Blue Room

Blue Room is Bluecoat’s inclusive arts project for learning disabled and neurodivergent adults. Since the project began in 2008, Bluecoat has supported Blue Room members to explore contemporary arts and heritage, and to create and share their own work.

Donald sketching sculpture

We support a growing membership of over 40 artists to access full day inclusive arts sessions each week. Members develop creative and social skills, building confidence and greater independence. Through our studio programme, we are supporting Blue Room members to develop their own practice as visual and dance artists through mentoring and skills development. Membership of Blue Room has also led to supported volunteering opportunities with Out of the Blue, our programme of after school art clubs in local primary schools.

“I love it here. I’m with all my mates and I like the staff. I like drawing and painting and going in the gallery. When I come here I feel really good.”
Donald, Blue Room member
Blue Room member John interacting with exhibition
Blue Room member Jane screenprinting

The groups have access to unique resources such as Bluecoat Print Studio and collaborate with local and international contemporary artists. These partnerships have lead to a number of performances and exhibitions, including Expanding the Picture and Studio Me.

Blue Room are an integral part of the creative community at Bluecoat and cultural life in the city, supported by a dedicated team of facilitators and volunteers. You'll often find members at exhibition launches and events at Bluecoat.

Blue Room member painting twigs

Blue Room at Halton

In 2018 we started a new Blue Room group at Norton Priory Museum & Gardens in Runcorn. Together, the group explore the heritage of Norton Priory and create contemporary art inspired by the natural landscape of the grounds.

Join Blue Room

If you would like to find out more about joining Blue Room, collaborating with our artists or volunteering with us, please get in touch.

Contact Us:

Becky Waite, Blue Room Creative Manager, telephone 07549079500 or email

Follow Blue Room on social media

Instagram: @Blue_Room_Inclusive_Arts

Twitter: @BlueRoomLiv