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Highlights from the archives

1990

Sun Ra and his Cosmic Love Arkestra at Bluecoat

1967

Yoko Ono event at Bluecoat

1972

Captain Beefheart exhibition artwork for poster

1990

Lily Savage at the Liverpool Comedy Festival

1890

School boy at front gates

1994

Summer in the City

1997

Jeremy Deller, Acid Brass

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Bluecoat Posters

This collection of posters provides a snapshot of Bluecoat's arts programme over the past 50 years, from Yoko Ono's 1967 performance to Pierre Henry's Liverpool Mass, presented at the Metropolitan Cathedral as part of Bluecoat's tercentenary programme in 2017. The posters represent just some of those in our archive and we will be adding to this collection in the coming months. Comprising mainly posters for exhibitions in the gallery, others are also included representing performances and literature events and other aspects of our work. The collection also reflects developments in graphic design and the use of typefaces, colour and imagery over this period.  If you have any posters from Bluecoat events that you would be willing to share with us, we would love to add them to our archive if we do not already have a copy.

1967

Poster for Yoko Ono performance

1971

Poster for Lawrence Arthur exhibition

1971

Poster for Modern Primitive Painters exhibition

1972

Poster for Bruce Onobrakpeya exhibition

Not just a pretty façade

Bluecoat's distinctive architecture marries the old with the new. The oldest building in central Liverpool and the UNESCO World Heritage Site, its Queen Anne style (though it was actually built after her death) is a fine example of late English baroque architecture. The first occupants, the Liverpool Blue Coat School (or Hospital), expanded for nearly two centuries, adding or replacing parts of the original building, while retaining its capital H shape and front façade features. Further renovation took place when the building formally became an arts centre in 1927. Severely damaged in Liverpool May blitz of 1941, Bluecoat was restored again, reopening in 1951, with further repairs that decade. The most recent changes saw a complete refurbishment and addition of a new arts wing in 2008. This collection comprises material - maps, drawings, photographs and documents - relating to this history and the presence of architectural practices in the building since the early 20th century.

2017

Who built Bluecoat?

1717

The Back Front of the Charity School

1718

The North Prospect of the Charity Schoole at Leverpoole

1909

Liberty Buildings

Blue Room

Blue Room is Bluecoat’s inclusive arts programme for learning disabled artists. Since 2008, three groups of artists have met weekly at the gallery to explore the exhibitions and create their own work.…

2017

Blue Room explore Public View at Bluecoat

2017

Blue Room explore Public View at Bluecoat

2017

Blue Room respond to POOL

2017

Blue Room explore In the Peaceful Dome at Bluecoat