The Bluecoat

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Liverpool's centre for contemporary arts. Located in a Grade 1 Listed Building in the centre of Liverpool City Centre, the gallery re-opened in March 2008 after a multi million development.

The Bluecoat will engage, inspire and stimulate visitors, whether they come to create, view, listen, eat, shop, talk - or simply be, and will house a vibrant community of creative people - artists, performers, writers, crafts people, creative businesses and retailers - all committed to using their emerging talent to innovate and excel.

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Opening hours

Mon - Sat 8.00am - 6.00pm
Sun 10.00am - 6.00pm

Admission charges

Admission to galleries free

Additional info

More details will be released shortly

Collection details

Decorative and Applied Art, Fine Art, Performing Arts

Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.

Niamh O’Malley: Glasshouse

  • 10 October 2015 — 10 January 2016 *on now

Bluecoat presents the first major solo show in a UK public gallery by Dublin based artist Niamh O’Malley. Working across video, drawing, painting, print & sculpture, O’Malley’s work is distinctive for her use of reflective surfaces such as mirror and glass through which images are constructed, revealed and obscured. At Bluecoat O’Malley has created new sculptural works that respond to the unique gallery architecture. Her sculptures and drawings chart and frame the marks made by gestures and processes, while the lens of her camera gives attention to the surfaces and nature of objects and places. In her videos O’Malley’s investigations into the construction of images has led her to working with sites, such as the hewn face of a quarry, rows of greenhouses, as well as a singular mountainscape and her own garden. O’Malley’s studies of anonymous yet evocative locations evoke the instant when fleeting moments coalesce as memory.


Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.

Intro to Screen Printing

  • 28 November 2015 11am-5pm *on now

Learn how to produce a two layer screenprint in a day.

This workshop will equip you with all you need to know to get started with screen printing. From how to convert your drawings, patterns and photographs into stencils for screen print to how to layer up colours and print on different surfaces. This workshop is great for both absolute beginners to those wanting a refresher of the process.




Life Drawing, with Roy Munday - dot-art

  • 6 October — 8 December 2015 *on now

Develop your life drawing skills, including accurate measuring, colour and drawing techniques. Suitable for all levels, including beginners.

Participants will need to bring their own materials.

Tuesday evenings starting 6 Oct (£160 for 10 sessions).


£160 for 10 classes


Painting, with Richard Meaghan - dot-art

  • 6 October — 8 December 2015 *on now

Explore and investigate a broad range of traditional and contemporary painting processes and practices. Suitable for all levels, including beginners.

Participants will need to bring their own materials.

Tuesday evenings starting 6 Oct (£160 for 10 classes)


£160 for 10 classes


Jewellery Making, with Helen Leigh Dolan - dot-art

  • 13 October — 15 December 2015 *on now

Learn the basic techniques of jewellery making in metal and make your own stunning creations! Includes how to use a jewellers piercing saw, drilling, filing and polishing metal correctly and how to create colour, texture and patinas on metal. All materials and tools will be provided.

Tuesday evenings starting 6 Oct (£170 for 10 sessions)


£170 for 10 classes


Exhibition Tour: Marie-Anne McQuay

  • 28 November 2015 2-3pm *on now

Bluecoat’s Head of Programme Marie-Anne McQuay leads a tour of Glasshouse.


The Bluecoat
School Lane
L1 3BX




0151 709 5297

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