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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: Jeweller, Silversmith, Commissions & Hand Engraver
Root Houseplants & Mary Mary Florists
Probe Records
J.H. Benson & Co
Spellbound Hair & Beauty

Dressology by Cristiana


What does your character want?

Phil Olsen is currently studying for a Masters in Creative Writing at The University of Manchester’s Centre for New Writing. Phil will be guest blogging for Bluecoat throughout our Comma Press Short Story course. 

Take our Philosopher in Residence Survey

The University of Liverpool are carrying out a survey into the Philosopher-in-Residence programme that was held at Bluecoat last year.

Arthur Smith on The Value of Laughter

"Laughter is the shortest distance between two people" -- Comedian and writer Arthur Smith discusses the value of laughter as a connecting device, and the mystery behind why we laugh at all.

Who is Vernon Lee?

Who is Vernon Lee?

Hauntings is an afternoon of performances and discussion inspired by the work of Vernon Lee, a pseudonym of the British writer Violet Paget (1856 – 1935), devised by Sally Blackburn, doctoral researcher at University of Liverpool and Marie-Anne McQuay, Head of Programme, Bluecoat. The event also features Dr Sondeep Kandola (LJMU English) with contributions from artist/writers Maria Fusco and Nathan Jones

Sean Borodale: Bluecoat’s new Artist-Writer-in-Residence from May 2016 to March 2017

Sean Borodale: Bluecoat’s new Artist-Writer-in-Residence from May 2016 to March 2017

We are delighted to announce that poet and artist Sean Borodale has been invited to be our first Artist-Writer in residence. Sean Borodale works as a poet and artist, making scriptive and documentary poems written on location. His residency is funded by Arts Council England, Trinity College Cambridge and supported by Slade School of Fine Art. 

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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