It’s been a busy few months at the Lady Lever Art Gallery since receiving the great news that our bid for a Heritage Lottery Fund grant for the South End redevelopment was approved! As part of the South End redevelopment project at the gallery, the Education team is working on a wide range of projects with schools, communities, and families. Working closely with local communities is a key aspect of the Education team’s ongoing activities at the gallery and the South End redevelopment project. Ensuring that a wide range of people are able to become involved in shaping our plans through consultation will help us in creating refreshed spaces that reflect the aspirations of all our visitors. Consultation has been carried out with early years audiences, families, adults, and elders from the Wirral Chinese Association’s luncheon club. Participants provided us with insightful recommendations for what they would like to see in the gallery and what would make the collections more engaging. Being able to get hands-on was a suggestion from many participants, as well as having more information about where the objects came from. In terms of the Chinese galleries, red and gold were favourite colours and many expressed an interest in having dual language Chinese-English text for the object labels. Working with local communities has brought a wonderful new perspective to the project and is really helping to inform our interpretation and design plans. We've also been delivering community art workshops in conjunction with the Wirral Multicultural Organisation and the Wirral Chinese Association, most recently with Christmas crafts in December and colourful Chinese New Year cards this month. Students from the Wirral Chinese Association’s Chinese language school designed the cards which will be entered in a national competition run by the UK National Federation of Chinese Schools. It looks like it’ll be quite hard to choose a winner from all of the brilliant cards created in honour the year of the sheep! Next up we’re looking forward to a lively events programme for Chinese New Year at the Lady Lever in February. For all the details, check out our what’s on listing.