The Bluecoat Announces Exhibitions for 2010


Liverpool’s creative hub, the Bluecoat has announced its exciting exhibition programme for 2010 which unites local and global contemporary artists.

The exhibitions and events highlight the breadth of programming occurring under the Bluecoat’s historic roof and demonstrate the popular arts hub’s work with local artists and communities.

First up is Sonia Boyce’s unique multi-media installation Sonia Boyce: Like Love – Part 2 which is being shown at the Bluecoat between 30 January and 28 March.

Emerging from a residency at the Meriton School for Young Parents, Bristol, Like Love explores universal ideas around the concept of care.

Unique to Liverpool, the second part of Like Love includes new work 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.  The encounters the adults have experienced with care will inspire, inform and drive the artist’s creative process.


Boyce has also been invited to curate the Bluecoat’s additional gallery spaces in recognition and celebration of her involvement in Black Skin/Bluecoat, her first exhibition at the Bluecoat in 1985 and her inclusion in Tate Liverpool’s Afro Modern: Journeys through the Black Atlantic exhibition, which opens the same time as Like Love. Her selection will showcase emerging artists whose themes, issues and approaches (loosely defined as ‘Post Black’) contrasts with the platform of ideas presented 25 years ago. The artists Boyce has chosen are Beverley Bennett, Appau Boayke-Yiadom, Robin Deacon, Grace Ndiritu.

This will be followed by Global Studios from 9 April to 20 June.

Global Studios showcases the work of Liverpool artists who have forged significant international networks outside the city. The Bluecoat has asked selected artists to develop exhibition proposals specific to their practices, which they will help them realise. The resulting presentation will be comprised of a series of different, yet connected exhibitions featuring artists from Austria, Pakistan, Germany, Japan as well as Merseyside, working across a broad range of media, from printmaking to video, painting to installation.

From 1 July until 5 September is the exhibition curated by Rose Issa which coincides with the Liverpool Arabic Arts Festival 1-11 July.

As a curator, writer and producer Issa has championed visual art and film from the Arab world and Iran for nearly 30 years. Liverpool Arabic Arts Festival (LAAF) is a unique and vibrant festival which celebrates and promotes Arabic art and culture. LAAF will encompass a rich, vibrant and varied programme of music, dance, literature, film, food and family activity.

And moving the popular arts hub towards the year’s end is our participation in the Liverpool Biennial International exhibition Touched. The Bluecoat will see a range of international artists beneath its historic roof as the festival gets in full swing between 18 September and 28 November.

Artistic director at the Bluecoat, Bryan Biggs said: “It is very exciting to be working with such a stimulating range of local, national and international artists. Our 2010 programme reflects the Bluecoat’s continuing commitment to bringing together the local and the global in contemporary art. Each exhibition will be very different from the one that precedes it and the lively mix of media and ideas on offer promises to make next year a very strong programme in our gallery.”

Alastair Upton, Chief Executive at the Bluecoat said: “The Bluecoat’s 2010 visual art exhibitions form part of a year round programme of music, dance, live art and literature. Our artistic team have worked hard to plan innovative exhibitions which will provide high quality creative experiences for visitors from Liverpool and beyond.

“As Liverpool’s creative hub, it’s great to be showcasing the work of Liverpool artists who have established international networks, through our Global Studios exhibition.

“Also highlighting the wide array of positive work we do here at the Bluecoat is Sonia Boyce’s Like Love exhibition. Working closely with the Blue Room, Sonia is exploring universal themes of care and helping to embrace the local community. These exhibitions, combined with the Liverpool Arabic Arts Festival and later the Liverpool Biennial International exhibition Touched are sure to make it a very exciting year at the Bluecoat.”