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Light Night Liverpool 2014

  • Fri, 16 May 2014
  • 4.00 PM - 11.00 PM

Late Night gallery opening, plus activities across the building, including printmaking demonstrations, music, food and bar.

Around the building our independent shops are also staying open late and the BBQ in the garden will be serving up baps and beers.

4pm - 9pm
Juniper Press Open Studio
Juniper Press is a new letterpress facility at the Bluecoat, offering courses, workshops and supported studio sessions. Discover the beauty and fascination of traditional letterpress printing! See type being set by hand and printed on a Victorian hand-press!

Free, just turn up

4pm - 9pm
Landbaby: Maidolls exhibition

"When people look at my work I would like them to be reminded of their younger selves, to a less complicated time, and to always bring a smile."   Melodie 2014 

Mixed media artist Melodie Stacey from Brighton initially trained in Fine Art, specialising in painting. In recent years she decided to try other mediums, this resulted in her branching into doll making, sewing and papercrafts. Her paper mache faces and cloth dolls are an extension of her my drawings and paintings, bringing them into a more tactile form.

Exhibition continues 10am - 6pm, open Tues-Sat, until 26 Jun.

Library: Find Your #selfie
Selfies are the cultural mark of this generation. From the White House to an to an ordinary house, from the Oscars to a party we’re comforting ourselves by snapping aselfie. The phenomena made it into the Oxford Dictionary and soon became word of the year in 2013. How did the selfie become such a big part of everyday life?

This event is about making, showing, viewing, and talking about how we represent ourselves, interact, and communicate with one another to create a personal social bubble.

What do your selfies say about you? Which self do you capture? Bring your smart phone and enjoy being your Self!

Hub: The Negligent Eye Workshop
Come and find us in the Hub on Light Night and join in with our experimental interactive draw-athon linked to the Negligent Eye exhibition. 

We will explore the human memory and human error, and our inability to accurately replicate a drawing from memory (or even by copying something in front of us) unlike most technology which can duplicate and copy images almost exactly. 

6pm - 10pm
Galleries: The Negligent Eye 
30 UK and international artists focus on scanning and the impact of digital technology in contemporary art. Curated by Jo Stockham, the Royal College of Art’s Head of Printmaking, it features prints, sculptures, videos and installations.

6pm - 8pm
During the night there will be special scanning and printing workshop activities in the Library

6pm - 8pm
Hub: Explore
Creative activities for families inspired by The Negligent Eye exhibition. Visit some of the artworks in our gallery and then create your own related pieces of art with help from our artist facilitator. 

6pm - 8pm 
Bistro: Carmel College Exhibition Opening
Life through a digital lens: How has technology changed throughout your lifetime?  An exhibition of work created by Carmel College students in response to The Negligent Eye.

6.30pm - 8pm 
Sandon Room: Tmesis Theatre Drawing workshop
Join Tmesis Theatre for a unique drawing experience.

6.30pm - 10pm 
Garden: Music at the Bluecoat
Live acoustic music outdoors (weather permitting – otherwise indoors) with a range of local performers, including The Halcyon Syncopators big band of like-minded south Liverpool musicians who love playing dance music from the 1930s to the 1960s.

Visitors can also see The Choir with No Name, performing 7pm-7.30pm. The singers are homeless people and other men and women from the edges of society, founded on the premise that singing makes you feel good. The choir meets and rehearses regularly at the Bluecoat. Read their latest e-newsletter here!

Family friendly.

4pm - 7.30pm
Toy Story
The ‘Toy Story’ exhibition (9 May – 28 June 2014) will feature the work of toy makers who employ traditional techniques which encourage children to engage and interact with toys and to use their imaginations. The exhibition is also intended for the enjoyment of families, who may discover toys, which will be loved and enjoyed for generations.

Exclusively for LightNight we will launch a new Paper Doll cut-out figure designed by the Bluecoat-based artist and Toy Story exhibitor Annabel Little exclusively available to try and buy at the Bluecoat Display Centre.

6pm - 11pm
Come and visit the UK’s premier violin maker Michael Phoenix, working by candlelight in the manner of the great 17th Century Italian Cremonese master Antonio Stradivari. In the Bluecoat Garden Workshop.

7pm - 9.30pm
Performance Space: 20 Stories High: HEADZ and JAM
Liverpool’s acclaimed 20 Stories High Young Actor’s Company present a special night at the Bluecoat.

A reading of extracts from their forthcoming show. Chronicling the lives and stories of young people in the UK today, HEADZ is a series of bold, provocative monologues written by award-winning Keith Saha for 20 Stories High. Join the young actors as they share their work-in-progress in advance of
the premier of the show at the Playhouse in July.

Live Music, Open Mic, Slam Poetry, Club Tunes.

Calling all Young Poets, MCs, Musicians, Singers, Actors, Beat Boxers and Dancers! Join 20 Stories High Young Actors, and some very special guests, at this exciting Light Night jam. The event will be a mixture of performances from new and emerging artists.

To guarantee a performance slot please get in touch: / 0151 708 9728.

Free, just turn up.

Sandon Room: Tmesis Theatre Jam

8pm - 9.30pm
Hub: Big Sing with Sense of Sound
Come and see the wonderful a cappella choir, Sense of Sound Singers perform some of their contemporary repertoire. There will also be an opportunity to join in with some group singing if you so wish. This event promises to be inspiring, joyous, uplifting and will most certainly leave you wanting more.

Book your places by emailing

Front Courtyard: Projection
A light projection will shine a spotlight on the Bluecoat. The dazzling projection will pay tribute the centenary commemorations of World War One, and in particular how the war was seen and reported on the Home Front.

The First World War was the first total war, with the whole nation mobilised to fight. Men joined the army while women took over their jobs. The government asked for 100,000 volunteers, but got 750,000 in just one month. The projections convey the sense of optimism for the war through archive photographs, postcards, newspapers and more.

The light projection will be accompanied by the voice of David Charters, the Bard of Birkenhead, who is reading his play ‘A Dream of Wildfred Owen’. The play considers and imagines several phases of the life of Wilfred Owen, one of the greatest voices from the First World War, whose poetry still endures today.

Read more... 'LightNight Secret Projection Locations Announced'


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