Coming up at Bluecoat this September

From visual art to literature and heritage, Bluecoat are kicking off September with an exciting range of events as their popular heritage weekends are back this September which is a great opportunity for visitors to explore Bluecoat’s fascinating history! Bluecoat are also excited to welcome BlackFest to Bluecoat with what promises to be a compelling evening of spoken word performance. In addition, Bluecoat exhibitions are continuing in the gallery but unfortunately September is the last month for you to visit RiseUp! Find out what else is going on in Bluecoat below:

Funny Looking Kids Comedy Club
Saturday 7 September – Suitable for ages 7+
→ Beat those back to school blues with Funny Looking Kids, Liverpool’s first regular comedy club for children. Tickets are £5/£3 and can be purchased here.

Baby Book Club
Tuesday 24 September – Tuesday 26 November – Suitable for ages 3-10 months
→ Get more out of reading with your little one and meet other new parents and carers. Tickets are £40 for ten weeks, includes a hot drink and can be purchased here.

Imperial Intimacies: Hazel Carby in conversation
Tuesday 24 September
→ Hazel Carby discusses her new book Imperial Intimacies, a haunting and evocative history of the British empire, told through research into her family’s story. She’ll be in conversation with Laurence Westgaph. Tickets are £8/£5 and can be purchased here.

BlackFest Spoken Word Live Theatre Performances
Saturday 28 September
Five spoken word artists take you on a journey through Black British experiences, as they bring their identity and culture centre stage. The performance will be followed by a discussion. Tickets are £8/£5/£3 and can be purchased here.

Heritage Weekends
Saturday 14/Sunday 15 September and Saturday 21 September/Sunday 22 September
As part of the nationwide Heritage Open Days, Bluecoat reveal the history of the oldest building in Liverpool’s UNESCO World Heritage Site with guided tours, family activities, displays and talks. Included in the weekends are Kernaghan Books and Juniper Press Heritage Talks, Heritage Tours with Bluecoat Artistic Director Bryan Biggs, A Day in Liverpool (1929) Film Screening with Live Music and Family Workshop: Flip the Kipper and other Edwardian Parlour Games.

Rise Up! Children and Young People’s Gallery
Saturday 6 July – Sunday 29 September
→ September is your last chance to see our children and young people’s gallery Rise Up! Bring the children to explore art as a response to the issues facing our planet.

Shezad Dawood – Leviathan
Saturday 6 July – Sunday 13 October
→ Experience film, neon, textiles 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.

Grace Ndiritu – The Ark
Saturday 6 July – Sunday 13 October
→ Discover alternative communities in Grace Ndiritu’s exhibition The Ark. The works on display give a glimpse into the artist’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, providing insight into the research behind the project.

Introduction to Screenprint
Saturday 7 and Saturday 21 September
→ Learn the screen printing process and produce a set of your own too colour prints. Book your tickets here.

Introduction to Etching
Saturday 14 September
→ Learn about the etching process using our 100 plus-year-old etching press in our intaglio studio. Book your tickets here.

Intermediate Screenprint
Saturday 28 September
→ Learn advanced techniques, including how to generate photographic images using digital half-tone stencils. Book your tickets here.

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