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

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.

Print Club

  • 16 October 2015 6-8pm
  • 20 October 2015 6-8pm
  • 3 November 2015 6-8pm
  • 17 November 2015 6-8pm

Fortnightly print workshop on a Tuesday evening, suitable for all levels.

Print Club is a taster session that enables you to build up an understanding of how different techniques work and how some printmaking techniques have similar principles. This is a fun informal way to gain an understanding of printmaking where you will produce a lot of your own prints along the way.


£15 per session


Intro to Screen Printing

  • 28 November 2015 11am-5pm

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

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

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


Exhibition Tour: Niamh O’Malley

  • 10 October 2015 2-3pm

Artist Niamh O’Malley leads a tour of her new solo exhibition Glasshouse. - See more at:


Jewellery Making, with Helen Leigh Dolan - dot-art

  • 13 October — 15 December 2015

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


Artist Talk: Niamh O’Malley & Sean Borodale

  • 15 October 2015 6-7:30pm

Artist Niamh O’Malley discusses her solo exhibition Glasshouse at Bluecoat with artist, writer, poet and Liverpool University Literature Fellow Sean Borodale.


James Joyce: Musician and Poet

  • 20 October 2015 7:30-9:15pm

As part of the Marginal Irish Modernisms strand at this year’s Festival, Professor Matthew Campbell (University of York) and Dr Gerry Smyth (LJMU) will discuss the role of poetry and music in the life of one of Ireland’s greatest prose writers. The event will also feature songs from Dr Smyth’s setting of Joyce’s book of lyrics, Chamber Music (1907).


The Writing on the Wall: A Visual History of North

  • 21 October 2015 7-9pm

The Writing on the Wall is a stunning chronological history of Northern Ireland as told through its wall murals, the iconic images depicting the Troubles, conflicts and struggles of its people across religious and political divides. Beginning with representations of the Irish legend Cúchullain, claimed by both Republicans and Loyalists as a founding father of their respective causes, Stuart Borthwick’s work explores landmark events that have shaped Ireland’s history
the Battle of the Boyne in 1690, the 1916 Easter Rising in Dublin, before focusing on ‘the Troubles’ of more recent memory through chapters dedicated to the formation of Loyalist and Republican paramilitary groups in the late 1960s, the prison protests and hunger strikes of the 1970s and 80s, and the long war of the 1980s and 1990s between the IRA, the British state and armed loyalists.

With 200 of Stuart’s original photographs accompanied by an extensive 30,000 word text, The Writing on the Wall is a valuable addition to our understanding of the Northern Ireland of today. The book launch will explore the Troubles, the politics of modern Ireland, Stuart's photographs and how the book came to fruition. All Welcome.


Alien Sex Club: John Walter Artist’s Talk

  • 30 October 2015 6-7pm

Artist John Walter talks about Alien Sex Club, a multimedia project which explores the relationship between visual culture and HIV today. The aim is to provide audiences with a new vocabulary for understanding and talking about HIV and the factors contributing to its transmission.

Alien Sex Club also involves artists and HIV specialists, clinical academics and scientists working together on three collaborations presented as live events on three consecutive Saturdays.

Walter’s accompanying exhibition is open to the public 30 October to 1 December at Camp & Furnace curated by Ellen Mara de Wachter as part of Homotopia 2015.


Tabletop Printmaking

  • 31 October 2015 11am-5pm

Learn about techniques that require little or no equipment that you can use at home or in the studio.

Printmaking doesn’t always require lots of equipment and there are lots of techniques that you can use either at home or in your studio. As these techniques can be used outside of the studio you can be more experimental with your interpretations of them. If you are a busy person and just want to print at home in your spare time this workshop is also for you. Within this day you will learn about positive monoprinting, linocut and collagraph. No prior experience required and the workshop will differ from intro to Printmaking so feel free to book onto both.




Intermediate Screenprint

  • 7 November 2015 11am-5pm

Explore more advanced image making techniques including halftone photographic stencils.

If you have attended one of our intro to screenprint workshops or have been printing for a while and would like to explore different techniques then this workshop is for you. We will show you how to turn a photographic image into a printable halftone using photoshop and more advanced registration techniques. Some prior experience of screenprint is required for this workshop.




Exhibition Tour: Marie-Anne McQuay

  • 28 November 2015 2-3pm

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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