Blue Room is Bluecoat’s inclusive arts programme for learning disabled artists. Since 2008, three groups of artists have met weekly at the gallery to explore the exhibitions and create their own work. For this collection, the artists have selected key moments from the vast archive of images documenting their creative experiences.

Bluecoat’s model of inclusive arts grew from a partnership between the gallery and Liverpool City Council, in which contemporary artists collaborated with participants from day services. The aim was to increase access to contemporary art in recognition that learning disabled people faced particular barriers around accessing cultural experiences. Building upon the success of early projects such as The Journey with Leo Fitzmaurice, a pilot project was developed while the building was closed for renovation. Blue Room is a key part of Bluecoat’s creative community and its artists continue to develop individually and as a collective.

Blue Room artists gain confidence in interacting with contemporary art and sharing their ideas with others. The artists explore a wide range of media including drawing, painting, textiles, photography, sculpture, animation, dance and performance. The groups have access to resources such as Bluecoat Print Studio, and collaborate with local and international artists. Blue Room artists are supported to share their skills as volunteers with Out of the Blue, Bluecoat’s programme of after school art clubs for children. Blue Room is a key part of Bluecoat’s creative community and continues to develop as artists, collectively and individually. 

2017

Blue Room explore Public View at Bluecoat

2017

Blue Room explore Public View at Bluecoat

2017

Blue Room respond to POOL

2017

Blue Room explore In the Peaceful Dome at Bluecoat

2017

Blue Room and Out of the Blue heritage film project

2017

Blue Room and Out of the Blue heritage film project

2016

Blue Room collaborate with Alice May Williams for Speke of the Future

2016

Blue Room in the Print Studio

2016

Blue Room explore the gallery: Left Hand to Back of Head, Object Held Against Right Thigh

2016

Blue Room and Out of the Blue workshops

2015

Blue Room artists explore the Listening exhibition at Bluecoat

2015

Blue Room and Out of the Blue collaborate with Anne Harild for the Alexandra Reinhardt Memorial Award (ARMA) Artist Residency

2015

Blue Room and Out of the Blue collaborate with Anne Harild for the Alexandra Reinhardt Memorial Award (ARMA) Artist Residency

2014

Merseyside Mondrian

2013

The Dinner Party: Not Just a Dublin Coddle

2013

Blue Room artists explore Archiving the Arts Centre

2013

The Day of the Dead of Night: Blue Room explore 3am

2012

Blue Room artists explore Topophobia at Bluecoat

2012

Blue Room artists explore Topophobia at Bluecoat

2012

Blue Room artists explore Liverpool Biennial 2012

2012

Art:Connect Liverpool Project

2012

Art:Connect Liverpool Project

2011

Blue Room explore the Look 11: International Photography Festival

2010

Blue Room artists explore Liverpool Biennial 2010: Touched

2010

Blue Room and Sonia Boyce: Like Love Parts One & Two

2009

Blue Room artists explore Slow Magic

2007

The development of the Blue Room project

2004

The Journey

2002

Now Then with Leo Fitzmaurice and Arts For All

2008

Our great journey