Black Sheep|Collective

The Black Sheep Collective came together to initiate, create & explore new works in the arts.

Drawing on our individual arts practices, those of our associates and our shared creative drives, we nurture bold expressions of creativity often defying conformity. We believe in breaking new ground and using the arts as a means to reduce barriers and foster the development of creative communities. We work in many settings and environments in the UK and internationally.

  • We value meaningful interactions between the arts/artists & audiences, fueled by shared creative drives.

  • We harness the power of the arts to transform lives & initiate sustainable community cohesion.

  • We create situations where artists & audiences meet on different levels, from performance & exhibition to interactive projects & community engagement.

  • We offer a range of creative based services from research & development, consultancy, design & new/digital media, advice & guidance, design, project & event management to evaluation, training & programming.

  • We are committed to using responsibly sourced materials & a socially responsible supply chain.

  • We operate all our projects/activities against & in response to Social Progress Indicators.

  • We believe in Social & Community Business, responsible trading & meaningful impact.


Georgia Tillery – Productions & Education Director (CIC Director)

Danny Quinn – Commissions & Business Director (CIC Director)

Sian Philpott – Pyrofinalia & Fenceless Arts Director (CIC Director)

Sam Jackson – Bar Bar Black Sheep Staff

Elliot Morgan – Bar Bar Black Sheep Staff

Moss Bancroft – Productions & Projects Assistant

Jade Cook – Education Programme Assistant

Yvette How – Accounts & Finance

Susan Lee Burton, Alan Martin, Jennifer Marklew & Luke Jenkins – Theatre & Productions Board

The Black Sheep Collective CIC is governed by a Board of Directors and a steering group of voluntary advisers and experts.

Social Enterprise associates & advisors

Amanda Dudman – Business Development Specialist

Thomas Doyle – Independent HR Specialist

Sue Quinn – Director, Social Business Alliance CIC

Peter Holbrook – CEO, Social Enterprise UK


Arts & Heritage Alliance Milton Keynes

Suspended Coffees Global

Natwest/RBS Social Index 100

Social Enterprise Review, Investment & Impact Measurement

Annual Review April 2016 – March 2017:

2107 Suspended Coffees donated by customers, £5000 donated to local groups, community projects, young entrepreneurs, new and emerging artists, charities and community initiatives, 25 hrs of Social Enterprise & Business Start Up Advice donated, 36 Dementia Friendly Arts/Creative sessions, 3 pop-up shops held in Bar Bar for local independent traders/creatives, 21 community artists exhibiting, 5 new group start ups supported, 87 employee volunteering hours facilitated, 6 Community Performances (artistic) donated to local events, 12 open mic/platform events held for local performers, 12 Creative activities and sessions facilitated and supported, but led by local volunteers/artists and practitioners.

Wolverton Lantern Festival (2015/16 Festival Sponsor)

Friends of Wyvern Primary School (2016 Start Up Sponsor & Xmas School Disco Funder)

Wolverton Tennis Club (2016/17 Season Sponsor)

Wolverton Cricket Club (2017 Season Sponsor)

Great Linford Scout Group (2017 Scout Trip Funder)

Nourish The Children Foundation (2016/17 Sponsor of Children’s Meals in Developing Nations)

Winter Night Shelter MK (2016/17 Clothing & Refreshments Sponsor)

Wolverton Town Band (2017 Sponsor)

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Services & | Solutions

We provide a range of creative

services, solutions,

commissions & productions,



IMG_6215performers & spectacles

From Fakir/Fire Performers to Stilt Walkers & Dancers, Storytellers to Human Statues – we create both site specific & off the shelf characters suitable for most events, venues & project briefs.

Previous clients include: Parrafinalia Mid-Winter Festival, England Rugby, Wolverton Lantern Festival, LGBT Exclusive Nightclub, The Galleon Pub, Play’s The Thing Theatre Company, Scream Park Entertainments Ltd

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As a Social Enterprise all our surplus is reinvested into inspiring community engagement projects. We also offer exclusive & personalised mentoring for young, new & emerging artists & groups. From company structure & funding through to marketing & business development.

Previous clients include: Social Business Alliance CIC, Play Street, OYAP Trust, Future Wolverton, On The Verge CIC, Wolverton & Greenleys Town Council

DC0010learning & workshops

Blowing up the classroom & breaking down the barriers, our workshops cover a range of topics in the arts & social enterprise sectors. We also offer team building, corporate learning (CPD), extra-curricular programming, accreditation/qualifications & access to industry training.

Previous clients include: The Theatre Institute of Singapore, Church Without Walls, MK & Broughton Town Council, Milton Keynes College, Milton Keynes Council, SALT CIO

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Working per brief, we hunt & gather the information you need to know, when you need to know it. Working together, we can help you develop plans & we also create media & content for promotional activities, websites, advertising etc. We can help you stand out from the flock.

Previous clients include: On The Verge CIC, Amanda Dudman Coaching Services Ltd, Speaking With One Voice (VCSE Consortium), Bridgman & Bridgman LLP

enterprise support & creative growth

From bespoke advice, support & guidance to creative thinking methods & techniques. We work closely with clients to expand approaches & explore the unknown, inspiring a range of pathways forward, delivering outcomes & milestones.

Previous clients include: Social Business Alliance CIC, Social Enterprise South East Partnership, On The Verge CIC, Arts & Heritage Alliance CIO, MK Museum Trust

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We develop specific final productions, installations, performances, artworks etc for clients’ briefs, projects, events & venues. We can bring your venue/event alive from exhibitions & art collections to physical performance & production.

Previous clients include: Splice events, Broughton Pavilion, England Rugby, Bicester Town Council



One of the most exciting collectives around,

determined to break new ground!

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Portfolio & | Galleries

Creating spectacle & wonder from performers & characters,

to productions & site specific commissions to

community engagement & mentoring.

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Audience Feedback from “Where’s Alice?” Theatrical Production 2015

Promotional Video for “Speaking With One Voice” MK Council VCSE Research Mapping Commission 2015


An immense project that harnessed

the power of the arts 

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What’s | Happening

Our latest projects

events, shows 

& Happenings.



Fenceless Art January 2018 @ The Centre:MK

Wednesday 3rd Jan 12:00 Human Statue | Friday 5th Jan 12:00 Human Statue & 13:00 Emma Pick Acoustic Set | Saturday 6th Jan 13:00 Emma Pick Acoustic Set & Forest of Fools Acoustic Set | Sunday 7th Jan 12:00 Black Orchid Belly Dance & 13:00 Forest of Fools Acoustic Set Wednesday 10th Jan 12:00 Human Statue | Friday 12th Jan 12:00 Human Statue | Saturday 13th Jan 12:00 Black Orchid Belly Dance & 13:00 Dawn Iverson Acoustic Set | Sunday 14th Jan 12:00 Travelling Statues | Monday 15th Jan 13:00 Dawn Iverson Acoustic Set | Wednesday 17th Jan 12:00 Human Statue | Friday 19th Jan 12:00 Human Statue & 13:00 Emma Pick Acoustic Set | Saturday 20th Jan 13:00 Emma Pick Acoustic Set | Wednesday 24th Jan 12:00 Human Statue| Friday 26th Jan 12:00 Human Statue | Saturday 27th Jan 13:00 Dawn Iverson Acoustic Set & Forest of Fools Acoustic Set | Sunday 28th Jan 12:00 Travelling Statues & 13:00 Forest of Fools Acoustic Set | Monday 29th Jan 13:00 Dawn Iverson Acoustic Set


























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As part of our ever evolving “Wonderland” series of works, we are going to be delivering some open access arts sessions for people living with Dementia and their carers/supporters. Set in our Social Enterprise Coffee House, Bar Bar Black Sheep, and remotely through a unique VCSE network, participants will be able to access free, weekly sessions working with a range of artists in craft, theatre, media, reminiscence, oral history and textiles. This unique project will include rolling exhibitions through out the first year. Details of sessions will be available on the Bar Bar section of our site soon. (Funded by Awards for All from the Big Lottery Fund).



Following the success of pilot project “FencelessArt”, thecentre:MK have commissioned Black Sheep Collective to animate different sites around the shopping centre. This unique Social Enterprise project draws together a range of artists from varied backgrounds who design and deliver site specific works, turning ordinary spaces into extraordinary playgrounds. Follow the adventure now FaceBook Link & Instagram Link




Every last Thursday of the month from 7pm, an open gathering for performers, poets, storytellers, musicians & almost anything else you want to bring to the stage at Bar Bar Black Sheep Coffee House. For more information or to get yourself on the performers list contact



Every 3rd Thursday of the Month 8:00-10:00pm at Bar Bar Black Sheep Coffee House, a collaborative night, open to all artists to meet up discuss projects, try out new ideas, or simply meet others.




Every 1st Thursday of Month 7:00-8:30pm a get together for writers to exchange ideas, support each other, share their work and craft new pieces. Working with professionals, each session is different and covers a range of styles, genres and techniques. Grab your pad, a pen and a coffee, settle in and explore new realms, characters and story lines in an inclusive and relaxed atmosphere.


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Every 2nd Thursday of Month from 8:00pm onwards at Bar Bar Black Sheep Coffee House, come and grab a cup of coffee and meet new people in a relaxed, inclusive and “safe” space. This is the only LGBTQ event of this kind in Milton Keynes. Ditch the apps/online Worlds for some time out to connect, in person, over a cuppa.



16387917_1846274118995369_6107165920890621951_nCHRISTMAS PAPER MIXED MEDIA WORKSHOPS WITH ANGELA CAREL

In these creative workshops at Bar Bar Black Sheep Coffee House, learn how to create Paper Collage Books and Bunting using Paper and recycled items. Great and unique ideas for presents and keepsakes. Materials will be provided for you at a small fee of £10.00 collected on the day. Come and unwind, meet new friends and do something creative. There are two sessions available due to high demand.

Sunday 3rd December 2017 10:30-12:15pm & 1:00-2:45pm


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A welcoming meet up at Bar Bar Black Sheep Coffee House to discuss the latest book of choice over a cuppa (or wine). The group will decide each following book to be discussed & meet up every 6 weeks.


Thursday 1st February 2018 from 7:00pm






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Our weekly handy crafts meet up at Bar Bar Black Sheep every Wednesday from 7:30pm. Come along with individual sewing and craft projects or work with others on something new. With plenty of years of experience amongst the group, you will be able to pick up tips, learn new skills and get inspired. This group is free to attend and all abilities are welcome.




Support_GroupAutism Parents’ Group

A friendly social event for parents/carers of children and young people on the autistic spectrum. Come along and meet others, share experiences, get advice and support and network and connect over a cup of coffee. The group meets at Bar Bar Black Sheep from 9:30am starting on Wednesday 27th September 2017 (and every other Wednesday after).


DSCN1937Crafting Social

Research is showing that crafting is good for our mental health! Join us for a bit of Social Crafting at Bar Bar Black Sheep. Your contribution is only £5. Bring your crochet/ knitting/ papercraft – what ever you fancy. Then you can make and chat. Friday 10th November & Friday 8th December 10:00am


Something special happens when

the Black Sheep come to town!

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Bar Bar|Black Sheep

An award winning little arts bar hideaway located at 16 The Square, Wolverton, Milton Keynes MK12 5DG

Born out of extensive consultation with our local community, part funded by a crowd funding campaign, Bar Bar is a social enterprise coffee house, bar and gallery. Regenerated from a Victorian shop front, in the heart of Wolverton’s town square. Serving fresh, local produce and above fair-trade coffee, as well as spirits, wines and beers. We provide a welcome break from the “flock”. Grab a quick cup on the go or stay for a while and enjoy good company, good drinks, good art and good vibes.

Made In MK awards by OneMK - Pic Andy Handley

OneMK Best Community Project Award 2016

OneMK Outstanding Contribution Award 2016



Opening Hours

(These are general business hours, later openings are dependent on groups/events see advertisements)

Mon-Fri 09:00-18:00

Sat 10:00-16:00

Sun 10:00-15:00


+44 (0)1908 316856





Suspended Coffee & Community Investment

suspended_coffee_logo_vertical-e1449921461407Bar Bar is pleased to be part of the suspended coffee movement. Customers can purchase any item on our menu for themselves as well as post a “suspended” item for those in need, homeless or on low income to claim. At the end of each financial year, Bar Bar places all its surplus into a community account and local people can apply for seed funding to setup their own positive initiatives and projects. This means whether you just pop in for a quick espresso or stay a while with a glass of wine, you will be supporting grass roots community projects – we’re sure your coffee will taste even better with that in mind!


















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Pyrofinalia & | Fenceless Arts

Pyrofinalia is a collective of Fire Performers, Jugglers, Aerialists and Circus Acts, including the odd Side Show Spectacle. Working in the public realm to animate and “set light” to unusual spaces. Through site specific commissions, commercial/corporate contracts and general public and community events, we design stunning performances to excite, entertain and intrigue. We are also available for individual/private hire.

Some examples of Pyrofinalia’s work are below, including the music video for “Angel” by The Hallows (released June 2017).

For more information contact Sian (Pyrofinalia & Fenceless Artistic Director)


Fenceless Art

The Fenceless Art programme is our premier Street Arts Social Enterprise, currently based in Central Milton Keynes. After a successful month’s research and development (August 2016), The Centre:MK have commissioned Black Sheep to animate key sites around the city’s main commercial district throughout 2017-2018. This programme will engage many different street and performance artists, working with volunteers and new/emerging artists, to showcase a wide variety of diverse arts and cultural activity. As a Social Enterprise, this programme will enable us to engage more artists/practitioners as well as setup and facilitate meaningful and relevant experiences for people to work in the creative industries.

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Turning Ordinary Spaces into

Extraordinary Playgrounds



Create | With Us

Current Vacancies & Opportunities

Fenceless Art: Street Artists & Public Realm Performers

Closing Date: Ongoing Monthly (Rotating Pool Opportunities)

Location: Milton Keynes, South East UK

Part time (2hr Perfromance Sessions)

Salary: £10k-15k pro rata (Artists Union of England Scale)

Combined Arts, Dance, Interdisciplinary Arts, Theatre, Street Arts

Black Sheep Collective CIC is a Social Enterprise committed to supporting the development of a thriving cultural scene, artistic opportunities for new and emerging artists and providing platforms for established artists to work in the public realm, often in unconventional ways. We are currently looking to expand our pool of freelance street artists and performers available to work in Central Milton Keynes. Paid performance work is available across a range of sites including commercial and retail spaces/districts. We are particularly keen to hear from self contained, stand alone performers and artists, experienced in working in the public realm. Object manipulation, clown, statue, puppetry (including human puppetry), physical performance, character(s) and “larger than life” spectacles welcome!

Fees have been calculated under the Artists Union of England guidance. Travel will be reimbursed at 45p per mile (driving), Train/Taxi/Public Transport reimbursed on receipt.

All artists/companies/organisations will need to complete a registration pack, introducing your work and confirming your eligibility and employed/self-employed status.

To discuss this opportunity or to apply, please contact 01908 316856


Bar Bar Black Sheep Coffee Shop Crew

Closing Date: 10th July 2017

Location: Wolverton, Milton Keynes, South East UK

Part Time (2 positions available approx 15-20hrs per week)

Salary: £10-£15k pro rata

Bar Bar Black Sheep Coffee Shop is our main Social Enterprise project. Regenerated from a redundant Victorian Shop front, our unique independent coffee house was setup via crowd funding (BuzzBnk). The space offers all the mod cons of a standard coffee shop but with a signature style true to Black Sheep’s socially responsible ethics. We are seeking part time staff to work in the shop, assisting and serving customers, managing and setting up activities and events, co-ordinating volunteers and activity leaders and co-ordinating exhibitions in the gallery space.

To discuss this opportunity or to apply, please contact 01908 316856

NEW Volunteering programme coming soon!

We are delighted to announce that the Big Lottery’s Awards for All programme has funded a new volunteering initiative at Black Sheep Collective. Working with a range of creative partners, we will be launching a multitude of volunteering opportunities across the sector in Milton Keynes. This unique programme will provide people with the opportunity to gain vital industry standard experience, skills, knowledge and qualifications/accreditations as well as participate in an exciting catalogue of creative opportunities. More details to follow in Spring 2018.


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  • 16 The Square
    Milton Keynes
    MK12 5DG
  • Phone: +44 (0)1908 316856
  • Mon-Fri: 09:00 → 18:00
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