the Bluecoat – What’s on Spring 2011

imageThe Bluecoat, Spring 2011 Listings
What’s on at the Bluecoat in Spring 2011. Exhibitions, Festivals, Literature, Paticipatory events, Music, Live art, Comedy, Dance, Printmaking and more.

EXHIBITIONS AND FESTIVALS


David Jacques: Robert Tressell Banner
Throughout 2011
Liverpool Art Prizewinner and Northern Art Prize nominee, David Jacques has created a huge banner artwork ‘The Great Money Trick 2011’ to celebrate one of the greatest socialist figures of the twentieth century, Robert Tressell. The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists novelist died in Liverpool in 1911 and the banner has been commissioned by Liverpool city council as part of the Liverpool City of Radicals. 8
Location: 7-95 Dale street, Liverpool.

Mark Anstee: Removed and destroyed without warning
Extended until 27 March

12metre submarine, created by Mark Anstee from wood, cloth, paper and metallic wax, wedged diagonally ‘nose-up’ in the upstairs bistro. The unique commission for the Bluecoat has been extended (no, not the actual submarine, that’s plenty big enough, but rather the finish date), so you’ve got longer to enjoy it.
The Bluecoat, School Lane, L1 3BX 0151 702 5324 www.thebluecoat.org.uk
Open daily 10.00am to 6.00pm.

Liverpool discovers: In the garden
Until 20 March

Liverpool’s remarkable story – its greats, firsts and lesser known facts – are told through a quirky and fun outdoor art trail, including five audio sculptures, The Mythophones, by Dan Fox and Dave Young in secret gardens. One of these is at the Bluecoat, and combines a gramophone and listening post containing solar powered audio devices offering a range of tracks: spoken word, nuggets of history, tall tales, sound effects, poems and music, all evoking the atmosphere and stories of the location.
The Bluecoat, School Lane, L1 3BX 0151 702 5324 www.thebluecoat.org.uk
Open daily 10.00am to 6.00pm.

Airports for the Lights, Shadows and Particles: A survey exhibition by Jyll Bradley
Until 1 May
Jyll Bradley’s first major service exhibition spans the last 20 years. The exhibition encompasses photographic installation, text and sound and newly commissioned work. Bradley explores ideas of identity, drawing together the photographic, the literary and the sculptural to create reflective spaces for inquiry into artistic choices, belief and love. Award-winning work for BBC is characterised by an innovative use of language and a passion for bringing to light lesser known narratives. Bradley is also well-known for Fragrant, her international project stemming from the complex relationship between people and plants.
The Bluecoat, School Lane, L1 3BX 0151 702 5324 www.thebluecoat.org.uk
Open daily 10:00am to 6:00pm. 

LITERATURE

Get into Reading
Wednesdays 2 March – 25 May (except 20 April)
Join in the joy of shared reading with this weekly book group with a difference. Books are selected by the group and read aloud each week – come along and read, discuss or just listen. All welcome.
The Bluecoat, School Lane, L1 3BX 0151 702 5324 www.thebluecoat.org.uk
6.00pm – 7.30pm, Free.
World Book Day Celebration: Our Read: Pass-It-On
Thursday 3 March
Join us for a day of reading to celebrate World Book Day and the launch of the world’s biggest shared read, Our Read 2011 (previously Liverpool Reads). Written especially by Frank Cottrell Boyce for Our Read, The Unforgotten Coat will be brought to life through this chain-reading event by book lovers of all ages. Free copies of the book will be available.
The Bluecoat, School Lane, L1 3BX 0151 702 5324 www.thebluecoat.org.uk
11am – 5.00pm, Free.

Comic Book Fair
Sat 5 March
Return of the comic fair to the Bluecoat. Bargains galore!
The Bluecoat, School Lane, L1 3BX 0151 702 5324 www.thebluecoat.org.uk
10.00am-6.00pm, Free.

Philosophy in Pubs
presents: Exploring Radical Feminism (writers, thinkers and doers)
Tue 8 March
Our resident philosophers pose the important questions – join in for some deep thinking. All welcome.
The Bluecoat, School Lane, L1 3BX 0151 702 5324 www.thebluecoat.org.uk
1.00pm – 2.30pm, Free.

Next Up Showcase
Thu 10 March
Come along to hear new work by emerging writers from university writing programmes in the North West. Creative writing students from Chester University, Edge Hill University, Liverpool John Moores University and the Centre for New Writing, University of Manchester will share new fiction and poetry.
The Bluecoat, School Lane, L1 3BX 0151 702 5324 www.thebluecoat.org.uk
7.00pm – 9.00pm, Free, ticket required.

Philosophy in Pubs
presents: “When is Censorship Justified?”
Tue 22 March
Come along and join in a lively discussion on the limits of freedom of speech.
The Bluecoat, School Lane, L1 3BX 0151 702 5324 www.thebluecoat.org.uk
1.00pm – 2.30pm, Free.

Love Books
Thu 24 March
The Bluecoat’s resident book club explores themes in literature. To celebrate the centenary of International Women’s Day (8 March), you’re invited to bring along your favourite book by a female author or about an inspiring female character. Hosted by News from Nowhere Bookshop.
The Bluecoat, School Lane, L1 3BX 0151 702 5324 www.thebluecoat.org.uk
6.00pm – 7.15pm, Free.

Liverpool Poetry Café
presents
Kei Miller, Alison Chisholm and Angela Topping
Thu 24 March
As compelling in performance as on the page, Kei Milleris is published by Carcanet and included in the Poetry Archive. He is joined by two of the North West’s best-known published women poets, Alison Chisholm and Angela Topping.
The Bluecoat, School Lane, L1 3BX 0151 702 5324 www.thebluecoat.org.uk

7.30pm – 9.30pm, £4 / £3

Philosophy in Pubs presents The Royal Court: a model for popular theatre?
Tue 12 April
The friendly philosophers discuss theatre. All welcome.
The Bluecoat, School Lane, L1 3BX 0151 702 5324 www.thebluecoat.org.uk

1.00pm – 2.30pm, Free.

Philosophy in Pubs presents Royalty and Cultural Identity?
Tues 26 April
What does the royal wedding mean to you? Come along and debate in an informal setting.
The Bluecoat, School Lane, L1 3BX 0151 702 5324 www.thebluecoat.org.uk
1.00pm – 2.30pm, Free.

Liverpool Poetry Café
presents:Two Cities Poetry: Liverpool & Chester
Thu 28 April
This unique programme, devised and compered by Gladys Mary Coles,
brings together poetic talents from two neighbouring North West cities.
The Bluecoat, School Lane, L1 3BX 0151 702 5324 www.thebluecoat.org.uk
7.30pm – 9.30pm, £3 / £2

Tue 10 May
Philosophy in Pubs presents: Is the King James Bible a work of Art?
Take a new look at the oldest story with the Bluecoat’s resident philosophers.
The Bluecoat, School Lane, L1 3BX 0151 702 5324 www.thebluecoat.org.uk
1.00pm-2.30pm, Free

Philosophy in Pubs
presents:The Big Society – Ideal or Ideology?
Are you a member of ‘the Big Society’? Come along and share your thoughts in this informal discussion group.
The Bluecoat, School Lane, L1 3BX 0151 702 5324 www.thebluecoat.org.uk
1pm – 2.30pm, Free

Love Books
Thu 26 May
This month’s host is Jim Stanton, organiser of the informal book discussion group, Literature in Pubs, who will look at the theme of guilt in literature. Bring along any book you would like to chat about related to this theme.
The Bluecoat, School Lane, L1 3BX 0151 702 5324 www.thebluecoat.org.uk
6.00pm – 7.15pm, Free

Liverpool Poetry Café
presents: Evolving Words
Thu 26 May
How do today’s young poets respond to Darwin, one of the most radical thinkers of all? Maybe skulls and stuffed birds, ladybirds and STIs, experiments, eugenics, evil genes, the dating game, biodiversity, individual significance – and everything in between? Young poets from Liverpool, Newcastle and Cambridge bring an unforgettable evening of lyrical poetry and film. Hosted by Dinesh Allirajah, Elizabeth Lynch and the Evolving Words poets.
The Bluecoat, School Lane, L1 3BX 0151 702 5324 www.thebluecoat.org.uk
7.30pm – 9.30pm, £3/ £2

JOIN IN

 

Centenary of International Women’s Day Celebrations
Sat 12 March
To celebrate the centenary of International Women’s Day this day explores the contribution of radical women to the development of Liverpool. Looking at campaigning, social reform, music and culture, guest speakers will discuss the impact on the city of women activists past and present, and there will be performances, previously unseen material from the New Museum, films and stalls.
The Bluecoat, School Lane, L1 3BX 0151 702 5324 www.thebluecoat.org.uk
11.00am – 5.00pm, Free.

MUSIC

Samizdat
presents: Dan Croll
Wed 5 March
Join Dan Croll and his band for the launch of his much anticipated debut EP.
Currently in his final year at the prestigious Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts, Daniel’s music combines elements of various exciting cultures. Ranging from the powerful drums and time signatures of African music to the sweet sound of the traditional Parisian streets.If you enjoy the likes of Yann Tiersen, Beirut, Grizzly Bear, St. Vincent, Fleet Foxes and Bon Iver, then this is for you.
The Bluecoat, School Lane, L1 3BX 0151 702 5324 www.thebluecoat.org.uk
7.30pm – 10.00pm, £5/£4

The Gathering
Wed 9 March
A regular monthly space for musicians to meet and improvise together.
The Bluecoat, School Lane, L1 3BX 0151 702 5324 www.thebluecoat.org.uk
7.00pm – 9.30pm. Free, ticket required
The Phantom band
with support from Found and By The Sea
Fri 11 March
Glasgow based five piece, The Phantom Band, released their debut album ‘Checkmate Savage’ in 2009 to mass critical acclaim, becoming cult successes of the year. “…the Phantom Band concoct a bewitching mix of gothic folk, krautrock, doo-wop and electro. They are scarily good” The Guardian.
The Bluecoat, School Lane, L1 3BX 0151 702 5324 www.thebluecoat.org.uk
8pm – 10pm, £8

Paul Holland and Chris Milner
Sat 12 March
Two of the North’s finest troubadours invite you to join them for an evening of music, chat and laughs in a long-awaited return to the Bluecoat. With influences ranging from Northern and Celtic folk to Bruce Springsteen and Loudon Wainwright, this will be an evening full of original tunes and heartfelt observations on life.
The Bluecoat, School Lane, L1 3BX 0151 702 5324 www.thebluecoat.org.uk
7.30pm – 10pm, Free

Samizdat
presents: Rhys Chatham: Die Donnergötter and Guitar Trio
Sat 26 March
Best known for large-scale works like A Crimson Grail for 400 guitars, Chatham trained with La Monte Young before becoming a leading exponent of New York’s No Wave scene. Here he performs his acclaimed Guitar Trio with Liverpool University music students and his rarely heard 1985 work Die Donnergötter. The ensemble is mirrored in a new composition by Jon Hering (aPAtT), opening the concert with a piece for synthesiser guitar, bass and drum sounds.
The concert is preceded by free day-time events: an interactive soundscape by the HIVE Collective based on the 100 greatest guitar riffs of all time, and mallet-guitar performances by Ex-Easter Island Heads at 3pm 5pm & 7pm.
Supported by PRS for Music Foundation’s New Music Plus and Liverpool University
Part of Liverpool Music Week
8pm – 10pm, £10 (limited capacity)

Record Fair
Sat 2 April
The original Bluecoat record fair, which started in the 1970s, continues with an eclectic selection for the vinyl, CD, DVD, and pop ephemera bargain hunter.
The Bluecoat, School Lane, L1 3BX 0151 702 5324 www.thebluecoat.org.uk
10.00am-6.00pm, Free

The Gathering
Wed 13 April
A regular monthly space for musicians to meet and improvise together.
The Bluecoat, School Lane, L1 3BX 0151 702 5324 www.thebluecoat.org.uk
7.00pm – 9.30pm. Free, ticket required

Record Fair
Sat 7 May
The original Bluecoat record fair, which started in the 1970s, continues with an eclectic selection for the vinyl, CD, DVD, and pop ephemera bargain hunter.
The Bluecoat, School Lane, L1 3BX 0151 702 5324 www.thebluecoat.org.uk
10.00am-6.00pm, Free 

The Gathering
Wed 11 May
A regular monthly space for musicians to meet and improvise together.

The Bluecoat, School Lane, L1 3BX 0151 702 5324 www.thebluecoat.org.uk

7.00pm – 9.30pm. Free, ticket required

LIVE ART

 


Dr Sketchy
Sun 13 March
Dr Sketchy is the internationally renowned life drawing class, celebrating sauciness by bringing the finest acts to perform and then pose for your pictures. Whether a budding artist, or an aficionado of the tease, there is something to put lead in your pencil at Dr Sketchy. Contains nudity, over 18s only.
The Bluecoat, School Lane, L1 3BX 0151 702 5324 www.thebluecoat.org.uk
3.00pm – 6.30pm, £7

FKuk and First Take
presents:Spoken Like a True…
Thurs 21 April
A week long workshop and residency focussing on emerging female spoken word/hip hop and VJ artists across Merseyside communities, with exclusive mentoring from international talent at the top of their game. Expect verbal gymnastics, moments of lyrical beauty, flashes of anger and truth as a veritable powerhouse of female artists of the word take over the Bluecoat’s stage.
The Bluecoat, School Lane, L1 3BX 0151 702 5324 www.thebluecoat.org.uk
7.30pm – 10pm, £10 / £8

Coming soon:
hÅb and Greenroom present: Poolside emergency
Sat 11 June
The second outing for Emergency’s Liverpool cousin takes place on 11 June 2011. Deadline for proposals is 8 April.
Information and forms available from www.thebluecoat.org.uk.
Enquiries poolsideemergency@thebluecoat.org.uk

LIVE ART & COMEDY
 

Bryony Kimmings: Sex Idiot
Fri 6 May

Bryony Kimmings is 29 years old and a Sex Idiot. This year she had her first STI test and discovered a common STI. Not one for looking back she was faced with the arduous task of retracing her sexual footsteps and decided to make a show along the way. Following her rapturous appearance at the Bluecoat’s If Only…! night in July, she returns to with the full version of this hilarious and critically acclaimed show. “One of the funniest, most charming things I’ve seen in an age” Time Out
The Bluecoat, School Lane, L1 3BX 0151 702 5324 www.thebluecoat.org.uk.
7.30pm – 9pm, £5 / £3
Adult humour, over 18s only.

The Comedy Trust Presents: Women in Comedy Panel Discussion
Sat 7 May

As part of this year’s Liverpool Comedy Festival, The Comedy Trust and The Bluecoat will be hosting a fun and lively debate exploring the role of women in comedy in 2011. Amongst the special guests will be comedians, artists and comedy industry professionals, with the event being chaired by Lynne Parker from Funny Women.
The Bluecoat, School Lane, L1 3BX 0151 702 5324 www.thebluecoat.org.uk
12.00 noon – 2.00pm, £2

Funny Women Presents: The Funny Women Awards
Sat 7 May
The Funny Women Awards, now in their 9th year, return to Liverpool to seek out the newest female comedy talent with a special guest as host. The best new acts will get a chance to perform for this year’s prestigious title at the national final in London on 26th September.
The Bluecoat, School Lane, L1 3BX 0151 702 5324 www.thebluecoat.org.uk

7.30-10.00pm, £10 / £12

VISUAL ART

Vincent Falsetta: Artist’s talk
Wed 16 March
American painter Vincent Falsetta who exhibited in the Bluecoat in Slow magic in 2009 talks about the evolution and development of his latest work and his experience as artist-in-residence at the Bluecoat during March.
The Bluecoat, School Lane, L1 3BX 0151 702 5324 www.thebluecoat.org.uk.
6.00pm – 7.30pm, Free, ticket required

Liverpool Light Night
Fri 13 May
The gallery doors will be staying open late for our new exhibition Look 11. There are family art activities and music too.
The Bluecoat, School Lane, L1 3BX 0151 702 5324 www.thebluecoat.org.uk
5.00pm-11.00pm, Free

Look 11: International Photography Festival
Featuring: Juergen Chill, Edmund Clark, John Darwell, Dornith Doherty, Ben Graville, David Maisel and David Moore
Sat 14 May – Sun 10 July
The theme of Look 11 is ‘photography as a call to action’ – the role of photography in questioning, documenting and responding to global issues of social justice. Works showcased in this new city-wide festival engage with natural and urban environments, human rights and equality, education and employment, war, law, community, the media and the economy.
The Bluecoat, School Lane, L1 3BX 0151 702 5324 www.thebluecoat.org.uk
Daily, 10.00am-6.00pm, Free

T
he National Photography Symposium
Fri 13-Sun 15 May
Established by photography network Redeye, the National Photography Symposium is the place for photographers to gather and talk about key issues of the moment. It takes place in a different venue each year, this year at the Bluecoat as part of Look11. ‘The most important forum in UK photography’ (Francis Hodgson, Financial Times), it offers a range of presentations, panel discussions and practical sessions, plus opportunities to meet, chat informally and look at photography.
The Bluecoat, School Lane, L1 3BX 0151 702 5324 www.thebluecoat.org.uk.
Further details times/tickets: Redeye www.redeye.org.uk or National Photography Symposium http://uknps.org.uk.

VISUAL ART/LITERATURE

 

The Blank Page: Jyll Bradley in conversation with Vona Groarke and Rabbi Shulamit Ambalu
Sun 10 April
In response to John Cage’s description of Robert Rauschenberg’s white paintings, Jyll Bradley asks what happens in the moments when an artist or writer is faced with the blank page, and how do they start and sustain the creative process? She is joined by Vona Groarke, one of Ireland’s finest contemporary poets, and Rabbi Shulamit Ambalu of the North London Progressive Jewish Community and Milton Keynes and District Reform Synagogue.
3.00pm – 4.30pm, Free

 

 

VISUAL ART/ DANCE
Movement on screen presents: Moves 11: Intersections
Wed 27 April – Tue 1 May
moves brings inspiring and breath-taking experimental cinema and video art to the region. Exploring the theme “Filming Across Culture & Technology,” artists will investigate the multicultural and interdisciplinary implications of working with screen-based art forms. Watch out for moves11 at the Bluecoat and partnering venues across the Northwest in late April.
Daily: Various times

PRINTMAKING


Printmaking Workshops:
 

Rudiments of Letterpress with Kenneth Burnley

Sun 20 March

Introductory half-day course (morning or afternoon) on handling metal and wooden type using the Bluecoat’s table-top printing presses. Print what you like in this small format – ideal for poetry, business cards, letterhead, etc. Ken has many years’ experience typesetting and runs Silver Birch Press on the Wirral.

10.00am – 1.00pm and 2.00pm – 5.00pm, £33/£27

Collagraphs with Paula Smithson

Sat 21 & Sun 22 May
Paula returns with another fabulous two day workshop. Day 1 explores making collograph plates from cardboard and household bits and pieces, and differences between various sealants. Day 2 covers registering plates to print together, inking à la poupee, and use of chine collé.
10.00am – 4.00pm Fee: £130 / £110

Printmaking Courses:

Introductory Level Screen Printing (four week course)

Thursdays 10 – 31 March

Tutor: Martin Kochany

6.00pm – 9.00pm, £90 / £80

Introductory Level Screen Printing (four week course)

Saturdays 30 April – 21 May

Tutor: Louise Morgan

10.00am – 1.00pm, £90 / £80

Advanced Level Screen Printing (four week course)

Wednesdays 9 – 30 March

Tutor: Dave Henckel

10.00am – 1.00pm, £90 / £80

EAT & DRINK
Book now for Mothering Sunday and Easter weekend
Mothering Sunday & Easter weekend menus
Two Courses £15

Three Courses £20

12.00 noon – 2.00pm, £2
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