It has been announced that Prince Edward will visit the Bluecoat Arts Centre in Liverpool as part of a tour of the North-West later this month. This will help celebrate the tercentenary of this Grade I listed building in the heart of Liverpool. Originally built as one of many Bluecoat schools across the country, it was converted to an Arts Centre when the school moved to more modern facilities elsewhere in Liverpool. It now not only offers a year-round programme of art, literature, music and dance but also tranquil gardens that provide an oasis of calm in the bustling city-centre.
During his visit, the Prince will be introduced to staff, artists, members of the public and tenants, as the centre is home to several craft associated businesses from hand-made accessories to silversmithing. He will be given a guided tour of the 300-year-old building, and then coming up to date, a display of contemporary art in one of the galleries. The visit will culminate in the Earl of Wessex unveiling a plaque to commemorate his visit.
The Artistic Director of Bluecoat, Bryan Biggs was pleased the centre was to be graced with a royal visit. “We are delighted that HRH has chosen to visit Bluecoat during his time in the North West. His visit is a reflection of the national significance of our artistic programme this year, as we celebrate the building’s 300th anniversary. Bluecoat has been at the centre of Liverpool’s cultural life for many years, so it seems especially appropriate for us to welcome the Earl of Wessex, a lifelong supporter of the arts, to the building this year.”
The Earl of Wessex has spent some time in the entertainment industry working with Andrew Lloyd Weber’s Really Useful Company and then his own Ardent Productions. He has now put that behind him as he helps with royal duties; he has undertaken many duties from his father including the Duke of Edinburgh Award scheme and President of the Commonwealth Games Federation.