Art in the Park is a new, collaborative pilot project between Kirkby Gallery and Knowsley Safari , seeking to offer free artist-led learning experiences for all, in response to the Park, its animals and conservation aims.



The project was borne out of the challenging times placed on us by the Covid-19 pandemic. Whilst Kirkby Gallery remains temporarily closed and the Safari Park seeking new creative ways in which to engage the public, Art in the Park offers a new and exciting series of outdoors-inspired sessions as delivered by three visual artists and one creative writer.


The artists have been tasked with developing a piece of artwork or writing, as inspired by an aspect of the Safari Parks site. For each artistic commission there will be four online sessions. The sessions follow each artist on their creative journey, from their initial visit, through to idea development, through to completion but uniquely to this project, the audience gets to learn about their technical processes and artistic imaginings, as well as learning about the wider conservation issues relevant to their artwork, animal biology and ultimately connecting to the viewer to the natural world.

When booking Art in the Park, the sessions are follow on and delivered over 4 separate episodes. They're not individual classes, the story is told over four episodes within the series. 

For Individuals

Series 1: Staffin' the Safari

With Julia Midgley

All sessions 10am

Ep1: Monday 1st February 2021

Ep2: Monday 8th February 2021

Ep3: Monday 22nd February 2021

Ep4: Monday 1st March 2021


Series 2: Revisioning the Rhino

With Anthony Ratcliffe

All sessions 10am

Ep1: Tuesday 2nd February 2021

Ep2: Tuesday 9th February 2021

Ep3: Tuesday 23rd February 2021

Ep4: Tuesday 2nd March 2021

For Schools (TBC)

Getting under the skin

With Patricia McDonald-Holmes

Suitable for KS2 and KS3 | All sessions 10am or 2pm



Safari Scribblers

With Johanna Robinson

Suitable for KS2 and KS2 | All sessions 10am or 2pm


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Please Note: All visits made by the individual artists and staff, adhered to Covid-19 safety measures and were compliant to social distancing rules at all times.

Kirkby Gallery is the sister venue to Prescot Museum and both venues are part of the Culture Development & Events Service for Knowsley Council.

Art in the Park, is part of Kirkby Gallery’s ‘Out There and Online’ project as funded by ACE.

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