Monday, 17 May 2010


Keith Parkinson
invites you to the preview of his exhibition
At Unit 3, Waterloo Pavilions, Church Street, Blackburn.
Thursday 17th June 2010
6:30pm to 8:30pm
Refreshments available

Friday, 19 March 2010


Taunton High Street

Keith pulled! - This lady wants to take him away to a hotel in Sidmouth!!

The Our Place Your Place shop

Bev Susan and Keith were lucky enough this week to make the trip to Taunton to visit the partner project there.

We had a great visit, stayed in a lovely hotel, ate some great food and met some really friendly people.

The staff at Taunton were really helpful and gave some useful insight about their project.

They did some very interesting work on the heritage of Taunton, its history and the plans for future regeneration.

I think that Robbie and her team were a little overwhelmed once Bev and Susan warmed up and blasted them with the tempestuous force that is there enthusiasm!!!!

We did some activities as you can see from the photographs and had a good time. Notice that there's yet another photo of Bev with a brew in her hand!

Saturday, 13 March 2010


Just a taster of an amazing last day at POP. More comment and pictures to follow during the week including an account of our visit to OUR PLACE YOUR PLACE in Taunton, Somerset. Our partner project finsih next week and we get to join them for a couple of days!

Thursday, 11 March 2010

The last week in POP

Tuesday saw another successful Public Art Consultation session.

More artist responses on Wednesday - this time a Year 7 group from St Bede's - who were really excited and did very well.

We were also joined by Dora Spanou from the MLA who thoroughly enjoyed getting down and dirty!

Saturday, 6 March 2010


A great Saturday textiles workshop by Gwyneth Clarkson.

A change of pace today - a more adult audience and more sedate atmosphere. Good.


MIX at POP (Multi-media Interactive Experiment)

An amazing evening of Contemporary Dance, Poetry, Live Music and digital images by Red Wave Dance, a talented group of musicians and the creative flair of pre-degree foundation students from Blackburn College. This ambitious project was also coordinated by the students and a tutor from Blackburn College. As one member of the audience commented - 'a fantastic event, attacking all the senses.'

Thursday, 4 March 2010

Artist Responses 3rd March

Year 8 students from St Bede's High School attended this week's event. They were brilliant - really interested, asked some great questions and really tried hard to experiment with the techniques.


Friday evening 6:00pm to 8:00pm we host MIX - Multi-media Interactive Experience here at POP. This is an extravaganza of music, dance, poetry and images put together by students at Blackburn College. Come along and join us.

Public Art in Blackburn

Sarah Galloway introduced a discussion on future public art in Blackburn and participants had great fun with their designs.

Wednesday, 3 March 2010

Strawberry jamming

School of Rock - a lesson in life!!

I like this - complete strangers helping each other.

An evening of rock music working with Blackburn with Darwen's Music and Performing Arts Service. An amazing mix of people, families mixed with some of our local older teenagers, experts and beginners playing together Sunshine of your love - I'm sure Eric Clapton would have been delighted. A fantastic jam session.

Sunday, 28 February 2010

ONE THOUSAND!!!!!!!! Saturday 27th Feb.

The end of another mad week at POP. Some quiet days but the busy days were manic, with Radio Lancashire spending the afternoon with us on Wednesday and a Saturday which really feels like productive engagement is happening. People keep coming back to us! Families, the groups of teenagers who gather on Church Street and adults are really getting involved, getting to know us and feel at home. They are joining in with projects and begining to think about what they are producing.

Saturday's workshop was sculpture with Carl Jackson. The group made some fantastic figures and vehicles using bits of broken toys. Amazing results.

Around that Bev and I took a 5 metre banner outside for the kids to draw around each other. Some then came in to paint it. Also Bev and I donned white boiler suits - Reminded me of a Woody Allen film but not saying which one -and went outside with paint to become living art. Really caused a stir.

And to cap it all off our 1000th visitor came in just before the end of the day. Fantastic. we all went home very satisfied.


Further proof - if it were needed - that Bev and Keith are ever so slightly off it - but it hasn't half got people interested, talking and engaging with the project and ultimately with art and creative activities.

This banner will hang in the window.

The banner makes a great superhero cape!

Painting the banner.

Lovely aprons!

Lots going on.

Carl Jackson ran a superb sculpture workshop using broken toys to make fantastic figures.

Family fun.

Proud artists showing their work.

Our Sculptor Carl working with group.

Some fantastic results!

What a great display of work.


She left with this lovely multi-coloured hat as a gift from us - no expense spared!!

Now looking forward to the final fortnight.