Takeover Day is a celebration of children and young people’s contributions to museums, galleries, arts organisations, archives and heritage sites. It’s a day on which they are given meaningful roles, working alongside staff and volunteers to participate in the life of the museum. This year the pupils of Bolton School, from art gallery founder William Hesketh Lever’s hometown in Lancashire will takeover the Lady Lever Art Gallery on Sunday 1 July.
Students from year groups across the school have planned a day of music, drama, craft and creative celebration as part of their ongoing Leverhulme Festival.
Students from the Young Artists Collective, a fantastic group of boys from years 8 to 10, have spent the past two years researching the history and culture of Port Sunlight through visits to the Lady Lever Art Gallery, Port Sunlight Museum, partaking in village tours and talking to village staff and residents to build a free programme of events highlighting the historical links between Lord Leverhulme and Bolton School.
Activities throughout the day will focus upon four key themes:
Year groups, from 7 – 13 have been working together to develop their own atwork, workshops and performances to celebrate creativity in the Arts. Working as a team they have delegated responsibilities to make this festival happen. The boys have worked across departments such as English, Drama, Art, Music and Geography.
The Young Artists Collective worked with residents last year to host a screen printing workshop making tote bags and have taught print making to local school children. Be sure to visit the Bridge Cottage Sixth form art exhibition and studio to see their latest work and to get involved.
Heritage has always been at the forefront of their minds, when it came to Art and Design. The boys were keen to work with the photographs they had taken around the village and combine this with our iconic school building that was the vision of Lord Leverhulme. Tap in to this creativity with your little ones in the Family Activity Rooms See, Make Do! craft sessions from 12- 3pm
The students were so inspired by their visit to the art gallery and the Leverhulme Memorial they felt they couldn’t not include them in their festival. The Bridge Cottage art exhibition will feature soap sculptures, animations, sculptures, paintings, screen prints and more, all from their own innovative ideas. They were also very keen to share their their enthusiasm with the public and have set up a family event to welcome children and adults of all ages to join them in a creative postcard making activity at the Lady Lever Art Gallery.
The festival aims to bring people together and celebrate creativity in a beautiful, historical village that was and is still ‘all about the people’. Come and show the boys your support and arrive early to ensure you can experience as much of their packed programme as possible!
Since Takeover Day started, nearly 30,000 children and young people have taken part. We know that it helps them to develop new skills, increases confidence and changes what they think of museums and museum careers.
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