Legacies & Bequests

Bluecoat Display Centre is a Liverpool based arts organisation and registered charity which supports the contemporary crafts and aspires to make Merseyside a better place for all.

By leaving a legacy to Bdc, you will make your own personal contribution to the continuing development and success of our exhibition, event and outreach programmes. A legacy is a vital element of Bdc’s future.

If you wish to leave a legacy gift to us, we can discuss this in more detail with you and thank you for your generosity.

How your legacy can help:


– It will enable us to continue our outreach programmes working with social care groups and local hospitals to demonstrate the benefit that craft can have on a person’s health and wellbeing. Individuals who have benefited from our programme of outreach workshops include those with autism, depression, dementia and other mental health issues, stroke patients, woman at-risk, and young carers.

– It will help us to maintain our national and international reputation for contemporary craft, and to continue to provide stimulating exhibitions of local, national and international artists.

– It will enable us to host an on-going programme of talks, workshops, trips and events.

– It will help us continue to provide a platform for over 350 studio based artists and makers.

– It will enable us to continue to engage with over 30,000 members of the public in exhibitions within the gallery each year, and engage nearly 40,000 online visitors with our  website.

To request further information about leaving a legacy, please call Bluecoat Display Centre on 0151 709 4014 or email us at crafts@bluecoatdisplaycentre.com

Thank you.

Registered Charity No. 1136680




“National Museums Liverpool has had a long association with the Bluecoat Display Centre, which continues to be the pre-eminent gallery from which to buy unique contemporary craft and design in Liverpool. Over the years NML has supported the work of the Bluecoat Display Centre through a number of discerning purchases of ceramics, glass and jewellery for its expanding British craft and design collection, a selection of which is on display at the Walker Art Gallery.”

– Myra Brown, Head of Art Gallery Exhibitions, National Museums Liverpool


“When I set up my jewellery business in 2001, the Bdc was one of the first galleries to notice and display my work. They have continued to support my artistic development ever since. Through the Bdc, I have gained an extensive local following, and my work has been showcased in prestigious international exhibitions as far away as Chicago.”

– Local Jeweller


“It is essential that in a large city like Liverpool that the crafts are adequately represented in the wider range of arts and cultural activities… Bdc has consistently promoted high quality work in a professional manner and achieved success.”

– Rosy Greenlees, Executive Director, Crafts Council

Image: Backhouse Bequest exhibition at the Bluecoat Display Centre (2017). This prize exhibition showcased six recent Ceramics graduates from the North West. The exhibition was supported by David Backhouse, a Trustee of the Bluecoat Display Centre and his brother Roy, who both sponsored the show and a winning prize award in the memory of their parents; Arthur & Lilian.