What's On at The Black-E

Games-of-Art-Dotto-apples and worms. Acrylic on board

The Games of Art exhibition presents a selection of imaginative artworks created over the last 40 years of 'Artful Games'; and texts explaining the nature and philosophy behind the art of 'creative and cooperative' games : 'Absolute freedom within very definite limits'. This follows a principle that Paul Taylor, American Choreographer once explained as : 'give yourself a set of simple limitations and do the best you can'.


painting-of-female-figure-in-ecstacyVoices from The Song of Songs, a series of 12 paired prints, 373 mm x 300mm, created 1997-99 by Judy Chicago, on display in Liverpool for the first time, with a contextual exhibition of her life's work in the arts to date.

For over four decades, as a renowned artist, writer, feminist and intellectual, Judy Chicago's influence has been far-reaching within and outside the art community internationally. She has made the female point of view a part of mainstream art.


43 Game configured using night lights and bricks. The Black-E celebrated its 43rd Birthday on 27th May 2011,
with the launch of ‘The 43 Game’.

You are invited to produce a photograph of a created work or a discovered scene, object, or image which features the number ‘43’. The one absolute rule is this … if a child is given the photograph and is  asked what number they can find, then their answer should be ‘43’. Beyond this rule there is absolute freedom.


YG and On Track Abdal Hadi formerly stevie SmithCelebrating forty years of the Black-E, the exhibition researches the lives of dozens of Black-E ‘alumni/ae’ (former youthful participants, volunteers and apprentices), to create an extended exhibition of the youth of the past to inspire the youth of the present. The project aims to identify the
impact that The Black-E has had on alumnae, paying particular
attention to their potential as role models for young
people currently in our community.


St Johns Ambulance training group continue to meet at the Black-E from January 2015.

Tai-Chi-class-with-Chinese-teacherThese classes provide an ideal opportunity to learn the art of Tai Chi. Charles Tsang is a highly experienced teacher who specialise in the Yang style and is also a member of The Liverpool Chinatown Tai Chi group, founded in 1986.

Sundays 11.30am – 1pm.


The Inklings sessions at the Black-E are now on Wednesday's from 1.30pm to 3.30pm in the ECP Room.

Inklings now charge £1.50 for each session.

(Announcement!) An Amazing New Year!

Important announcement for parents and students below!

We are abolutely delighted to announce that we will be now based at the Black-E in Liverpool city centre (next to the Chinese Arch).
Black-e Liverpool.

This very exciting move to the city of Liverpool's cultural hub will offer so much to the students of LSS in the coming term.


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Independence through performance

Creative and co-operative games sessions take place weekly on Friday afternoons.  Please contact us by phone or email for an invitation to join in.

youth circus posterBlack-E Youth Programme Timetable 2017

The Gymnastics class on Saturdays are from 12noon until 3pm .

The Saturday Creative Club, starts at 2pm and ends at 4pm. 


Children must be aged 7+. 




The Black-E is pleased to announce that it has been shortlisted in the prestigious Community Initiative of the Year category by the National BAME Health & Care Awards. The Black-E was nominated for its innovative work with local families from across Toxteth and Liverpool. During COVID19, using artists and youth workers, the BlackE set up an online family cooking channel. Bringing families together with a recipe...

The events listed here in the "Museum" section represent most of what has happened at The Black-E since the early days of the website. This record goes back to 2008 and covers everything up until the most recent past events. Older events are recorded in our 'Deep' Archive Site where we are developing a historical record of everything we can document that has happened at The Black-E.


Friday, 21 August, 2020 - 20:34 | 1 year 11 months ago

As a Tiger in the Jungle


Wednesday 20th September @ 7:30pm

Three performers from Nepal and Vietnam ask questions about life, love, poverty and greed.

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Cirkus Xanti will be running community workshops Tuesday 12th September – Friday 15th September 5pm – 6.30pm daily. Workshops are aimed at anyone over the age of 12. Call 0151 709 5109 to book.


Monday, 17 August, 2020 - 00:23 | 2 years ago

Tiger Country


Friday 8th September @ 7:30pm

Saturday 9th September @ 2:30pm & 7:30pm

Set between surgery and A&E, ‘Tiger Country’ is a must see for fans of medical dramas.


Monday, 17 August, 2020 - 00:25 | 2 years ago

Wonderful World of Disscocia


Friday 1st September @ 7:30pm

Saturday 2nd September @ 2:30pm & 7:30pm

‘The Wonderful World of Dissocia' is a bold, moving and magical play which takes a trip away from reality, exploring a world of psychological disconnection.