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Bed-In at the Bluecoat: I Don't Believe In.... Matthew Lloyd

My bed-in performance was a continuation of John Lennon’s song God - his famous song where he made a list of things he didn’t believe in. The new list was my own, of all the things I didn’t believe in, I would then paint all of my words on the bed. The public where also invited to show there involvement, they too where able to write on a roll of paper - opposite the bed - of all the things they themselves did not believe in.


My bed-in was set up in studio 007, a very large and perfect room for my performance, which had public access from the Bluecoat Garden and Liverpool One Shopping Centre.
Arriving around 9ish I give myself plenty of time to set up my own bedding, I finished around 10ish. Lighting was on, paint was out and ready. I wondering around the room filled with excitement, I couldn’t wait to get started. Chris - my bluecoat helper for the day - was darting in and out making sure everything is and was going to go perfect, - and it did. 11.00am Chris Opens both doors, Lennon’s Working Class Hero CD was being played and I took my paint and my brush and started with the first word on the bed.


I wrote ‘GOD’ in the centre and went from there, just going with my intuition on the placement and size of the text.

With-in the hour already a large number of people had visited and left there mark on the roll of paper. It was really great to see both the bed and the roll of paper for the public filled up at the same time with many different words. I loved every reaction I had from the public, they became really engaged with my process of performance, they smiled, laughed and even questioned some things I had chosen to write on the bed. But what became really unique was I was able to give the same reaction to what they had written down on the sheet of paper.


Around 2.30 the bed was almost full and I was coming close to using up all my words. Cameramen and photographers where taking there last shots. The once clean, empty bedding a few hours ago was now looking like a large flag of protest. Chris had told me that we had around 140 People attend in four hours, I was shocked and surprised, of the large amount. The Finished bed looked better then I could have imagined, It had everything I wanted to say and in the way I wanted it said. One Woman was even keen on asking if it was for sale. This was my first ever artistic performance and I loved every minute of it. I left with an amazing feeling, of Joy of what I had just done, and excitement from the publics great reactions and feedback. I Thank everyone who attended and everyone at the Bluecoat who made it possible.

Thank you.
-Matthew Lloyd

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