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  • Brilliance - 23rd Jan - 5th March 2016

    This exhibition, co-curated by Claire Norcross, features leading contemporary lighting designers working in a range of media to include ceramic, concrete & leather, woven wicker, paper and glass. Artists include Katharina Eisenkock, Beth Lewis-Williams, Claire Norcross, Ciara O’Neill, Margaret O’Rorke, Tom Raffield and Louise Tucker.

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  • In The Window | Judith Davies | 1st - 29th Feb 2016

    My recent work is a response to discoveries at the tide-line; the ever-changing effect of ripples in water and sand and to natural objects such as pebbles, stones and urchin shells- the wild beaches of Northumbria are great source of inspiration.

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  • Artist talk - Alan Whittaker at The Athenaeum - Tues 23rd Feb 2016

    As part of Bluecoat Display Centre’s ongoing programme of exciting artist’s talks, the next event will feature ceramic artist Alan Whittaker. Alan will speak about his career in ceramics and education. (Alan is Associate Professor in Ceramics at Liverpool Hope University.)

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  • Braiding a light flex - Sun 28th Feb

    Participants will sample, experiment with and select colourful materials from a range (including braiding yarn) provided by Charlotte. You will braid 1 metre of flex which will include a light fitting and plug to take away after the workshop to display in your home, allowing you to ‘plug and play’.

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  • Lancashire Trip - Thurs 10th March 2016

    The trip will include seeing Horse and Bamboo Puppet Theatre Company in Rossendale and Haworth Gallery in Accrington.

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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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  • Book now for our 2016 events programme

    We are now taking bookings for events taking place throughout 2016. Call 0151 709 4014 for tickets & information.

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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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