Liverpool Centre for Arts Development

Kristal and I visited Liverpool Centre for Arts Development yesterday, 4th May, to see what they do.

Spoke to Collette and Mick about the work of the centre. This is really an educational resource that offers NVQ’s in arts, general arts education and activities and focuses on marginalized  groups in Liverpool. That is, people who may feel intimidated about attending a formal arts course in the education and arts sector in Liverpool.

They are offering arts education and activity in an open and friendly way. They are very much trying to take some of the mystique out of ‘arts centres’ and making their organization a sort of community centre and community resource as much as an arts institution.

Later this year, in July, they are having an exhibition of work by their students, maybe a welcome antidote to the Turner Prize! This will showcase the work of local people who are current students of the centre.

The building, on Brownlow Hill at the corner of Clarence St, is an extensive collection of workshops, exhibition space, classrooms and an office that is also used by Inclusion Matters, an organisation that offers a range of counselling services and psychological therapies as an alternative to conventional treatment for depression and other psychological problems. This seems to have worked out as mutually beneficial for both Inclusion Matters and the centre itself as many of their patients are being referred on to some of the art courses that the centre provide, allowing for a holistic approach to therapy that  perhaps focuses a bit more on self-expression within a supportive environment.

Hope to report further on the work of this centre at their students show in July.

Watch this space!!

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