The Bluecoat Display Centre is a nationally and internationally recognised contemporary craft and design gallery that has been established since 1959. We sell, exhibit and promote over 350 selected contemporary craftspeople each year working in a broad variety of media.
Bdc is an independent charitable organisation, which aims to promote contemporary applied arts both nationally and internationally, to support the craft infrastructure through: extending audiences for contemporary craft and working with leading North West and UK practitioners; enhancing lives through education, participation and learning; and improving the health and wellbeing of the communities of Liverpool and beyond.
Bdc has a proven record of bold, high quality and ambitious work through our gallery and community outreach projects. Delivery by our professional makers is at the heart of all our work and we continue to support and promote emerging talent, as well as more established makers. Please visit the Makers section of our website to find out more about individual makers represented by the gallery, including details of how to buy their work.
The Bdc outreach programme was launched in 2012, delivering high quality contemporary craft workshop and residency experiences, facilitated by some of the North West’s leading craft practitioners. The programme has formed lasting partnerships with health and education organisations throughout the North West.
Through our outreach work we aim to offer a wide variety of craft activities to disadvantaged and isolated groups, who may feel excluded or alienated and those who would benefit from the therapeutic qualities that art and craft sessions can give, to bring arts and culture to audiences that perhaps wouldn’t otherwise have the opportunity. Since 2012 we have engaged directly with over 2,900 participants through our outreach work.
For more information on our outreach and education projects and events, please visit the Outreach section of our website.
Registered Charity No. 1136680
Bluecoat Display Centre LTD, company limited by guarantee, No. 03175344
Bluecoat Display Centre (Trading) LTD is a non profit distributing company whose profits support Bluecoat Display Centre’s charitable work. Company limited by guarantee, No. 07288287