Bluecoat Display Centre | Exhibit In the Window

Posted 01.05.19

For the past 4 years the Bluecoat Display Centre has partnered the Liverpool Irish Festival by selecting a contemporary Irish craft maker and inviting them to exhibit here In the Window for the month of October.

For October 2019 we would like the In the Window maker to link in to the #LIF2019 theme “unique stories, creatively told” and would like to invite submissions from makers whose work naturally encompasses storytelling.

Bluecoat Display Centre are delighted to be working with the Design & Crafts Council of Ireland (DCCoI) who are supporting our call out as well as contributing towards transport costs and who, along with the Liverpool Irish Festival Director will be involved in the final selection.

Criteria and submission requirement
Deadline 31st May 2019

Open to any professional Irish craft maker living and working in Ireland, working in any discipline although consideration should be given to suitability for display In the Window (see the dimensions attached). Work does not have to be new but all work should be available for sale.

Send by email to:

  • A current biography/CV
  • A relevant selection of 5 images (maximum size per image 2MB) with prices
  • A statement about your work and how it is relevant to the LIF theme

The selected maker will be announced by 28th June 2019

Bluecoat Display Centre (bdc) is an independent, regional centre for artistic activity that brings together craft makers and the public in an environment that encourages creativity, collaboration and the exchange of ideas. A registered charity since 2010, based in Liverpool City Centre, bdc runs a gallery, education and community outreach programmes, and provides over 60 local and 300+ nationally selected contemporary craft makers and designers a retail platform to display and sell their work. bdc originated as one of this country’s earliest craft and design galleries in 1959, the first public gallery space within the Bluecoat; who are our landlords. We are an advocate, facilitator and audience maker for contemporary crafts.

Liverpool Irish Festival (LIF) brings Liverpool and Ireland closer together using arts and culture. It is this use of arts and culture as an instrument for observing, learning, sharing and debating Irishness, in the particular context of Liverpool, which makes us unique. We represent Northern Ireland, the Republic and the Irish diaspora’s creativity throughout the festival. Our thematic approach to programming and critical-thought curation develops depth, resonance and inclusion. In this context, we believe the Liverpool Irish Festival is the only arts and culture led Irish festival in the world. We can’t find another!

Liverpool Irish Festival 2019 (#LIF2019) and themes: “Unique Stories, creatively told”
Each year the Liverpool Irish Festival sets a programme theme. Past themes have included, migration, the meaning of ‘Irishness’ and conviviality. To build the theme, we pose questions to help us question and learn about Irishness, its influence and its creative spirit.

#LIF2019’ theme is “unique stories, creatively told”. Questions we have posed include:

  • Where and how are today’s Irish stories being told and how are we protecting them for tomorrow?
  • Where is the diaspora reflected in Irish creativity and how?
  • What significant influences, if any, has Irish culture collected from around the world and how are they depicted? What stories do they tell?
  • How reflective of a modern Irish person is the creative culture Ireland shows us today?
  • Does ‘Irishness’ reflect the whole of Ireland or only certain parts and how is it perceived in non-Irish communities?
  • What will Irish storytelling consist of in the future?

We are interested in hearing the unique and incredible stories of Irish people and the creative ways they are told. We want to share individual creative paths and how artists use their medium(s) to locate, interrogate and convey their identity, or other motivations that lay at the heart of what they do.

For further LIF information visit

About the Design & Crafts Council of Ireland
The Design & Crafts Council of Ireland (DCCoI) is the national agency for the commercial development of Irish designers and makers, stimulating innovation, championing design thinking and informing Government policy. DCCoI's activities are funded by the Department of Business, Enterprise and Innovation via Enterprise Ireland. DCCoI currently has over 60 member organisations and more than 3,000 registered clients.

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