If you have your own Bluecoat story or material that you’d like to share, you can submit it here.
This week’s highlighted collection from the website focuses on the building’s history and its transformation from eighteenth-century charity school to the UK’s first arts centre in the early twentieth century.
Out of the Blue is an arts project in the Norris Green, Anfield, Clubmoor and Granby areas of Liverpool for children aged 5 – 11 who work with our inclusive arts programme Blue Room, to explore their creative potential.
In this film from 2017 created with George Ellis, they interrogate the building's history as a school and its hidden stories together. Meet Larry the Liverbird, cherubs, ghosts and Bluecoat’s one-handed clock.
This week, our Artistic Director Bryan Biggs has searched our archive for a selection of posters from the late-1960s to the mid-1970s.
With limited budgets and printing a comparatively expensive process then, most publicity was in black and white, as reflected here, with just one poster including a second colour. The selection indicates some of the experimental art being presented at this time by Bluecoat, alongside more traditional painting and sculpture.
Can you find anything more about this fact on the site? Go to the Menu and use the Search the Archive function.
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.
Image Credits: Bluecoat Society of Arts jubilee plaque created by Julia Carter Preston, sited at the garden's College Lane entrance, 1977; still from Bryan and Alwyn Kernaghan's film, 2017; still from Tick - Tock - Old - Clock film, 2017; Bluecoat posters in the Vide, 2017; Jane Sanders, Elvis Elvis Lives, performance installation for Live from the Vinyl Junkyard live art commissions,1996