Out of the Blue

Out of the Blue is our after school art club for children aged 8 - 11. Since 2014, Out of the Blue has been delivered weekly in a variety of schools across the city, including those in Norris Green and Anfield. It provides art experiences to those who might normally not have access to them.

The club is run by an experienced team, who work with the children on fun and creative activities linked to exhibitions in the Bluecoat’s gallery

Children learn discipline, resilience and persistence through as well as building their collaborative working and problem-solving skills. Together they work towards Our 5 Creative Ways: Imagination, Investigation, Work as a Team, Never Give up and Grow as an Artist.

In addition to the weekly clubs, children are invited to the Bluecoat during the school holidays where they spend time in our galleries and make their own artwork

They often get the opportunity to work with local and national artists. Recently, Out of the Blue have collaborated with artists Roxy Topia and Paddy Gould on the Bluecoat's new exhibition Let Your Ideas Come Back As Children.

This new show explores what the world of work might look like in the future, and hopes to inspire conversation between adults and children, particularly around how children navigate this world dominated by technology, and what that means for their future.

Past Projects

In 2021, Out of the Blue collaborated with artists Simon & Tom Bloor on the design for Bluecoat Platform, a family friendly sculpture which was located in our front courtyard during the summer holidays in 2021.

As well as helping them learn lots of new ways of looking at and making art, Out of the Blue supports children to develop positive attitudes towards people with learning disabilities. Members of Blue Room, our inclusive arts programme for learning disabled and neurodivergent adults, often volunteer in Out of the Blue workshops. The volunteers are able to gain new skills and confidence and meet lots of new people.

If you would like any further information about the project, please contact Betty, by email at betty.r@thebluecoat.org.uk

Supported by Ellis Campbell Foundation