Kirkby Collaborative of Schools partnership with the Kirkby Gallery
During 2016 the Kirkby Collaborative made great strides in developing a partnership with Kirkby Gallery.
Throughout the year there was a stunning range of world class exhibitions in the Gallery space including:
Willy Russell – behind the scenes – celebrating the life and work of Willy Russell.
New Worlds – taking its inspiration from the era that Kirkby as a New Town was built, the 1960’s. The exhibition presented a range of leading British artists and makers who best represent that energetic period of creativity. The artists, include David Hockney, Patrick Caulfield, Elisabeth Frink, Richard Hamilton, Peter Blake, Bridget Riley, Henry Moore, Mary Martin, Eduardo Paolozzi, Frank Auerbach, Gillian Ayres, Albert Irvin, Bryan Kneale, Terry Frost, John Hoyland, Mark Boyle, Garth Evans, Margaret Lovell and Barbara Hepworth
Crafted – A biennial exhibition of contemporary craft, design and fine art.
Drawn from Life – people on paper – This exhibition brought together some of the finest drawings in the Arts Council Collection, with work on display from Moore, Hepworth, Lowry and Hockney.
Collaborative schools have increased the number of school visits from small beginnings in January during the Willy Russell exhibition to over 40 visits at the Drawn from Life exhibition. In an eight week period over 1000 Kirkby children participated in Drawn from Life school led visits. This success was recognised at the 2016 Knowsley Sports and Cultural Awards where the Kirkby Collaborative won the School Cultural Educational Achievement of the Year.
The current exhibition Pirates Pants and Wellyphants, celebrating the life of illustrator Nick Sharratt will host over 50 visits from Kirkby Collaborative schools – over 1500 Kirkby children will experience the exhibition.
Kirkby Collaborative schools look forward to continuing to develop the projects and links with the international Gallery that we are so fortunate to have in the town.