Bluecoat: Tony Phillips: 12 Decades

Bluecoat: Tony Phillips: 12 Decades
Bluecoat: Tony Phillips: 12 Decades


Venue: Bluecoat
Dates: 09/06/2021 - 29/08/2021
Times: All Day


Tony Phillips’ etching series 12 Decades continues a survey of modern history that has occupied him over the last 40 years.

Alongside the Liverpool Biennial, we’re proud to host Tony Phillips exhibition 12 Decades in our gallery. Phillips, who grew up in Liverpool 8, returns to the city with his project Twentieth Century Chapel (7 June – 29 August) which celebrates two Liverpool institutions, the Bluecoat and St. Luke’s Church, otherwise known as the Bombed Out Church.

The project focuses on the nature of technological progress embodied by our age-old aspiration to fly, starting with an image of the first powered flight in 1903, and proceeding through the decades into the modern era of supersonic jet fighters and drones.

At Bluecoat, a series of 12 etchings will be shown. The two venues will be connected by a public art trail of painted plaques mounted on buildings in Bold Street and the Ropewalks district. The trail leads the viewer from a traditional gallery setting, through the streets, to the ruined church, becoming the real-life testimony of the story told in the artworks – from art to reality