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Frances Disley 'Pattern Buffer'

  • Fri, 13 Mar 2020 - Sun, 01 Nov 2020
  • 11.00 AM - 4.00 PM

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. 

Pattern Buffer explores the potential of the gallery space to create a restorative environment. Relaxing film works combine with specially selected plants and comfortable seating to create a welcoming setting focused on the wellbeing of the visitor. 

The exhibition features an alternative mindfulness guide; hairdressing as video art, and plants which survive from moisture in the air. The grid of the Holodeck, a device from Star Trek (The Next Generation) covers the gallery floor and walls, inviting participants to engage with different fantasy environments. 

Pattern Buffer originally opened 12 March 2020 and the artist has since removed certain tactile elements including handpainted cushions and plant jigsaws to minimse contact with surfaces along with Covid guidance. The newly adapted installation however still remains a complete and immersive environment. Disley has introduced a new ambient soundtrack of relaxing forest and beach sounds. A guided visualisation will also play at regular intervals throughout the day. 

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Our galleries are open from Thursday 30th July and will be open Thursday - Saturday from 11am - 4pm

Entry is free but we will be operating timed ticketing. We recommend you prebook to avoid disappointment, as numbers will be limited to ensure social distancing. Click here to book your visit to Bluecoat now

The health and safety of our visitors is our top priority. For more details on how we’re reopening, including the measures we are taking in line with government guidance on Covid-19, read our blog.

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.

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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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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