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Charitable aims & objectives

Bluecoat Display Centre’s original mission in 1959 was to promote and display the work of leading craftsmen and designers, with work that would enhance architecture.

Since then, BDC has developed into a dynamic craft organisation who’s mission is to raise the public’s aesthetic appreciation of applied art and design and the provision of educational lectures, workshops and exhibitions. BDC became a registered charity in 2010 (number: 1136680).

BDC aims to promote excellence in design and workmanship within the contemporary applied arts both nationally and internationally. We aim to increase the public’s awareness and appreciation of the work of leading and emerging artists through exhibition, education, display and sale, and consequently to support the contemporary craft infrastructure.

BDC works closely with local Universities, particularly Hope University’s Department of Fine and Applied Arts, to support students leaving University and keeping them in the city by offering them a retail outlet for their work and some professional development advice sessions. BDC also offers an internship programme for students and recent graduates to get experience working in the gallery and craft sector, and also employing them on a casual basis.

BDC aims to maintain its national and international reputation for contemporary craft, and to continue to provide stimulating exhibitions of local, national and international artists, to provide a unique visitor attraction.

Bluecoat Display Centre welcomes enquiries from organisations regarding charitable giving who empathise with these objects, and has many sponsorship opportunities connected to the exhibition and workshop programme.

Contact crafts@bluecoatdisplaycentre.com for more information


Registered charity number: 1136680

Bluecoat Display Centre LTD, company limited by guarantee, number 03175344.

Bluecoat Display Centre (Trading) LTD is a non profit distributing company whose profits support Bluecoat Display Centre’s charitable work. Company limited by guarantee, number 07288287.