Eight Days A Week 2003 : Bluecoat Arts Centre Design Team Artist 2003 - 2007
School Lane
Liverpool L1 3BX


Pete Clarke was appointed the Design Team Artist in January 2003 for the redevelopment of the Bluecoat Arts Centre, Liverpool from a competition of invited artists.
This redevelopment project calculated to be £8.75 million including design and rebuilding includes funding by the Liverpool City of Culture, Arts Council, Heritage Lottery Fund and North West Development Agency. Pete Clarke’s role as Design Team Artist was to have a creative input into the design process working with the Architectural team of ‘Biq Architecten’ from Rotterdam who won the commission from an international competition.
His role also included working with the Bluecoat Management, Liverpool City Council and Representatives from funding agencies to facilitate the Bluecoat development. The Project combines a complete restoration and re-evaluation of the historical infra structure, its creative and managerial function and a new gallery extension building to significantly increase the creative ambitions of the Bluecoat to widen participation and develop the audience for innovative contemporary arts. Pete Clarke’s role was also to participate in funding applications and propose initiatives to maximise the use of creative spaces, sympathetic design and function and to suggest new ideas for artists’ participation and studio and gallery programme.

Update on progress

The building project goes on site in January 2005 and hopes to be completed for 2007 for the historical anniversary of Liverpool and to lead up to European Capital City of Culture 2008. Pete Clarke’s role as Design Team Artist will continue during this development process throughout the RIBA architectural stages of construction and development to completion and celebratory launch. He will participate in discussion concerning the infrastructure and design of the Arts Centre, the City Environs and the Secret Garden Project.
Bluecoat Arts Centre is Liverpool’s independent centre for the contemporary arts, promoting visual and performing arts, as well as a participation programme for local communities. It is housed in Liverpool City Centre’s oldest building and is arguably the oldest arts centre in the UK, dating back to the early 20th century. Bluecoat is a unique feature on the Liverpool cultural map, home to many individual artists, arts organisations and creative businesses. It plays an important role in major international events like Liverpool Biennial, whilst nurturing emerging creative talent from the city.
It develops cultural initiatives that bring together the local and the global, such as the annual Liverpool Arabic Arts Festival, the ongoing cultural exchange programme with our twin city of Cologne entitled Eight Days a Week, and our live art programme which has just presented over 30 events for the Biennial involving artists using spaces as diverse as Dingle Reservoir and city centre telephone boxes.
Bluecoat runs an innovative and critically acclaimed participation programme, Connect, which brings together local people and artists in creative collaboration. This activity will continue in 2005 during closure when Bluecoat moves off site for a major capital development (funded by Arts Council England, Heritage Lottery Fund and others), to expand its facilities and enhance its building. Reopening in 2006/7 in good time for the city’s 800th anniversary and European Capital of Culture in 2008, Bluecoat will have greatly improved access, heritage interpretation facilities and exciting new arts spaces designed by international architects BIQ from Rotterdam, making it the jewel in Liverpool’s city centre cultural offer and a key building in the World Heritage Site



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