D.verCity Disability, Deaf and Outsider Art Festival

D.verCity – Disability, Deaf and Outsider Arts Festival is the second event of its kind in Lancashire, offering art sessions that explore the social model through the theme of disability arts and culture, radical shows, comedy and cutting edge art. It is intended for adults and children, for disabled and non-disabled, and for anyone interested in art that is pushing the boundaries.

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Poetry and knitting goes down a storm

Tell Us Another One is a community literature project taking place in local libraries in Greater Manchester. Delivered by Cartwheel Arts, it involves creative writing, performance, publishing and broadcasting and has been supported with an award of £60,000 through our National Lottery funded Grants for the arts scheme.

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Dart Gallery Launch – Opportunity for local Artists

DART Gallery is offering the opportunity for local artists to sell their products and to inspire young students in their creative endeavours. The official launch date for DART is set for the 21st of June, to be opened by Wayne Hemingway and sponsored by the international company, Graham & Brown.

DART Gallery is a student led social enterprise, located within the confines of Darwen Aldridge Community Academy, an Academy and Sixth Form located within Lancashire. DART will sell and exhibit artwork and contemporary products, including crafts, produced by the local community and global on-trend purchasing. DART will also serve as a creative hub for the local community for learning new skills, sharing new skills and as a stepping stone for people in the community to build their own creative businesses. In terms of footfall, on site, we have over 1,100 staff and students daily, over 200 local people a week who visit our location for adult learning courses and over 300 visitors a week from across the region who visit us for various reasons.

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Action Factory – Art & Craft Workshop – Callout for Creative Facilitators

 Action Factory Community Arts has been working with people since 1985. We team artists up with communities to create compelling art experiences. 

Historically we have travelled out to work in the community but now we plan open up our building to artists and invite communities into our building by hosting a variety of arts and craft activities for different groups.

We are looking for artists and makers to facilitate a range of creative sessions to the general public and targeted groups.

The Action Factory building is located inBlackburn not far from junction 6 of the M65. 

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Putting the Art into the Community

My local pub is great. There is live music, open mic nights, banter and a real sense of community. And history. History oozes out of the building as it is a prime example of Victorian architecture (built 1897) with many original features remaining. There are three floors of large, high-ceiling rooms but only the ground floor is occupied by the pub.

The Vic, St. Annes
A Community Asset

The building is under threat of being demolished and replaced with a block of flats and the local community are challenging this decision under the new localism laws because they want to renovate and restore the building and use it as an arts centre.

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