Philip Olivier Flexes His Art Muscles At Tate Liverpool

BETTER known for his roles in Brookside and his calendar and magazine shoots Philip Olivier is most associated with sculpting his muscles rather than clay. However, Philip put down the dumbbells and paid a visit to Tate Liverpool’s Art Gym. Art Gym is inspired by a traditional gym but instead of workout stations there are art stations where visitors can learn a range of skills including printmaking, digital art production and drawing skills. The Art Gym is a multi-purpose space that includes a boxing ring where talks and workshops take place as well as gym-inspired design features including lockers, benches and a reflective spa where visitors can relax after their workout. Taking time out of rehearsals for the comedy production Ale House Philip was shown the ropes by an Art Gym Instructor who got Philip started with a gentle stretch leading to high intensity training in the art of origami, drawing, and printmaking. Philip_Olivier_demonstrates_his_Origami_technique__15th__March_2016_1[1]During a strenuous origami work-out Philip told us why he was taking part: “I think it’s great; free art and culture for local community groups and local youngsters. And the concept of a gym is not as alien to people. I’ll definitely be bringing my children here.” On until Thursday 31 March 2016 Art Gym has been programmed by Tate Collective Liverpool, a group of young people aged 15-25 from across Merseyside. During the three weeks there will be a wide range of activities including artist talks, craft work and photography lessons. For a full programme please visit www.tate.org.uk/liverpool Ale House is on at The Dome, Grand Central until Saturday 19 March. Tickets are available from TicketQuarter. Art Gym is part of Circuit, led by Tate and funded by Paul Hamlyn Foundation. Co-funded by the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union, as part of Collaborative Arts Partnership Programme, with support from Liverpool City Council, Liverpool John Moores University and Tate Liverpool Corporate Members and Patrons.