Time Moves Quickly: Help celebrate creativity and arts education for Liverpool

Ryan Gander, Time Moves Quickly, 2018. Installation view at Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral Plateau. Photo: Pete Carr

Time Moves Quickly: Help celebrate creativity and arts education for Liverpool

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Time Moves Quickly is a major project by artist Ryan Gander in collaboration with schoolchildren from Knotty Ash Primary School in Liverpool. It involves the creation of a series of new public artworks for the city and an exhibition in Bluecoat, the UK’s oldest arts centre, as part of Liverpool Biennial 2018. This exciting new commission and citywide education project celebrates creativity in children, and with your help we can ensure this message is heard around the city and the world.

Knotty Ash Primary in Liverpool is a fully inclusive primary school where every child is taught British Sign Language (BSL). Earlier this year, Gander and his studio carried out a week of workshops for 150 pupils, where five students were then invited to work with the artist on the final project. Time Moves Quickly aims to elevate and celebrate these children’s voices and imagination, revealing how, when free to play, children approach contemporary problems in unexpected ways. In working with the city to develop new ideas of social action and change through art, the project champions children as active contributors to the social fabric of the city.

Why is this important?

Time Moves Quickly is an essential project for the city of Liverpool and beyond because it celebrates children’s voices and creativity. Each year, funding and provision of arts education programmes in UK schools is being drastically reduced. This project argues directly against these cuts and shows how impactful and effective creativity can be to our children, communities and cities. We believe that involving young people in the creation of ambitious artworks and exhibitions is key to presenting challenging work that is representative of our society. The public artworks and education programme will be experienced by hundreds of thousands of people of all ages and backgrounds, whilst inspiring families, young people and schools to engage deeper with contemporary visual art in the long-term.

About Liverpool Biennial 

Liverpool Biennial is the largest festival of contemporary art in the UK, commissioning artists from around the world to make and present work in the context of Liverpool. This year is our 20th anniversary and 10th edition. Liverpool Biennial 2018: Beautiful world, where are you?runs from 14 July – 28 October 2018 across the city’s public spaces, galleries and museums.

Our mission is to engage art, people and place in unexpected and creative ways. We aim to make art accessible to all and pilot new ways of collaborating with arts education by developing long-term relationships with local schools and creating free resources aligned with the national curriculum. Liverpool Biennial has a strong record and reputation for delivering excellent children and young people’s programmes through commissioning high-profile works for which young people work with international artists. Past projects include Space Bus, a fully functioning bus and public artwork by Hato with Childwall Academy, and artist Marvin Gaye Chetwynd’s film and performance made with 78 young people from Liverpool, which has since toured nationally.

About Ryan Gander

Ryan Gander is an internationally-renowned conceptual artist. Born in Chester, northwest England, Gander is passionate about arts education and this is the first time he is collaborating with schoolchildren in the making of an artwork. Gander’s works take many different forms – from sculpture and film to writing, graphic design, installation and performance – and have been exhibited internationally. He is the recipient of a number of prestigious art awards and was made an OBE in 2017 for his services to the arts.

 What will your contribution support?

The public artworks and an exhibition are the culmination of Ryan Gander and the pupils’ collaboration. We need to raise £10,000 to support these high-quality artworks and the creation and distribution of free, widely-accessible digital resources for families and schools, so the artistic concept and process is made freely available across the world.

Whether you pledge £5 or £5,000, your contribution directly supports and affirms the value of arts education and creativity in the city of Liverpool. You’ll become a part of the project, and be kept up to date with the project, Ryan, the students, and their work.

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