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Outdoor Artwork Co-Designed by Liverpool Children Coming to Bluecoat

Bluecoat is delighted to be part of Here and Now, a UK wide project celebrating the legacy of arts centres. We are one of 40 art centres chosen to highlight the 25th birthday of The National Lottery.

Forty commissions at arts venues across England will explore stories of The National Lottery’s impact, and people’s hopes and dreams for their communities’ futures. The programme, led by Future Arts Centres (FAC), will share local stories with each commission creatively linked to create national impact. 

As part of this timely and inclusive programme Bluecoat has decided to work with artists Simon & Tom Bloor who will make a new public art work, in collaboration with children from our Out of the Blue project, in summer 2020. The new work will be based on the idea of making a platform to bring some of Bluecoat’s artistic activities out of the building for the public to enjoy. The platform will be located in our historic courtyard, which has been home to a number of public art commissions including Danish artist Anne Harild, American conceptual artist Dan Graham and British artist Alec Finlay, while most recently Serena Korda made a new work for our garden in collaboration with Trust New Art.

Simon & Tom Bloor previously worked with us at Bluecoat as part of our 2017 exhibition Abacus, for which they made a wildly popular artwork that encouraged children to bend conventional gallery rules and draw on the walls of Bluecoat’s gallery. For their new public art work they will collaborate with Out of the Blue, Bluecoat's outreach art programme for children aged 5 -11.

Betty Ritchie, Participation Manager at Bluecoat, said: “We’re thrilled to be involved in this nation-wide project, which will see children from our Out of the Blue project creating artwork in a meaningful collaboration with artists Simon and Tom Bloor. The artists’ previous work at Bluecoat really captured our visitors’ imagination and we are sure that this new artwork will quickly become a popular fixture for families visiting Liverpool city centre this summer, aswell as providing an exciting new setting for our wider events programme.”



Image credits 

Simon & Tom Bloor, The City is Where We're Going Next, 2019, Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead; Simon and Tom Bloor, Photo courtesy of the artists; Simon and Tom Bloor, Abacus Installation view, Bluecoat 2017 (c) Brian Roberts

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