Liverpool's centre for the contemporary arts


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Located in the heart of Liverpool's shopping district, the Bluecoat houses a number of specialist independent retailers offering an eclectic range of beautifully designed handmade and unique products.

Stocking the best in contemporary craft, design, music, fashion and homewares, the shops at the Bluecoat should be your first destination in the city for the unique and the unusual. Use the links on the left hand side and below to see what each of our ten retailers make, sell and do.

the Bluecoat Display Centre
Kernaghan Books
R&J Porter - silversmiths and engravers
The Painted Chair
Probe Records
J.H. Benson & Co
Spellbound Hair & Beauty
Myne Boutique

Philip Courtenay: 25 Years on from LODE

Philip Courtenay: 25 Years on from LODE

25 years ago, a group of teenagers from Yellow House carried a procession of wooden crates from the Albert Dock to Bluecoat. Each crate held special cargo, a memento from countries dotting an invisible line around the globe. The line, drawn by artist Philip Courtenay, connected Liverpool and Hull.

Beginnings of Bluecoat

Beginnings of Bluecoat

As Liverpool city centre’s oldest building and part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site, Bluecoat will celebrate 300 years in 2017. But what are the origins of the Queen Anne style building which is now recognised as a leading centre for the contemporary arts? Sophie Jones, PhD Candidate in Early American History at the University of Liverpool, finds out.

Who was the architect of the Bluecoat?

Who was the architect of the Bluecoat?

The Bluecoat is the oldest building in central Liverpool, dating from 1717. Now Britain’s oldest arts centre, it began life as a charity school, built in the Queen Anne style. The award-winning refurbishment of this Grade One listed building for Liverpool’s European Capital of Culture in 2008 was by Rotterdam-based practice, Biq Architecten. But who was the architect of the original early 18th century building? Wouldn’t it be fantastic to find out who designed this architectural gem, in time for the 300th birthday celebrations of the building in 2017?

Ten things you didn't know about the Bluecoat

Built almost 300 years ago, the Bluecoat is the oldest building in Liverpool city centre. It lives up to its billing as ‘Liverpool’s centre for the contemporary arts’, through regular visual art exhibitions, dance, music, literature and live art events.

The Bluecoat Leading up to the First World War

The Bluecoat Leading up to the First World War

As we welcome the giants' return to Liverpool-  we reflect on our own history during the First World War.

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 |

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