Tate Liverpool

Tate Liverpool is an art gallery and museum in Liverpool, Merseyside, England, and part of Tate, along with Tate St Ives, Cornwall, Tate Britain, London, and Tate Modern, London. The museum was an initiative of the Merseyside Development Corporation. Tate Liverpool was created to display work from the Tate Collection which comprises the national collection of British art from the year 1500 to the present day, and international modern art. The gallery also has a programme of temporary exhibitions. Until 2003, Tate Liverpool was the largest gallery of modern and contemporary art in the UK outside London.

Tate Liverpool
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LocationAlbert Dock, Liverpool, Merseyside England
Visitors707,207 (2018)[1]
DirectorHelen Legg


Housed in a converted warehouse within the Albert Dock on Liverpool's waterfront, the gallery was opened on 24 May 1988 by HRH Prince Charles, an event covered by BBC Two television. [2][3] It is The original conversion was done by James Stirling but the building was given a major refurbishment in 1998 to create additional gallery space.

In 2007, the foyer area was redesigned by architects Arca to create an updated appearance and better proportions, as well as to improve visitor handling. The gallery cafe was also redesigned by Peter Blake and Liverpool-based architects, Architectural Emporium.[4][5]The centrepiece of the space is a new timber desk with an undulating orange fascia, which links to the retained colour scheme of the original conversion work by Stirling. A colour-changing wall acts as a backdrop to the simplified brick volume, visible from across Albert Dock. Behind the scenes, Arca also made alterations to the hospitality, cloakroom, events and education areas.

Live Events

The gallery has hosted numerous live events in the foyer, including Made Up Mix as part of Liverpool's Biennial of Contemporary Art.[6][7] This event featured Die Plankton[8] performing a show that was recorded for their "Yorkshire's Answers To The Beatles" live album.

See also


  1. ^ "ALVA | Association of Leading Visitor Attractions". www.alva.org.uk. Retrieved 27 March 2019.
  2. ^ "Tate Gallery Liverpool". BBC Genome, BBC Two England, 24 May 1988, 21.00. Retrieved 25 May 2017.
  3. ^ Youngs, Ian (29 March 2018). "The man who's been hands-on with priceless art for 40 years". BBC News. Retrieved 29 March 2018.
  4. ^ Jade Wright (17 August 2015). "Tate Liverpool unveils Sir Peter Blake's new Dazzle cafe". Liverpool Echo. Retrieved 8 January 2016.
  5. ^ "The Tate Gallery Café". Architectural Emporium. Retrieved 8 January 2016.
  6. ^ "Late at Tate – 25 Sept – MADE UP Mix". Art in Liverpool. 24 September 2008. Retrieved 22 November 2015.
  7. ^ "Venues". Liverpool Biennial. Archived from the original on 12 September 2008.
  8. ^ "Made Up Mix". Tate Liverpool. Archived from the original on 16 September 2008.

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2011 Turner Prize

The prize exhibition was held at the Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art in Gateshead from 21 October 2011 to 8 January 2012, the first to be held outside London since the 2007 Turner Prize exhibition was held at Tate Liverpool, and the first time the exhibition has ever been held at a non-Tate venue.

The 2011 Turner Prize was won by Martin Boyce for his installation Do Words Have Voices The other nominees were Karla Black, Martin Boyce, Hilary Lloyd and George Shaw.The prize jury for 2011 was Penelope Curtis (Director of Tate Britain in London), Katrina Brown (Director of The Common Guild in Glasgow), Vasif Kortun (Director of SALT (institution) in Istanbul), Nadia Schneider (Director of Kunsthaus Glarus in Glarus) and Godfrey Worsdale (Director of Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art in Gateshead).The prize ceremony was interrupted by the international streaker Mark Roberts who was hired by the artist Benedikt Dichgans.149,770 people visited the exhibition at the Baltic making it the most visited Turner Prize exhibition ever.

Alan Bowness

Sir Alan Bowness CBE (born 11 January 1928) is a British art historian and former museum director.

Between 1980 and 1988, Bowness was Director of the Tate Gallery, realising the long-desired expansion of the site at Millbank with the creation of the Clore Wing dedicated to the work of J.M.W. Turner. Bowness was also responsible for the creation of the outpost Tate Liverpool, both projects being achieved through gifts from charitable trusts. At a time when the public grant to the Tate had been capped, Bowness established two supporters groups to fund the purchase of new work and set up the Turner Prize to promote contemporary British artists. His acquisitions for the Tate collection included Surrealist and American artworks. He also set Tate St Ives in motion by fostering links with the Cornish town of St Ives, a location favoured by many artists, where he had set up the Barbara Hepworth Museum in 1976.

As a curator Bowness' main area of interest was British modern art — he has close personal links with both the Henry Moore and Barbara Hepworth families (he is married to Ben Nicholson and Barbara Hepworth's daughter Sarah) — and during his directorship the Tate's temporary programme concentrated on artists from this area. After retiring from the Tate, Bowness was director of the Henry Moore Foundation and set up the Henry Moore Institute in Leeds, Yorkshire. He was knighted in the 1988 New Year Honours. He is also an Honorary Fellow of Downing College, Cambridge.

Cathy Wilkes

Cathy Wilkes (born 1966) is an Irish artist from Northern Ireland who lives in Glasgow .She makes sculpture, paintings and installation. She won the Inaugural Maria Lassnig Prize in 2017 and was commissioned to create the British Pavillion in Venice in 2019.

Franz Ackermann

Franz Ackermann (born 1963 in Neumarkt-Sankt Veit, Bavaria) is a German painter and installation artist based in Berlin. He makes cartoonish abstraction.

He attended the Akademie der Bildenden Kunste in Munich from 1984–1988 and the Hochschule für bildende Künste Hamburg from 1989-1991.

He has shown work internationally in many exhibitions including the 2003 Venice Biennale, “Drawing Now: 8 Propositions” at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City, “Hybrids” at Tate Liverpool, “Global Navigation System” at Pace le aloghy de Tokyo in Paris and “Seasons in the Sun” at the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam. He is represented by neugerriemschneider in Berlin, Gavin Brown’s Enterprise in New York, Meyer Riegger gallery in Karlsruhe, Galeria Fortes Vilaca in Sao Paulo and Gio Marconi in Milan.

His works are held in the collection of the Museum of Modern Art, in New York.

Gavin Delahunty

Gavin Delahunty is an Irish curator and was the Hoffman Family Senior Curator of Contemporary Art at the Dallas Museum of Art. Delahunty joined the DMA staff in May 2014 and resigned in November 2017, citing 'allegations of inappropriate behavior'.

Geta Brătescu

Geta Brătescu (4 May 1926 – 19 September 2018) was a Romanian visual artist with works in drawing, collage, photography, performance, illustration and film.

In 2008 Brătescu received an honorary doctorate from the Bucharest National University of Arts for "her outstanding contributions to the development of contemporary Romanian art". Brătescu was artistic director of literature and art magazine Secolul 21. A major retrospective of her work was held at the National Museum of Art of Romania in December 1999. In 2015 Brătescu's first UK solo exhibition was held at the Tate Liverpool. In 2017, she was selected to represent Romania at the 57th Venice Biennale.

Glenn Brown (artist)

Glenn Brown (born 1966 in Hexham, Northumberland) is a British artist. He is known for the use of appropriation in his paintings. Starting with reproductions from other artists' works, Glenn Brown transforms the appropriated image by changing its colour, position, orientation, height and width relationship, mood and/or size. Despite these changes, he has occasionally been accused of plagiarism.

His work has been the subject of numerous solo exhibitions including Domaine de Kerguéhennec, Centre d’Art Contemporain, France (2000); Serpentine Gallery, London (2004); Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna (2008); Tate Liverpool, England (2009), which travelled to the Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, Turin, Ludwig Múzeum, Budapest (2010);

Frans Hals Museum, Haarlem, The Netherlands (2014); Fondation Vincent Van Gogh, Arles, France (2016);; Des Moines Art Center, Iowa (2016); Contemporary Arts Center, Ohio (2017); Rembrandt House Museum, Amsterdam (2017); Museo Stefano Bardini, Florence (2017); and British Museum, London (2018); and numerous group exhibitions including The Saatchi Gallery (1995, 2015); Centre Georges Pompidou (2002, 2014); Venice Biennale, Italian Pavilion, (2003); Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (2005); Gwangju Biennale, Korea (2010), Kunsthalle, Vienna (2011), Galerie Rudolfinum, Prague (2012), Guggenheim Museum, Bilbao (2013), Rennie Collection, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada (2013), Cognacq-Jay Museum, Paris (2015); Scottish National Gallery, Edinburgh (2018), Museum of Fine Arts-Hungarian National Gallery, Budapest (2019); and British Museum, London (2019).His work is represented by Gagosian Gallery in New York City and London, and Galerie Max Hetzler in Berlin and Paris.Brown lives and works in London and Suffolk, England. He was nominated for the Turner Prize in 2000. There was some controversy over his exhibition at Tate Britain for the Turner Prize, as one of the paintings was closely based on the science-fiction illustration "Double Star" produced in 1973 by the artist Tony Roberts.Brown was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the 2019 Birthday Honours for services to art.

Hermione Wiltshire

Hermione Wiltshire (born 7 April 1963 in London) is an English sculptor and photographer.

Wiltshire studied at the Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design and the Chelsea School of Art, completing her education in 1987. In 1992, she was artist in residence at the Tate Liverpool. She is senior lecturer in photography at the Royal College of Art (2008) and acting head of the photography programme (2011–12).Wiltshire's work treats the photograph as a sculptural object and approaches issues in sexuality, including pornography, the male gaze, and women's self-image, from a feminist perspective.She collaborated with Naomi Salaman on the exhibition Nothing is Hidden, 2000.

Ken Feingold

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Art museums and galleries in EnglandLondon's National Gallery and Tate Modern both received in excess of 4.7 million visitors in 2009. Other notable English art galleries include the National Portrait Gallery, Tate Britain, Tate Liverpool, Saatchi Gallery, Manchester Art Gallery, Tate St Ives and the Walker Art Gallery.

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Casinos in EnglandEngland is not famed for its casinos, but other forms of betting are popular throughout the country.

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Liverpool Biennial

Liverpool Biennial is the largest international contemporary art festival in the United Kingdom.Every two years, the city of Liverpool hosts an extensive range of artworks, projects, and a programme of events. The biennial commissions leading and emerging artists to make and present permanent and temporary public artworks, as well as long-term community-based projects. These newly commissioned and existing artworks are presented in diverse locations, including unusual public spaces, unused buildings, as well as the city’s galleries, museums, and cultural venues. Cultural organisations in Liverpool provide context for the presentation of contemporary art and culture.

Since its launch in 1999, Liverpool Biennial has commissioned over 300 new artworks and presented work by over 444 artists from around the world. During the last 10 years, Liverpool Biennial has had an economic impact of £119.6 million. Liverpool Biennial 2014 attracted nearly 877,000 visits.

Liverpool and the Black Atlantic

Liverpool and the Black Atlantic was a season of citywide series of exhibitions and events initiated by Tate Liverpool exploring connections between cultures and continents.

Between January – April 2010, art galleries and museums in the city including Tate Liverpool, Bluecoat Chambers, Metal, FACT Foundation for Art and Creative Technology, the Walker Art Gallery, International Slavery Museum and Sudley House all programmed exhibitions and public events in response to the Black Atlantic theme.

Merseyside Development Corporation

The Merseyside Development Corporation was a central government-appointed Development Corporation set up in 1981 by Margaret Thatcher's government to regenerate the Mersey docks of Liverpool, Bootle, Wallasey and Birkenhead. It was one of two Development Corporations to be set up in 1981, the other being the London Docklands Development Corporation, which also focused on disused docklands.

The first Chief Executive was Basil Bean, who had previously been general manager of the Northampton Development Corporation. Actitivies undertaken by the Corporation include the Liverpool International Garden Festival in 1984, and the redevelopment of the Albert Dock complex, which included the opening of Tate Liverpool.During its lifetime 7.6m sq.ft. of non-housing development and 486 housing units were built. Around 22,155 new jobs were created and some £698m of private finance was leveraged in. Circa 944 acres (3.82 km2) of derelict land was reclaimed and 60 miles (97 km) of new road and footpaths put in place.The Corporation was wound up in 1998.

Michel Majerus

Michel Majerus (1967 – 2002) was a Luxembourg artist who combined painting with digital media in his work.

He lived and worked in Berlin until his untimely death in a plane crash in November 2002.His work was featured in a number of solo and group exhibitions in Europe and North America, most notably the "Pop Reloaded" exhibition in Los Angeles.

Pub Philosophy

Pub Philosophy is a term sometimes used to describe organised gatherings in public houses for philosophical discussion. Several series of events in the United Kingdom and elsewhere offer pub philosophy in a variety of formats, typically involving an invited speaker and some degree of open discussion. Among the more long-standing of these are:

Big Ideas (based in London, UK) https://web.archive.org/web/20100912055756/http://bigi.org.uk/

Kant's Cave (held in London, UK, by Philosophy For All)

Living Philosophy (based in Tintern, Wales UK)

PhiloMadrid (based in Madrid, Spain)

Philosophy In Pubs (based in Liverpool, UK) http://www.philosophyinpubs.co.uk

PIPS Brighton (based in Brighton, UK) http://www.pips-brighton.org.uk/

The Stoa (based in Faversham, Kent, UK)

Skeptics in the Pub

Thinking While Drinking (based in San Diego, California) http://thinkingwhiledrinking.orgPub Philosophy groups, while often run by amateurs, have sometimes been recruited by more mainstream institutions to provide a distinctively participatory public forum. Such alliances have included Tate Liverpool and University of Chester working with Philosophy in Pubs, the Brighton Science Festival 2010 working with PIPS Brighton and the London School of Economics producing an event in collaboration with Big Ideas.

Rineke Dijkstra

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Sarah Lucas

Sarah Lucas (born 1962) is an English artist. She is part of the generation of Young British Artists who emerged during the 1990s. Her works frequently employ visual puns and bawdy humour, and include photography, collage and found objects.


Tate is an institution that houses, in a network of four art museums, the United Kingdom's national collection of British art, and international modern and contemporary art. It is not a government institution, but its main sponsor is the UK Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport.The name "Tate" is used also as the operating name for the corporate body, which was established by the Museums and Galleries Act 1992 as "The Board of Trustees of the Tate Gallery".

The gallery was founded in 1897, as the National Gallery of British Art. When its role was changed to include the national collection of modern art as well as the national collection of British art, in 1932, it was renamed the Tate Gallery after sugar magnate Henry Tate of Tate & Lyle, who had laid the foundations for the collection. The Tate Gallery was housed in the current building occupied by Tate Britain, which is situated in Millbank, London. In 2000, the Tate Gallery transformed itself into the current-day Tate, which consists of a network of four museums: Tate Britain, which displays the collection of British art from 1500 to the present day; Tate Modern, also in London, which houses the Tate's collection of British and international modern and contemporary art from 1900 to the present day; Tate Liverpool (founded in 1988), which has the same purpose as Tate Modern but on a smaller scale; and Tate St Ives in Cornwall (founded in 1993), which displays modern and contemporary art by artists who have connections with the area. All four museums share the Tate Collection. One of the Tate's most publicised art events is the awarding of the annual Turner Prize, which takes place at Tate Britain.

Tate Britain

Tate Britain (known from 1897 to 1932 as the National Gallery of British Art and from 1932 to 2000 as the Tate Gallery) is an art museum on Millbank in the City of Westminster in London. It is part of the Tate network of galleries in England, with Tate Modern, Tate Liverpool and Tate St Ives. It is the oldest gallery in the network, having opened in 1897. It houses a substantial collection of the art of the United Kingdom since Tudor times, and in particular has large holdings of the works of J. M. W. Turner, who bequeathed all his own collection to the nation. It is one of the largest museums in the country.

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