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Project information

The Blue Room

Blue Room gives adults with learning disabilities the opportunity to develop creative & social skills & increased independence of thought & action in a mainstream setting. It is based at the Bluecoat, Liverpool's creative hub, in the heart of the city and is targeted at residents of Liverpool.

The project is ongoing, but in desperate need of additional investment.

Charity information: Bluecoat

Bluecoat logo
  • Need


    Blue Room was inspired by Valuing People, a paper that set out the need for a new approach to providing opportunities for children and adults with learning disabilities and their families to live full and independent lives as part of their local communities-more specifically it was a response to arts activity in Resource Centres not encouraging a sense of integration and independence. It is insular and does not involve regular contact with professionals and the public.


    Based at the Bluecoat, arguably the country's oldest arts centre, Blue Room meet 3 times a week using the exhibitions as inspiration for creative projects. Many members travel independently, they mix with staff, visitors and artists (local and international) and are a valued part of the community. They are given the opportunity to explore new ideas, share common issues and express themselves in new ways through visual and performing arts.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To provide an arts participation programme for adults with learning disabilities.


    » An arts participation programme will continue to be provided 3 days a week for no less than 48 weeks of the year working with c.33 adults a week.

    What success will look like

    Success will be...an arts participation programme will be delivered 3 days a week to c.33 adults with learning disabilities for no less than 48 weeks of the year.

    Aim 2

    To enable members to volunteer at the Bluecoat and access training.


    » A bespoke skills development plan will be produced for every individual by the participation team and will form part of their wider personal plan.

    What success will look like

    Success will be...10 adults with learning disabilties will develop new skills and confidence through training and support to become volunteers at the Bluecoat.

    Aim 3

    To share the work of the Blue Room in a regularly changing exhibition at the Bluecoat.


    » The work will be produced as part of the arts participation programme, however the groups will work with the Bluecoat's curatorial team to display.

    What success will look like

    Success will be...50 adults with learning disabilities will have gained confidence, pride and increased self esteem from having their art work displayed in a public space.

    Aim 4

    To share good practice about the Blue Room on a national level.


    » Through attendance of conferences and events, visits from interested people and publications produced by members.

    What success will look like

    Success will be...Blue Room will be well known throughout the sector as a model of good practice, with a view to training other organisations on delivery.

  • Impact


    The project will break down barriers around arts attendance for adults with learning disabilities amongst parents and carers.
    It will widen horizons amongst attendees and give them the confidence to attend other arts organisations in Liverpool and beyond.
    Through a programme of arts outreach workshops in primary schools we will aim to break down some of the barriers for learning disabled adults in being an accepted and integral part of local communities.


    Artists could pull out of delivering sessions.
    The Bluecoat houses a number of creative industries and artists who all love the Blue Room. Finding a replacement is not difficult and the participation department are also trained artists who could step in to cover if necessary.

    Liverpool City Council cease to provide support workers for the programme. This has recently been reviewed, day care centres are closing as there is a commitment to providing this kind of offer.


    Donors will regularly be invited to the Bluecoat to view the work of the project.

    But perhaps most importantly a quarterly newsletter will be produced to allow donors to see the continuing work of the project.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £44,865

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      Amount Heading Description
      £7,920 Blue Room Facilitator 21 hours, £12k pro rata, 12 months
      £11,550 Artists session cost 35 sessions per group
      £19,465 Full Cost Recovery For the Bluecoat inc participation team time
      £3,600 Materials £20 per session
      £2,330 Misc Friends and Family events, marketing, annual exhibition and equipment
  • Background


    The project will be based at the Bluecoat, the oldest building in Liverpool City Centre and the creative hub of the city.

    School Lane
    L1 3BX


    The vast majority of Blue Room members present critical or substantial levels of support need.
    The people with whom Blue Room will primarily engage across the year period will represent a full range of support needs. The core members will all have expressed some interest in visual art in order to have been referred to Blue Room. Some are particularly keen artists, producing work independently of activities at the Bluecoat.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    The Bluecoat provides a contemporary arts offer of visual art, literature, live art, music, dance and other occasional performance activity such as cabaret and comedy. The programme is presented through exhibitions, performances, residencies, cross-arts happenings, community celebrations and a related programme of participation opportunities, talks, tours, publications and workshops, making it the perfect location to deliver this activity.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Rebecca Fearon

    Bec is Head of Participation at the Bluecoat and will devise and oversee the activity of the project.

    Laura Pilgrim

    Blue Room Facilitator. Laura is responsible for the day to day running of the programme as well as ensuring the artistic integrity is maintained.