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

craftscouncilat50 #makecraftlive

Visit: craftscouncil.org.uk/ccat50
Follow: @CraftsCouncil on Instagram, @CraftsCouncilUK on Facebook and Twitter
Subscribe: craftscouncil.org.uk/subscribe

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.

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

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.

Winter Gardens Film Festival

Showcasing the best of modern and classic black and white film in the spectacular historic setting of Blackpool Winter Gardens.

The programme for 2020 will be varied, taking in a range of genres from classic musical, comedy, horror, silent classics and contemporary comedy, along with a range of event cinema, workshops, talks, live music and performance.

The main screenings take place in the magnificent Opera House, opened by Jessie Matthews and Sonny Hale in 1939 as one of the most luxurious and sophisticated combination theatres and super cinemas of the pre-war period. There will also be screenings in the Grand Foyer as well as talks and exhibitions in the other Opera House rooms.

Friday and Saturday focus on Black and White films, while Sunday’s and (for 2020) Monday’s programme is based on the theme music and dance on film.

The festival is a partnership project between the Winter Gardens Trust and Aunty Social CIC. 2020 will be its 6th year.

Dates for 2020:

The main festival will take place on:

  • Friday 22

  • Saturday 23

  • Sunday 24, and

  • Monday 25 May 2020

Please note that this is a Bank Holiday weekend.

 

Find out more…

Film Festival website: www.wintergardensfilm.co.uk

Facebook Page: WinterGardensFilm

Twitter: @WGFilmFest

Instagram: @wgfilmfest

Blackpool Film Makers and Exhibitors Meet Up

Join us for our filmmakers get together on Monday 9 December.

This is an opportunity for you to share your work with local film lovers and get some constructive feedback.

If you want to screen your film, please comment below. Screening slots are 15 mins.
Please bring your film on a DVD or USB.

We’ll start the evening with the screenings and some discussion, then go on to some informal networking.

FREE event
Drinks will be available from the bar/cafe.
If you’re not based in Blackpool, you’re still welcome to come along 🙂

KWA December open house: Curry & Art Chat

Join us for a lovely bit o’ curry and a convo at our last meet-up of 2019.

We’re going to have an around the table conversation about what you lovely arty folk are up to and what you’d like to see in Blackpool in 2020. Kind of a cultural wish-list!

We’re feeling festive, so this is a free open session. Anyone with an interest in the arts and culture in Blackpool will be warmly welcomed.

If you’re feeling crafty, you can also make a Christmas decoration to take home or you can bring your own art/craft project to get on with while we chat.

All food will be vegan, hot drinks and squash provided.

IMPPORTANT!
***Please respond to our Facebook event with ‘going’ to let us know if you are definitely coming, if you’re not sure, just choose ‘interested’ or you can email us …we don’t want to be left with a tonne of leftovers, ta!***

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.

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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