300 years at the heart of Liverpool

Welcome to My Bluecoat, celebrating 300 years of one of Liverpool’s most iconic buildings. Bluecoat is Liverpool city centre’s oldest building, dating from the early 18th century. It has a fascinating history; a charity school for nearly 200 years that became the UK’s  first arts centre. The building continues as a centre for the contemporary arts to this day. Its architectural importance is reflected in its Grade One listing and inclusion in the UNESCO world heritage site, Liverpool Maritime Mercantile City. 2017 Marks 300 years since the building was dedicated. Its original purpose has changed, but having been in continuous use and witness to Liverpool’s fluctuating fortunes over three centuries, it remains an iconic building at the heart of the city’s history and culture. With a modern arts wing completed in 2008 overlooking a popular garden, Bluecoat is a reinvigorated 21st Century arts space, whose rich heritage is collected here.

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12th May 1988

Liverpool performers Visual Stress' 'Death by Free Enterprise' cleansed Bluecoat of its slavery history the week Tate opened.

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My Bluecoat Events

Sat 11 Nov 2017 to Sat 23 Jun 2018

Intermediate Screenprint

If you attended our Introductory screenprint workshop this is a great way to build ...

Fri 13 Oct 2017 to Sun 25 Mar 2018

In the Peaceful Dome

Featuring Roderick Bisson / Sean Borodale / Fanny Calder / Edward Carter Preston / ...

Tue 03 Oct 2017 to Tue 12 Dec 2017

dot-art: Artist Workshops at Bluecoat

dot-art run a programme of art classes and courses for adults, in a wide range ...

Fri 21 Apr 2017 to Sun 25 Mar 2018

Bluecoat: at the Heart of Liverpool Culture

Our popular heritage display continues with an additional focus on the building’s architectural developments. ...

Dick's Visit to Bluecoat

Wasn't it such a lovely day, the day we went to Bluecoat. Lots to see and lots to do.