunity to come together and build a vibrant, active community through conversation, exciting events, sharing of skills/interests and of course, yummy food.  We also believe in the power of tea and cake…bringing people together over a brew 😀

See our About Aunty page for more.

Toodle-pip! x