Now Then with Leo Fitzmaurice and Arts For All

Now Then was a Bluecoat Connect project which supported learning disabled people from L8 Resource Centre and Fazakerly Croxteth Day Services to come together as the Arts For All group in collaboration with artist Leo Fitzmaurice. The project explored time and change in relation to Bluecoat's exterior spaces and hidden corners. Slate plaques inscribed by Bluecoat-based artist Jimmy McLaughlin were installed around the arts centre, capturing something 'permanent' of the group's fleeting observations of the building prior to its extended closure for refurbishment. The project is an early example of Bluecoat's inclusive arts practice with learning disabled people and established links with social care providers in Liverpool. Participants from the project continued to engage with Bluecoat in subsequent years and up to the present. For example, Edward Rauer was instrumental in helping to co-design and establish the ongoing Blue Room programme.