Block Party 2018: Bloktoberfest

Saturday 20th October 2018: Doors open at 12PM; close is at 4PM.
Sunday 21st October 2018: Doors open 10AM; close at 4PM.


Pixel pushers rejoice!  The next Block Party has been confirmed for Saturday 20th and Sunday 21st October 2018. This year, Britain’s premier teletext festival will venture ‘up north’ to Wigan STEAM for a weekend of VBI, Videotext and Viewdata jollities.The third iteration of the Block Party is dubbed ‘Bloktoberfest’. It will be a celebration of homebrew teletext, playing host to pixel art workshops as well as games and presentations much like those seen at Block Party Cambridge in 2017.

The event will give you an opportunity to chat to, see at work and get tips from before trying teletext art for yourself!

Check out the line up of pixel art artists who will be joining us this year:

Carl Attrill (@that_other_Carl)

Alistair Cree (@ZXGuesser)

Dan Farrimond (@illarterate)

Horsenburger (@Horsenburger)

Peter Kwan (@PeterKVT80)

Raquel Meyers (@raquelmeyers)

Jason Robertson (@grim_fandango)

Admission is free and you can turn up on the day. We would appreciate if you could complete this Eventbrite form to let us know if you’re coming so we can gauge numbers.

Further information will appear here and on the Teletext Facebook Group as the schedule is developed and exhibitors are confirmed.

You can also get in touch with Jason at or

If possible, please bring your own laptop.

For more information, download the Info pack.


A Message from Keith Bloody Mary

Hello, my name is Keith Bloody Mary and I am going to be Artist in residence July / August this year at Wigan STEAM.

I’ve just recently started making artwork inspired by science research but I’ve always had an interest in all things au naturale. 

Earlier this year I worked with Cancer Research UK and enjoyed working with science researchers so much that I wanted to continue doing it, so I applied for the Natus Residency and now here I am preparing for it!

I’m currently studying for a Masters in Visual Culture, and so the work I make at Wigan STEAM will feed directly into my final piece of work and dissertation. I will be researching about the anthropocene and theories around the post human; making weird collage work to represent current biological research. 

I’ve been working as an artist since I graduated from a Fine Art degree in 2010. During the last 5 years I have used photo-collage as my medium of choice, cutting images from magazines and pasting them together by hand, in the kind of way that would make Dr Frankenstein proud!

I’m hoping that the two workshops I’m hosting as part of the residency will introduce people who have never used photo-collage before to the punkesque medium, and introduce photo-collage experts to my own way of doing things. I’m looking forward to having conversations with everyone about the world once we’re gone (in a jolly way), and hopefully making some collaborative work that will be available to take away during the exhibition.

I work under the name Keith Bloody Mary mainly because it amuses me. I enjoy having a collaged name – if you come along to the workshops I’ll talk a little bit about where the name came from, and how you can make up your own artist name for the evening.

Natus Residency: Keith Bloody Mary

We’re excited to announce that the artist undertaking our Natus Residency over the summer will be Manchester-based Keith Bloody Mary. Alice Thickett, who works under the pseudonym Keith Bloody Mary, is currently studying for an MA in Visual Culture at Manchester Metropolitan University. Her work is most often found in bars, pubs, and illustrated zines – most notably she designed a cover and double page spread for Nottingham magazine Left Lion earlier this year.

Keith will spend a number of days working in the Wigan STEAM Gallery as an open studio, before exhibiting in August. During the residency, Keith will piece together collage relating to biology, genetics, and mutations much like a new age Dr Frankenstein. Through farming, industry and DNA programming, humans continue to change the planet bringing us into a new era called the Anthropocene. With a humorous twist, Keith will be investigating the research and biological experiments humans are currently engaging in that are having a direct impact on the earth.

‘we’re going to need a bigger boat’ 2018

Keith is also going to be running some workshops which will feed into her project, here’s your chance to get involved!

In ‘Cut, Paste, Repeat’, Keith invites you to create a new artist name for yourself before making collage pieces with a slight twist. Like conducting scientific research you’ll be using trial and error and (artistic) experimentation to piece together a collage using pre-prepared images. You can find out more information and book here:

In ‘Frankenart’, participants will take the role of an artistic Frankenstein in this relaxed collage workshop. Use pictures of body parts and objects from magazines to make the humans of the future. Every creature, cyborg and mutant will be used to put together a zine, which will be available for people to take home during Keith Bloody Mary’s exhibition in the gallery in August.
Find out more information and book onto this one here:

You can visit Keith Bloody Mary’s open studio from Tuesday 17th July – Tuesday 7th August, and her exhibition from Saturday 11th August – Saturday 1st September. Additionally, you can join us for the exhibition opening on Saturday 11th August from 1pm – 3pm.