2012 – 2014 Projects

‘Making an Impact’


Bluecoat Display Centre is pleased to announce the launch of our new 3-year, integrated outreach programme ‘Making an Impact’.

Using new and established relationships with partner organisations, and the communities within them, we are developing a detailed participation and learning programme. This will involve a high quality contemporary craft experiences facilitated by the UK’s leading practitioners and coordinated by Bluecoat Display Centre.

Working with new audiences from a wider variety of communities, many of whom might not have had the opportunity to experience contemporary craft in the past, and based in Liverpool City Centre at the venues of the partner organisations, and beyond, we will extend our reach and programming in an immersive and integrated way.

Partner organisations include the Royal Liverpool University Hospital and Liverpool Hope University, both of which we have longstanding relationships of working with creatively.

Through discussion, demonstration, exhibition and participation, we will be working with partner organisations, young people and community groups across Merseyside to shape and form the direction that Bluecoat Display Centre’s artistic programme develops over the next 3 years, and giving them a platform to express and explore the finest contemporary crafts being produced in the UK.

The inaugural 2012/2013 project includes 2-day workshops with various health groups, including Person Shaped Support (PSS) and Autism Together (formerly Wirral Autistic Society). It also includes artist residencies in the Royal Liverpool University Hospital, Holly Lodge Girls School, and North Liverpool as part of the Beautiful North Project.

There will also be an international residency with Irish ceramicist Sara Flynn, who will be spending 6 weeks at Liverpool Hope University.

The ‘Making an Impact’ project was funded by Arts Council England Lottery Funding, The Granada Foundation and The Hemby Trust. With support from the Craft Club, the Crafts Council of Ireland, Liverpool Hope University and Rowan yarns.

For more information about the individual workshop series, please follow the links at the below.

Image (Above): Cyanotype prints in the Radiology Department, Royal Liverpool University Hospital as part of Sian Hughes’ residency.

Artist Residencies