Walk the Line

Over the past couple of weeks, I've been working with a curious, open-minded group of families and staff from Childwall Children's Centre as part of a short project at Tate Liverpool.

My chosen theme of 'walk the line' formed a thread for play, exploration, movement and materials across two weeks as we visited gallery spaces in Tate, worked in the studio and then visited the children's centre the following week, working experimentally both indoors and outdoors!

I designed the second session in response to observations of children's natural interests, movements and rhythms as they encountered artwork, spaces and materials. It was great to stand back a little to watch as both children and adults explored each carefully set up environment and became immersed in mark-making, printing into clay, dancing with ribbons, threading ropes and ribbons..

Am looking forward to seeing pictures and film clips from filmmaker Jake Ryan soon. 

 

Meeting Shelley Jayne and her pre-school group at Tate Liverpool

I was lucky enough to meet and work with Shelley Jayne, an illustrator and Early Years professional based in Liverpool. She brought her lovely pre-school group to visit Tate Liverpool and I had a lovely time exploring the DLA Piper Series: Constellations exhibition on the first floor and also working with them in the Clore Learning Centre studio. 

She wrote a great review of the session here. I hope they visit again soon! 


A Beautiful Partnership

See some of the things we have been up to at Tate Liverpool over the past year or so in this insightful short film about the Early Years partnership at Tate Liverpool. To watch it, click on this link and press play to see more.

 

Our Exhibition, Tate Liverpool

Working as Early Years and Families Learning Curator at Tate Liverpool alongside my job-share Katy McCall, I have been involved in developing an Early Years partnership project with two local children's centre community groups in Liverpool. After a year of the project, we hosted an exhibition which showcased the different ways we have so far worked with young children, their adults and artists at Tate Liverpool. Our research question is 'how do we make visible children's learning at Tate Liverpool'?

The exhibition took place in the Art Dock studio and was open to the public for a week in June. It featured artworks made by the children, insightful quotes, documentation of the project and interactive, playful exhibits that visitors could engage with. The event was opened as a celebration day for all the children, staff and parents who participated in the project. 

Here's a glimpse of the exhibition during a quiet interval after the crowd of children and parents had left...

To see a video that show what I've been up to working both as Artist-Educator and EYF Learning Curator, click here and scroll down to Tate Liverpool's video!