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1 Nov 2019 - 15 Jan 2020

Šárka Zahálková – Bluecoat Residency Programme

As the UK’s longest running arts centre, Bluecoat has provided space for artists and audiences at the heart of Liverpool for over a century. This year, Bluecoat’s international residency programme partners for the second time with the Arts and Theatre Institute and Czech Centre London and invites Czech curator Šárka Zahálková to develop her research into the role of civic space and public art as she prepares to curate a festival of art in the Czech Republic.

Zahálková currently works as Programme Director of City Gallery Pardubice (GAMPA) in Czech Republic. Her practice as a curator is rooted in ideas of social engagement and the belief that art can be a tool for change. Zahálková is also co-founder of ‘Offcity’ a programme of lectures, workshops, and art events taking place in public spaces that aims to explore the urban environment from a range of perspectives.

During her residency Zahálková will be meeting artists and curators in Liverpool and spending time researching the art and culture of Liverpool. The role of civic space and public art will be a key feature of Zahálková’s research. She will be looking at the ways that public art and monuments memorialise aspects of history of culture and how these art works create a sense of place in regional towns and cities.






Image: Suki Chan, Interval II, 2008



Bluecoat, School Lane, Liverpool L1 3BX

From: 1 Nov 2019
To: 15 Jan 2020


Czech Center is a coorganizer of the event

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