From traditional galleries showcasing old masters to contemporary spaces for the city’s new artists and photographers, Liverpool’s art scene is thriving
One of the undisputed grande dames of Liverpool’s cultural landscape, the Bluecoat gallery is housed in the oldest building in the city centre; originally a schoolhouse and dating from the early 18th century, the building enjoys Unesco world heritage and Grade I-listed status. Although boasting a rich history: it hosted the first Post Impressionist exhibition in 1911, including works by Picasso, Cézanne, Van Gogh, Matisse and Gauguin it is, nevertheless, an institution facing forwards. Not without initial local controversy, the arts centre underwent significant architectural redevelopment in 2008 and continues to be a staple for those hoping to spot emerging and mid-career artists.
School Lane, thebluecoat.org.uk. Open Mon-Sat 8am-6pm, Sun 10am-6pm, free entry