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Action Factory Community Arts Ltd

Suite 25, King'sCourt, Blackburn Lancashire BB2 2DH

T. 01254 296075



Action Factory Community Arts

creatively nurturing positive change in individuals and communities

Happy New Year. 2015 is proving to be a busy one for Action Factory with various projects on the go!

Community Living Room welcomes people in

Taster Sessions on this week: rag rug at Darwen Library tomorrow Monday 26th January at 10am, Poetry at Blackburn Library from 3pm and on Tuesday we are at Mill Hill Community Centre making lampshades at 10am. come join us! Action Factory are working in partnership with the libraries to bring activities, arts and friendship to 3 libraries in the borough. Activities are starting soon ... For more details, email Lucy Jones (

Workshops in the Classics for Schools

In answer to requests from teachers and a change in curriculum, we have developed workshops specifically for primary schools which explore some classic works, such as Shakespeare: "A Mid Summer Night's Dream" and "Odysseus". Please contact Kerry for more information.

Darwen Youth Theatre presents

We are pleased to inform you Darwen Library Theatre are working towards a performance for the Mayor in February this year. More details to follow or contact

Home (a project funded by Arts Council England)

We have come to the end of the first phase of our new Arts Council Funded project which brought artists together with groups from religious backgrounds, asylum and refugee communities and a group orginally set up as a mental health project to perform at the Cathedral in Blackburn. Pics to follow. For more information contact

Action Factory is in the building

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Our new address is Suite 25, King's Court, 33 King Street, Blackburn BB2 2DH. New telephone no is 01254 296075. Email addresses remain the same and you can get us on

Darwen Youth Theatre

Action Factory is running the youth theatre at Darwen Library Theatre. There have already been two performances and we are now working towards another in February 2015. Its not too late to join. Additionally, 2e have plans to invite professional actors and other artists in to make the sessions more interesting and challenging. Click here Limited spaces now available. (

Landgate Illuminate

We had a great celebration of the end of our project on the Landgate Estate. More Pics will be posted here soon! Travelling Light Circus dazzled crowds with their graceful performances

New Funding Arts Council England

Action Factory are delighted to announce a new focus of work funded by Arts Council England under their Grant for the Arts programme. We will be using the words Home, Hidden and Roam to inspire artists working with groups of people from different backgrounds, circumstances and ethnicities. More details will follow soon!

Contact Kerry Tuhill for more details if you are interested in getting involved in attending one of our performance sessions.

Future Shorts Pop Up Film Festival Summer Season


We show the Pop Up Film Festival at various venues in Blackburn and Darwen.

Further information about Future Shorts in Blackburn : or calling: 07552 639633

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We are pleased to be working with Wigan Leisure and Culture Trust and the Landgate community again on phase 2 of the AGMA arts engagement project. We have looked back with a remiscence project this time we are talking to young people and thinking about the present and the future.

Action Factory takes strolling performance to Blackburn Festival

Fabric - a year long project programme of artistic development and engagement delivered by Action Factory.

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As part of the programme associated with Fabric, we worked with Aqueous Humour over a series of sessions. A piece of walkabout theatre which examines and explores messages and ideas around mental health and well-being was creatd and performed at the Blackburn Festival in Witton Park on Saturday 15th June 2013.


The three strands of work cover arts and health, arts with refugees, asylum seekers and migrant communities and development of work with artists of South Asian heritage. The work is funded by public money through the National Lottery, via Arts Council England's Grant for the Arts programme.

Work in Education (Blackburn, Lancashire and the Region)

We have recently delivered some exciting sessions in local schools on a variety of topics: racism, cyber-bullying, buddhism and waterplay! Please get in touch if you would like us to come and talk to you about our dynamic and unforgetable sessions. We are able to create something especially for a topic you wish to focus on.

Action Factory is working with schools in Lancashire to raise attainment levels. Our methods have achieved quantitative results. Please contact Nicole to find out if we can help your school.

Looking for office space or workspace? Action Factory has work or office space available. Short lets available.

Please don't forget to read our blog, to keep in touch with what we are up to!


Action Factory manages and facilitates participatory arts workshops, projects and schemes.

We use all forms of art to engage with people, using creativity to unlock a person's potential, develop their self confidence and increase their sense of belonging. There is no limit to where we can work, inside, outside ... in all sorts of different buildings and locations. We haven't worked underwater  .... yet!

Action Factory Community Arts is a participatory arts company with over 27 years' experience. We are based in Blackburn and facilitate arts projects around the North West. Examples of our work can be seen in projects and gallery sections of the website. If you do not find the information you are looking for on the website then please contact us.

Action Factory Community Arts won the creative inspiration award at the Creativity Works Awards:  "... truly a people-based company that invests heavily in training and support for both staff and volunteers as well as the thousands of groups and individuals who have and continue to benefit from their caring, nurturing, creative and magical approach. Creativity Works is proud to recognise the importance and value of having a world class participatory arts company in East Lancashire. A high percentage of creative people and people working in the creative industries in the area owe some of their success to working with, for or just an encounter with Action Factory Community Arts."

© Action Factory Community Arts Ltd 2014