In 2017-2018, as part of the Bluecoat Display Centre’s outreach programme, I had the opportunity to work as the artist in residence at The Walton Centre Neurological Hospital, Liverpool. I worked with patients groups and was commissioned to make a permanent glass installation in the main corridor of the hospital. This experience has been transformational to my practice, starting me on an exciting journey and beginning my ‘Gardens of the Mind’ project. I have gained Arts Council of Wales funding and the project has allowed exciting exhibition opportunities.
In 2020 the Bluecoat Display Centre will celebrate their 10-year anniversary as a registered charity. To mark the occasion, they have curated a special exhibition that highlights their outreach programme over the past decade.
The Bluecoat Display Centre’s outreach projects aim to demonstrate the benefits of craft for health and wellbeing, as well as in education and learning. Partners have included the Royal Liverpool University and Broadgreen Hospitals, The Walton Centre, Alder Hey Children’s Hospital, The Life Rooms, Clock View Hospital, PSS, The Brain Charity, Maggie’s Merseyside at Clatterbridge Cancer Centre, Liverpool Hope University, Manchester Metropolitan University, Bolton University, The University of Central Lancashire and local schools. The residencies and workshops have also provided valuable professional development opportunities for makers across a range of disciplines, including glass, ceramics, textiles and printmaking.
Other exhibitors include Mike Badger, Kirsti Hannah Brown, Gill Curry, Caroline Gregson, Rachael Howard, Attila Olah and Christine Toh.
The Bluecoat Display Centre invite you to join the bdc team and many of the exhibiting makers to the opening of this exhibition on Saturday 25th January, from 2 – 4 pm.
I will be exhibiting a number of framed ‘Collections’ and a range of new vessels both of which have been a recent development in my practice.