IB18: Bluecoat Display Centre: Carter Preston Prize 2018

4 Aug 2018 – 22 Aug 2018

Event times

Open Monday – Saturday 10am – 5.30pm.

Sundays and bank holidays noon – 5pm.

Cost of entry


Bluecoat Display Centre

Liverpool, United Kingdom


Travel Information

  • By car: Follow signs for Liverpool City Centre. We recommend parking in Q-Park, Hanover St. Or alternatively, Liverpool ONE has three new car parks: Q-Park Strand Street, Q-Park Gradwell Street and Q-Park John Lewis. Disabled Parking: There are 3 designa
  • By plane: Liverpool John Lennon Airport has a regular bus (click here for further details) with Liverpool City Centre, or a taxi ride is approximately seven miles.
  • By train: Liverpool Lime Street is the main intercity station. It is approximately a 10 minute walk to the gallery. Chester - Liverpool Lime St 43 minutes Manchester Oxford Road - Liverpool Lime St 47 minutes London Euston - Liverpool Lime St 2 hours 7

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This exhibition prize, held biennially in Liverpool, is in memory of the potter Julia Carter Preston.

Private View / Friday 3rd August 2018 / 5.30 – 7.30pm


Shortlisted artists for the prize, selected by an independent judging panel, are Elizabeth Ashdown, Tom Collison, Tessa Eastman, Joanna Hejmej, Irina Razumovskaya and Tara Squibb.

The 6 shortlisted makers will feature in this exhibition at Bluecoat Display Centre from 4th August – 22nd September 2018, with one selected by the judging panel to win a prize of £1,000 to be awarded at the Private view on 3rd August. There will also be a People’s Prize vote, when visitors will be invited to select their winner during the exhibition, to be announced on the final day of the show, 22nd September. This artist will win an In The Window spotlight exhibition opportunity in 2019.

Julia Carter Preston (31.8.1926 – 6.1.2012) exhibited regularly at Bluecoat Display Centre, Liverpool’s leading contemporary craft gallery, and was also a studio neighbour. The annual exhibitions of her unique sgraffito ceramics with their beautiful lustre glazes drew large crowds of private collectors and her works were also purchased for public collections around the UK.

Julia was artist in residence at Hope University, Liverpool for the last 2 or 3 years of her life. This prize exhibition is a partnership between The Liverpool Hope Carter Preston Foundation, which preserves the collection and support student bursaries, and Bluecoat Display Centre. During her life, Julia always supported young artists, and would be delighted to know that a prize exhibition was being set up in her name, to accompany other opportunities for young and international artists, as a fitting legacy to a unique artist.


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