The Black-E

The Black-E
1 Great George Street
L1 5EW

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The Black-E (formerly The Blackie) - a combination of a contemporary arts centre with a community centre - was launched in 1968 as the U.K.'s first community arts project. The commitments made then remain the commitments today - to young people (offering, in the words of The Last Poets, "affection, protection, direction") - to a cultural programme emphasising participation and involvement ("do-ing" as well as "viewing") - to education (formal and informal) - and to quality of work with equality of provision.

Our home and base is the former Great George Street Congregational Chapel and originally derived its familiar name the Blackie (now the Black-E) as a shortened version of 'The Black Church' - a description of the Chapel in the 1960's covered with over a hundred years of inner-city smoke and grime. Although stone cleaned in the 1980s, the building still retains its name.

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A historic building at dusk with the Light Night logo projected onto it

The Black-E

  • 15 May 2015 4-11pm

Last chance to see Judy Chicago's Song of Songs exhibition, coupled with a collection of games-based works, and workshop for all ages based on the colour yellow. The Black-E Kaffe will be open serving fresh coffee and snacks. Free Family Friendly

Suitable for

  • Family friendly