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MP Maria Eagle visits the Bluecoat to praise community project

Maria Eagle, Shadow Transport Secretary and MP for Garston and Halewood, has commended the Bluecoat’s Blue Room project for its positive work supporting learning disabled participants to travel independently to the Bluecoat each week for art activities.

The MP visited the Bluecoat this week to look at the Blue Room’s work as part of Art:Connect – a seven week collaborative art project with Mexico based artist Wendell McShine.

Blue Room is an award-winning arts service for people with learning disabilities operating three days a week at the Bluecoat in partnership with Liverpool City Council.  Among the Blue Room members is John (pictured) a talented artist with learning disabilities who successfully took part in Art:Connect to make impressive animations, models, drawings and masks.

Maria Eagle’s former post as Minister for Disabled People also informed her interest in the Blue Room project which aims to break down barriers for learning disabled people in accessing the arts and related volunteering opportunities.

Ms Eagle said: “It is good to see the Bluecoat reaching out to all parts of the community and promoting inclusion of disabled people. Art Connect also highlights the importance of public transport in making the connection between people in the outlying communities and the cultural facilities that the city centre has to offer, such as the excellent Bluecoat”.

Bec Fearon, Head of Participation at the Bluecoat said: “Access for disabled people to public transport is a key quality of life issue for our communities and we are pleased to be able to support our members in arriving to the Bluecoat independently and safely.”

The Art:Connect work is exhibiting at the Bluecoat daily from 10am till 6pm until 15 April.

As part of the project, Wendell McShine worked with children and young people from Norris Green and learning disabled adults from the Blue Room project to bring people together through art. The exhibition marks the end of Wendell’s seven-week residency at the Bluecoat. Wendell residency was funded by Liverpool PCT as part of the Decade of Health and Wellbeing

Wendell, who hails from Trinidad and is based in Mexico said: “We all share a common interest to the well being of our societies and self expression is one of our core values both as individuals and groups. I have created the Art:Connect Project rooted in the philosophy that investment in education, art and humanities is vital for the upliftment and development of any society. This program is created to promote self awareness in young people through the use of educational and dynamic creative workshops. My mission is to equip young people with new found skills and information that they can apply to enrich their lives and impact their communities.”

Mary Cloake, Chief Executive at the Bluecoat said:  “Art:Connect  has been a transformative project. It is exemplary of the way the Bluecoat uses its participation team to engage local communities, who ordinarily may not be able to access high quality arts provision in the city centre. It is important that the Bluecoat supports the Blue Room participants to travel independently and provide accessible, rewarding projects which engage the local community.”

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