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Shine at the Bluecoat

Shine at the Bluecoat is a mission to find some of the most creative young people in Merseyside and develop their talents

1st January 2010 - 31st March 2010

It begins with exciting workshops in schools, led by an expert in the field. Young people then have the chance to be picked to attend a masterclass at the Bluecoat.  At the end of the programme they are encouraged to join the Bluecoat’s monthly club.

This year Shine at the Bluecoat is exploring three themes; dance, music and design. Each project works with nationally and internationally recognised creative organisations. These include StopGAP, an integrated professional contemporary dance company which has dancers with and without disabilities, and Sony Computer Entertainment.

  • In autumn 2009, Merseyside Dance Initiative (MDI) visited schools to run workshops introducing contemporary dance. Working within dance, PE lessons or with pupils that have expressed a wish to learn more about contemporary dance, the workshops looked at how people with a range of abilities could integrate together in performance.

    Merseyside Dance Initiative is a strategic dance development agency committed to strengthening the dance sector. The aim of MDI is to inspire people through dance, strengthen the dance sector and provide access and support to all those who engage in dance activity (artists, participants and audiences). It also aims to find new ways of reaching those who don't participate in dance through its inclusive approach.

    During the autumn term over 350 young people from seven schools took part in dance workshops with Merseyside Dance Initiative. Selected young people from each school were invited to attend a dance master class with StopGAP in February. The masterclass culminated in a dance performance in a new exhibition at the Bluecoat, ‘Like Love - Parts One & Two’, by Sonya Boyce.

    StopGAP is an integrated professional contemporary dance company which has dancers with and without disabilities.

  • During spring term 2010 young people aged 11-16 are being given the chance to release their ‘inner designer’. Budding graphic, fashion or computer game designers will all put their creative talents to the test. The Bluecoat has worked with the Design Initiative to set a design brief in each of the three categories. The three designers will visit schools to run workshops and set a brief for the class to work from.  Selected pupils will then join a master-class to go one step further and work with the professionals over a weekend at the Bluecoat.

    You can find out more at the Design Initiative’s new recently launched ‘Design Stars’ webpage The overall winners from the schools will see their work displayed at the Liverpool Design Festival.

    • The video games category will be run in association with Sony. The challenge will be to come up with the most amazing thing you can do on a PSPGo. The brief has been set by Simon Barlow, Head of Design, Sony Computer Entertainment Europe.
    • The fashion category will be run by Nook and Willow. The challenge will be to design a unique and innovative fashion accessory from recyclable or found materials. The brief has been set by Nook and Willow Director, Nina Halliwell.
    • The graphic design category is being run in association with Nonconform. The challenge is to revolutionise design for classical music CD packaging - make it contemporary, gritty and with an essence of Liverpool. The brief has been set  by Nonconform Director, Kev Jones.

    Full brief and a lesson planning guide are available as PDFs to download in the resources section of the Shine website.