The Bluecoat

The Bluecoat
School Lane, Liverpool, Merseyside, L1 3BX
  • Telephone 0151 702 5324
  • Opening times Mon–Sat 8am–6pm; Sun 10am–6pm. Galleries open daily 10am–6pm.
  • Seasonal times Closed 25 & 26 Dec and 1 Jan.
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  • Website www.thebluecoat.org.uk
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The Bluecoat

A Grade I listed built in 1716-17, the Bluecoat offers a year-round programme of visual art, literature, music, dance and live art.

Originally a school, Bluecoat Chambers in School Lane, is the oldest surviving building in central Liverpool.

Following the school's move in 1906, the building was used initially by the Sandon Studios Society, an artists collective, then subsequently came the formation of the Bluecoat Society of Arts in 1927. It is widely considered to be the oldest arts centre in the United Kingdom and is now simply called The Bluecoat.

The potter, Julia Carter Preston had a studio in the Bluecoat for many decades.

Events at this venue

There are 11 events at this location

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Art At The Heart Of Bluecoat

This exhibition explores the central role of art at Bluecoat, which started over a century ago, through key personalities, exhibitions and organisations that found a home here, contributing to the unique history of the UK's oldest arts centre.

Mon 27 Mar

Free / 0151 702 5324

Tue 28 Mar

Free / 0151 702 5324

Wed 29 Mar

Free / 0151 702 5324

…and 9 more dates until 8 Apr

The Gathering

A space for musicians to meet and play together on a monthly basis.

Wed 12 Apr

Free / 0151 702 5324

House Of Suarez: Elements Of Vogue

Vogueing, for the uninitiated, is an underground dance style that emerged in the late 1980s inspired by Madonna's classic pop hit. Darren Suarez attended the Northern School of Contemporary Dance and his company brings the forgotten styles of Liverpool's vogue dance scene back into public view.

Sat 15 Apr

£10 / 0151 702 5324

Larissa Sansour: In The Future, They Ate From The Finest Porcelain

The exhibition by the Palestinian artist uses live motion and CGI to explore the role of myth for history, fact and national identity.

…and 48 more dates until 24 Jun

Louisa Martin

The project follows two years of research and studio development into atypical modes of perception, exploring the deep-seated connection between the mind and the sense organs of the body. The work will extend the new sculptural techniques first developed for work shown at Cubitt, London in 2016, which featured edge-lit…

Fri 5 May

Free / 0151 702 5324

Sat 6 May

Free / 0151 702 5324

Sun 7 May

Free / 0151 702 5324

…and 48 more dates until 24 Jun

Messe de Liverpool

In 1967, musique concrete composer Pierre Henry was commissioned to compose an electronic mass for Liverpool's new Cathedral. He never completed it, but 50 years on his design partner and engineer Thierry Balasse performs it as a live mix.

Sat 13 May

Prices to be confirmed / 0151 702 5324

Part of 50 Summers of Love.

New Writing: Poetry Reading

Mersey Sound authors Roger McGough and Brian Patten join Paul Farley, Derlyn Rees-Jones, Eleanor Rees, Lizzie Nunnery and Andrew McMillan for an evening of new writing.

Fri 16 Jun

£10 (£7) / 0151 702 5324

Part of 50 Summers of Love.

Physical Fest Workshops

Physical theatre workshop.

Fri 26 May

Prices vary / 07813 301517

Sat 27 May

Prices vary / 07813 301517

Sun 28 May

Prices vary / 07813 301517

…and 6 more dates until 3 Jun

Public View

Bluecoat Artistic Director Bryan Biggs curates the exhibition that features works by 100 artists who have previously exhibited at the venue, including John Akomfrah, Sonia Boyce, Jeremy Deller, John Latham, Mark Leckey, Elizabeth Magill, Yoko Ono and Yinka Shonibare.

Mon 27 Mar

Free / 0151 702 5324

Tue 28 Mar

Free / 0151 702 5324

Wed 29 Mar

Free / 0151 702 5324

…and 25 more dates until 23 Apr

Sean Halligan: Bluecoat Circumstantia (1986-2016)

The artist presents 300 of his images taken around the building and he talks about the photographs and the hidden stories some of them reveal.

Wed 19 Apr

Young Fest

A weekend of free workshops and performances from Liverpool-based artists. Suitable for families.

Sat 22 Apr

Times to be confirmed / Free / 0151 702 5324

Sun 23 Apr

Times to be confirmed / Free / 0151 702 5324

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