The Bluecoat – What’s On: December 2009/January 2010

bluecoat-dec-jan-100What’s on at the Bluecoat
December 2009 / January 2010 Listings

 

Throughout December 2009
Christmas shopping at the Bluecoat
Our creative community of independent retailers will be open late on Thursday evenings, until 9.00pm.

Pick up hand-made gifts, accessories made from vintage fabrics, bright and beautiful yarns and fabrics, handcrafted instruments and collectables from the African continent, contemporary craftwork from leading designer-makers and intricately engraved silver and glassware from Landbaby, Purlesque, Drum, The Display Centre and R&J Porter.

The LOACA.ART Contemporary Craft Fairs will also take place in the courtyard on Saturday afternoons and Thursday evenings in December.

Or if you fancy getting creative and making your own gifts this year, why not sign up for a workshop.
– For information on Purlesque’s knitting and crochet workshops, contact Susan and Jane at purlesque@gmail.com.
– For Landbaby‘s lace and felt corsage workshops, contact Claire at landbabyshop@gmail.com.
– For Nook & Willow ‘s workshops on customising and reviving your bags and shoes, contact Clare and Nina at studio@nookandwillow.com

Wind down from your Christmas shopping with a glass of mulled wine Upstairs at the Bluecoat, and check out our Christmas menu.

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Sat 5 Dec – Sun 17 Jan,  daily 10.00am – 6.00pm*
Exhibition: Janek Schaefer ‘Sound Art’

Free
Sound Art is the first retrospective exhibition of award-winning contemporary sound artist, musician and composer Janek Schaefer.

It offers visitors a wealth of fascinating, delightful and absorbing audio-visual experiences, and features newly commissioned sound sculpture, National Portrait [the last transmission]. For this, Schaefer will record the last 24 hours of analogue television broadcast across Liverpool, to create a unique portrait of a day in the life of Britain at the tipping point between analogue and digital culture. This is accompanied by a selection of mixed media installations and films spanning the last two decades.
For more details visit Schaefer’s website: www.audioh.com

Exhibition details
*Closed Fri 25, Sat 26 Dec and Fri 1 Jan.

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Sat 9 Jan 7.30 – 9.30pm
Janek Schaefer: Phoenix & Phaedra holding patterns
plus Philip Jeck and Vasco Alvo

£7/5
Janek Schaefer complements his retrospective at the Bluecoat with this concert of his found sound play for 9 portable radios and Indian Drone Box. Sharing the bill are two artists specially chosen by Schaefer: Philip Jeck, international turntable virtuoso, friend and some-time collaborator, and Vasco Alvo, installation artist and inventor of the AM/FM Keyboard 6, a keyboard that plays individually tuneable radios.

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Tue 1 Dec 2.00 – 3.00pm
NICE Festival presents Northern Lights
Adrian Sumner on Edvard Munch and Scandinavian Art

Taking Munch as a starting point, this lecture tours the diversity of Scandinavian art, focusing on the turn of the 19th Century, the region’s architecture and design, and where the artistic riches of Nordic art are located.

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Tue 1 Dec 6.00 – 7.30pm
DaDaFest presents Comedy Workshop led by Paul Betney

Free. Ticket required

Tue 1 Dec 8.00 – 9.00pm
DaDaFest presents Paul Betney: Unshakeable

£7/5
The true story of how one man’s life was dramatically changed when he was diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease and some little yellow pills brought his severe tremor under control.

Hard hitting, poignant and hilarious, Unshakeable asks what getting back to ‘normal’ really means.

One of the discoveries of my Fringe … life-affirming
– The Scotsman

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Wed 2 Dec 8.00 – 9.30pm
Action Hero: Watch Me Fall

£5
In this thrilling miniaturisation of macho American daredevilry set on a DIY runway, Action Hero push the limit of performance in the name of entertainment.

If at any point you see me on fire, don’t try and help, just stand well back and wait for my own people to be there.

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Thu 3, 10 + 17 Dec
6.00pm – 9.00pm
LOACA.ART Contemporary Craft Fair

Free
Looking for an ideal Christmas gift? What could be better than a high quality, locally made, artisan product from the LOACA.ART contemporary craft fair, held in the courtyard at the Bluecoat.
www.loacaart.co.uk

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Thu 3 Dec 8.00 – 11.00pm
NICE Festival presents
Nordic Nights featuring Picture Book, Budam, Ragz and Kaya

£5
The NICE Festival closes with a night of leftfield pop. Picture Book’s live electronicais set to sumptuous visuals. Budam fuses song-writing, story-telling and performance. Songs from ‘Spotlight Artist’ for Liverpool Acoustic, Kaya and Ragz’s gorgeous dark -tinged tunes complete what promises to be a great night of Scandinavian music.

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Sat 5 Dec 10.00am – 6.00pm
CD & Record Fair

Free

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Sat 5 Dec – Sat 16 Jan
Bluecoat Display Centre Exhibition: Hothouse

Free
Featuring contemporary jewellery from artists who’ve worked with the Display Centre over the past 50 years.

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Fri 4 Dec 8.00 – 9.30pm
DaDaFest presents Tom Doughty

£7/5
Influenced by John Renbourn and Bert Jansch, Martin Carthy and Led Zeppelin, guitarist Tom Doughty has developed a unique and enthralling technique. Virtuoso US guitarist Bob Brozman says of him, In a world of derivative and imitative slide guitarists, Tom’s sound is unique and special.

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Sat 5 Dec 12.00noon – 8.30pm
Mslexia Day: From Laptop to Bookshop

£20/15 Day ticket including readings;
£10/£7.50 single workshop;
£5/3 readings

Suitable for emerging and more experienced prose fiction writers.

12.00 – 2.00pm Workshop (women only):

Writing a Synopsis, with Debbie Taylor – helping writers identify what their book is about and communicate it to an agent or editor.

3.00 – 5.00pm Workshop (women only):

First Paragraph, with Lesley Glaister – helping novelists and short story writers create an arresting opening.

7.00 – 8.30pm Reading/ interview (open to all):

Hilary Mantel & Debbie Taylor. Hilary Mantel reads from her recent Man Booker Prize 2009 winning work and talks about her personal ‘road to publication’: her mistakes, regrets, false starts. Followed by an interview and Q&A.

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Sat 5, 12 + 19 Dec
11.00am – 6.00pm
LOACA.ART Contemporary Craft Fair

Free
(see Thu 3 Dec)

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Tue 8 Dec 1.00 – 2.30pm
Philosophy in Pubs presents ‘Art for art’s sake?’

Free discussion in the Hub

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Tue 8 Dec 7.30 – 9.30pm
a.P.A.t.T. presents ‘Terry Riley’s In C’

£5
40 musicians take over the Bluecoat for a building-wide, not-to-bemissed performance of Terry Riley’s mesmerising masterpiece, In C.

United by a common tempo and responding to the collective polyrhythms pulsing through the building, the musicians make their way through Riley’s 53 musical ‘units’ as the audience creates its own route through this spellbinding performance.

Supported by the Rushworth Trust

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Fri 8 + Sat 9 Jan 10.30am
Book Market

Free

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Fri 11 Dec 7.30 doors for 8.00pm start
Vuk
plus support from Bagheera, Andrew Hunt (Indica Ritual) and Laurence English

£5
Finnish-American experimental pop artist Vuk was set to become an opera singer before her musical journey took an exciting detour.

Influenced by Balkan traditions, cinematic melodrama and the avant-garde, Vuk (who was a member of New York’s Dirty Projectors) has been described as beautifully haunting and straight-up powerful (Stereogum).

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Sat 12 Dec 7.30
Harvey Equinox presents
Battle of the Hands III: Christmas in Space!

£5/children under 12 Free
Taking Paper, Scissors, Stone out of this world, join comedy genius Harvey Equinox for an extravaganza of comedy, music, aliens and raw competitive spirit.

Put on your Santa hat and join in the fun as one of 16 determined souls battling to be the one to lift the trophy at the end of the night.

Or sit back and enjoy the spectacle and musical entertainment from the Voices of Venus. Fancy dress optional. Great fun for all the family.

Please arrive by 7.00pm if you would like to be a competitor.
Places are limited!

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Sat 19 Dec 8.00 – 9.30pm
Port in Every Storm featuring Evan Parker

£6/4
Pianist Stephen Grew percussionist Phillip Marks have developed a unique musical vocabulary over their 14 year collaboration. Joined here by saxophonist Evan Parker – whose multi-layered sounds and circular breathing have established him as one of free jazz’s leading exponents – Port in Every Storm explores music’s outer limits.

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Sat 9 Jan 12.00 – 4.00pm
SoundNetwork artists present ‘vinylhackday’

Free
Reassemble, hack and loop vinyl from Liverpool’s charity shop network – bring your own records too!

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Sat 9 Jan 7.30 – 9.30pm
Janek Schaefer: Phoenix & Phaedra holding patterns
plus Philip Jeck and Vasco Alvo

£7/5
(See Janek Schaefer exhibition)

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Tue 12 Jan 1.00 – 2.30pm
Philosophy in Pubs presents ‘Literary art?’

Free discussion in the Hub

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Sat 23 Jan 6.30 – 10.00pm
Reproheadz presents ‘Ill Audio’

£5 advance/£6 on the door
Liverpool’s pre-eminent under 18s Urban event featuring DJs, dance and MC battles, top local acts and free giveaways.  This quarterly event is not to be missed!

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Sat 23 Jan – Sat 27 Feb
Bluecoat Display Centre Exhibition ‘Birds of a Feather’

Free
Featuring illustrative embroidery and sculptural ceramics from Bristol based duo Louise Gardiner and Sophie WoodrowExhibition details

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Tue 26 Jan 1.00 – 2.30pm
Philosophy in Pubs presents ‘Does art work?’

Free discussion in the Hub

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Wed 27 Jan 7.30pm
Writing on the Wall and News from Nowhere present
‘Rebel Rants’ – Martin Bell: Democracy Down the Drain?

£8/5
Martin Bell, famed war correspondent and anti sleaze campaigner, launches Writing on the Wall’s series of Rebel Rants, talking about his latest book –
A Very British Revolution: The Expenses Scandal and how to save our democracy.

Martin will be joined by Stuart Wilks-Heeg, lecturer in Social Policy at the University of Liverpool.

WoW celebrates 10 years as a radical cutting edge festival with these Rebel Rants events.

www.writingonthewall.org.uk

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Thu 28 Jan 7.30pm – 9.30pm
Marcia Farquhar: 12 Shooters

£5
12 Shooters is a series of short films, each by a different artist, revisiting Farquhar’s performances from the past 12 years. The artist will introduce the films, which include visitations, a Humpty Dumpty séance, and a life-size Punch & Judy show, and present two live works.

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Tours & Exlore:

Every Saturday 2.00pm
Exhibition Tours

Free
Guides walk you through the exhibition, answer questions and challenge you to think beyond your initial responses to the art on display. Tours last approx. 45 mins.

Booked Group Tours can also be arranged. Please contact info@thebluecoat.org.uk
or call Tickets and Information on 0151 702 5324.

Sat & Sun 12.00 – 4.00pm
Explore in the Hub

Free
Explore tins are filled with the perfect mix of activities for your family and available seven days a week. You can get taster activities from our Information Assistants in the galleries who will be happy to talk you through them.  Fun for all the family.

Go and explore the exhibition then come and make some art of your own with help from our artists and volunteers.

*Please note there will be no Explore sessions on Sat 26 and Sun 27 Dec

Daily 10.00am – 6.00pm
Heritage Trail

Free
The Bluecoat is the oldest building in Liverpool city centre and has a rich heritage as a centre for the arts and education. Our heritage trail takes you on a journey around the Bluecoat and into its past.

The trail is free to take part in and is self guided so you can take your time and take it all in!

Sundays 12.00noon – 4.00pm
Heritage Tours

Free
Come to the heritage stand in the Hub to find out what time the next tour starts. Find out more about the past and present of this fascinating building.

Sat & Sun 12.00 – 4.00pm
Explore in the Hub

Free
Explore tins are filled with the perfect mix of activities for your family and available seven days a week. You can get taster activities from our Information Assistants in the galleries who will be happy to talk you through them.  Fun for all the family.

Go and explore the exhibition then come and make some art of your own with help from our artists and volunteers.

*Please note there will be no Explore sessions on Sat 26 and Sun 27 Dec

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Print Studio:

Sat 12 Dec 10.00am – 4.00pm
Mixing Inks and Viscosity Printing

£60/50
Bring your own etched plates and discover how to mix coloured inks of varying viscosities to produce multi-coloured prints. Led by Justin Sanders, who has taught for Gloucester Printmakers, Spike Island and Hot Bed Press.

Suitable for those with some etching experience.

Sat 23 Jan 10.00am – 4.00pm
BIG – The Revolutionary Resist

£60/50
Award winning teacher, technician and printmaker Andrew Baldwin wowed audiences at last years’s IMPACT 6 conference in Bristol with
his own etching ground, BIG (Baldwin’s Ink Ground). It combines the qualities of old fashioned soft and hard grounds, and acts as a good
resist in copper sulphate. Try it out for yourself and meet the man who makes it.
www.printmakingstudio.co.uk

Print Studio Blog
: www.liverpoolprintmakers.blogspot.com
A notice board plastered with news and information on printmaking and printmakers in the North West. We invite printmaking enthusiasts to link to it or contribute.
Email us your suggestions: print@thebluecoat.org.uk.

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Coming Soon:

Sat 30 Jan – Sun 28 Mar
Sonia Boyce: Like Love – Part Two

This multi-media installation by Sonia Boyce originated from a residency at Meriton School for Young Parents in Bristol, where it was shown at Spike October 2009. The exhibition explores universal ideas around the concept of care – the emotion we invest in others and in the making of works of art. In Bristol, Boyce produced a series of artworks from classroom discussions, which address fragmentary experience of longing, and raise questions about due care and contemporary life.

The exhibition will evolve across three partner venues in Bristol, Liverpool and Stoke, and each manifestation of the show will be different. The second part of Like Love in Liverpool will feature elements from the Meriton alongside new work made by Boyce in collaboration with the Blue Room, a year round arts service for adults with learning disabilities that operates three days a week at the Bluecoat, in partnership with Liverpool City Council. The different encounters with care these adults have experienced inspired and informed Boyce’s new works.

Like Love is commissioned by Spike Island and is an Arts Council England National Touring Exhibition in partnership with the Bluecoat and The Potteries Museum & Art Gallery, and will be documented in a joint publication at the end of the tour.

Venue details

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