Sam Smith in Illuminating the Wilderness at Tate Liverpool, 2019, Project Art Works

Sam Smith in Illuminating the Wilderness at Tate Liverpool, 2019, Project Art Works

Tate Liverpool

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Coming up

4 – 28 April 2019
Illuminating the Wilderness is a new film production by Project Art Works, conceived and directed by Kate Adams and Tim Corrigan and filmed on location with Ben Rivers, Margaret Salmon and neurodiverse artists and makers, families and carers.

This 38-minute film follows the investigation of a remote Scottish glen over several days and reveals the pleasures and challenges of neurodiverse responses to nature and shared experience.  Shot from multiple viewpoints and cameras, the film is unscripted and reveals the subtle fluidity of roles and interactions between this unique and itinerant community away from the practical, attitudinal and social barriers that they face in their everyday lives. Moments of humour and tender consideration for each other unfold in and around the landscape and weather systems of the mountains. The remoteness, scale and indifference of the landscape provides a rare sense of freedom and belonging for everyone involved. 

Project Art Works is an artist-led organisation that collaborates with people who have complex needs, their families, carers and the systems and services that impact on their lives.

Complementing the film is an evolving installation of artwork made in collaboration with neurodiversepeople and groups from Social Care organisations across Merseyside including Natural Breaks, Options for Supported Living, Blue Room, and Thingwall Resource Centre. Initially a series of huge blank paper banners, the installation will be increasingly populated by drawings and paintings made by the groups as well as general visitors taking part in gallery workshops throughout the presentation.


Thursday 18 April, 16.00-17.00

Hear from Richard Williams, CEO of Options for Supported Living, which is a local charity that supports, empowers and enables people with disabilities to live their lives to the full. The charity is a key partner for this project and Richard Williams will talk about the values shared between Options and Project Art Works and will discuss the importance of personalised, creative approaches.

Friday 26 April, 12.00-14.00

Artist Mikhail Karikis and Rosie Cooper, Head of Exhibitions at DLWP (De La Warr Pavilion) will talk about their involvement in the Project Art Works' Explorers Project, and the importance of inclusive collaboration with people with complex needs. They will also discuss ideas of 'human texture', focusing on how physically, neurologically and socially normative representations of people influence culture.

Saturday 27 April, 14.00-16.00

To celebrate the end of this project, join talks and conversations with Project Art works artists and filmmakers, Kate Adams and Tim Corrigan, who will go behind-the-scenes discussing the making of the film and exhibition Illuminating the Wilderness. Artists Ben Rivers and Margaret Salmon will join them along with some of those who have collaborated in the exhibition.

These talks are free to attend. No booking required.

Lindsey Fryer, Head of Learning, Tate Liverpool said: ‘We are delighted to collaborate with Project Art Works, an organisation that shares the same commitment as Tate to make arts and culture accessible to all.’

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The story so far

Explorers at Tate Exchange, 10-13 September 2018

Peter has never had the chance to work with artists before so the Explorers Project was a great opportunity for him to take part in something that was fully inclusive. The artist who worked with Peter took the time to try different mediums for Peter to work with, first he used pastels, then paints on canvas and on acetate. He really enjoyed the chance to express himself using art and it was lovely to see him talking to the artist.
— Natural Breaks, Liverpool

Project Art Works took over Tate Exchange Liverpool between 10-13 September. Together with artists, academics, social care specialists and people with learning disabilities in Liverpool, we held public discussions, film screenings, debates and activities about cultural inclusion, collaboration, and social responsibility.

The programme of events included a tour around the Tate archive by Bluecoats Members. To see the full programme download it here.

To read about the event from a participants perspective please read this blog post from Natural Breaks.

Tate Exchange Awareness, August 2017

During the Tate Exchange Installation, we led 6 workshops over 3 days for local neurodiverse participants in the Tate Clore Learning Studio  with a live film link directly into the Exchange space. We worked with 41 participants from 11 organisations including 2 we had worked with in previous encounters while working with FACT in Liverpool in 2012 and 2015. After the workshops we installed Peter Hudson’s installation In Colour (see the Fabrica co-commission) in the Clore Studio enabling visitors a further immersive interactive opportunity. We also ran a short Awareness Raising session for Tate staff, which took place in the Exchange space and was attended by 14 staff members.


“Give my love to everyone and say thanks from all the guys. They are so proud of the work they produced and have uploaded some of it on to our website.” - Angela Myveld - Day Services Co-ordinator, Acorn Farm

Tate Exchange, Tate Liverpool 28 August – 3 September 2017

For a week at the end of August 2017 Project Art Works took over the Tate Exchange space in Tate Liverpool. Project Art Works created an installation in which visitors could learn about what we do and take part in conversations about subjects relevant to people with complex needs. We projected films from our archive and offered interactions with people who came into the space.

A series of tree portraits were made by the Tate Exchange visitors over the week and are being made into a short animation. Throughout the duration of the installation we had 973 visitors including a number of families with children who had complex needs.

[on the Tate Exchange exhibition] “…Our brief chat was both interesting and thought -provoking to me and reading the various articles in the Anthology, reinforced the idea of the value of art as a process. Bit like the old adage, it's not the destination that's most important but the journey to reach it. If I had taken that view on board myself, long ago, rather than seeing 'Art' as a product (through my efforts, invariably a disappointing product) then perhaps 'artistic creativity' might have been more central to my life experience... so far!   I say 'so far' as I intend to 'draw that tree' from now on : not sure what form it will take or what medium ....but I am working on it. Thanks very much for the inspiration and good luck in your ventures with Project Art Works.” - Stephen Barlow

During our time in Liverpool we have been fortunate to work with the following organisations:

Thingwall Resource CentreMoving On With Life And Learning (MOWLL)Natural BreaksPerson Centred Support (PSS)Options For Supported LivingMencap LiverpoolAcorn Farm Day ServicesBlue Room at The BluecoatPeople First MerseysideYour Voice Your ChoiceOakfield Day Service, Active Community Enterprise, Steady Chefs

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