2020 Events, Talks & Guided Visits

Image (Above): Gallery Director Samantha Rhodes with glass artist Verity Pulford’s legacy artwork at The Walton Centre. Photography by Pam Seale.


Guided Visit – Hospital Residency Tour

Tuesday 3 March 2020

Many of our local makers have worked on our Outreach Programme at the main Liverpool hospitals over the past 8 years, running workshops for patients on acute hospital wards.

The legacy of these workshops is a series of maker commissions, installed at the hospitals, which have been directly informed by the maker’s experience of meeting and working with the patients and staff.

This insightful tour will start at 9.30am at the Bdc with an introductory talk by our Making a Difference exhibition curator Claire Smith; a minibus will then take the group to the Royal Liverpool, Alder Hey, Broadgreen and The Walton Centre. There will be a break and opportunity to purchase lunchtime refreshments at Alder Hey.

At each hospital their project lead will give a brief introduction to the residencies from their perspective and there will also be one of our residency makers available at each hospital to talk about their experience and the final commission. Confirmed speakers are:

Christine Toh & Ian Stenton at the Royal Liverpool University Hospital; Caroline Gregson & Vicky Charnock at Alder Hey Children’s Hospital; and Gill Curry & Claire Williams at The Walton Centre.

Meet the Makers – Rachael Howard & Attila Olah

Saturday 22 February 2020, 2pm – 3pm

at Bluecoat Display Centre

Our Meet the Makers event will link into our first exhibition of the year Making a Difference on Saturday 22nd February. When two of the local exhibiting makers, textile artist Rachael Howard and ceramic artist Attila Olah, will talk informally about their work in the exhibition as well as their involvement in our outreach programme.

There will be tea/coffee and biscuits afterwards and the opportunity to continue the conversation with the makers and staff.

Guided Visit – Manchester Art Gallery & The Whitworth Art Gallery

Thursday 6 February 2020

Meet at Bluecoat Display Centre by the College Lane entrance at 9am, to depart by minibus at 9.10am and arrive at Manchester Art Gallery for 10am – 10.30am for a curator’s talk on the current Jerwood Makers Open Exhibition.

The artists exhibiting were selected from over 300 applications in response to a UK-wide call for entries for self directed projects from artists, makers and collaborators within 10 years of establishing their practice. This Jerwood exhibition was established in 2010 to promote the significance of making & materials within the visual arts arena, seeking to support exceptional skill & imagination.

We will then travel to the Whitworth Art Gallery for lunch at 12.30pm to be followed by a curator’s talk at 2pm on the Tapestry Exhibition, which includes work by Paolozzi, Grayson Perry & Marta Rogoyska.

There will also be an opportunity to see the exhibition of Cezanne’s drawing & prints currently on display. The minibus will leave the Whitworth at 3pm to be back to Display Centre at 4.30pm – 5pm.

Coffee will be provided at Manchester Art Gallery, lunch may be paid for individually or sandwiches brought.