Veronica Watson is a founder member of Blue Room and has created work at Bluecoat since 2007. Watson has many years experience as a self-advocate, speaking out for the rights of learning disabled people.
Most recently Watson has advocated for greater recognition for learning disabled artists, presenting at large arts industry conferences across the UK.
Watson’s artistic practice focuses on accurate observational drawings of the people and places around her. In Studio Me, at Bluecoat in 2018, Watson presented the many and varied faces of the artists, staff and volunteers she encounters at the arts centre. Her work as an artist and self-advocate has led to creative collaborations with artists including Tanya Raabe-Webber, Layla Bacayo and Sarah McEwan. In September 2019, Watson was invited to take part in a summit of artists from supported studios across Europe at Project Ability in Glasgow.
"I am interested in doing people’s portraits. I want to catch the faces and expressions, happy or sad. I use pencil on paper and smudge the shadows. When I draw people I get to know them, even if I have never met them before."
Yield, Griffith Regional Art Gallery, New South Wales, Australia September 2019
New Ways, PARTicipate Art Space, Shrewsbury, UK, April 2019
Studio Me, Bluecoat, Liverpool, UK, November - March 2018
Blue Room at Ten, Bluecoat, Liverpool, UK, December - March 2018
Awards and commissions
Artist Development Grant, DaDaFest, June 2019
Yield, Commission, CAD Factory, New South Wales, Australia, May 2019
Studio Me, Granada Foundation, August 2018