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L1 3BX

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Featuring Simon & Tom Bloor, Polly Brannan, Rhys Coren, Frances Disley, Kevin Hunt, Anssi Kasitonni, Yui Kugimiya, Yusuke Mashiba, Trine Lise Nedreaas, Out of the Blue, Emily Speed, Mark Simmonds, William Wegman, Huw Wahl, John Walmsley - Liverpool Free School

This summer, we invite children to take over our galleries, with Abacus - an interactive exhibition that encourages visitors of all ages to break the traditional rules of a contemporary art space. Artists from Liverpool and beyond have designed art works to inspire you to watch, draw, read and make.

Commissions include Simon & Tom Bloor’s new installation, which invites visitors to draw on the gallery walls using special chalk boards. Emily Speed will fill our largest gallery with costumes and small scale sets for children.

Kids Video Art Program, a collaboration with Kunsthall Stavanger, features a selection of short films & animations by UK and international artists, including Trine Lise Nedreaas’ shimmering hula hoops, William Wegman’s synchronised dogs and Rhys Coren’s snapping fingers. Abacus responds to Bluecoat’s history as both a charity school and centre for the arts, also celebrating contemporary cultural spaces as alternative learning environments.

Family Weekend: Abacus Extravaganza
Sat 19 & Sun 20 Aug
 1 - 4pm 
Join us for a weekend of family arts activities inspired by Abacus. On Saturday, artists from Liverpool Improvisation Collective will take us through movement and dance based on Emily Speed’s work, alongside art activities for all the family. A BBQ with child-friendly options will be available. On Sunday, join us for art activities for all the family, including storytelling sessions at 2pm and 3pm for 4 – 7 year olds.

Find out more about Abacus related events here

Image: Simon & Tom Bloor Loose Parts. Whitechapel Gallery, London 2013. Photograph by Emil Charlaff.


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Abacus (21 July 2017 - 1 Oct 2017)

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