March KWA: Monthly Makes & Sew Done update

Join us to catch up on We’re Sew Done.

We’re going to have a look at the We’re Sew Done book, make some badges and get all the pre-orders and crowdfunder rewards ready to send out.

We’ll also be sewing the Discomfort Blanket ready for installation and display when the Conservative Party conference is in town later this month – we’re talking about this at February’s session.

KWA session at the Upside Down


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: 7 March 2022

Knittaz With Attitude: 7 March 2022

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KWA February session

Join us for a relaxed session at the Upside Down.

We’re going to plan some projects for later in the year, so have a think about what you’d like to do.
Bear in mind that the Conservative Party conference is heading to Blackpool in March, so any ideas of messages that we can send to them would be a good starting point.

We’ll have good tunes, yummy food and plenty of brews.

KWA session at the Upside Down


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: 7 February 2022

Knittaz With Attitude: 7 February 2022

£2.00 – £3.50

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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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Follow: @CraftsCouncil on Instagram, @CraftsCouncilUK on Facebook and Twitter
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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 🙂

Black History Month events with AFRA

Celebrate the beginning of Black History Month in style with AFRA Blackpool.

7:30pm – late, Saturday 5 October
at Layton Institute, Westcliffe Drive, Blackpool,  FY3 7HG

Join us on Saturday 5 October to enjoy delicious Caribbean food, experience a live performance from Tidal Beats Community Drumming and dance the night away to brilliant sounds from Blackpool Radio’s Lukie-d Ms-Cruger

Try your luck at the prize raffle or pick up a beautiful souvenir from the Blackpool Gambia School Project jewellery stall.

It’s an event not to be missed!

Menu

Pumpkin Soup           Curry Goat
Jerk Chicken              Rice & Peas
Dumplings                   Dessert to follow.

Tickets

Adults £12
Under 12’s £8
Under 5’s Free

Book online (booking fee applies) or call Phil on 07968 401799 or Janette on 07871 949106

Britain on Film: Black Britain

6:15pm – 8:15pm, Thursday 24 October
Blackpool Central Library, Queen St, FY1 1PX

Dir: various | 1901 – 1985 | 91 mins | 12A

Join us as we explore a collection of archive films showing the  history of black Britain throughout the 20th century.

Bringing together films spanning 1901 to 1985 and taken from many different regions of the UK, it offers incredibly rare, little-seen and valuable depictions of black British life on screen.

Watch miners in the collieries of Edwardian Lancashire and Yorkshire; and soldiers from across the Empire joining the services to fight for King and ‘mother country’ in World War I. See rare colour footage of multi-racial Cardiff in 1957, a Nigerian wedding in Cornwall in 1964, and touching interviews with black school leavers in 1965; witness growing racial tensions on a Liverpool housing estate and in New Cross, London; communities in search of their roots and partying on the streets of Notting Hill during Carnival.

Revealing new voices from across a century of vast and turbulent social change in the UK, Britain on Film: Black Britain not only offers audiences the chance to explore stories of migration, community and the struggle against inequality – but also an opportunity to celebrate vivid black British life and culture on screen.

Tickets: Free, optional donation on the door. Booking is essential.

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Tea and coffee available.

Film details: Dir: various | 1901 – 1985 | 91 mins | 12A

Doors open 6pm. Film screening 6:30pm – 8pm

Keep an eye on the AFRA Facebook page for more Black History Month 2019 Events.

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.