Tate Liverpool

Tate Liverpool
Albert Dock
L3 4BB







0151 702 7400


0151 702 7401

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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.

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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.

Living Room

  • 1 November 2014 — 9 September 2015 *on now

This display of work from Tate’s collection links the institutional space of the museum to the familiar interior of the home. The works on display allude to the central role of domestic space in our lives and its representation as a subject matter for artists.

Artists featured includeIvor Abrahams;Naum Gabo, Sherrie Levine, Susan Hiller, Nan Goldin, Patrick Caulfield and Gabriel Orozco among others who disrupt and reconfigure the habits and habitats that surround them by exploring themes of the domestic in a gallery setting. The collection was curated as part of the 8th Liverpool Biennial Exhibition, A Needle Walks into a Haystack, which presented artists who disrupt and reconfigure the habits and habitats that surround them by exploring themes of the domestic in a gallery setting.



György Kepes

  • 6 March — 21 May 2015

Discover the ground-breaking photography of artist, designer and educator György Kepes (1906–2001). The first solo exhibition of his work in the UK will explore how he worked across disciplines, experimenting with photography, art and science. György Kepes will showcase 80 of his photographs, photomontages and photograms produced during his time in Chicago, around 1938-42.

Kepes’s photograms, made without a camera, were instead produced in the darkroom by arranging and exposing objects directly on top of light-sensitive paper. The subjects – such as leaves, eyes, feathers and cones and prisms – reflected Kepes’s varied interests and included scientific and mechanical items alongside objects from the natural world.

The exhibition will also feature his pioneering group of six edited anthologies known as the Vision + Value series, which brought together essays by leading artists, scientists, musicians, designers and philosophers on topics including symmetry, rhythm and motion, nature and environmental arts and the social impact of design. Kepes’s influence is enduring. From former student Saul Bass’s stylised title sequences and posters for films by directors including Stanley Kubrick, Alfred Hitchcock and Martin Scorsese, to the annual Serpentine Marathon curated by Hans Ulrich Obrist, Kepes’s legacy continues to resonate.

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Cathy Wilkes

  • 6 March — 31 May 2015

The most comprehensive gathering of her works to date, Cathy Wilkes brings together more than a decade of the Turner Prize nominated artist’s consistently lauded practice. Since the late 1990s Cathy Wilkes (b.1966) has made installations and assemblages which combine investigations into sculptural art history often with personal references.

Wilkes’s theatrical installations, which often incorporate paintings, open an investigation into the surreal and uncanny nature of everyday objects removed from context, as well as the communicative potential of art. The significance placed on each aspect of the installations highlights how our understanding of objects can transcend language barriers, offering a subjective experience to each visitor.


Tickets to Leonora Carrington include entry into Cathy Wilkes.
Adult £8.80 (without donation £8)
Concession £6.60 (without donation £6)



Leonora Carrington

  • 6 March — 31 May 2015

Leonora Carrington invites you to discover the fantastical creations of the prolific painter and internationally celebrated member of the surrealist movement, Leonora Carrington (1917-2011).

The exhibition explores Carrington’s diverse creative practice, taking a selection of key paintings made throughout her career as its starting point. A prolific painter, the exhibition explores how Carrington established her distinctive take on surrealism. Working alongside other key members of the movement, such as Salvador Dali and Max Ernst, her paintings, filled with eccentric characters which shift between plant, animal, human, objects and everything in between, will remind visitors unfamiliar with her work of her better known peers.


Adult £8.80 (without donation £8)
Concession £6.60 (without donation £6)



Glenn Ligon: Encounters and Collisions

  • 30 June — 18 October 2015

Glenn Ligon (b 1960) is one of the most significant American artists of his generation. Much of his work relates to abstract expressionism and minimalist painting, remixing formal characteristics to highlight the cultural and social histories of the time, such as the civil rights movement.

This exhibition brings together artworks and other material he references in his own work and writings, or work with which he shares certain affinities. His practice, especially his painting, is deeply involved in the legacy of Post-War American art, which he enriches through references to American history, especially African-American experience. This exhibition features many major figures such as Willem de Kooning, Jackson Pollock and Jasper Johns alongside Ligon’s near contemporaries including Chris Ofili, Lorna Simpson and Felix Gonzales-Torres. Wider cultural phenomena such as the photojournalism of the Civil Rights struggle and Sun Ra’s seminal film Space is the Place also feature alongside the work of the artist.

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Adult £11 (without donation £10)

Concession £8.25 (without donation £7.50)



Geta Bratescu

  • 30 June — 18 October 2015

Born in Romania in 1926, and working for much of her life within a Commmunist state, Bratescu’s vivid practice has manifested as performance, textile work, paper collage and film, each medium reflecting political and social themes of the time.

This introduction to Bratescu’s singular vision comprises a selection of works from 1960 to the present day which showcases her commitment to the drawn line, whether created in fabric with a sewing machine, by the body performing through space, or found within her detailed classical draughtsmanship. It reveals a consistency of independent purpose and design persisting across the decades.

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Jackson Pollock: Blind Spots

  • 30 June — 18 October 2015

Jackson Pollock (1912–1956) is widely considered to be one of the most influential and provocative American artists of the twentieth century.

Jackson Pollock: Blind Spots brings together the most significant showing of this widely debated body of work in a public institution since 1980. These paintings had a profound impact on the language of contemporary art, with noted art historian Michael Fried commenting that it was while Pollock was making his Black Pourings that he was ‘on the verge of an entirely new and different kind of painting … of virtually limitless potential’.

This exhibition will take visitors on a journey through the artist’s practice, starting with a room featuring a selection of paintings from 1947–49 as an introduction to the innovative directions represented by the Black Pourings period. Exhibiting works from the peak of the artist’s fame juxtaposed with his lesser known work offers the opportunity to appreciate Pollock’s broader ambitions as an artist and better understand the importance of the ‘blind spots’ in his practice.


Adult £11 (without donation £10)
Concession £8.25 (without donation £7.50)



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.

Leonora Carrington: Guided tour

  • 7 March 2015 3-4pm

When Leonora Carrington eloped with Max Ernst in 1937, she took a one-way ticket out of both her country and her family. For the next 70 years she had virtually nothing to do with either: but in 2006 her cousin, journalist Joanna Moorhead, became intrigued by her story and travelled to Mexico in search of her. The two became friends, and Joanna visited her eight more times before her death in 2011.

Join Joanna for a guided tour of Leonora Carrington where she’ll explore the family story hidden within Carrington’s work, and describes her remarkable relationship with the black sheep who went on to become the national treasure of a country thousands of miles from the Lancashire where she was born.

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£13, concessions available



Creative Forum

  • 8 March 2015 1-4pm
  • 22 March 2015 1-4pm
  • 5 April 2015 1-4pm
  • 19 April 2015 1-4pm
  • 3 May 2015 1-4pm
  • 17 May 2015 1-4pm
  • 31 May 2015 1-4pm

Join us for a series of social and fun introductions to fashion, drama, textiles, photography, performance poetry/rap. Meet like-minded people, share your thoughts on the art world and develop your skills. Led by artist Sumuyya Khader and artist assistant Sufea Mohamad Noor.

No art experience or art knowledge needed, just an interest in exploring your creativity and being part of a new group of young creatives.

Creative Forum is part of Circuit, a four year national programme connecting galleries and young people aged 15–25

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Future Tate: Monthly art club

  • 14 March 2015 2-4pm

Meet new people, learn more about the art in the gallery, think about and share your own ideas, and have a lot of fun in these interactive workshops led by young people from Tate Collective Liverpool.

This monthly art club is open to young people aged 11–14 years old.

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Dance Performance Intervention: Imaginarium

  • 15 March 2015
  • 26 April 2015
  • 10 May 2015

Imaginarium is an exploration through dance of the metamorphic work of Leonora Carrington. Developed partly through a residency at Crookhey Hall, Carrington’s childhood home, the work captures the physicality, colour and energy found within Carrington’s sketches and paintings. The performer’s embodied response has been a direct reaction to the artist’s sense of mobilization, colour and imagery and their experience at Crookhey Hall.

Performed by James Hewison (Edge Hill University) and Michelle Man (Edge Hill University). Original music by Alfonso García de la Torre Rey.

Performances at 15:00 and 16:00

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Surrealist Family Adventures

  • 6 — 10 April 2015
  • 13 — 17 April 2015

Immerse yourself into a sculptural surrealist environment in our studio this Easter. Artist Kevin Hunt will be on hand to lead these exciting experimental workshops for families of all ages.

First explore artworks in the gallery with surrealist connections and then back in the studio we’ll be experimenting with lots of fun materials including paint to get you creating your own surrealist artwork. We’ll be documenting you and your artwork using photography and live streaming to our foyer space.

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In Conversation about Leonora Carrington

  • 29 April 2015 6:30-8:30pm

Learn more about the intriguing history and artistic practice of Leonora Carrington, who became a national treasure in Mexico thousands of miles from her origins in Chorley, Lancashire.

Join Joanna Moorhead (Journalist, co writer of ‘Surreal Friends’ and cousin of Leonora Carrington) as she discusses the life and work of Leonora with Francesco Manacorda, Tate Liverpool’s Artistic Director.

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Edge Hill Univeristy.



The Speaking Trumpet

  • 16 May 2015 2-4pm

A reading of surrealist and fantastical new writing, inspired by Leonora Carrington. Readers include fiction writer Ailsa Cox, whose work is included in Best British Stories 2014, and the poet James Byrne, editor of internationally-renowned poetry magazine The Wolf and lecturer at Edge Hill University.

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Leonora Carrington Study Day

  • 23 May 2015 10:30am-4:30pm

Explore the vast and astounding career of leading surreal artist Leonora Carrington in this study day led by Julie Robson (University of Liverpool). Through a series of talks, group discussions and gallery workshops you will uncover the extensive career of this unique artist.

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£28 excludes exhibition entry