The Bluecoat

The Bluecoat
School Lane
Liverpool
Merseyside
L1 3BX
England

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Website

www.thebluecoat.org.uk

E-mail

info@thebluecoat.org.uk

Telephone

0151 709 5297

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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.

Venue Type:

Gallery

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

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.
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Tabitha Jussa: Memorandum of Understanding

  • 15 May 2015 5-10pm

The winner of the seventh annual Liverpool Art Prize, chosen from a shortlist of three artists, is Tabitha Jussa. Awarded both the main prize and the People’s Choice in 2014, Tabitha now presents her Liverpool Art Prize exhibition at the Bluecoat for Spring 2015. Tabitha works with photography and has a particular interest in the relationship between people and place. This has led her to focus on the city’s social housing
its architecture and design and the impact of numerous regeneration initiatives on resident communities across the decades. Here she moves her focus to docksides, contrasting the Liverpool’s skylines with the burgeoning dockside developments of Shanghai, a twin city which she visited late 2014. The exhibition presents atmospheric panoramic views across the Mersey and across the Wusong River while reflecting on the different pace of change in each country and region. The Liverpool Art Prize launched in 2008 and has been under the strategic direction of Metal since 2014. After seven successful iterations the prize is being evaluated and revised in 2015 with a new opportunity for artists in the city to develop work pending in 2016.

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  • Not suitable for children

Website

http://www.thebluecoat.org.uk

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Tricia Porter: Liverpool Photographs 1972-74

  • 15 May 2015 5-10pm

Virtually unseen for 40 years, these black and white photographs by Tricia Porter paint a vivid picture of everyday life in Toxteth/Liverpool 8 and the surrounding area at a time when it was undergoing significant development and the break up of its tight knit communities. Taken together, the series Bedford Street, Liverpool 8 (1972) and Some Liverpool Kids (1974) offer an affectionate portrait of this multicultural area and its people, from children playing on Windsor Street to families at home and drinkers in the pubs. It was, says the artist, 'an attempt to make a photo documentary which would be a positive and meaningful statement about my neighbours who had all too often been treated as statistical fodder and sociological phenomena.' The exhibition is complemented by an illustrated publication. Financially supported by L8 Legacy Projects. With thanks to National Museums Liverpool.

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  • Not suitable for children

Website

http://www.thebluecoat.org.uk

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Xavier Ribas - Nitrate

  • 15 May 2015 5-10pm

Nitrate is the first major UK solo exhibition by Barcelona-born photographer Xavier Ribas. This extensive collection of photographic and moving image works made from 2009-14 charts the history of nitrate extraction in the Chilean Atacama Desert, a system of colonial exploitation led by British companies which reached its peak between 1870 and 1920. ‘Saltpetre’, or Chilean nitrate is a sodium nitrate that, once processed, can be used as fertiliser or as an ingredient for the manufacture of explosives. Its power as a substance and value as a commodity lie in its ability to transform and to be transformative. In this compound form, the element nitrogen – which comprises 80% of the earth’s atmosphere – can speed or shatter life. Through Ribas’s forensic examination of sites, artifacts and images, the project traces nitrate's route from natural mineral state to transported commodity, stock market value and, ultimately, its part in the material and symbolic heritage of London mansions and estates in the capital's surrounding countryside. The artist undertakes new audio and visual documentation of geographically disparate but historically connected landscapes, of remote nitrate fields and metropolitan financial districts, accompanied by an analysis of their material culture and interpretation of both images and texts archived in national, regional and local institutions. Exhibition organised by the Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona (MACBA) and co-produced with the Museo Universidad de Navarra (MUN), Pamplona, in collaboration with the Bluecoat.

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  • Not suitable for children

Website

http://www.thebluecoat.org.uk

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LightNight at the Bluecoat

  • 15 May 2015 5-10pm

The Bluecoat opens 17.00—22.00 with a series of exhibitions as part of LOOK/15. Enjoy live musical performances through the night in the garden including 20 Stories High and a Big Band. Upstairs enjoy New World refreshments and DJ-ing. Visitors are invited to join exhibition tours throughout the evening alongside print and digital workshops behind the scenes.

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  • Not suitable for children

Website

http://www.thebluecoat.org.uk

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