For The European Art Summit we are welcoming artists and their support studios to Project Ability to meet each other, work together and build connections. The first artist and studio we would like to introduce to you is…. Veronica from Blue Room.
For The European Art Summit next week, we are welcoming artists and their support studios to Project Ability to meet each other, work together and build connections. The first artist and studio we would like to introduce to you is…. Veronica Watson from Blue Room at Bluecoat!
Veronica Watson is a founder member of Blue Room and has created work at Bluecoat since 2007. Watson has many years experience as a self-advocate, speaking out for the rights of learning disabled people. Most recently Watson has advocated for greater recognition for learning disabled artists, presenting at large arts industry conferences across the UK. Watson’s artistic practice focuses on accurate observational drawings of the people and places around her. Recently, during her first studio residency, Watson focused on developing her portraiture through documenting the many and varied faces of the artists, staff and volunteers she encounters at Bluecoat. The Studio Me exhibition, held at Bluecoat presented these first explorations in this new chapter of Watson’s creative practice.
“I am interested in doing people’s portraits. I want to catch the faces and expressions, happy or sad. I use pencil on paper and smudge the shadows. When I draw people I get to know them, even if I have never met them before.” – Veronica
Bluecoat, based in Liverpool in the North West of England is a centre for contemporary arts. Bluecoat offers a year-round programme of exhibitions and a range of music, dance, literature, live art and heritage events.
Blue Room is Bluecoat’s inclusive arts programme. In 2008, Bluecoat established Blue Room to provide weekly inclusive opportunities for learning disabled adults to access high quality visual arts. Supported by an artist facilitator, Blue Room members explore exhibitions in Bluecoat’s gallery and other cultural spaces, using them as a starting point for discussions and creation of new work. The groups explore a range of materials and processes to encourage experimentation and skills development. Recently, Bluecoat has explored a new approach to supporting individual Blue Room members with their artistic development. Supported by facilitators, curators and other artists, Blue Room members Veronica Watson and Joshua Henderson co-designed bespoke programmes of skills development, accessed their own studio space and shared their work with visitors in the exhibition Studio Me.