Tate Liverpool

Tate Liverpool
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Tate Liverpool is one of the largest galleries of modern and contemporary art outside London and is housed in a beautiful converted warehouse in the historic Albert Dock. Part of a family of galleries that include Tate Britain and Tate Modern in London and Tate St Ives in Cornwall, Tate Liverpool is the home of the National Collection of Modern Art in the North. Tate Liverpool displays work selected from the Tate Collection and special exhibitions which bring together artwork loaned from around the world. The exhibitions show modern and contemporary art from 1900 to the present day which includes photography, video and installation as well as painting and sculpture.

There are a wide range of events and family activities which include free introductory tours, exhibition talks and lectures as well as free family events which take place every Sunday afternoon. Tate Shop and Tate Café are open during gallery hours.

All floors are accessible by wheelchair and wheelchairs are available on request.

Venue Type:


Opening hours

Mon-Sun (including Bank Holiday Mondays) 10.00 - 17.50

Last admission to special exhibitions is at 17.00

Closed 25-26 Dec and Good Friday

Admission charges

Admission free to Tate Collection
Charges for special exhibitions

No permanent collection. Collection displays from the Tate Collection.

Collection details

Fine Art, Archives, Decorative and Applied Art, Film and Media, Social History, World Cultures, Photography, Music, Performing Arts, Design

Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.

DLA Piper Series: Constellations

  • 1 January 2015 — 1 January 2017 *on now

What links Pablo Picasso to Paul Cézanne? A Grayson Perry ceramic to a Cindy Sherman photograph? Explore the links between artists and artworks in our updated display of the Tate collection, DLA Piper Series Constellations.

Showing the very best of the Tate collection (the national collection of modern and contemporary art) this display presents artworks in ‘constellations’ or clusters, encouraging visitors to discover similarities between works of art that at first glance, may seem very different.

At the heart of each constellation is a ‘trigger’ artwork, chosen for its profound and revolutionary effect on modern and contemporary art. Surrounding the trigger works are artworks that relate to it and to each other, across time and location. Visitors to constellations can enjoy an imaginative display of art works by Henri Matisse, Barbara Hepworth, Marcel Duchamp, Joseph Beuys, Rachel Whiteread, Glenn Ligon and many, many more.

Those visiting Liverpool to see Peter Blake’s spectacular Dazzle Ferry and installation in Tate Liverpool’s café will be particularly delighted to see the new ‘pop’ constellation featuring work by Sir Peter Blake, Claes Oldenburg and Richard Hamilton.



Everybody Razzle Dazzle

  • 2 April 2015 — 1 December 2016 *on now

Take a ride on a ‘dazzling’ new artwork by the Godfather of British pop art Sir Peter Blake.

Liverpool Biennial, 14–18 NOW WW1 Centenary Art Commissions and Tate Liverpool have co-commissioned one of the major figures of British pop art, Sir Peter Blake, to ‘dazzle’ a Mersey Ferry in partnership with Merseytravel and National Museums Liverpool (Merseyside Maritime Museum).

Everybody Razzle Dazzle will see Peter Blake transform Snowdrop – an active Mersey Ferry – with one of his iconic, colourful designs into a fully working Dazzle Ferry.

Step aboard a moving artwork! Travelling on Snowdrop you’ll have the opportunity to learn more about the history of dazzle – a painting technique employed to camouflage British ships – and the role that Liverpool’s much loved Mersey Ferries took in the First World War in a special on-board display.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly


Free to view from the river. Admission to board Dazzle Ship is charged.



Works to Know by Heart: Matisse in Focus

  • 20 November 2015 — 2 May 2016 *on now

This autumn Tate Liverpool presents one of the most iconic works ever made by Henri Matisse – The Snail 1953. Due to the delicate nature of the work, this is your only opportunity to see The Snail outside of London, as this masterpiece will not tour to other venues in our lifetime.

At almost three metres square, The Snail is one of Matisse’s largest and most significant paper cut-out works. Made by cutting and tearing shapes from paper hand painted by his assistants in a range of bright colours, Matisse began experimenting with this cut-out method in the late 1930s, adopting it wholeheartedly by the late 1940s when ill health prevented him from painting.

Shown alongside The Snail will be additional Matisse works from Tate’s collection that span the genres of portraiture, landscape and still life, encompassing sculpture, painting and works on paper. Displaying works from 1899 onwards, Matisse in Focus will represent over 50 years of this giant of modern art’s fascinating and impressive career. Not to be missed!

Matisse in Focus is programmed in parallel with An Imagined Museum: works from the Pompidou, Tate and MMK collections to form Tate Liverpool’s autumn/winter season. Works to Know by Heart encourages visitors to re-consider their relationship with the artworks on display, proposing questions around this relationship and exploring what the works mean to them.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly



Works to Know by Heart: An Imagined Museum

  • 20 November 2015 — 14 February 2016 *on now

You’ve arrived at Tate Liverpool in the future. All of the works of art on display are about to disappear, forever. Which works of art do you want to know by heart, committing them to memory so that your favourite piece lives on?

An Imagined Museum: works from the Centre Pompidou, Tate and MMK collections sees three major European art museums bring together over 60 major, post 1945 artworks from their prestigious galleries. On display will be works by Marcel Duchamp, Claes Oldenburg, Bridget Riley, Dorothea Tanning, Andy Warhol, Rachel Whiteread and many more.

The exhibition invites audiences into a fictional scenario in which the exhibited artworks will cease to exist and asks visitors to memorise the works to secure their future preservation. An Imagined Museum draws on Ray Bradbury’s 1953 sci-fi novel Fahrenheit 451, a tale a distant future in which works of literature are banned and the only way to save them is to learn them by heart.

The exhibition will culminate with an exciting final weekend (20 – 21 February). All of the artworks will ‘disappear’, leaving the gallery to be replaced by members of the public who will personally recollect the missing art works to become a ‘living museum’. Visitors can expect to enjoy an array of multi-art form, live performances.

Part of Tate Liverpool’s autumn/winter season, entitled Works to Know by Heart, the exhibition encourages audiences to take an active role in the exhibition and to form a personal relationship with the artworks on display.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly


Adult £8.80 (without donation £8)

Concession £6.60 (without donation £6).

Help Tate by enabling the voluntary donation to enable Gift Aid.

Under 12s go free (up to four under 12s per parent or guardian).



Francis Bacon: Invisible Rooms

  • 18 May — 18 September 2016

Considered one of Britain’s greatest modern painters, Francis Bacon often painted an architectural, ghost like framing device around his subjects that structure many of his iconic paintings. Francis Bacon: Invisible Rooms addresses some of Bacon’s most powerful works with a renewed focus on their spatial structure.

A technique introduced by the artist in the 1930s, Bacon used a barely visible cubic or elliptic cage around the figures depicted to create his dramatic compositions. The exhibition will feature approximately 35 large-scale paintings and works on paper surveying the variety of Bacon’s painterly compositions united by this common motif.


Adult £13.20 (without donation £12)

Concession £9.90 (without donation £9).

Help Tate by enabling the voluntary donation to enable Gift Aid.

Under 12s go free (up to four under 12s per parent or guardian).



Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.

Memory Trigger Station

  • 2 November 2015 — 14 February 2016 *on now

Come and play in the Memory Trigger Station in our Family Space. Remember that great summer holiday you took? When you think back on it, you might see flashes of a day, textures, colours, smells, how do you store those images to enjoy later?

Explore our box of kooky objects to trigger memories, draw, write and record, then leave them with us or share them with others. Test out our memory Trigger Station postcard in the gallery, be sure not to miss the Works to Know by Heart exhibition: An Imagined Museum, 20 November 2015-14 February 2016.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly



2053: A Living Museum

  • 20 — 21 February 2016 10am-5pm

It’s 2053. All of the artworks in Tate Liverpool’s special exhibition An Imagined Museum have vanished, replaced by a ‘living museum’ an army of people assembled to preserve the memory of the artworks that were once on display.

2053: A Living Museum is the extraordinary conclusion of Tate Liverpool’s special exhibition, An Imagined Museum: works from the Centre Pompidou, Tate and MMK collections. Following the closure of the exhibition on Sunday 14 February 2016, the exhibition will reopen on 20 February 2016 with the artworks removed, replaced by a person or group remembering or performing each of the artworks that were once on display. Visitors can expect to see a wide variety of performances including dance, song and spoken word.

An Imagined Museum and 2053: A Living Museum draw on Ray Bradbury’s book, Fahrenheit 451 (1953), where characters become a living library of banned books to preserve their content for future generations.

Starting at 10.00 on Saturday 20 February 2016 each of the artworks that were in An Imagined Museum will be ‘remembered’ one at a time. Each performance will express the unique impact and values that only art brings into our lives. Highlights include an ongoing action orchestrated by acclaimed artists Alexandra Pirici and Manuel Pelmu?, alongside contemporary classical ensemble Epiphany, and a host of curators, art historians, artists, students, community groups and members of the public.

Suitable for

  • Any age



Tate Liverpool
Albert Dock
L3 4BB







0151 702 7400


0151 702 7401

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