My interviewee and the building in which he is the artistic director have a lot of accolades to them. Bluecoat is the oldest building in Liverpool city centre and the city’s UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is also the UK’s first arts centre and 2017 marks the 300th anniversary of its existence. The 4th of February marked the launch of 300 days of celebration, in which the story of this enchanting building will be told.
One way in which this story is being told already is through Public View. This exhibition brings together works by 106 artists who have exhibited at Bluecoat. Bryan Biggs is the Artistic Director at the Bluecoat, curator of Public View, and my interviewee for this article. Bryan’s reputation in the art world precedes him. However, as an individual he is calm, measured, articulate and forceful with his narration.