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Children and young people take over our gallery in new activism inspired exhibition

This summer we're inviting children and young people to occupy our first floor gallery and explore activism through art.

Young people across the world are taking action to protect their futures and the environment they inhabit. Our new exhibition Rise Up! aims to encourage children ages 7+ to stand up for what they believe in and explore art as a response to what is happening to our planet.

Within this free, evolving exhibition are a variety of arts resources available for you to use at any time during our opening hours. We want families to create work together that they'll then be able to hang on the gallery walls, creating an ever changing exhibition. 

Accompanying the exhibition will be a series of free artist-led workshops throughout August and September. Artists Chris Alton and Kiara Mohammed will lead individual free workshops on selected dates, giving children and young people a dedicated day to create work for display within the exhibition.

Rise Up! workshops will take place on the following dates;

Friday 2nd August,  1 - 4pm, free, drop in.

Chris Alton’s city-scape family workshop

Using collages, drawings, images and 3D elements, participants will work together to create freestanding ‘city-scapes’ which incorporate places to live, work, learn and play. Artist Chris Alton, who exhibited at Bluecoat earlier this year in the exhibition Survey, will encourage visitors to think about how cities create energy, dispose of waste and tackle climate change.

Saturday 31st August,  1 - 4pm, free, drop in.

Kiara Mohammad 

Artist led workshops for children ages 5+. Follow Bluecoat on Facebook for full information nearer the time.

Also inspired by this exhibition is our four day Summer School! 

Bluecoat Summer School

Monday 12th August to Thursday 15th August, 10 - 4pm

This summer, children aged 7 -11 can join us for four full days of creative activities.

They'll get to explore out galleries, learn about artists and research their work. They’ll also be able to create their own artwork to be showcased in a mini-exhibition at the end of the four days. 

Children will also have the opportunity to work towards a Discover Arts Award, a nationally recognised qualification that encourages children to grow and develop as artists.

Tickets are £80 for the full four days.

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Rise Up! forms part of a summer season of exhibitions examining society, migration and the environment, accompanying Shezad Dawood’s Leviathan and Grace Ndiritu’s The Ark which are both on display until Sunday 13th October.

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