60 @ The BDC / Until Saturday 2nd March 2019
2019 is a landmark year for Bluecoat Display Centre as we celebrate 60 years since our opening. To mark the occasion we have curated a special exhibition to start the year which celebrates our history and the mutually supportive relationships which we have developed over 60 years with makers who we promote.
In the Window - Gilly Langton Jewellery - Until 28th February 2019
Taking inspiration from her home of Plockton, Gilly’s jewellery references the colours and forms of nautical architecture such as ropes, pullies and safety rings. Her work hints at the changing colour palette of the Scottish Highlands, referencing the heather covered hills and the light reflected in the lochs and sea. Gilly’s philosophy is to make jewellery that is pure and uncomplicated. By combining simple brushed silver forms with brightly coloured elastic she creates dramatic pieces of beauty and strength that the wearer can interact with, pulling and pinging the elastic.
Artist Talk: Attila Olah Ceramics (Members only event) - Tuesday 5th March 2019
At The Athenaeum
As part of Bluecoat Display Centre’s ongoing programme of exciting artist’s talks, the next event will feature ceramicist Attila Olah. Attila will speak about his artistic career in ceramics and making but also his involvement in creating ice sculptures. He has recently established his own workshop and runs pottery classes at Altar Pottery.
Workshop: Bird box making with Jennifer Collier - Sunday 12th May 2019
Create a beautiful bespoke bird box, complete with its own bird on perch, created from recycled papers, stitch and card, inspired by Jennifer’s own work. You will be shown every step of the process, from constructing your bird box to using beautiful, vintage papers to decorate it.
Trip: Craft and Design at Walker Art Gallery - Tuesday 26th March 2019
Meet at the Walker Art Gallery at 10am. Curator Pauline Rushton will give a talk about the Craft & Design Gallery and its fine collection.
After a tea break Ruth Ball, enameller, will give an illustrated talk about her collaborations with the Walker.
Ruth has represented Bluecoat Display Centre at London exhibition COLLECT and worked as Artist in Residence at Royal Liverpool University Hospital organised by BDC.
A unique selection of handmade gifts including jewellery, ceramics, wood, glass and paper.
Outreach Programme / Workshops / Residencies
See the latest updates from our ongoing Outreach programme. We have been successfully working with health and social care partners, including Person Shaped Support (PSS) on an outreach programme of artist–led workshops and residencies to demonstrate the benefits that craft can have on a person’s overall health and wellbeing.
Leading the Way in Contemporary Crafts
The Bluecoat Display Centre is a nationally and internationally recognised contemporary craft and design gallery that has been established since 1959.
We sell, exhibit and promote over 350 selected contemporary craftspeople each year working in a broad variety of media.
Bluecoat Display Centre has been a registered charity since 2010: Charities number 1136680