Young Artists Reclaim Their Space at the Bluecoat


Young emerging artists are to exhibit their artwork at prestigious cultural venues across the city as part of Liverpool City Region’s Find Your Talent pathfinder programme from 21 January – 21 February 2010.

They are taking part in Reclaim Your Space – a series of four different exhibitions showing at the Bluecoat, World Museum, the Walker Art Gallery and Tate Liverpool between January and April 2010.

The Bluecoat opens the series with an interesting light box installation created by pupils from Sutton High Sports College in St Helens, and some thought-provoking films produced by students at Kirkby Sports College in Knowsley.

Pupils from Sutton High Sports College, Year 10, have created work which will be shown using a set of six light boxes. The young artists explored a technique using pallet wrap to contain layers of multimedia. Some pieces use paint to create effects whilst others experiment with natural and found materials, scraps of tissue paper and bitumen. The artworks are transformed by being lit from behind.


Year 9 pupils at Kirkby Sports College have worked with professional artist and filmmaker Tristan Brady-Jacobs to create films using mobile phones.  A GRID captures the environment of the old Brookfield School before it merged with Ruffwood School to create the new Centre for Learning . Individually shot films are shown simultaneously in a grid format. This project was funded by KMBC Arts and Heritage Service.

Year 10 pupils from Kirkby Sports College, Halewood and Huyton Arts & Sports Centre for Learning worked with artist Markus Soukup to create short films in response to the new school building. Markus introduced students on the Creative and Media Diploma, Level 2 to basic filming and editing techniques, including stop frame animation.

Bec Fearon, Head of Participation at the Bluecoat said: “The Bluecoat is delighted to be supporting new creative talent by staging this exhibition. Every budding artist thrives on the opportunity for their work to be seen by the public and we hope that the young artists will gain something special from seeing their work in such a prestigious setting. We are really looking forward to welcoming parents and friends of the artists who may not have visited us before.

Reclaim Your Space is a strand of Find Your Talent, the government’s pilot cultural offer for all children and young people, of which Liverpool City Region is one of ten pathfinders.

The programme is being led by National Museums Liverpool on behalf of Liverpool Arts and Regeneration Consortium (LARC) in partnership with Curious Minds, Culture Liverpool, Liverpool CC, Knowsley MBC and St Helens Council.

•    Further Reclaim Your Space exhibitions are to take place as follows:

World Museum (22 February – 21 March 2010)
Tate Liverpool (9 March – 30 March 2010)
Walker Art Gallery (22 March – 18 April 2010)