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Bluecoat Reopening Information

Bluecoat Reopening Information

Bluecoat is open!

Our galleries will be available for visits from Thursday 30th July and will be open Thursday - Saturday from 11am - 4pm. Click here to read more about our reopening information. 

Click here to book your visit

Click here to book your visit

We're open Wed 28 Oct - Sun 1 Nov, 11am - 4pm 

Stop by our free exhibitions or grab a kids lunch box in our cafe. 

We’re operating a timed ticketing system to ensure social distancing. 

Book your visit to Bluecoat

Book your visit to Bluecoat

Bluecoat is open 11am-4pm Thursdays - Saturdays.

In order to ensure social distancing we are encouraging visitors to pre-book their visit wherever possible. 

Whilst we will always do our best to accommodate visitors, we recommend you pre-book in order to guarantee your visit at your preferred time.

Click here to book your visit. 

For more information, including a list of FAQs, click here.

We are taking part in the NHS Test and Trace service. The data we collect at the time of your booking, or entry to our building, is to support this programme and would only be shared with the NHS if an outbreak of Covid was identified from someone who had visited Bluecoat. Data is held for 21 days and will not be used for any purpose other than Test and Trace.  

Bluecoat, Liverpool: The UK's First Arts Centre

Bluecoat, Liverpool: The UK's First Arts Centre

Bluecoat has been at the heart of Liverpool’s cultural life for three centuries. We’re delighted that a book telling its fascinating story is now published. Bluecoat, Liverpool: The UK’s First Arts Centre charts the building’s transition from eighteenth-century charity school to pioneering centre for the arts.

Get your copy here or from your local book store.


Jonathan Baldock: Facecrime

Jonathan Baldock: Facecrime

The main installation contains a landscape of ceramic columns inspired by cuneiform-inscribed tablets - an early system of writing - dating from 2500BC. Baldock’s version presents an alternative history of clay as a tool of communication; his ceramic columns feature expressive faces, emoji symbols and make audible groans, whistles and chuckles through concealed speakers. The columns are also adorned with weaving, basketry and glass drawn from different eras of labour, folklore and storytelling like an archeological find from a parallel universe.

Give the Gift of Membership

Give the Gift of Membership

Gift a Bluecoat Membership to someone special for just £35.

Treat someone you love to exclusive members only experiences, priority booking for selected events, 10% discount at Espresso Cafe and selected onsite retailers and more.

Share your stories

Share your stories

Tell us your memories of Bluecoat and be featured on our archive website.

www.mybluecoat.org.uk

My Bluecoat

My Bluecoat

A new online archive which brings Bluecoat’s 300 year history to life. Visit mybluecoat.org.uk to learn more

Celebrate your special event at Bluecoat

Celebrate your special event at Bluecoat

Free room hire with a minimum spend on food. 

With over 300 years of history, our Grade 1 listed building is full of character and charm, with various spaces and services which can be tailored to suit any occasion and budget. 

Weddings at Bluecoat

Weddings at Bluecoat

If you’re searching for a wedding venue with a difference, look no further than Bluecoat in Liverpool.

dot-art Art Classes

dot-art Art Classes

Friday, 01 Nov 2019 - Sunday, 22 Nov 2020

dot-art run a programme of art classes and courses for adults, in a wide range ...

New Art Bluecoat

New Art Bluecoat

Friday, 13 Mar 2020 - Sunday, 01 Nov 2020

Our Vide space is hosting exhibitions about Bluecoat’s long history as an ...

Jonathan Baldock 'Facecrime'

Jonathan Baldock 'Facecrime'

Friday, 13 Mar 2020 - Sunday, 01 Nov 2020

Installation view: Jonathan Baldock, Facecrime, solo exhibition, Camden Arts Centre, London,2019. Courtesy the artist and ...

Frances Disley 'Pattern Buffer'

Frances Disley 'Pattern Buffer'

Friday, 13 Mar 2020 - Sunday, 01 Nov 2020

As part of Bluecoat’s ongoing commitment to supporting outstanding Northern artists, we are ...

Celebrating Liverpool’s Black Artists - Sumuyya Khader

Celebrating Liverpool’s Black Artists - Sumuyya Khader

Tuesday, 06 Oct 2020 - Sunday, 25 Oct 2020

Bluecoat is delighted to host a new project organised by Liverpool based artist ...

Sean Edwards 'Undo Things Done'

Sean Edwards 'Undo Things Done'

Saturday, 05 Dec 2020 - Sunday, 21 Feb 2021

Sean Edwards, Undo Things Done, installation view February 2020, Ty Pawb, Wrexham. Wales in ...

About the Bluecoat

Bluecoat is Liverpool’s centre for the contemporary arts, the oldest in the UK. Our landmark building, located in the ...

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