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Summer programme highlights at Bluecoat

We're halfway through our 300th anniversary programme and we've had plenty of memorable moments, exhibitions, and special events so far. However, we don't have time to rest yet. Below our Chief Executive Mary Cloake tells us more about what you can expect from Bluecoat over the summer, and how our spring programme fits into our celebrations. Find out more below.


Half way through Bluecoat’s tercentenary year, we are delighted that so many people have supported our exhibitions, displays, performances and events – on and off site - or simply come to enjoy our building, the oldest in central Liverpool.

We continue over the summer with a diverse programme representing some of the best contemporary art. The focus of our new exhibition, Abacus, is on children and families, as our galleries are transformed into spaces for play and performance. A series of workshops and drop-in sessions provide other opportunities to join in, and Liverpool artist Emily Speed invites you to dress up in her specially designed costumes and explore a gallery scaled for children.

For our annual celebration of Merseyside-born writer Malcolm Lowry we are collaborating with Liverpool John Moores University on a conference in July marking the 70th anniversary of his great novel Under the Volcano. This will be accompanied by a new live art performance commissioned specially for the occasion from artists Alan Dunn, Martin Heslop and Geoff Young relating to Lowry’s Wirral birthplace.

My Bluecoat is our year-long heritage participation project telling Bluecoat’s fascinating story, from school to arts centre. Alongside a changing display about our history, we are marking our 300th birthday in September with a week of talks, tours, displays and activities for the whole family.

With our popular garden, distinctive architecture, food and drink offer, and lively arts activities, we hope you will join us at Bluecoat over the Summer.


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