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Sep 8, 2018 - Jul 28, 2019
Bluecoat is delighted to be working with artist Serena Korda and Trust New Art, the National Trust’s programme connecting people to places through contemporary art.
Serena Korda works across performance, sound and sculpture to find and highlight ritual in the everyday, which is developed through encounters, conversations and the researching of abandoned histories.
Set in Speke Hall’s ancient woodlands and grounds, The Bell Tree draws on the hall’s hidden history. Korda reconsiders aspects of communion and tradition, including underexplored feminist narratives or ‘herstories’ and alternative histories of folklore and witchcraft. The public commission is at Speke Hall, with a smaller element installed in Bluecoat's garden.
Speke Hall is free to visit with a National Trust Membership.

Jan 19, 2019 1:00pm - 4:00pm talk/event
The importance of the art school in British cultural life will be explored in this informal event taking its cue from The Art Schools of North West England exhibition. Artists John Beck and Matthew Cornford introduce the exhibition's themes and explore, with an invited panel including artists Pete Clarke and Jade Montserrat, questions including where were the art schools and what has happened to them, what is the role of art education and the place of art in contemporary Britain?
Tickets: 3
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Mar 13 - Jul 28, 2019
Under the Rose is a new sound installation made for Speke Hall’s courtyard, inspired by the acoustics of secrecy.

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Apr 13 - Jun 23, 2019 FINAL WEEK
In April, Bluecoat will host Survey, a major study of new work by early career artists from
across the UK. The exhibition is the largest review of contemporary art practice in Jerwood
Visual Art’s 12 years of programming, spanning a breadth of disciplines including film,
performance and painting. 15 artists have been nominated by 35 established and mid-career artists, including Chris Alton, Simeon Barclay, Hazel Brill, Flo Brooks, Emma Cousin, Joe Fletcher Orr, Tom Goddard, Ashley Holmes, Lindsey Mendick, Nicole Morris, Milly Peck, Anna Raczynski, Will Sheridan Jr, Rae-Yen Song and Frank Wasser

Apr 13 - Jun 23, 2019 FINAL WEEK
Throughout 2019, the Vide space is hosting exhibitions about Bluecoat’s long history as an arts centre, the first in the UK. Formalised in 1927 with the establishment of Bluecoat Society of Arts, this followed two decades of activities organised by a group of artists, the Sandon Studios Society, who had moved into the building in 1907.

Jul 6 - Oct 13, 2019
Private view Fri Jul 5 6pm - 9pm
Shezad Dawood’s epic film series Leviathan comes to Bluecoat this summer as part of a season examining society and migration. Presented alongside paintings, resin sculpture, and woven textiles, Leviathan follows migratory patterns between Europe and Africa. The works combine marine biology, climate change, political systems and mental health to show how human activity and marine ecologies are intertwined.

Jul 6 - Oct 13, 2019
Private view Fri Jul 5 6pm - 9pm
Following exhibitions in 2010 and 2017, Ndiritu returns to Bluecoat with a new exhibition drawing on her 2017 research and live art project, The Ark: Center For Interdisciplinary Experimentation which took place at Les Laboratories Aubervilliers, Paris. Scientists, artists, gardeners, economists, a chef and spiritual workers joined the artist for an intensive, intimate 10-day experience focusing on the role of art, science, spirituality and politics. The resulting exhibition features archival material, costumes, signs and research materials.


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