The Birdcage Stage

This festive season Sefton Park Palm will be welcoming local artist collective the Birdcage Stage for the very first time this December.

A golden gilded birdcage will house pop-up performances inspired by the changing seasons, winter stories and live music from selected local acts. A beautiful collection of brightly coloured bird houses will come to life with stories and songs from local school children, musicians and spoken word artists.

Birdcage is working with the Palm House for the Autumn/Winter Artist in Residence with thanks to the Fanchon Frohlich Estate.

Birdcage Exhibition Times & Additional Events

Monday 11th December – Exhibition: 10am – 5pm

Tuesday 12th December – Exhibition: 10am – 8pm.  Artist Activity: 10am – 1pm & 2.30pm – 5pm

Wednesday 13th December – Exhibition: 10am – 8pm. Artist Activity: 10am – 1pm & 2.30pm – 5pm

Thursday 14th December – Exhibition: 10am – 8pm. Live Jazz Band, Bear Cat Gumbo: 6.30pm – 9.30pm

Friday 15th December – Exhibition: 10am – 8pm . Artist Activity: 10am – 1pm & 2.30pm – 5pm

Saturday 16th December – Exhibition: 10am – 5pm. Live Music – Hope Street Harmonies Choir & Kathy Halter, 1pm – 4pm. Artist Activity: 10am – 12.30pm & 2.30pm – 5pm

Sunday 17th December – Exhibition: 10am – 5pm. Family Show -Winter Magic – The Cherubs & The Fairy, 12pm – 4pm. Artist Activity: 10am – 12.30pm & 2.30pm – 5pm

Monday 18th December – Exhibition: 10am – 8pm . Artist Activity: 10am – 1pm & 2.30pm – 5pm.  Pop-up Poetry Night with writer Alison Downs, 6pm – 8pm

Tuesday 19th December – Exhibition: 10am – 8pm . Artist Activity: 10am – 1pm & 2.30pm – 5pm

Wednesday 20th December – Exhibition: 10am – 8pm. Artist Activity: 10am – 1pm & 2.30pm – 5pm

Thursday 21st  December – Exhibition: 10am – 8pm. Artist Activity: 10am – 1pm & 2.30pm – 5pm

More special performances to be announced during the exhibition in December.

Bees: a Story of Survival

Bees: a Story of Survival is a visually stunning and immersive adventure that explores the epic tale of these incredible creatures and their essential relationship with the natural world.

In a unique partnership with the award-winning artist and sculptor Wolfgang Buttress, Bees: a Story of Survival is a beautiful harmony of art and science featuring cutting edge technology.

Using sculptural sound and light environments, the exhibition provides visitors with a real-time connection to bees within their natural habitat, revealing and expressing an ever changing picture of their activity.

Journey with us into their universe, from the tiny and fascinating anatomy of a single bee to the magic and wonder of bee colonies, the role bees play in the environment and the threats they face.

Another View: Landscapes By Women Arti...

This exhibition will examine women artists’ place in the history of British landscape art, a story traditionally dominated by male artists.

Starting with early depictions by female amateur artists, the exhibition will move through the 19th and 20th centuries, presenting the changing ways women have looked at the outside world, and how social, economic, cultural and environmental developments have affected that.

The artworks range from oil paintings to prints and drawings, and will be drawn from National Museums Liverpool’s collection alongside works from other institutions. They will tell a story of women artists’ growing ambition and development of technique as they get more of a foothold in the art world. Some of these artists will be relatively unknown, while others are recognised as leaders and innovators of their time. ‘Another View’ will seek to present for the first time an overarching narrative drawing these artists together.

The exhibition comes alongside increased interest in how women from all backgrounds experience ‘the great outdoors’. In presenting these artists’ own approach to looking at and being in the natural world, the show will open up the conversation about how we research and understand landscape art by women artists.

National Treasures: Velazquez in Liver...

‘National Treasures: Velázquez in Liverpool’ sees ‘The Rokeby Venus’ form the centrepiece of a new display.

The work is Diego Velázquez’s only surviving female nude and one of his most celebrated pieces. It will be shown in Walker Art Gallery alongside collections from National Museums Liverpool, both ancient and contemporary, exploring this iconic 17th century painting in an unexpected new way.

The display will challenge traditional readings of the painting by setting it alongside unexpected artworks by women and non-binary artists from our collection. These include Ethel Walker’s ‘The Spanish Gesture’, photographs by René Matic and Zanele Muholi, and Harriet Hosmer’s ‘Puck’.

The work is being loaned as part of the National Treasures programme celebrating the 200th birthday of the National Gallery in London. The programme will see twelve institutions across the UK loaned a different work from the National Gallery. For the duration of the displays, 35 million people – more than half the UK population – will be within an hour’s journey of a National Gallery masterpiece.


The Monument exhibition features artists, Jessica Rae Ecker, Gareth Kemp, Mandy Payne, KJ Pocock, Luke Skiffington.

A new large scale sculpture/installation by Gareth kemp will form the stage for the live performances at the launch event.

Private View: 7 December, 6 – 10pm. Live Music from two amazing Liverpool bands – Puzzle and Dominoes.

There will be a pay bar from Shuffle (all profits towards their ongoing work supporting Liverpool based artists) and a Pizza Van by Pizzeria Miki in the courtyard.

Exhibition runs 8th-10th December 12.00-18.00

Bridewell Studios and Gallery, 101 Prescot Street, L7 8UL.

The Many Faces of HIV

December 1st 2023 is the 35th World AIDS Day. Liverpool charity Sahir wanted to mark the occasion and commissioned photographer Laura McCann to produce an exhibition featuring people living with HIV.

The project showcases a series of unfiltered portraits and aims to celebrate the uniqueness of the individuals involved.

This exhibition will be part of a programme of events including, work by the Mexican artist Roberto Tovar, a display of the UK AIDS Memorial Quilt and several talks and workshops in conjunction with Homotopia.

The LAKE Gallery OPEN Exhibition

Following last year’s hugely successful show, the 2023 OPEN exhibition at the LAKE gallery in West Kirby brings together 53 emerging and established artists to create a diverse and exciting group exhibition. Entries were open to all 2D and 3D artists working in the UK.

A beautifully curated mix of statement pieces and smaller works, perfect for Christmas gifts, the exhibition runs throughout December and January.

The gallery will be hosting a preview evening on Thursday 30th November between 6pm and 8pm, and all are welcome.

The exhibition runs from Thursday 30th November to Saturday 20th January 2024.

Opening Times: Thursday – Saturday, 10am – 4pm

The LAKE gallery is located in central West Kirby, just 2 minutes walk from the train station. There are two blue badge parking spaces immediately outside the gallery and the nearest public car park is at The Concourse, a 5 minute walk away.

A Bluecoat Creative Community Event: B...

Experience a creative portrayal of the Backlands, a unique hidden landscape that lies between the world’s first industrial urban areas.

The Backlands are a hidden land that defies labels. Quarried, dredged, heaped with soil and reclaimed, Backlands was carved out by pioneering road, rail and waterways connecting Liverpool and Manchester to global markets.

Within this event, Backlands are explored and interpreted through film, music, painting, poetry, and photography.

This event allows you to experience a unique landscape at the premiere of BACKLANDS, an original electroacoustic work composed collectively by James Girling, Carmel Smickersgill and Andy Scott. The work will performed live during the evening with an accompanying immersive film and soundscape directed by John Ludlam.

This event is organised by members of the Bluecoat’s creative community.

Painting by Fine Artist John Skinner.
Photography and poetry by multidisciplinary artist Anthony Wong

Event Details
Live premiere of original electroacoustic music and immersive film.

5.30 – doors open, drinks and visuals in the Bistro Bar

6.15 – Show call

6.30 – Backlands begins

7.30 – Show close – Bistro bar opens

Tickets: £12.50

Blue Room X LUSH Liverpool – Par...

Join artists from Blue Room to celebrate the launch of their new knot wrap commission with ethical cosmetics company, Lush.

Sun 19 Nov, 11am-4pm
This event takes place at Lush Liverpool, 38 – 46 Church St, Liverpool, L1 3AW.

Artists from Blue Room, Bluecoat’s inclusive arts project invite you to celebrate Party Animals, their exciting new design commission from ethical cosmetics company, LUSH.

The first floor of the LUSH Liverpool store will be transformed into a winter wonderland as Blue Room artists bring elements of the Party Animals design to life with artworks and interactive installations. Step inside Blue Room’s imagined ‘menagerie at the North Pole’ to find tigers in pixie boots, penguins on bicycles… and a partridge in a pear tree.

There will be a chance to meet the artists behind the design and join in with printmaking activities in a drop-in creative workshop. You will also have the opportunity to find the perfect ethical festive gift with a pop-up print shop selling a brand new collection of limited edition art prints created by Blue Room artists in the Bluecoat Print Studio.

Free, donations welcome


Party Animals Garden Trail

Explore the Bluecoat’s secret garden with a trail created by Blue Room, Bluecoat’s inclusive arts project. See how many partying animals you can find this festive season.

From Tue 14 Nov, 11am – 5pm

I-spy a penguin on a bike, an octopus with a present and a tiger in pixie boots…

Artists from Blue Room, Bluecoat’s inclusive arts project, invite you to discover a menagerie of festive characters hidden in the Bluecoat’s secret garden. Pick up a free trail sheet from our Children’s Corner and see how many Party Animals you can spot.

The Party Animals trail celebrates characters from Blue Room’s new knot wrap design commission from ethical cosmetics company, LUSH.

Free entry, donations welcome.

Suitable for all ages