Open in Liverpool: the City of Beatles, Boats and The Bluecoat
We are thrilled to announce that Cass Art is open for art in the vibrant city of Liverpool!
The new Liverpool shop is on 18 School Lane, right next to The Bluecoat – the most historic building in Liverpool and a contemporary art centre that plays host to dance, music, performance and literature, as well as the visual arts. Cass Art Liverpool is also a part of the thriving shopping centre Liverpool One – the ultimate shopping experience with an abundance of restaurants, retailers and events. Sandwiched between art, culture and a bit of retail therapy, we couldn’t be more excited about our new location.
With its legendary history of music and art, Liverpool is the perfect place for our first North West shop to open its doors. A city brimming with artist-led spaces and major galleries – Tate Liverpool, FACT, Walker Gallery and The Royal Standard, to name a few – it is also home to the Liverpool Biennial, the UK’s leading arts festival.
But really, when you think of Liverpool, you’ll probably think of boats, and you’ll probably think of the Beatles. A port city on the Eastern side of the Mersey Estuary, it was the port of registry for the RMS Titanic, but it has also been labelled the “World Capital City of Pop” by the Guinness World Records. Why? Because it was the hometown of John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Star, of course!
Where better for Cass Art to arrive, lend support to artists and celebrate the creative genius of such a city?
To mark our opening we’ve listed five top things to do in Liverpool – for art, music and culture lovers alike.
The Beatles Fab Four Taxi Tour
Unique and personal, this gives you a guided black cab tour around the significant Beatles landmarks throughout Liverpool. It’s a necessity for all Beatles fans, Sixties enthusiasts or those with a thirst for pop culture. Maybe you’ll pass by Penny Lane, or Strawberry Fields?
The Bluecoat is a beautiful building that dates from the early 18th century, and has Grade One listed status. A contemporary art centre with four galleries and an arts centre that re-opened in 2008, it’s one you must not miss. Yoko Ono had her first paid performance there in 1967, and returned to the new space in 2008 to celebrate their re-opening. And what’s more, they’re right next door to Cass Art Liverpool – so you can shop for art materials and celebrate Liverpool’s cultural gem with just a few steps!
This is the largest international contemporary art festival in the whole of the UK, and it runs for ten weeks every two years. Alongside a programme of projects and events, art from both leading and emerging artists appears all over the city in the galleries, museums, venues and unusual public spaces. The next Liverpool Biennial will be in 2016, but until then, watch out for Everybody Razzle Dazzle – Sir Peter Blake’s commissioned design of a ship in the dock, set to be unveiled in April!
Merseyside Maritime Museum
Nowhere celebrates boats and the maritime history of Liverpool like this place. Explore a variety of objects including ship models, seascape paintings and even real-sized vessels. Highlights include the exhibition Titanic and Liverpool, which details the tragic story of the unsinkable ship, and the HMS Conway Anchor just outside the museum on the quayside.
Fancy some laughs while you’re in Liverpool? Laughterhouse comedy is the place to go, with nearly a decade of hilarious sell-out stand-up under its belt. With a fantastic atmosphere and headline quality acts, this comedy in its purest form. Get your tickets today.