Stand + Stare

Stand + Stare is an interactive design studio. We combine digital and physical experiences to tell stories that connect people.

In 2022, the Bluecoat commissioned them to create an interactive artwork as part of our Looked After Children project.

The artwork titled Out of the Shadows, reveals some forgotten faces from the Blue Coat School that once occupied this building. The stories of the children are largely lost, but through a collaboration involving interactive design studio Stand + Stare, academic research, and creative workshops with people who have experienced the care system, we have imagined ten stories. Each character – boys and girls, former pupils and teachers – is represented by a silhouette.

The work is still available to view in the Bluecoat gallery.