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ERIC Number: EJ877429
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Dec
Pages: 2
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0955-2308
Our Great Journey
Fearon, Bec
Adults Learning, v20 n4 p18-19 Dec 2008
For nearly two years a group of 12 people, who are service-users from L8 and Fazakerley Resource Centres for adults with learning disabilities, had been working with artist Leo Fitzmaurice on WILD!, a project investigating what contemporary art meant to them. Part of the Bluecoat Connect programme, run with support from Liverpool Biennial and funding from Arts Council England, the WILD! project aimed to increase access to contemporary art, focusing especially on the Liverpool Biennial, the city's international festival of contemporary art. The project organisers recognised that people with learning disabilities faced particular barriers in accessing public venues and cultural experiences within Liverpool. They set out to break down some of these barriers, increase integration and develop a sense of confidence in those involved when entering cultural buildings in and around Liverpool. In this article, the author describes how members and staff of the Bluecoat had an amazing journey working with artists and developing a successful approach to using the arts. The author stresses that the work the Bluecoat does in giving people with learning disabilities access to art and artists is not therapy--it is about giving people freedom of thought and action.
National Institute of Adult Continuing Education. Renaissance House, 20 Princess Road West, Leicester, LE1 6TP, UK. Tel: +44-1162-044200; Fax: +44-1162-044262; e-mail: enquiries@niace.org.uk; Web site: http://www.niace.org.uk/publications/adults-learning
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Adult Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (Liverpool)