Liverpool's centre for the contemporary arts

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the Bluecoat

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.

Artist Talk: Franko B

Artist Talk: Franko B

Internationally recognised as a pioneering performance artist, Franko B uses both his body and a punch bag as democratic tools, embodying notions of the personal, political and poetic. Join the artist as he discusses his career over the decades.

 

Franko B will also perform the UK Premiere of his work Milk & Blood at Bluecoat on Thu 28 Jul. 

The performance appropriates the aesthetics of boxing for thirteen two minute rounds of mental and physical endurance. Exploring themes of pain, eroticism, revulsion, ecstasy and masculinity, Franko B’s performance becomes a metaphor for social struggle and the ability to overcome. Book tickets online.

Milk & Blood

Milk & Blood

Milk & Blood appropriates the aesthetics of boxing for thirteen two minute rounds of mental and physical endurance.

Exploring themes of pain, eroticism, revulsion, ecstasy and masculinity, Franko B’s performance becomes a metaphor for social struggle and the ability to overcome.

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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 ...

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 ...

Introduction to Screenprint

Introduction to Screenprint

Saturday, 11 Jun 2016 - Saturday, 20 Aug 2016

Sat 11 Jun / Sat 20 Aug 11am - 5pm Learn how to produce a ...

Print Club

Print Club

Monday, 13 Jun 2016 - Monday, 22 Aug 2016

Print Club offers the opportunity to try your hand at printmaking in an informal ...

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Philosophy in Pubs

Tuesday, 14 Jun 2016 - Tuesday, 23 Aug 2016

Our resident philosophers debate the important questions. All welcome to join in some deep ...

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Scrips

Thursday, 16 Jun 2016 - Thursday, 18 Aug 2016

Informal meetings for those interested in creative writing,from poetry to short story writing. Thu 16 ...

  • Tickets: Free, drop in

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 ...

Opening hours

Mon - Sat 9.00am - 6.00pm
Sun 11.00am - 6.00pm

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0151 702 5324 | info@thebluecoat.org.uk

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