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Jin Eui Kim - Light Night - 13th May

Our 'In the Window' artist for May Jin Eui Kim will be here at the Bluecoat Display Centre at 5pm to give a fascinating insight into his work and the techniques used to create his amazing illusory ceramics.

Jin Eui Kim uses subtle tones of colour and monochrome applied to the surface of ceramics to explore how perception can be altered. He graduates each line and uses different types of width, interval, tone and spacing to create various impressions to the eye.

My work explores how the perception of three-dimensional ceramic forms can be manipulated by the application of arrangements of bands on their surfaces. Depending on the arrangement of tonal bands, using gradients of width, interval or tone and contrast, illusory spatial phenomena can appear and thus significantly influence the actual three-dimensional forms.

Bluecoat Display Centre on Light Night - open from 10am -7pm 


Final Places remaining........


Manchester Study Trip - Wednesday 18th May
Meeting at Bluecoat Display Centre at 9am.

Price £32 (£29 BDC Friends and concs)

The day will start at the Display Centre at 9.15am. with a talk about our current exhibition Eastern Aesthetics by curator Frances Gill followed by refreshments.
We’ll then leave by coach to Manchester Art Gallery to view their Modern Japanese Design exhibition which provides an overview of the past fifty years of Japanese design, the visit will include a talk by one of the exhibition’s curators.

This will be followed by a visit to the Manchester Craft and Design Centre (MCDC); a hidden gem in Manchester’s Northern Quarter which houses 18 craft and design artists studios alongside a programme of exhibitions, workshops and events.  There will be the opportunity to have lunch* on arrival here at the Oak St. cafe. The MCDC’s exhibitions and events manager Kaylee Jenkinson will give talk about the Centre and their current exhibition; ‘Behind Closed Doors: Ceramics by Verity Howard’

Followed by an opportunity to hear from one of the artists;
Tracey Birchwood, a contemporary jeweller working in porcelain who we’ve shown at the Display Centre for many years, will give an informal talk about her life as a jeweller working at the Centre. You will then have the chance to browse the other studios and chat to the artists about their work.

The coach will leave MCDC around 3.30pm to return to Liverpool.

Places are limited so book now to reserve your place by email  or call 0151 7094014.

* Please note that lunch is not included in the price of this trip.

Coming soon...
L for Leather 

4th June – 2nd July 2016

L for Leather is the Bluecoat Display Centre’s first leather exhibition, and explores the versatility of leather and the variety of techniques that can be used to create stunning pieces of wearable art. The work displayed includes intricate body adornment and jewellery, men’s leather bags and belts, furniture, and large ornamental vessels crafted from leather and glass. The multi-award winning Una Burke displays her beautifully complex body pieces for the first time in Liverpool, and shows why Madonna, Rihanna, Lady Gaga, and Heidi Klum have all drawn upon her talents.

Bluecoat Display Centre Charity Fundraiser Event
Thursday 14th July 2016, 6.30 - 9pm.
Ticket price £17.50 (£15.00 concessions and BDC Friends)
This special evening will begin at the Display Centre with the opportunity to view our new Julia Carter Preston Prize Exhibition of the 6 shortlisted emerging ceramic artist's work over a complementary glass of fizz.

We will then move over to the Performance Space in the Bluecoat main building to listen to an illustrated talk by Hope University Carter Preston Archivist, Sue Beck, on Julia Carter Preston’s work and her techniques.


The evening will culminate with the rare opportunity to see a modelling demonstration by the acclaimed artist Emma Rodgers, the ticket price will include automatic entry into our prize draw with the chance to win Emma's piece from the demo after completion and firing.

'Emma Rodgers is now recognised as one of Britain’s leading ceramic sculptors. She has a particularly probing insight into both the action and tenderness of the animal world. It is a subject she invests not with sentimentality (as is often the case) or saccharine blandness, but with its full power and life force. Her wild hares, bulls and ravens, her human dancers are often expressed – in bronze as well as clay- in a heightened sense of movement or tension, absorbed in the trials and dramas of existence.'
David Whiting-art critic & writer
All funds raised will go towards our local artist led outreach programme.
To book tickets please call the Bluecoat Display Centre on 0151 7094014 and pay with credit/debit card or for further information email us at
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