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Residencies at Bluecoat
Bluecoat Residency Programme
Bluecoat hosts year-round residencies across art forms and disciplines which support the research, development and dissemination of art and ideas. This includes the UK’s first Philosopher In Residence (2013-15) in collaboration with the University of Liverpool when the organisation engaged with Dr Yiota Vassilopoulou in pioneering a public philosophy programme at Bluecoat. The aim of this residency was to explore how philosophy could be used for the benefit of the audiences, artists and art institutions.
After the success of Yiota’s residency, Bluecoat continues to connect the public with philosophically charged workshops, debates and guest lectures and, in 2017 welcomes our first Sociologist in Residence 2017 - senior lecturer from the University of Liverpool Dr Paul Jones. Paul will carry out sociological inquiry via a programme of events across the year that look at the urban environment, allowing the public to take part in a free weekly seminar. His focus is on the city of Liverpool, how it changes over time in comparison to other global cities and contemporary notions of public and private space. He will also interrogate the civic value of art venues such as Bluecoat, who as part of their work seek to reflect and bring about social change. This on-going strand of 'thinkers in residence' provides Bluecoat, its artists and public with access to new bodies of knowledge and their application to everyday life.
Current artists in residence at Bluecoat include poet and artist Sean Borodale, Bluecoat’s first Artist/Writer in Residence in partnership with Trinity College Cambridge and supported by Arts Council England and the Slade School of Art. Sean's residency brings together his visual and textual practice and focuses on research for a new topographical work written across Liverpool, using Joyce's novel Ulysses as means to map contemporary Liverpool.
Also in residence across 2017-2019 are three members of long term studio holders at Bluecoat, Liverpool Improvisation Collective (LIC), Mary Prestige, Jo Blowers and Paula Hampson with Andrea Buckley and Siobhan Davies Dance amongst a number of guest artists spending time in the building. Mary, Jo and Paula are currently part way through INHABIT, an embedded residency which aims to engage new audiences with new dance, made possible by the generous support of the Esmee Fairbairn Foundation.
Previous residency artists include Leasho Johnson and Di-Andre Caprice Davies (2017) in collaboration with New Local Space, Kingston Jamaica and RWA Bristol; Anne Harild (2015) in partnership with arma and the Alexandra Reinhardt Memorial Award and Jamie Shovlin and Samantha Donnelley (2014) in residence with Bluecoat Print.