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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;

Hundreds of people from Blackburn are photographed for LET Exhibition

February 16, 2011

Look at LET

Students have been taking portraits of Blackburn people and will be displaying them in an exhibition on Thurs 17 Feb 4-9pm at the Blackburn LET shop on King William St. To date there have been over 600 portraits created including one of former Foreign Secretary, Jack Straw MP.

Visit and the project flickr site at

Science Busking in Burnley

February 16, 2011

Science Busking Flyer

As part of the LET town centre animation programme, Science Made Simple will be delivering a day of Science Busking in the town centre, engaging all ages in creative learning about such things as sonic booms, visual illusions and aerodynamics…..

It all takes place on Thurs 24 Feb, 11am -4pm at the Bandstand, St James St, Burnley.

Jane Samuels launches ‘Abandoned Shop of Curiosities’ in Blackburn

January 13, 2011


The Abandoned Shop of Curiosities

The latest residency in the Blackburn LET Shop is  artist Jane Samuels with her newest work: “The Abandoned Shop of Curiosities” . Jane will hold a preview evening for the month long residency, on Thursday 13th January, at 7 pm at the LET Shop, 65 King William St, Blackburn.

 The show sees Jane creating her most ambitious and interactive exhibition to date, in which Blackburn’s LET shop will be transformed into an abandoned Victorian  Curiosity Shop. You are invited to explore the shop: open doors and drawers, and climb through wardrobes, to discover glimpses into other abandoned buildings around the world. 

 Jane will be holding an open studio throughout the residency, and inviting visitors to contribute to the production and development of new work. The interactive exhibition also invites visitors to share their memories of Blackburn’s now lost or abandoned places, using maps, written notes, drawings or by bringing in objects or photographs.

For more information see the LET Project website.

LETs get Reminiscing

December 29, 2010

See posts for the LETs get Reminiscing project at you can see an extract of the video at

Festive Arts Fayre in Blackburn this weekend

December 14, 2010


Come along to the Festive Arts Fayre in Blackburn

This weekend 18th and 19th December.
10am – 4pm
Town Hall Square, King William St, Blackburn.
Local artists and craftmakers selling handcrafted items.

Items on sale include ceramics, photography, textiles, turned wood…and lots more….children free craft corner (Willow weavers)
Find us….next to the big wheel and the land train in the town centre.

Part of Blackburn’s LET programme.

Created by The Art of Distraction.

Songs for Silenced Voices

December 13, 2010

Songs for Silenced Voices is part of a weeklong series of free public events exploring the power of theatre as a tool to change how we think, act and engage. All events take place in the Blackburn LET Shop, 65 King William St between 13 Dec – 18 Dec.

For more information