Home Is Where The Art Is is an LCR Cares support fund-backed project aimed at supporting local people of all ages, offering the variety of art sessions which normally take place at Kirkby Gallery and Prescot Museum. The Friends of Kirkby Gallery & Prescot Museum identified and secured this funding, kindly providing this wonderful opportunity. In light of correctly following social distancing rules and the lockdown of public venues, these artist-led sessions will now be both online and telephone based, and there is also scope to post out art materials where required.

It’s fantastic to receive this grant from the LCR Cares support fund. At FOKGPM our work is always geared around enabling communities through public education and encouraging accessibility to the arts and heritage for all. In the context of the coronavirus crisis, we find ourselves unable to support our communities firsthand but with this funding, we can share our art and wellbeing courses online and remotely and not lose touch with those who most benefit from them.” Tina Ball, Chair of Friends of Kirkby Gallery & Prescot Museum

Many of the art sessions will be delivered to the existing groups online, with new audiences welcome to join. Click here to see everything available so far. The sessions are really for anyone, and we encourage multiple people within a household to participate, with the view that the sessions will foster extended learning, positivity and empowerment.

This project is also geared towards supporting the incomes of our freelance artists who, without the delivery of projects such as this, have radically reduced incomes, or none whatsoever.

Do you want to get creative at home but don’t have any art materials?
We have a limited number of free art packs for Knowsley residents – we will be giving priority to young people, families and those self-isolating (one pack per household / address). The Art Packs will contain a selection of materials such as a sketchpad, paint, brushes, pencils, paper and eraser; they will be delivered directly to you.

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The Friends of Kirkby Gallery & Prescot Museum was established in June 2017, with the objectives of our organisation being ‘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.

The project is directly funding the delivery of the Wednesday Art Group and the Sumner Art Sessions, and the From Pen to Paper creative writing sessions. It will also fund the Little BIG Art Club in the summer, and we hope to expand our learning offer subject to additional funding being secured.

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