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Reclaim Your Space

A collaboration between Find Your Talent, The Bluecoat and National Museums Liverpool

1st January 2010 - 30th April 2010
  • Reclaim Your Space was collaboration between Find Your Talent, The Bluecoat and National Museums Liverpool. It comprised a series of four different exhibitions showing at the Bluecoat, World Museum and the Walker Art Gallery between January and April 2010. Young emerging artists were given the opportunity to exhibit their artwork at prestigious cultural venues across the city as part of Liverpool City Region’s Find Your Talent pathfinder programme. Selected schools in Liverpool, St Helens and Knowsley took part in the scheme.

  • Situated in the heart of the city, the Bluecoat is one of Liverpool's most distinctive buildings. The widely revered arts centre is over 290 years old and uses its unique spaces to showcase talent across visual art, music, dance, live art and literature.

    The Bluecoat exhibition opened 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, 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 used paint to create effects whilst others experiment with natural and found materials, scraps of tissue paper and bitumen. The artworks were lit from behind to great effect.

    Year 9 pupils at Kirkby Sports College worked with professional artist and filmmaker Tristan Brady-Jacobs to create films using mobile phones. A grid captured the environment of the old Brookfield School before it merged with Ruffwood School to create the new collage. Individually shot films were shown simultaneously in a grid format.

    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 have supported new creative talent by staging the exhibition. Every budding artist thrives on the opportunity for their work to be seen by the public and we hope that the young artists gained something special from seeing their work in such a prestigious setting.”

    Knowsley Arts and Heritage Service funded the project with Tristan Brady-Jacobs as part of a programme of public art taking place across the borough.

  • At the Walker Art Gallery and World Museum, Reclaim Your Space took the form of an exhibition of 71 works by talented young people on display.

    Emerging artists from local schools were given an extraordinary opportunity to exhibit in venues that house rare artefacts and world-class masterpieces. A striking image of pop star Rihanna by a local teenager went on display at the Walker Art Gallery amongst paintings by famous artists like Monet and Lowry. The colourful Rihanna Pop Art by budding artist Jessica Williams, aged 15, of North Liverpool Academy created a contemporary contrast with the Walker’s grand portraiture of historic figures such as Holbein’s Henry VIII.

    Other striking paintings on show at World Museum included My Journey and Liverpool by Sally Carson, aged 17, of Archbishop Blanch School which depicts the city peppered with construction and roadwork signs.

    A number of styles and media were chosen by young people to express their outlooks, interests and concerns. Works in watercolour, acrylic, photography, collage, mixed media and even recycled materials are featured, bringing an eclectic feel to the display. Themes like Identity, Diversity, Being Young Now, Journeys, Environment and The City are explored.

    Helen MacBryde, Communities Manager at National Museums Liverpool said: "This opportunity highlighted the talents of young people from across Merseyside and reflects the creativity, skills and diversity of the next generation of artists. We were delighted to see their work displayed in our venues alongside the masters and hope this will encourage them and others to develop their creative talents.”