St Helens and The Bluerooms have come together, funded by the arts council England, to explore the potential of service users using their Direct Payments as a way to access high quality art workshops. The people we identified were the Learning Disability group based mainly within the Stephenson centre in Rainhill. The Team Manager of the section is highly enthused by the project and following a set of meetings with the relative team managers, a group of service users, within Learning Disabilities, were chosen and sessions now run from November through to February 2014. Facilitated by the highly skilled Becky Waite the group have enthusiastically embraced the project.
Over the last few weeks we have been exploring the recent exhibition at the Bluecoat, ‘3AM: Wonder, Paranoia and the Restless Night’. The group took the train into Liverpool to visit the Bluecoat and met one of our long standing Blue Room members Veronica, who showed them around the gallery. The group responded to the artworks with curiosity and enthusiasm, making some fantastic sketches in their personal sketchbooks which they shared with each other through discussions.
Over the next few weeks we will create our own pieces inspired by the ideas and techniques in the exhibition.
So far we have worked as a team to create a huge, glowing ‘starry night’ drawing and have raced handmade spinning tops that looked like UFOs, all inspired by Sandra Cinto’s installation ‘Nights of Hope’.
The new Blue Room members are getting to know each other as they get involved with the activities and are starting to grow in confidence both socially and creatively.