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The Bluecoat Gallery features Samantha Bryan, Liverpool

August 22, 2010

The Bluecoat, has always been one of my favourite places in Liverpool. Apart from being

one of the oldest buildings in the city (built around 1725), it was a creative

and artistic environment, unlike anywhere else I knew. Back in the 90’s

when I lived in Liverpool, the Bluecoat was an art gallery, a cafe, a bookshop,

a theatre, a film-house, an arts community centre, a craft gallery and shop

as well as being a place for taking high grade musical examinations.

At the centre of the building used to be a wild and almost hidden garden, an amazing place

that you felt you alone had discovered and knew about. In fact when I worked for Next Menswear

on Lord Street, I used to retreat to the quiet and solitude of the garden to eat my lunch, far away

(literally) from the maddening saturday crowds.

Today it is still a thriving arts community and although the garden space has changed and a new

building has been built on one side of the courtyard, it’s still a fascinating space that I would

recommend anyone to visit if they are in Liverpool.

The upstairs bar and restaurant, great food and friendly staff.

Art in the stairwell.

The new look and less overgrown Courtyard space. The Bluecoat Display Centre is in the top right corner.

Inside the Display Centre.

A great variety of artists work, ceramics, jewellery, textiles, wood, metal and stonework.

Melanie Tomlinson.

I have come across the wonderful work of Samantha Bryan before. A mixed media artist, based in

West Yorkshire and inspired by Victorian gadgetry and invention. Her work continues to inspire

and delight adults and children alike.

I always want to see these great pieces come to life in a Clangers style animation.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. ssarahlou permalink
    August 23, 2010 5:52 pm

    Samantha Bryan…Oooo I want one of those.


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