Liverpool exploded into life in the 18th century, rapidly turning from a small town into one of the world’s most important port cities. For 200 years, it eclipsed most of Europe in the trading stakes – nationally and internationally, Liverpool was where it was at. What does that mean for the visitor today?
You’ve only to look up: a skyline that’s part of a World Heritage Site, a waterfront that never fails to impress, and Georgian streets that are as graceful as they are grand. It is these architectural cheekbones that, along with the grand sweep of the River Mersey, make Liverpool such a visual treat. Sure, the city was for years on its uppers, its post-industrial decline as swift as it was comprehensive. But Liverpool has reinvented itself, as the UK Capital of Culture in 2008, as the home of the leading visual arts event Liverpool Biennial, as the place where artists make work and where a new, creative future is being written.
It is this combination of grace and ambition, wit and occasional decay that it typical of Liverpool; all this and the fact that it is one of the friendliest cities we know. Like the Liver Birds sitting atop the city’s most famous building, one turned to the sea, one turned to home, Liverpool is a city with a world view, yet a place with a personal, personable one too.
This new interactive production of two of the most revolting people in literary existence promises a proliferation of pranks and a whole lot of hilarious horridness.
A spellbinding new adaptation of the tale of four children from across the globe who meet at dreamtime by Mersey poet Brian Patten as part of the Everyman Company’s exciting new season and Liverpool’s Summer of Love.
Open Eye Gallery launches its 40th birthday year with this exhibition, exploring the influence of the North of England on fashion and visual culture.
Sculptor, painter and creator of artistic installations and happenings, Edward Krasiński was one of the most significant Eastern European artists of the 20th century. This is the first UK retrospective of his work.
Visitors to Tate Liverpool will have the unique opportunity to witness the entire production of a musical unfold live in the gallery over the space of four weeks, culminating in three special performances.
A new exhibition of artists as tricksters, whose work involves the direct use of deception, hoaxes and hacks. These politically inspired media artists exploit the shifting boundaries between fiction and reality in a world of post-truth politics.
Part of the Bluecoat’s 300th anniversary year is this exhibition of works by 100 artists who have previously exhibited at the gallery. Public View features a number of high profile artists including Jeremy Deller, Mark Leckey, Elizabeth Magill, Yoko Ono and Yinka Sonibare.
An exhibition focusing on the work of Tracey Emin and William Blake to reveal surprising links between the two artists.
Tate Liverpool’s upcoming exhibition Portraying a Nation documents the glamour and misery of the Weimar Republic through the work of painter Otto Dix and photographer August Sander.