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The Bluecoat Display Centre seeks to inform and inspire all members of the community with an engaging programme of talks, workshops, exhibitions and residencies connected to the applied arts and crafts.

Our exhibitions cover the full spectrum of contemporary making from the traditional to the cutting edge, with learning at the core of the exhibition programme. To promote and enable an understanding of contemporary applied art and craft we include in our education programme the following:

1. Supporting information

Interpretation panels written to enhance the visitor’s experience and to inform students of art and design regarding the curatorial considerations of exhibitions and the backgrounds of the participating artists.

Copies of the information, artists’ CVs etc. are available to the public, and can be downloaded here.

2. Tours of Exhibitions

Free of charge, although booking is advisable. We are delighted to accommodate visiting groups including schools and colleges to our exhibitions at no charge (maximum number 10 per talk). Email crafts@bluecoatdisplaycentre.com for details.

3. Artists’ talks and lectures

These give in-depth background insights to the creation of the objects, the artists’ training and the inspirations that they have drawn on to produce the work. Groups are  very welcome (there is a small fee for many of these), which are often of great value to students and emerging makers as they look at career paths plus creative and professional development issues.

4. Artist Led Workshops

Hands-on experience for the public to learn, under the guidance of the country’s leading practitioners, aspects of their crafts. Find out what’s on here.

5. Outreach work

Bluecoat Display Centre has an ongoing programme of outreach work, engaging under-represented groups in craft activities and demonstrating the benefits that craft can have on health and wellbeing.

6. External talks / Visiting Lectures

These are given regularly by key staff team members at Colleges and Universities on a wide variety of topics including marketing work to galleries, curating exhibitions, creative and professional development and current trends in the contemporary crafts.

7. Young graduates and emerging artists

One-to-One professional development help for individuals in marketing their work. Contact crafts@bluecoatdisplaycentre.com for details.

8. Schools

Bluecoat Display Centre can advise, liaise and place leading applied artists in schools for school children’s hands-on educational workshops and talks. Contact crafts@bluecoatdisplaycentre.com for details.

For further information on forthcoming educational events please check our listings of lectures and workshop.