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Frances Disley 'Pattern Buffer'

  • Fri, 13 Mar 2020 - Sun, 21 Jun 2020
  • 11.00 AM - 6.00 PM

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As part of Bluecoat’s ongoing commitment to supporting outstanding Northern artists, we are pleased to present a solo show by Frances Disley.

As a starting point for her work Disley has previously used the colourways of a high fashion tracksuit to create a moving painting and a community aerobics class as the setting for a dance performance and installation. She is interested in the things we do to feel better about ourselves, while eschewing the elitism found within the self-care industry with its obsessions with conventional beauty, ideal body mass and self-regard. 

For Pattern Buffer, as with many of her previous installations, Disley will layer multi-sensory elements to create an environment that invites gallery visitors to make use of her art works, to pause and rest in comfort in the space, or share a hobby. Reference points for her upcoming solo show Pattern Buffer include dominoes clubs, hair accessories as art, plants which survive from moisture in the air and the Holodeck, a device from the Star Trek science fiction series in which participants engage with different virtual reality environments. 

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Guided Visualisation

Book onto a session in our upper gallery to experience a recorded immersive audio work inspired by guided visualisations. 

Experience it first on the night of the launch, Thu 12 Mar.Then every Wednesday at 12.30pm and on the following dates - Sat  14 Mar, Sat 21 Mar, Sat 04 Apr, Sat 25 Apr, Sat 09 May, Sat 20 Jun.

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More about the artist 

Frances Disley born Warrington, 1976 lives & works in Liverpool. She was a co-director of The Royal Standard 2012-14 and a Liverpool Biennial Associate Artist 2016. 

Her performance installation RRR commissioned by Rule of Threes with Sefton Libraries was acquired by the Arts Council Collection in 2018. Recent exhibitions, projects & performances include: Cucumber Fell in the Sand, Humber Street Gallery, Hull, 2019; Tripleflex, Bluecoat & MDI, Liverpool, 2019; Solo Show, OUTPUT Gallery, Liverpool; 2019, Inner Landscapes, Hilbert Raum, Berlin, 2019; Residency – Activation #1 Turnpike Gallery, Leigh, 2019; We Are Where We Are, BALTIC 39, Newcastle, 2018. 

Pattern Buffer Events

All Pattern Buffer events have been postponed.

Family Workshop: Growing the Future! | Sat 14 Mar, 1-4pm | Free, drop in | More info

Make your own mini dioramas of imaginary green spaces that make us feel calm, excited and creative and think about how we can create wildlife havens in our own backyards.

Green Spaces | Sat 21 Mar, 2pm | Tickets £6/£5 | More info/Book now

Explore the healing properties of green space. Hear from Dr Catherine Thompson as she discusses the connection etween pyschological wellbeing, concentration, decision making and natural environments. With a hands on demonstration of permaculture by Andrea Ku. 

Pattern Buffer Children's Mindfulness Session | Wed 8 Apr, 11am | Tickets: £3 per child, adults go free | More info/Book now

Join us for an hour of calm in the Easter holidays with a session exploring mindfulness and being in the moment. For children aged 4-8. 

Family Workshop: SpaceDeck | Thu 9 Apr, 11am | Free, drop in | More info 

Join artist Frances Disley and build the deck of a spaceship. Suitable for ages 3+

Animal Movement Session | Wed 22 Apr, 7pm | Tickets: £6/£5 | More info/Book now

An active workshop incorporating a range of movement inspired by animals. Connect to your body in a new and primal way with movement coach Skoti Pepper.

In conversation: Frances Disley & Tamar Hemmes | Thu 23 Apr, 6pm |Tickets: £4/£3 | More info/Book now

Join artist Frances Disley and Assistant Curator at Tate Liverpool Tamar Hemmes as they discuss Pattern Buffer within the gallery setting.

Pattern Buffer Sound Bath | Wed 29 Apr, 7pm | Tickets: £6/£5 | More info/Book now

Join us for a relaxing and energising workshop led by Angela Hassall, using voice, gongs, singing bowls and breathing techniques to focus the mind and soothe the soul.

Kung Fu Moving, Meditation and Mindfulness | Thu 7 May, 7pm | Tickets £6/£5 | More info/Book now

In this taster session, learn how sequences used within Kung Fu can focus the mind and help bring a sense of calm. 



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