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July 2017
June 2016
07 Jun
3:36PM 
By Skill & Hard Work – The reinvention Issue

By Skill & Hard Work – The reinvention Issue

Read the latest edition of By Skill & Hard Work - the reinvention issue
March 2016
December 2015
01 Dec
4:25PM 
The handmade Issue

The handmade Issue

The latest edition of By Skill & Hard Work is out now celebrating the talented people of Blackburn.
October 2015
08 Oct
12:18PM 
An Interview with Dr Claire Bolton

An Interview with Dr Claire Bolton

Dr Claire Bolton spoke to us about the Hart collection at Blackburn Museum & Art Gallery
September 2015
30 Sep
1:58PM 
Blackburn’s Musical Heritage

Blackburn’s Musical Heritage

Paul Nataraj's new blog titled 'Blackburn's Musical Heritage' see's him interview locals who reflect on Blackburn's musical past.
29 Sep
1:38PM 
Confessional

Confessional

Last weekend the abandoned Holy Trinity Church came alive as the day-long festival 'Confessional' took place!
24 Sep
10:48AM 
Inside the Cotton to Gold Exhibiton

Inside the Cotton to Gold Exhibiton

Since its opening in 1874, Blackburn Museum and Art Gallery has collected a wide range of treasures from local wealthy men who worked within the cotton trade.
22 Sep
2:18PM 
Local Illustrators help bring in the Buskers!

Local Illustrators help bring in the Buskers!

For last weekends Festival of Making taster, four talented local illustrators where asked to design a busking station.
17 Sep
1:48PM 
Stephie Wins Fabricate!

Stephie Wins Fabricate!

Read all about how Stephie Jessop won Fabricate!
August 2015
21 Aug
1:10PM 
By Skill & Hard Work Issue 4

By Skill & Hard Work Issue 4

This 'How To' issue features lots of step to step guides on a range of creative crafts and hobbies - from baking a loaf of bread, to taking a photograph.
July 2015
09 Jul
9:29AM 
Sophie steps up

Sophie steps up

Former B.I.O intern Sophie takes the next steps in her career.
09 Jul
8:16AM 
Relax with Reiki

Relax with Reiki

Holly Nicholson, finds a spiritual calm in the heart of Blackburn Town Centre
June 2015
25 Jun
1:25PM 
Blackburn’s cultural inheritance

Blackburn’s cultural inheritance

After the success of Cotton to Gold is it time to look again at out cultural inheritance?
18 Jun
12:52PM 
Alexandra takes it stateside!

Alexandra takes it stateside!

Alexandra Gallagher has designed a collection of t-shirts for a US clothing brand!
02 Jun
12:46PM 
Mixing with the Hallouminati

Mixing with the Hallouminati

Think Dragons Den meets Master Chef and you've got a handle on Hallouminate.
May 2015
19 May
2:16PM 
Blackburn Printfest

Blackburn Printfest

This weekend (May 15 & 16) Blackburn's very own Print festival took place inside The Bureau - inviting the public to browse, enjoy and get inspired by its Exhibition and Print Fair.
March 2015
31 Mar
10:54AM 
Pilgrimage – The Garden of Eden – Chapter 1

Pilgrimage – The Garden of Eden – Chapter 1

On Saturday March 7 2015, Gypsy Carrot Productions choreographed a flamboyant range of DJs, performers and artists to bring an 18th century gothic church to life for a night time extravaganza
26 Mar
12:40PM 
Alex Thinks Big!

Alex Thinks Big!

Congratulations to Alex Wareing who has been awarded funding for Blackburn Printfest through O2's 'Think Big Project'.
24 Mar
12:14PM 
Shrimping it – electronics Pixel Lust style

Shrimping it – electronics Pixel Lust style

Electronics newbie Faye Adams gets an introduction to the Shrimp microcomputer at Pixel Lust II
17 Mar
3:18PM 
Blackburn Printfest

Blackburn Printfest

In May, Blackburn will invite an array of artists from around the country to take part in its very own Print Festival
February 2015
12 Feb
2:52PM 
Hayley makes her mark

Hayley makes her mark

Street artist Hayley Welsh returns to her hometown.
January 2015
December 2014
01 Dec
2:59PM 
Back to Blackburn

Back to Blackburn

November 2014
03 Nov
5:00PM 
Photography at night

Photography at night

September 2014
15 Sep
12:59PM 
Drink and Draw, September

Drink and Draw, September

15 Sep
12:45PM 
We are now on Bloglovin

We are now on Bloglovin

We are now on Bloglovin. Making it easier for you to find our blog posts.
15 Sep
12:21PM 
Listen To Alexandra Gallagher Talk About Papergirl Blackburn

Listen To Alexandra Gallagher Talk About Papergirl Blackburn

Papergirl is a community street art project originating in Berlin in 2006, which is now being produced in Blackburn.
04 Sep
2:36PM 
First Thursday, September – Live Blog

First Thursday, September – Live Blog

Here is your live blog for September's First Thursday which has a festival vibe as we prepare for the Blackburn Festival in two days time.
August 2014
05 Aug
4:01PM 
Short & Sweet!

Short & Sweet!

01 Aug
11:38AM 
Zine – By Skill And Hard Work – Issue 1

Zine – By Skill And Hard Work – Issue 1

By Skill and Hard Work celebrates the creative talents of people who live, work or play in Blackburn.
July 2014
18 Jul
10:36AM 
Papergirl Blackburn

Papergirl Blackburn

Papergirl Blackburn is now open for submissions (the deadline is 24th October 2014).
09 Jul
10:30AM 
Men’s Grooming At A Snip!

Men’s Grooming At A Snip!

Alan Gosling, is passionate about bringing traditional businesses back into the heart of Blackburn town centre
03 Jul
2:49PM 
Art, Culture, Music – First Thursday Live Blog

Art, Culture, Music – First Thursday Live Blog

It's First Thursday and we are running our live blog again to bring you all the action from each event.
01 Jul
12:12PM 
Woodreloved

Woodreloved

June 2014
13 Jun
12:34PM 
June’s Drink And Draw

June’s Drink And Draw

Drink and Draw is promoted as an alternative Drawing Class where anyone - from beginners to professional artists - can come together to have fun drawing. Each session includes alternative model(s) or theme to draw, performances, competitions and games.
12 Jun
10:34AM 
Hitting The Creative Buttons

Hitting The Creative Buttons

Blackburn Is Open is hosting a free creative workshop and exhibition based around graphic communication, illustration and animation run by the BA (Hons) Students and Staff from Blackburn University.
10 Jun
4:29PM 
Was the Blackburn Is Open Street Party A Success?

Was the Blackburn Is Open Street Party A Success?

It is important to ensure that Blackburn is Open events are all-inclusive for the residents of the town. After all, that is how Blackburn will rediscover its town centre mojo.
05 Jun
1:36PM 
Blackburn Is Open Street Party – Live Blog

Blackburn Is Open Street Party – Live Blog

The Blackburn Is Open First Thursday event for June 2014 is our Street Party being held on Town Hall Square right in the middle of the town centre. We will have mini-video updates, photographs and stories as they happen so stay tuned.
May 2014
19 May
9:27AM 
On: Paper

On: Paper

It's just over a week since the preview night for my first solo exhibition in my home town of Blackburn.
April 2014
11 Apr
8:26AM 
Looking for a venue ?

Looking for a venue ?

07 Apr
8:16PM 
Lee Wareing – on AFRICA

Lee Wareing – on AFRICA

March 2014
30 Mar
9:24AM 
Street wear shop to showcase independent designers

Street wear shop to showcase independent designers

Something ‘outside of the norm’ is what Krosl are promising shoppers
28 Mar
11:19AM 
WEAVE – Our first 3 weeks!

WEAVE – Our first 3 weeks!

A guest blog written by Jack and Sam from WEAVE
28 Mar
10:37AM 
Nicola Hebson’s Curiosity Shop – My first 3 weeks

Nicola Hebson’s Curiosity Shop – My first 3 weeks

Guest post by Nicola Hebson on her first 3 weeks in her new shop
12 Mar
4:54PM 
PIXEL LUST

PIXEL LUST

Guest blog by Alex Martindale, curator of Pixel Lust
07 Mar
4:29PM 
A perfect launch night

A perfect launch night

03 Mar
3:27PM 
First Thursday series of monthly events!

First Thursday series of monthly events!

Blackburn is set to come alive with creativity this week
February 2014
25 Feb
11:22AM 
Curious stuff in store for Blackburn

Curious stuff in store for Blackburn

‘Curiosity Shop’ set to be unveiled on March 6
21 Feb
9:30AM 
Blackburn’s Girl Geeks have technology all sewn up

Blackburn’s Girl Geeks have technology all sewn up

Creating a digital quilt with help from an award winning Phd student
18 Feb
2:00PM 
Local artist commissioned for custom collage

Local artist commissioned for custom collage

Emma Reay scores a commission with a popular fashion magazine
18 Feb
1:00PM 
New monthly events set to take first place

New monthly events set to take first place

Events full of film, fashion and food offers
04 Feb
9:50AM 
Volunteers Needed!

Volunteers Needed!

Blackburn is Open is looking for interesting, creative and passionate people
January 2014
15 Jan
11:05AM 
Taxidermy Beginners Classes

Taxidermy Beginners Classes

Nicola Hebson is running a new set of Taxidermy beginners classes.
November 2013
21 Nov
11:02AM 
Christmas Programme

Christmas Programme

Thursday lates offers great shopping and much more.
20 Nov
4:43PM 
Blackburn is Open

Blackburn is Open

to ideas… to Creativity… to Business… to You…