Bluecoat and Norton Priory Museum and Gardens are launching a new inclusive arts project for young adults from Halton.
In the tenth anniversary year of Bluecoat’s acclaimed Blue Room project, they have recently announced a new arts project for young adults with learning disabilities in Halton.
Norton Priory Museum and Gardens will work with Bluecoat to develop and host this new weekly programme, which will start in July with a series of summer taster days. From September onwards a group of young adults will meet every Friday at Norton Priory. Working with an artist facilitator and guest artists they will go on an exciting journey together, learning about contemporary art and artists, developing a range of art skills and creating their own work.
Blue Room members often work collaboratively with each other and often with guest artists. In 2010 Sonia Boyce worked with the group to create Like: Love, a multimedia piece exploring the meaning of love. Like: Love revealed some of the challenges faced by people with learning disabilities in developing relationships: especially when barriers are imposed by other people, often with the best of intentions. Blue Room are currently working with Alice Odgers and Louise Waller from Baltic Clay on an anniversary ceramics collection to be revealed later this year.
In 2019, some of the new Blue Room members will be given the opportunity to help in the running of art clubs for local children from the Runcorn area.