Tate Liverpool

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Tate Liverpool
Tate Liverpool - geograph.org.uk - 903501.jpg
Established 1988
Location Albert Dock, Liverpool, Merseyside England

539,577 (2009)[1]

Director Francesco Manacorda
Website www.tate.org.uk/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 of London.

The gallery opened in 1988 and is housed in a converted warehouse within the Albert Dock on Liverpool's waterfront. 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 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, the architects also made alterations to the hospitality, cloakroom, events and education areas.

Live Events[edit]

The gallery has hosted numerous live events in the foyer, including Made Up Mix as part of Liverpool's Biennial of Contemporary Art.[2][3] This event featured Die Plankton[4] performing a show which was recorded for their "Yorkshire's Answers To The Beatles" live album.


  1. ^ "VISITS MADE IN 2009 TO VISITOR ATTRACTIONS IN MEMBERSHIP WITH ALVA". Association of Leading Visitor Attractions. Retrieved 21 May 2010. 
  2. ^ "Late at Tate – 25 Sept – MADE UP Mix". Art in Liverpool. 24 September 2008. Retrieved 22 November 2015. 
  3. ^ "Venues". Liverpool Biennial. Archived from the original on 12 September 2008. 
  4. ^ "Made Up Mix". Tate Liverpool. Archived from the original on 16 September 2008. 

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Coordinates: 53°24′04″N 2°59′38″W / 53.401°N 2.994°W / 53.401; -2.994