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Winter programme highlights at Bluecoat

As our successful summer exhibition Abacus closes, Bluecoat Chief Executive Mary Cloake looks forward to our next exhibition, In the Peaceful Dome, and takes us through a few highlights from our winter programme of events.


Concluding our 300th birthday celebration, autumn promises a rich mix of exhibitions, performances and talks intended to highlight how our past shapes our future.

Gallery exhibition, In the Peaceful Dome, its title taken from a 1770 description of Bluecoat by William Roscoe, brings together art works old and new that reflect on our history as central Liverpool’s oldest building and the UK’s first arts centre. Jacob Epstein’s Genesis, first shown here in 1931 when thousands paid to see this controversial sculpture, returns to take central position in our gallery, alongside artworks spanning our history.

Many people crowdfunded to help us bring Genesis to Liverpool. Building on this, we are launching The Bluecoat Society membership scheme offering a range of benefits. Members will support artists and our participation work and help maintain our beautiful building. Over 50 artists have generously donated to our online fundraising auction - see what’s on offer from 16 October, with bidding starting on the 23rd. We also welcome back the popular Liverpool Print Fair.

As we approach the end of our 300 days’ celebration, there is still plenty to enjoy. Our heritage programme includes a focus on the impact of the slave trade on Liverpool and our building’s development, and is accompanied by Elaine Mitchener’s powerful performance, SWEET TOOTH.  Sociologist Dr Paul Jones concludes his Bluecoat residency with a talk with Guardian writer Lynsey Hanley, while acclaimed dancer Russell Dumas and children’s comedy company Funny Looking Kids offer creative opportunities to join in.

Thank you to our supporters and, if you are new to Bluecoat, we hope you will find something to enjoy and be inspired by as we near the end of a hugely successful tercentenary year.

Image: Bluecoat © Brian Roberts
Image: Bluecoat Print Fair, Spring 2017
Image: Elaine Mitchener, Spill Festival of Performance, photo by Guido Mencari 2016


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