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R&J Porter presents Bluecoat with custom made silver dish marking the end of its 300th year

As 2017 draws to a close, Bluecoat reflects on its 300th year, which has included an anniversary exhibition drawing on the building’s history as the UK’s first arts centre and #300facts, a digital campaign delving into the organisation’s pivotal role in Liverpool’s rich cultural history.

The landmark year will be remembered on Tuesday 19 December with the presentation of a silver dish specially created by world-class Liverpool-based silversmith, R&J Porter, famous for engraving the winning Grand National trophies.

It’s a double celebration for Bluecoat and R&J Porter, as the master-silversmith and engraver is celebrating 25 years as part of the arts centre’s creative community – a vibrant cohort of independent artists and retailers housed within the building and courtyard.

Having been in the trade for forty years and owning their own business for twenty, Bob, supported by his wife Joan, have undertaken a variety of silversmithery, including engraving many famous sporting cups. At Aintree, for instance, Bob is always on hand to engrave the trophies from the winning line. 

The silversmith also designs jewellery and homeware, which are on display in the Porters’ shop, one of ten specialist independent retailers at Bluecoat stocking the best in contemporary craft, design, music, fashion and homewares. 

Bluecoat Chief Executive, Mary Cloake, said: "We have been delighted with the public’s response to our 300th anniversary programme, which has included events, exhibitions, and even a royal visit. Our current exhibition, In the Peaceful Dome, has been the perfect finale to our celebrations, and we are delighted that R&J Porter have chosen to create a beautiful and important piece of silver wear to mark the occasion. Our creative community is hugely important to us, and we want to thank R&J Porter for choosing Bluecoat as their retail platform for the last 25 years, and we are pleased to celebrate with them.”

Image: © Brian Roberts


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