Project information

Making an Impact

Bluecoat Display Centre works with partner organisations, young people, elderly, disability and other under represented groups across Merseyside to demonstrate the benefits that craft can have on a person's health and well being


Charity information

Bluecoat Display Centre

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  • Need


    It is proven that immersing oneself in craft activities can be beneficial to ones overall health and wellbeing.


    Bluecoat Display Centre's programme of outreach activities, introduces contemporary craft to those who may not have have experienced it in the past. As Liverpool's only contemporary craft gallery, we offer access to the country's leading practitioners.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To demonstrate the benefits that craft can have on a person's health and wellbeing


    » A series of immersive 2 day workshops with social care charity PSS.

    Through evaluation from partners. Following a pilot scheme, patients and service users commented that their levels of anxiety were reduced.

  • Impact


    BDC hopes to integrate its outreach work as one of its core values. Through sustained partnerships, BDC aims to become less reliant on public funding.


    As the amount participants can be unpredictable, there can be a risk of events needing to be cancelled at short notice. This has not happened in the past.


    We will publicise all events on our website, and can send information and images via email.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £8,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £1,800 Art Workshops Artist fees and materials for 6 x 2 day workshops
      £1,000 Administration Expenses
      £5,200 Project Management 2 days per week
  • Background


    The workshops will take place in various locations across Liverpool City Centre and surrounding areas. BDC will host workshops in the individual group's meeting places.


    Those that will benefit from the project are those who may never have experienced contemporary craft in the past. Service users in PSS have barriers to inclusion, whether that be financial, social or otherwise. This project aims to allow access and inclusion.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Bluecoat Display Centre is the only contemporary craft gallery in Merseyside. BDC represents over 350 artists based both nationally and internationally, and has been established for over 50 years.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Beth Harvey, Outreach Officer, Bluecoat Display Centre.

    Beth manages the outreach activities in Bluecoat Display Centre, and will be liaising with PSS in the organisation of a programme of craft workshops.

    Maureen Bampton, Director, Bluecoat Display Centre

    Maureen will be overseeing the project and leading on fundraising.