The Bluecoat has revealed its 2019 programme of exhibitions and events.
Among the highlights of the year, which has a theme of looking to the future of artistic practice, are a major new show from American artist Alexis Teplin, and solo exhibitions from Grace Ndiritu and Shezad Dawood.
There will also be residencies from international artists like Indonesian Nurrachmat Widyasena (January 23-February 25) and Indian artist Chinar Shah (April 6-June 30) which whose work will be showcased along with Britain’s Suki Chan (February 1-24), and artists from Liverpool in a new programme called Residents which aims to support creatives working locally.
The Bluecoat’s group exhibition Survey, running from April 12 to June 23, will be held in partnership with Jerwood and will feature 15 early career artists from across the UK.
The exhibition is the largest review of contemporary art practice in Jerwood Visual Art’s 12 years of programming, spanning a breadth of disciplines including film, performance and painting, and will tour to the Baltic in Gateshead later in the year.
Other exhibitions include:
Shezad Dawood: Leviathan
July 6-October 13
Londoner Shezad Dawood’s epic film series Leviathan comes to Bluecoat as part of a season examining society and migration.
Presented alongside paintings, resin sculpture, and woven textiles, Leviathan follows migratory patterns between Europe and Africa.
The works combine marine biology, climate change, political systems and mental health to show how human activity and marine ecologies are intertwined.
The work has developed, adapted and grown across exhibitions and screenings in Wales, Netherlands and Italy before reaching Bluecoat for a major exhibition charting Dawood’s ambitious project.
Grace Ndiritu: The Ark
July 6-October 15
Birmingham-born and Brussels-based Grace Ndiritu’s The Ark is an experimental scientific and spiritual community, which formed for eight days at Les Laboratories Aubervillers in Paris in 2017.
Ndiritu’s living experiment drew on the artist’s own experiences of living in New Age communities. The group focused on creative thinking and radical new ways of thinking about life, society and the problems of the 21st century.
At Bluecoat, Ndiritu presents the findings of The Ark and presents their creative output, such as costumes and banners from a closing parade through the streets of Aubervillers.
October 2019-February 2020
US-born, London-based artist Alexis Teplin enjoys her first major UK exhibition here in Liverpool where she will premiere a new body of work this autumn.
Teplin’s work includes painting, performance and film, and she draws parallels between the process of these art forms.