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  • 12 Days of Christmas Gifts

    A unique and limited selection of 12 gifts handmade by local artists.

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  • On the seventh day of Christmas…

    Stoneware candle holder by James Hake.
    Hand thrown with chun and tenmoku glazes. Inspired by Oriental ceramics.
    Each piece is unique with its own qualities and markings.

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  • On the sixth day of Christmas…

    Ceramic wall plaque by David Rhys Jones.
    Limited edition digital photo transfer on ceramic wall plaque. Inspired by a trip to Liverpool to see Anthony Gormley’s ‘Another Place’.

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  • On the eighth day of Christmas…

    Printed steel brooch by Melanie Tomlinson.
    Created from an original illustration by Melanie then printed onto metal.
    Inspired by her passion for nature.

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  • Colour Mapping - 18th November 2017 - 13th January 2018

    This exhibition continues our tradition of print and jewellery over the festive season.
    For 2017/18 our featured printmaker will be Colin Moore along with 11 jewellers that complement the strong lines and colours of Colin’s work.

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  • In the Window - Jonathan Rogers 1st-31st December 2017

    Jonathan Rogers creates contemporary hand blown glass using traditional glass blowing techniques.

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  • Artist Talk at The Athenaeum with Sian Hughes 13th Feb 2018 1 - 4pm

    As part of Bluecoat Display Centre’s ongoing programme of exciting artist’s talks, the next event will feature ceramicist Sian Hughes. Sian will speak about her artistic career and her involvement in our outreach work. Her focus has recently been porcelain paper clay, using its strength and fragility to work directly with text, narratives and freehand painting.

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  • 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.

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  • 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

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