Forthcoming Events at Bluecoat Display Centre 
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February 2017 Newsletter
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Current Exhibition:


 Continues until Saturday 18th March 2017

Free Entry

This exhibition presents ceramic works by John Leach, John Ward, David & Margaret Frith, Emily Myers, Duncan Ross & Gabriele Koch.

All have a long standing relationship with Bluecoat Display Centre and are showing a new collection of works. There is also a supporting loan display of earlier works by these artists drawn from the collection of National Museums, Liverpool with all the works having been purchased in the past from Bluecoat Display Centre.

Curated by Display Centre Director, Dr. Maureen Bampton, this links with The Bluecoat, celebrating its 300th year anniversary.

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For more details please call us on 0151 709 4014 or email

In The Window
Lesley Strickland Jewellery

Continues until February 28th 2017

Free Entry

Lesley is a British jeweller specialising in the use of cellulose acetate (derived from cotton oil) combined with sterling silver.  Her inspiration comes from weathered, natural forms and sculptors of the 1950′s. The final finish of each piece is important to her as she likes the wearer to have a very tactile relationship with her work.

For more details please call us on 0151 709 4014 or email

Artist Talk
by Mari-Ruth Oda

followed by Afternoon Tea

Tuesday 28th February 2017
1.00 - 4.00pm

Location : The Athenaeum, Liverpool (Church Alley).

Tickets : £12.50 each* (includes tea, sandwiches & cakes).

Special Offer: *Book and pay for all 3 Athenaeum talks happening in 2017 for the special rate of £10 per event. 
Click here to see more about the forthcoming talks.

This event will feature ceramicist Mari-Ruth Oda. Mari will speak about her artistic career. A traditional afternoon tea will follow the talk. This event is open to current and new subscribing Members of Bluecoat Display Centre and The Athenaeum. Please click here for further details.

Booking: Please call Bluecoat Display Centre on 0151 709 4014 or email

Please note this event is open to adults and children over the age of 14

For more details please call us on 0151 709 4014 or email

Liver Bird Walk
Monday 6th March 2017

Meeting at 10.45am. at Bluecoat Display Centre 
Cost £10 (£8 for BDC Friends and concs.)

Join us for a walking tour to explore the many intriguing depictions of liver birds on buildings at Pier Head and the area around Castle, Water and Dale Streets. We will finish for a drink and light lunch* for the thirsty and hungry at Ye Hole in the Wall, reputedly the oldest pub in Liverpool.
The walk will be led by Gill Curry and Linda Jones and we expect it to take approximately an hour and a half.
*Lunch & refreshments are not included in the price.

Manchester Study Trip
Thursday 20th April 2017

Meet at College Lane entrance to Bluecoat Display Centre 
at 9am. returning about 5pm

Price £32 (£29 BDC Friends and concs). This price does not include lunch

We will travel by minibus to the splendid neo-Gothic John Rylands Library on Deansgate, have a hot drink before viewing the building, manuscripts and exhibition Life of Objects which highlights objects from the collection linked to famous writers.

We will then go on to the Whitworth Art Gallery, which we last visited after its refurbishment in 2015.
Here we will have a talk on the current textile exhibitions:
Revolutionary Textiles 1910-1939, Barbara Brown, the golden girl of Heal’s Fabrics in 1960s and 1970s: and Lucienne Day “A sense of growth” exhibitions.
There will then be the opportunity to look at the permanent collection and special exhibition of prints by Raphael and Marcantonio Raimondi.

Michael Brennand-Wood workshop
Sunday 30th April 2017

Lines of Thought – Three-Dimensional Threads for Textiles 

Time : 11.15am – 4.15pm
Price : £45 (£39 BDC Friends & concs.)

We are delighted to have the renowned textile artist Michael Brennand-Wood to host a workshop here. Michael will also be exhibiting in our Protégés exhibition at the Display Centre and the workshop will begin with a brief introduction by him to his latest work featuring in the show.

This one-day workshop will focus on the creation of a bespoke collection of three-dimensional lines and threads. Participants will create a personal vocabulary of expressive linear experiments that may well become part of future works.

Technically we will look at twisting, binding, joining, collage, elasticity, knotting & tension. 
Participants will be encouraged to develop original solutions in relation to the core aims of the workshop; this is not a technical or prescriptive course. Emphasis will be placed on the investigation and research of personal imagery and the development of related technical innovation, ideas that can be developed at a later stage.

At the close of the workshop I would like to have a short group evaluation to discuss what has been achieved. The purpose of this final session is to share results and to set a personal agenda as to what might be continued and developed back your home studios.


Please bring…

  • Frame i.e. old picture frame or similar to stretch lines/threads on whilst you are working on them, so it can be rough
  • A collection of linear materials, that you enjoy using and which are relevant to your investigation e.g. wires, threads, string and wool, fabrics, paints, drawing media, a personal paint/work/tool box
  • Camera/Phone to record work
  • Some basic tools, scissors, needles, paint brushes etc

For more details or to book any of our forthcoming events please call us on 0151 709 4014 or email


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