A community welcome event was held to celebrate the work of the City of Liverpool College and Tate Liverpool to share ideas about art with local communities.
The event at Tate Liverpool offered guests family art-making workshops led by artist Fiona Smith, tours of the galleries, free access to the Leonora Carrington and Cathy Wilkes exhibitions and Mexican-themed food offers in the café.
The evening was organised to celebrate the partnership between the City of Liverpool College and Tate Liverpool, and to highlight the current “Making Sense of Art” course, a joint community learning pilot project which introduces learners to artists, art-making and Tate Liverpool’s collections.
The course was led by local artist Kevin Hunt, who used Tate Liverpool’s galleries, Lee Valley Skills Centre and other local organisations to introduce a variety of ways of thinking and talking about art.
“Making Sense of Art” was a free, six-week course, offering students an opportunity to gain an ASDAN qualification. Through the course, students have had a chance to develop new skills, experiment with artistic materials and explore their own creativity, as well as being introduced to the role of art within the community.
Students visited Home Baked in Anfield and were surprised at the potential art (and food) can have within a social context. During one visit to Tate Liverpool, students were given a behind the scenes tour with the Art Handling Manager, to see how exhibitions come to life.
Elaine Bowker, Principal of The City of Liverpool College said: “This open evening has celebrated what has been and continues to be a great partnership between the college and Tate Liverpool. It’s given our students the chance to build relationships with the communities they live in through art and to develop new skills and put some of their studies into practice.
“Giving our students the opportunity to get involved in projects like this is a key part of our aim at the college, to provide not just a great learning experience but also the opportunity to take part in activities which will develop their experience, knowledge and skills.”
Andrea Nixon, from Tate Liverpool said: “The open evening was a great success and demonstrated how fruitful and beneficial our collaboration and partnership is. We believe art can inspire opportunities for everybody and our work with The City of Liverpool College opens up opportunities for us to learn together through a range of programme made with and in our local communities.”
To find out more about The City of Liverpool College or the “Making Sense of Art” course, visit www.liv-coll.ac.uk or call 0151 252 3000.
For more information about Tate Liverpool, please visit tate.org.uk, or call 0151 702 7400.
(IMAGE: Susan Harris (college student), Kevin Hunt (tutor), Alison Jones (Tate) and Elaine Bowker, Principal of the City of Liverpool College.)