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ART IN THE PARK: Knowsley Safari and Kirkby gallery offer live stream art events during Britain’s third lockdown

ART IN THE PARK: Knowsley Safari and Kirkby gallery offer live stream art events during Britain’s third lockdown

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Knowsley Safari has teamed up with Kirkby Gallery to provide a new series of virtual learning sessions led by professional artists.

‘Art in the park’ will be live streamed from the safari and will take place this February. It will provide a range of creative sessions combining art and the natural world.

Events will include;

Staffin’ the Safari, led by Cheshire-based printmaker and documentary artist, Julia Midgley. Julia’s four sessions take place weekly at 10am from Monday 1 February 2021 and will focus on work behind the scenes at Knowsley Safari, providing the audience with insight into how keepers and animals work together for the benefit of animal wellbeing and conservation.

Revisioning the Rhino, led by professional printmaker and former Manchester School of Art lecturer, Anthony Ratcliffe. Inspired by 16th Century artist, Albrecht Dürer, Anthony will explore the idea of a rhinocerous woodcut with contemporary associations. Anthony’s four sessions will take place weekly at 10am from Tuesday 2 February 2021.

“Nikki Mallott, Head of Learning and Discovery, Knowsley Safari, says: “With Kirkby Gallery remaining closed due to the pandemic and the Safari looking for additional ways to engage with those interested in the natural world, our Art in the Park collaboration offers a perfect way for us both to continue providing enjoyable education, while reaching new audiences in an engaging way.”

Tina Ball, Culture Development & Events Officer (Kirkby Gallery & Prescot Museum) for Knowsley Council’s Culture Service says: “Art in the Park is part of our Out There and Online project and we’re delighted to have received funding from the Museum Development North West Covid-19 Recovery Grants scheme, to enable us to deliver this ‘arts meets the environment’ project with Knowsley Safari.

Whilst the Culture Service has been busy developing a range of online and covid-safe projects for schools and the community since lockdown 1, Kirkby Gallery prior to the covid-19 pandemic, was a regular and busy centre for arts activity and education, so to pilot our new home for arts engagement, is a great opportunity for all”.




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