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.

Model Making Workshop with Aardman Animations: Shaun the Sheep

Join an expert model maker from Aardman Animations for a fun, hands-on clay modelling workshop. 

About this Event

At this online session, you’ll discover how to make your very own model of Shaun the Sheep – The unusually bright and clever sheep who lives at Mossy Bottom farm. 

Budding animators will also get a rare chance to ask questions about the tricks of the trade straight from the Aardman studio and learn about the animation process involved in the making of their award winning films.

This online model making workshop will take place on Zoom. One of Aardman’s expert model makers will guide you through the workshop as you create your very own Shaun the Sheep character out of modelling clay.

Types of ticket

You can choose from the following:

  • Workshop (stream) only: You only need 1 of these per household/screen – £10

If you live in a FY postcode area, you can order clay kits that contain everything you need for the workshop. These will be hand delivered (contactless) and are only available to households in FY postcode areas:

  • Online Workshop with clay kit for 1 person – £12.50
  • Online Workshop with clay kit for 2 people – £15
  • Online Workshop with clay kit for 3 people – £17.50
  • Online Workshop with clay kit for 4 people – £20

If you are ordering a kit, you will need to place your order by Friday 12 February so that we can prepare and deliver your kit in time for the workshop. You can book the workshop only ticket up until 1 hour before the event.

We have a limited number of free spaces for those with low incomes. For more information on these, please see the FAQ section below.

FAQs

Q: Is there an age restriction for this activity?

A: This event is most suitable for ages 7 years+. 

Q: Can anyone order a kit?

A: The clay kits are only available to households in FY postcode areas. We’re Blackpool based and our volunteer delivery drivers will not be able to deliver further afield.

Q: I don’t live in an FY postcode, where can I order the materials?

A: You will need to purchase materials for your household in advance of the workshop. Please buy these as soon as possible, bearing in mind delivery times for online orders. The materials you will need per person are:

  • White clay: 130g
  • Black clay: 70g
  • Toothpicks x 5
  • Worksheet (we will send this to you upon registration)
  • Baby wipes or a flannel / towel (to clean hands with when switching from black to white clay)

For the clay, we recommend using Newplast, but other types of modelling clay will be fine too (e.g. Fimo, Play-Doh, Plasticine). You can buy Newplast from Cowling & Wilcox, Hobbycraft or Fred Aldous. Our local supplier ArtDiscount currently has a  30% off discount offer on Fimo at the moment too.

There are also recipes online where you can make your own clay out of household ingredients, if you are feeling particularly creative!

Q: What do I get in the kit?

A: You will receive everything that you need to take part in the workshop, this includes specialist modelling clay.

About the online workshop

Q: Will anyone be able to see me during the workshop?

A: No, we will run the workshop using the Zoom webinar format. This will automatically switch off your camera and microphone. While you will be able to see the model maker giving the demonstration, the model maker won’t be able to see you. You also won’t be able to see any of the other participants.

Q: Can I Ask Questions?

A: You will be able to ask questions via the Chat tool. Please feel free to ask questions / make comments throughout the workshop. Likewise, if you need anything to be repeated please do let us know!

Bursaries

Model Making Workshop with Aardman Animations: Shaun the SheepWe have a limited number of free places available for people on low incomes living in FY postcode areas. If you would like to request one of these ticket, please complete this short form. You will be asked to upload a photo/scan of evidence of your low income such as mean-tested benefit or free school meals.

Watch out, there’s a Foodbank Monster about…

Our Knittaz With Attitude have been busy making a colourful foodbank donation point monster for Blackpool Food Bank.

This woolly beastie is at Morrisons Squires Gate in Blackpool.

Staff say that foodbank donations are up and the kids love the “Om, nom, nom, burp and SLUUUUUURP!” sounds.

We have another monster at big ASDA on Cherry Tree Road and 2 more on the way, so watch this space…

Foodbank Monster at ASDA Cherry Tree Rd, Blackpool.
Photo from Adrian Pritchard

KWA: Blackpool Foodbank Project

Get knitting lads!

Attention #KnittazWithAttitude! We need you to help us with som lockdown knitting and crocheting. We’re after squares and strips for a wonderfully weird and woolly project that we’ve got on the go with Blackpool Food Bank.

It’s all a bit ‘secret treehouse’ at the moment so we can’t tell you too many details here, but if you fancy helping, drop us a message either by email or via Facebook message.

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 4, printing on fabric

This week we will be
⭐️printing on fabric using rollers and sponge dabbers⭐️. You’ll get a nice big canvas tote bag and a pencil case in your pack, so your tiny folk can keep all of their art kit nice and tidy.

Notes

  • If you do get paint on clothes or furnishings use soapy water to remove as soon as you can.
  • Fabric paint can take a while to dry. Once it’s touch dry (in about an hour) you’ll need to iron on the reverse of the fabric to fix it. If you don’t want to iron it, you just need to leave it to fix for 2 to 3 days.

You can download the step-by-step instructions here.

Here’s the video tutorial…

Happy Crafting!!! 

Mini Makers BPL: Activity 3, Coil Pots

This week’s activity…
⭐️Coil pots using air-dry clay⭐️

Important points:

  • Grown-ups: This activity will need your full supervision.
  • The clay is safe and non-toxic but do try and keep it out of tiny people’s mouths and wash your hands after use.
  • Also small pieces could be a choking hazard.
  • If you don’t feel comfortable using the air dry clay, please see Mint & Mamma’s video on how to make salt dough.
  • You have enough clay and moulding tools in your pack for you to experiment and do all kinds of different things, not just this clay pot tutorial. Enjoy! 😄

You can download the step-by-step instructions here.

Here’s the video tutorial…

Happy Crafting!!! 

Mini Makers BPL: Activity 2, Weaving

This week, we’re having a go at weaving!

You can download the step-by-step instructions here.

Here’s the video tutorial…

Happy Crafting!!! 

A Lovely Woolly Wall Hanging

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