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Weekly Blog 15: Artists and the Bluecoat Building

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This week's blog will be the last in our series dedicated to My Bluecoat, as we look ahead to the ...


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Some of Bluecoat's retailers will be open from Monday 15 June. Retailers will be operating reduced opening hours and we recommend you contact individual shops for details. Our galleries, cafe and building remain closed at this time.

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

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. 

From May 2016 – March 2017 Borodale takes up his studio joining other Bluecoat resident artists Rosalind Nashashibi and Common Culture. Borodale’s residency will focus on research for a new topographical work written across Liverpool, using Joyce's novel Ulysses as means to map contemporary Liverpool. He will also produce large-scale screen-printed text-based work and a soundwork for presentation in Bluecoat’s Performance Space. 

Borodale’s residency is part of an on-going programme of support for artists to develop new work which moves between the conventions of visual art and theatre. Recent projects include London-based artist painter, printmaker and editor Melissa Gordon’s Fallible Space (January 2016), commissioned by Bluecoat and funded by The Elephant Trust. Fallible Space extended Gordon’s interest in addressing the exhibition as a ‘theatre in the round’ and involved the staging of Modernist poet Mina Loy’s previously unperformed play Collision (1916) as an installation with live elements. Other projects include Liverpool based visual artist Fran Disley who was supported by Bluecoat to devise her first performance work in collaboration with Alien Sex Club, Homotopia and HIV specialist Dr Valerie Delpech (November 2015). 

Biography: Sean Borodale’s first collection of poetry, Bee Journal, was shortlisted for the Costa Poetry Award and the T.S. Eliot Prize. His documentary poem Mighty Beast was produced for BBC Radio 3’s Between the Ears and won the 2014 Radio Academy Gold Award for Best Feature or Documentary. In 2014 he was selected as one of twenty Next Generation Poets. He has taught at the Slade School of Fine Art, was Guest Artist at the Rijksakademie van beeldende kunsten in Amsterdam, and recently Creative Arts Fellow at Trinity College Cambridge.

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