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Outreach projects for 2015-17

Artist Residencies

Bluecoat Display Centre have been running a series of artist residencies led by 3 North West based craft artists at the Royal Liverpool University & Broadgreen hospitals (RLH) and The Walton Centre NHS Foundation Trust.

Funded by an Arts Council Grants for the Arts award, our fundraising events and our hospital partners, the artists each worked for 2 days per week over a 6 week period at the above venues. They worked with patients, relatives, clinicians, volunteers and staff in the elderly & dementia at the RLH, stroke rehabilitation & trauma units at BG and neurology wards at TWC.

PSS Outreach Workshops

Over the past 3 years, Bluecoat Display Centre have been successfully working with health and social care partners, including Person Shaped Support (PSS) on an outreach programme of artist–led workshops and residencies to demonstrate the benefits that craft can have on a person’s overall health and wellbeing. The first cycle ran from October 2015 – August 2016 and involved 6 x 2 day workshops with PSS and 2 hospital based residencies running for 6 weeks each. This enabled a more immersive experience for the participants. This series of workshops were funded by the P.H.Holt Foundation.

 Click here to see the full list of 2015/16 PSS workshops.

The next cycle of PSS workshops will run from November 2016 – August 2017 and will see new local artists working with other PSS groups. The PSS workshops have all been funded by the P.H. Holt Foundation to whom we are very grateful for their ongoing support.

Outreach workshops 2016-2017:

This series of workshops was funded by the P.H. Holt Foundation.

November 2016

Christine Toh – card making workshop at PSS, Women’s Turnaround Centre.

Christine taught members of the group how to make a range of greetings cards. Women’s Turnaround, is a service offering individual and group work to support adult female offenders and women at risk of offending in Liverpool and Knowsley.   The group members were very creative and worked well independently. They made a beautiful selection of cards and enjoyed a mutually supportive and sociable environment.

DSCN4835 (Christine Toh card making workshop)

December 2016

Caroline Gregson – willow/weave workshop at PSS, Umbrella Centre.

Caroline taught members of the group how to make a range of forms including deer, trees and 3D hearts using willow/weave techniques. Umbrella Centre provides recovery focused courses and creative approaches for those experiencing the challenges of living with anxiety, depression and emotional distress. Individuals are invited to attend craft courses to learn new techniques, strategies and skills with support from others.

UmbrellaCentre_9Dec16 (Caroline Gregson, Willow/weave workshop)

January 2017

Elizabeth Willow – paper workshop at PSS, Umbrella Centre.

Elizabeth taught the group how to make simple books & bags. The group tested grains of different paper, enjoyed using traditional tools and learned terms of different aspects of book making. Umbrella Centre supports individuals suffering from anxiety, depression and emotional distress with creativity playing a powerful role in a persons mental health recovery.

16522684_10154963250694727_676466247_n (Elizabeth Willow, making simple books workshop)


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