Knowsley residents have the exciting opportunity to access the expertise of Kirkby Gallery’s resident artist, Gillian Cowley to create paintings inspired by the project and theme Home is Where The Art is. Some residents could also be eligible for free art supplies* to help them get started (*please note stocks are limited).
Gillian’s art classes, which normally take place at Kirkby Gallery, are all now happening online and throughout the week due to coronavirus, so look out for her Wednesday Art Challenges, #Family Friday activities and the Little BIG Art Club. From now until the end of July she will deliver the classes to her existing groups online, with new participants welcome to join the Facebook group and via the website and social media platforms.
Home Is Where The Art Is has been funded by LCR cares, a crowdfunding campaign to raise money to support community and voluntary organisations on the frontline of helping the city region’s communities cope with the impact of Coronavirus. As well as residents the courses also support the incomes of the gallery’s freelance artists who, without the delivery of projects such as this, have radically reduced incomes, or none whatsoever.
Knowsley Council’s Cabinet Member for Communities and Neighbourhoods, Cllr Shelley Powel said: “I’m delighted that The Friends of Kirkby Gallery & Prescot Museum secured this funding in order to provide this wonderful opportunity to our residents. Art has the power to make positive change in the world and during these uncertain times this is a great way to connect, learn new skills and immerse yourself in culture.”
The Friends of Kirkby Gallery & Prescot Museum was established in June 2017, with the objective of ‘the education of the public by the promotion, support, assistance and improvement of Kirkby Gallery and Prescot Museum and its cultural and educational activities’. The Friends aim to support and serve the immediate communities of the borough of Knowsley, providing activities which are open and accessible to all; to ensure that there is always a free educational and creative set of activities for all, especially families, enabling the young and the elderly and those on low or with no income to engage with heritage and culture.
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