Archive for March, 2011


March 30, 2011


The New Curiosity Shop Closes

March 13, 2011

The New Curiosity Shop closed its doors for the final time on Saturday (12th March) to a throng of creative visitors. On the final day we all sat down to watch a collection of curious clips conceived by the people of Blackburn.

Over the past three weeks visitors to the shop contributed to the project by filling our empty jars with the things that they value, and sharing their short stories by putting them in our cans. All based around the theme of ‘things that money can’t buy’.

At night the shop came alight by the eerie glow emanating from the magical produce of the shop.

The team at Action Factory had great time engaging with the people of Blackburn.We had an amazing response from a wonderful mix of people. There were many inspiring conversations over a cup of tea on things that we value, that don’t have a monetary value. Fancy a bit of ‘milk of human kindness’ in your tea?

The Blackburn folk are an amazingly creative lot.

The New Curiosity Shop Short Film

For more information and pictures, visit Action Factory on their website

March 9, 2011

Well it’s been really busy at the Shop; so far, Action Factory’s project has welcomed over two hundred people for creativity and conversation. We are really excited about the final day (Saturday 12th March) when, in addition to the visual work, we will be showing some short films that show the progress of the project and include animations of people’s storyboard ideas. All work on the theme of ‘things money can’t buy’. Come in and have a tea or coffee and look around….

The New curiosity Shop

March 2, 2011

The newest occupants to Blackburn LET project at 65, King William Street, are Action Factory Community Arts. The three week residency entitled ‘The New Curiosity Shop’ runs from Thursday 24th February until Saturday 12th March and will involve the company in workshops with local people to create objects, recordings and film work for a final exhibition and performance evening on Saturday 12th March.

In this time of austerity The New Curiosity Shops will be the purveyors of things money can’t buy – distributing the things that we value that you can’t put a price tag on. The New Curiosity Shop will be a project that grows throughout the three weeks. Through creative engagement visitors are invited to contribute to our collections while enjoying a free cup of tea and a chat.
To see what’s been happening so far take a look at our Flickr set;

All activities are free and take place on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 2.00pm-5.00pm.
For further information contact Action Factory on 01254 679335.

Action Factory have been based in Blackburn for twenty five years and have a unique way of bringing people together to create unusual events and ways of celebrating.
For more information check out our website;