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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 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
Spellbound Hair & Beauty
Dressology by Cristiana

Weekly Blog 15: Artists and the Bluecoat Building

This week's blog will be the last in our series dedicated to My Bluecoat, as we look ahead to the reopening of our building later this summer. We'll be keeping our website and social media updated with all our reopening information, or subscribe to our newsletter to be the first to hear all our news.  

Please do continue to explore the My Bluecoat website and if there's anything you would like to share with us, we would love to hear from you! Just get in touch using this form.

Bluecoat is a special place for many people. We have collected some of their stories for the website.

Cy & Jeannie Powell are volunteers who, until moving to Yorkshire recently, tended our garden, and Cy was also a Bluecoat board member. Former Director of Bluecoat Display Centre Maureen Bampton talks about ceramicist Julia Carter Preston who had a studio at Bluecoat for many years.







Click here to see Cy and Jeannie Powell's story







Click here to see Julia Carter Preston's story

If you have your own Bluecoat story or material that you’d like to share, you can submit it here.

Bluecoat Events Brochures 

This week’s featured collection from the website is our events brochures, covering arts programmes from the past 40 years. There are a few of these from earlier, but from 1980 onwards virtually all are included.

You can browse the scanned pages to see how the exhibitions, performances and other activities were developed over this period – together with the changing style and design of the brochures.

Artists respond to Bluecoat's history and building 

Many artists over the years have responded to Bluecoat and its history as a charity school, or its 100+ years as an arts centre, or the fabric of the building itself. This ‘site-specificity’ has contributed to some memorable artworks, exhibitions, installations and performances, a selection of which are presented in this slideshow.

You can discover more about the building's connections to transatlantic slavery here and the school's philanthropic origins and educational life in The Blue Coat School collection here.

This week’s posters, selected by our Artistic Director Bryan Biggs, feature literature events at Bluecoat. Together they offer a snapshot of literature at the arts centre, which has been hosting poets, novelists, short story writers, historians and others who publish, throughout its long history as an arts centre. View the selection here.

You can explore the Bluecoat Posters collection here. If you find one you especially like tell us on Twitter.

Homeschool Role-Play

Over recent years, artists have reflected on Bluecoat's history as a school and what life was like for the children who attended.

This activity will refresh children's memories on what school life is like today, whilst contrasting that with the experiences of children from 200 years ago. With routines, roles and environments changing dramatically in the last few months due to lockdown, role-play can help children make sense of change and ease the transition back into school life.

Follow along with our how-to guide for tips, guidance and prompts to create a rich, enabling imaginative school space at home.

There are 300 facts on the site about Bluecoat's fascinating history. 

Click here to see this week's.

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