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Bluecoat Platform

  • Sat, 22 May 2021 - Sun, 26 Sep 2021
  • 11.00 AM - 4.00 PM

Image Credit: Plan for Bluecoat Platform. Image courtesy Simon & Tom Bloor

Launch Fri 21 May as part of LightNight 2021

This spring, explore a new outdoor artwork in our front courtyard, designed by artists Simon & Tom Bloor with children from Bluecoat's Out of the Blue afterschool arts club.

Bluecoat Platform is part of the UK wide Here and Now programme, a celebration of culture within communities as part of the 40th anniversary of the National Lottery. 

This new temporary public art work is inspired by the shapes and structures that the children made in a workshop with the artists. Resembling a scaled-up model of their designs, this playful sculpture creates a physical platform to bring some of Bluecoat’s artistic activities out of the building for you to enjoy this summer. 

Alongside the art work will be a programme of free events for families over the summer, including storytelling, music, comedy for kids and much more, designed to engage children of all ages. These activities are kindly supported by Liverpool City Council Mayoral Inclusive Growth Fund.

Performances are reliant on any government restrictions. More information coming soon. 

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This is one of 40 new projects taking place in and around 40 arts centres as part of Here and Now, a national and local celebration of culture within communities. Supported by Arts Council England and Future Arts Centres, marking the National Lottery’s 25th birthday.

Bluecoat Platform is funded with additional support from Liverpool City Council Mayoral Inclusive Growth Fund and Stowe Family Law.


About Simon & Tom Bloor

Simon & Tom Bloor are twin brothers born in Birmingham where they live and work. They have exhibited previously worked with Bluecoat as part of the 2017 exhibition Abacus, making a hugely popular artwork - a chalk room - that encouraged children to bend conventional gallery rules and draw on the walls of Bluecoat’s gallery. 

Solo exhibitions include THE CITY IS WHERE WE'RE GOING NEXT (Baltic, Gateshead, 2019), Loose Parts, (Whitechapel Gallery, London, 2013) and Hit & Miss (Modern Art Oxford, 2010). Their publicly sited commissions include Structure for the City Observatory (Collective Gallery, Edinburgh, 2016), Ludus Folly, (Southbank Centre, London, 2015) and Hey for Lubberland! (Ikon Gallery, Birmingham, 2009). 

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