The term ‘Craftivism’ combines both craft and activism. It is the utilisation of personal creativity to express an opinion about the wider world. It is a means of reinforcing your voice and bringing about positive action and change through a form of activism that is simultaneously personal to you whilst being accessible to a broader range of people. Craftivism has been described as ‘a way of looking at life where voicing opinions through creativity makes your voice stronger, your compassion deeper and your quest for justice more infinite.’ Craftivism is formed on the idea that instead of solely using your voice to express your dissent, you can use your creativity which is often more successful in capturing the imagination and is a means for others to get involved.
This exhibition will showcase the work of artists who have found their voice through craft or who have helped and inspired others to find theirs through socially engaged practice. The exhibition was inspired by the outreach work of Bluecoat Display Centre in local hospitals and with social care groups. These regular outreach projects work with under represented groups, teaching them craft activities with demonstrably positive effects on health and wellbeing.
The exhibition will include the work of local artists who have played an integral part in this outreach work, and also includes madebyhandonline maker Jennifer Collier.
Bluecoat Display Centre, College Lane Entrance, Liverpool, L1 3BZ