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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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What to expect this season with Bluecoat

It's been a busy start to our 300th anniversary celebrations, and as we begin to take down the work of the 106 artists involved in Public View, our Chief Executive Mary Cloake wanted to tell you what you can expect from the next three months of our ambitious programming. There is a lot of things to experience and ways to get involved at Bluecoat over the next few months, from exhibitions, events, collaborations and through our My Bluecoat project. Find out more below.

This season Bluecoat’s 300th anniversary progamme continues with a range of exhibitions and events featuring artists who work with areas of knowledge from outside the arts.

Larissa Sansour, In the Future, They Ate From the Finest Porcelain, © Larissa Sansour. Video still.


In Larissa Sansour’s exhibition In the Future, They Ate from the Finest Porcelain, which has an award-winning film at its heart, the artist draws on archaeology to explore the concept of a future civilisation. On show at the same time, Louisa Martin: Proxy reflects the artist’s research into atypical experiences of embodiment, and a continued interest in pataphysics, or the science of imaginary solutions, originated by French playwright Alfred Jarry (1873-1907).

In July, following its successful national tour, Siobhan Davies Dance’s material / rearranged / to / be takes over the gallery spaces with an installation and performances focusing on the body, inspired by neuroscientific research.


Siobhan Davies Dance, material / rearranged / to / be, Photo by Ian Gavan/Getty


As Bluecoat is the oldest building in central Liverpool, architecture features across the year, and is reflected in our ongoing heritage display, Bluecoat at the Heart of Liverpool Culture, and is the focus of discussion events that include the architect of our new arts wing, Hans van der Heijden.

On Sat 13 May, our major music event for 2017, Pierre Henry: The Liverpool Mass, takes place at Liverpool’s Metropolitan Cathedral. This electronic composition is being presented with a new sound design created especially for the interior of this striking brutalist building, for which it was composed 50 years ago.


Image adapted from Pierre Henry Messe de Liverpool record cover (1970, Philips), a design based on graphics produced for the Metropolitan Cathedral of Christ the King opening celebrations, 1967.


Another half-century anniversary is being marked with an evening of new writing from contemporary poets made in response to influential 1967 anthology The Mersey Sound.

Programme details are on our website for all our events, including Liverpool Arab Arts Festival, which has a long association with Bluecoat, and activities organised with our Sociologist in Residence, Dr Paul Jones.

Finally, as part of our 300th anniversary celebrations you can tell us your Bluecoat stories by participating in our ongoing My Bluecoat heritage project. Share your memories of Bluecoat with us by posting on social media with the hashtag #MyBluecoat, emailing us at or filling out a card when you’re next in our building.

We hope you can join us this season as we continue to celebrate Bluecoat’s landmark 300th anniversary year.


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