Bluecoat Display Centre: Down Town

Helen Chatterton

4 July – 6 September 2014

Open Monday – Saturday 10.00 – 17.00, Sundays 12.00 – 17.00


Down Town will feature selected local, and nationally based, artists who will be working in media including print, collage, textiles, ceramic, glass and metal to produce uniquely designed, handmade and exclusive souvenirs of the city.

Down Town was specially curated to coincide with the International Festival for Business taking place in Liverpool this year.

Artists Include:


Mike Badger

From his Liverpool studio Michael creates sculptures from recycled, brightly-coloured tin containers and other found objects, raising issues dealing with mass-production, Western consumerism and greed.

“Necessity is the mother of invention. It just went on from there. I usually find an object that already resembles something and try to enhance that. I have always had a fascination with sci-fi, robots and old car designs.’‘

Elisabeth Bower

Libby Bower is a graduate in Theatre and Performance Design and her work has been most prominently set dressing and costume design.

Due to her enjoyment of this she has recently been creating small costume design illustrative drawings. All of her work is multimedia, and she creates textures and shadows using inks, fabrics, and other found objects.

Helen Chatterton

Helen began to work in textiles in 2004 realising a lifetime’s obsession with fabrics and yarns. Her City of Cloth collections use old maps digitally printed onto fabric which she makes into scarves. Helen will present her latest Liverpool map silk and linen scarves for the first time.

Jane Coyle

Jane makes kiln fused glassware Patterns and textures are fused onto the surface of the glass using glass, fibre paper and transfers. The current glassware, in collaboration with artist Frieda McKitrick, features iconic Liverpool buildings on freestanding glass panels.

Deborah Hopson Wolpe

Deborah studied ceramics at Camberwell School of Art under Lucie Rie & Hans Coper. She makes functional ceramic objects decorated with words often using her father Berthold Wolpe’s Albertus typeface. Deborah combines ceramics with printmaking will show a series of Liverpool landscapes as etchings and lithographs.

David Rhys Jones

David Rhys Jones trained at Central Saint Martins he was joint winner of the Jerwood Prize in 2010. He developed a technique where he applies printed images to ceramic forms which are then fired. David will exhibit a range of site-specific works for the Liverpool Contemporary Art Fair.

Allison Wiffen

Allison combines white earthenware ceramic with her own, often black and white photography, to create a selection of highly original jewellery. She has captured many of the iconic landmarks of Liverpool and these will presented on a range of jewellery.

We will also be showing a selection of our Down Town artists on Stand B8 at the Liverpool Contemporary Art Fair 2014 which takes place at the World Museum from 3 – 6 July. For further information please visit