October at Bluecoat

Performance art, expanded painting and conversations with the past. You’ll be sure to find something interesting at Bluecoat this October.

This month, Alexis Teplin will be exhibiting It’s My Pleasure to Participate, a new body of work at Bluecoat and her first major UK exhibition. Combining abstract painting, film and poetic performances, Teplin’s work creates an immersive experience that’s not to be missed. Join us at the opening 6pm 25 October.

It’s also your final chance to see our current exhibitions which close on Sunday 13 October. Shezad Dawood’s Leviathan  tackles themes of climate change, migration and marine ecology. Be sure to check out the virtual reality piece, offering an imaginative look into a future shaped by climate change. Grace Ndiritu’s The Ark contains archival material from the artist’s experiences of living in New Age communities. Investigate Ndiritu’s findings before the show closes.

Autumn Family Fun

All Aboard! Family Weekend
Saturday 12 and Sunday 13 October, 1-4pm
→ Taking inspiration from The Ark and reflecting on summer of work in Rise Up!, our children and young people’s gallery, we’ll be creatively investigating how to make the world a better place. Join us as we make large-scale collaborative sculptures, placards that celebrate the power of youth-led protest and co-habitats that explore how we can live harmoniously alongside creatures great and small.

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Relocating the Remains
Wednesday 23 October, 6.30pm
Coinciding with Gilane Tawadros’ publication The Sphinx Contemplating Napoleon: Global perspectives on Contemporary Art and Difference, Tawadros is joined by artists Kader Attia, Keith Piper and Jo Stockham to discuss the relationship between history, cultural identity and representation through the prism of contemporary art.

Tickets: £5/£4 | More info | Book here

Back in the Day: Leroy Cooper
Wednesday 30 October, 6.30pm
Join us and Writing on the Wall for Black History Month as Leroy Cooper discusses his book, Back In The Day Vol. 1, containing a brilliant, candid selection of over 200,000 photographs reflecting the Liverpool community between 1981 and 2018.

Tickets: £6/£3 | More info | Book now


Alexis Teplin: It’s My Pleasure to Participate
Saturday 26 October – Sunday 23 February 2020
Performances: Fri 25 Oct 7pm, Sat 26 Oct 2pm, Sat 16 Nov 2pm, Sat 7 Dec 2pm, Sat 22 Feb 2pm
→ It’s My Pleasure to Participate forms Alexis Teplin’s most extensive exhibition to date. The exhibition features new large scale paintings stitched together from linens, canvas and decorative textiles. In her abstract paintings Teplin uses blocks of colour to create seductive and elegant compositions. Weave your way around dramatic, freestanding paintings which will transform the gallery to create a new, encompassing architecture.

It’s My Pleasure to Participate will also feature new performance and video works, in which actors appear in painted costumes performing fragments of poetic text borrowed from film and literature. Through the exhibition Teplin makes links between the performance and painting that lead us to understand both disciplines with fresh eyes.

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Shezad Dawood: Leviathan
Ending Sunday 13 October
It’s your last chance to experience film, neon, textiles and virtual reality in Shezad Dawood’s climate-change informed Leviathan.

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Grace Ndiritu: The Ark
Ending Sunday 13 October
Discover alternative, off-grid communities in Grace Ndiritu’s The Ark for the final time this month. 

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Print Studio Courses & Workshops – All courses are £60/£50, 11am – 5pm

Introduction to Screenprint
Saturday 19 October and Saturday 2 November
Learn the screen printing process and produce your own set of two-colour prints.

More info | Book now

Intermediate Screenprint
Saturday 23 November
→ Learn advanced techniques, such as generating photographic images using digital half-tone stencils.

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Introduction to Etching
Friday 15 November
→ Learn about the etching process whilst working with our 100 plus-year-old etching press in our intaglio studio.

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