A season of inclusive arts at Bluecoat, School Lane, Liverpool City Centre, from 7 Oct.
Bluecoat has pioneered a ground-breaking approach to exhibition curation by empowering learning disabled adults to put on their own shows.
Watch the film; https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X4mNo6DOSXY&feature=youtu.be
The exhibition will open later this year, curated by Blue Room members, Bluecoat’s service for adults with learning disabilities.
Blue Room gives its members the opportunity to develop creative and social skills and increased independence of thought and action. Using Bluecoat’s gallery exhibitions as inspiration Blue Room members work with our small team of artists, support workers and volunteers to explore different arts activities. These include drawing, painting, sculpture, printmaking, collage, textiles, film, animation, music, dance and live art.
Bec Fearon, Head of Engagement at Bluecoat said: “Bluecoat seeks to be as inclusive as possible for individuals and communities across Liverpool and beyond. The award winning participation programme, Blue Room, has supported 32 artists with a learning disability to develop their creativity and skills on a weekly basis since 2008.”
Blue Room member Lewis said: “I like to learn new things. I’m working on my own individual project. It makes me feel happy. It’s awesome!”
As well as exploring exhibitions and making their own visual art at Bluecoat, Blue Room members are involved in three other ground breaking projects:
· Out of the Blue, where Blue Room members volunteer to help run after school clubs for children aged 6-11 in Anfield, Everton, Granby, Norris Green and Walton
· Arts as Advocacy, where three Blue Room members are working with two members of Halton Speak Out to curate an exhibition at Bluecoat
· Inhabit, where five Blue Room members are working with renowned improvised dance practitioner Mary Prestidge, to express themselves through movement
This autumn, Bluecoat is proud to present a programme of two exhibitions and a performance that will share this powerful work with our visitors.
Collaboration: Out of the Blue, the story so far.
Sat 22 Oct 2016 – Sat 19 Nov 2016
Open daily in the Vide, 10am – 6pm. Free.
Recruited from Halton Speak Out and Bluecoat’s own Blue Room project, this curatorial collective named ‘AaA’ are curating their own exhibition, opening at Bluecoat on 26 November. The group has visited a vast variety of arts spaces across the city in order to learn from and be inspired by different curatorial styles.
As well as visiting art galleries, they also invited local artists to collaborate with them in their studio as a way to further reflect on different art practices. They have decided to feature the work of James Harper in their exhibition and, with support from Arts Council England, have commissioned a new piece of work from the Royal Standard artist.
Expanding the Picture
Fri 7 Oct 7pm
Mary Prestidge, a member of Liverpool Improvisation Collective, presents an evening of movement based performance. Prestidge will share the evening with a small group of members from Blue Room with whom she has been working closely since June. This event is part of INHABIT, bringing new dance to Bluecoat with support from the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation.
Tickets: £3/£2 available from Bluecoat 0151 702 5324 or visit http://www.thebluecoat.org.uk/