Coming up at Bluecoat this August

Looking for fun days out with the family this summer? Then take a trip to Bluecoat! You can get involved with their children and young people’s exhibition Rise Up! which is open until September. The free exhibition gives families a space to explore activism through art alongside this, there are free artist resources available daily and artist led workshops. 

Bluecoat Summer School also starts in August, giving children aged 7-11 the chance to grow and develop as artists, and there’s still time for you to book your budding artists in! Grace Ndiritu’s “The Ark” and Shezad Dawood’s “Leviathan” continue throughout the summer months, you are invited to pop by and explore these two fascinating exhibitions, described as “a surprising collection of thought-inspiring exhibits” by Bluecoat visitors. More details are available below.

Bluecoat Summer School
Monday 12 August – Thursday 15 August, 10am – 4pm
→ Children aged 7-11 are invited to join Bluecoat for four days of creative fun where they will be able to take part in arts activities, learn about artists and their work plus share their discoveries. Alongside this, they will be able to showcase their artwork in a special exhibition at the end of the four days. Tickets: £80 for four days. Sibling discounts are available, book a second place for the discounted rate of £60 and can be purchased here.

Shezad Dawood – Leviathan
Saturday 6 July – Sunday 13 October
Experience film, neon, textile and virtual reality in Shezad Dawood’s “Leviathan”. Dawood’s five films explore the connection between mass migration and marine conservation, in particular how the turbulent journeys made by human migrants mirror the tumultuous ecological changes in the sea over which they travel. More details here.

Grace Ndiritu – The Ark
Saturday 6 July – Sunday 13 October
→ Discover alternative communities in Grace Ndiritu’s exhibition “The Ark”. The items on display give you a glimpse into Ndiritu’s live art project which invited a community to live together in an off-grid setting. Alongside costumes, placards and ceramics are three silent films, giving you a deeper understanding of Ndiritu’s research behind the project. More details here.

Rise Up! Children and Young People’s Gallery
Saturday 6 July – Sunday 29 September
→ See how children and young people are exploring activism through art in Rise Up! Stop by with the family and add your own work to the wall. More details here.

New Art Bluecoat
Continues throughout the year
Explore items from Bluecoat archive of exhibitions and live performances from late 1960s onwards in Bluecoat’s heritage display. More details here.

For more details about what is going on at Bluecoat this summer, please visit

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