This week’s newsletter features the work we do with artists in our residency studios, a beautiful film about our print studio and a family activity with one of our favourite in-house artists, Joshua Henderson.  

We hope you have enjoyed receiving our newsletters over the last few weeks, and that they have provided some entertainment and food for thought during lockdown. This week's newsletter will be our last in this series, as we look ahead to planning for our reopening later this summer. 

We'll be staying in touch though, so do please stay subscribed to be the first to hear about our reopening date, and our exciting upcoming programme. Take care, and we look forward to welcoming you back soon!
 
Emily Motto's My Bluecoat Collection
Bluecoat and New Contemporaries Artist in Residence, Emily Motto, has created a new collection of archival material on our My Bluecoat website.

This new collection focuses on the ways that artists have used shape and structure to create extraordinary new forms that change the way we experience the Bluecoat building. Explore the collection here.
 
Residencies at Bluecoat
As we work to reopen our building, curator Adam Lewis-Smythe gives us a behind the scenes look at our recent artist-in-residence programme. From chance encounters in shared studios, to journeys across the globe to research space travel, Adam’s blog shows how residencies can stimulate new ideas for artists. Click here to read the blog
 
Bluecoat Print Studio
Print making has long been a feature at Bluecoat, stretching back to the beginnings of the arts centre in the early 20th century. It was practiced by studio artists and there were exhibitions of contemporary prints by, amongst others, Augustus John. A print studio was established when Bluecoat acquired a press for etching and classes started.

This short film, made for our tercentenary year of 2017, features artists Jean Grant and Frances Disley talking about the print process and their own relationships to the arts centre.
 
Family Activity 
This week we're taking inspiration from Blue Room artist Joshua Henderson and his love of architecture. 
In this video, we take a look at Josh's studio and join him for a tour of Liverpool via the magic of Minecraft. Josh has also created an A-Z of Liverpool buildings and he invites you to join in and create your own local alphabet.
Click here to watch the video.
 
As a charity, we rely on the income generated by our cafe, bistro and events programme. While our building remains closed in line with guidance from Public Health England, we're losing a huge portion of our income. 
 
Do you regularly visit Bluecoat for a coffee or lunch? We would be so grateful if you could consider donating what you might have spent. Your support will help us to reopen as soon as possible after the restrictions are lifted. 
We need your help now more than ever. 
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Image credits: Emily Motto; View of Veronica Watson’s residency studio at Bluecoat, 2018. Photo: Rob Battersby
 
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