Liverpool's centre for the contemporary arts

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Liverpool’s centre for the contemporary arts, the Bluecoat showcases talent across visual art, music, dance, live art and literature.

As the oldest building in Liverpool’s city centre, the Bluecoat houses a creative community of...

Liverpool Biennial 2016

Liverpool Biennial 2016

As part of their ninth edition, Liverpool Biennial jointly present with Bluecoat a series of new commissions by Irish artistDennis McNulty under the title Homo Gestalt. These include a data driven installation in Bluecoat’s Vide, a digital app and an off-site performance work set around New Hall Place, a 1970s 13-storey brutalist style office located in Liverpool’s commercial district.  

McNulty is interested in regulatory systems - mechanical, technological, managerial, financial, biological, cognitive, social – and how their structures, constraints, and possibilities affect our behaviours and environment. For this new body of work he draws on fictional and real world sources. These include More than Human by science-fiction writer Theodore Sturgeon which describes a scenario in which multiple humans blend their abilities to act as a single organism. McNulty pairs this idea with the ‘multinode’, a concept developed by pioneering cyberneticist Stafford Beer to describe a collective biological or machinic decision-making entity. The result is Homo Gestalt, a collective technology that is performed into existence by the participation of audience members.

Bloomberg New Contemporaries

Bloomberg New Contemporaries

New Contemporaries is recognised nationally and internationally as a reliable barometer of future trends in art. Since 1949 New Contemporaries has profiled emerging talent from the UK’s art schools through an annual open submission exhibition. Past exhibitors include Ed Atkins, Helen Chadwick, David Hockney, Chris Ofili and Simon Starling. New Contemporaries is a partner of Liverpool Biennial and has maintained a presence in the city at every Biennial since its foundation in 1998.

At Bluecoat, Bloomberg New Contemporaries 2016 features 46 artists chosen by guest selectors Anya GallaccioAlan Kane and Haroon Mirza. From Richie Moment’s high octane, satirical videos to Michael Cox’s detailed paintings of urban architecture, Bloomberg New Contemporaries shows the diverse approaches of emerging artists working today. Social, cultural and environmental changes to the world around us are represented in the show, with artists reflecting on geo-political turmoil, cultural legacies and environmental concerns. Bloomberg New Contemporaries 2016 is accompanied by a fully illustrated publication, and the exhibition will travel to the Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA), London in November 2016.

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Every Saturday in the Hub,

1-4pm

Free

Join the Bluecoat's Engagment team for free, fun creative activies for all the family.

Sean Borodale: Artist-Writer in residence 2016

Sean Borodale: Artist-Writer in residence 2016

Friday, 01 Apr 2016 - Friday, 31 Mar 2017

Liverpool based poet and artist Sean Borodale will be Bluecoat’s Artist-Writer in Residence over ...

Baby Book Club

Baby Book Club

Tuesday, 19 Apr 2016 - Wednesday, 29 Jun 2016

// It's never too early to start reading together! Our popular Baby Book Club ...

  • Tickets: £33 for 11 sessions
Summer Sessions

Summer Sessions

Friday, 20 May 2016 - Friday, 29 Jul 2016

Join us throughout the summer for music, drinks and snacks in our fabulous garden, ...

  • Tickets: Free, drop in
Storytellers

Storytellers

Saturday, 04 Jun 2016 - Saturday, 23 Jul 2016

Workshops for sharing and developing your storytelling technique. Sessions may be drop in or ...

Liverpool Improvisation Collective presents CI Sundays

Liverpool Improvisation Collective presents CI Sundays

Sunday, 05 Jun 2016 - Sunday, 07 Aug 2016

These monthly sessions are designed for people interested in movement and improvisation, either as ...

The Gathering

The Gathering

Wednesday, 08 Jun 2016 - Wednesday, 13 Jul 2016

A monthly space for musicians to meet and improvise together. Wed 8 Jun / 13 ...

  • Tickets: Free, booking required

About the Bluecoat

Liverpool’s centre for the contemporary arts, Bluecoat showcases talent across visual art, music, dance, live art and literature. As the most ...

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Sun 11.00am - 6.00pm

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