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.
An exhibition dedicated to the America Pop Art legend, Roy Lichtenstein, brings a Whaam! of colour to Tate Liverpool.
Taking place 14 July – 28 October 2018 is the tenth edition of the Liverpool Biennial, an event that has brought newly-commissioned contemporary art to the city and the region since 1998.
The UK’s oldest arts centre – fittingly housed in one of Liverpool’s oldest buildings – is drawing its 300-year birthday celebrations to a close with a very special exhibition.
In their most ambitious show to date, Gecko imagines us all as brides – wedded to society and bound by a contract.
Tate Liverpool celebrates its 30th birthday in a rather unusual (notably brilliant) way, with Ken’s Show.
Emma Rice’s Shakespeare’s Globe production of powerful and topical truths inspired by Hans Christian Andersen’s tales for our times today. Woven together and to be witnessed afresh.
The first major UK exhibition to address a much underrepresented, yet fascinating chapter in the history of Surrealism.
A free new display made up of works by towering post-war American artists including Mark Rothko, Hedda Sterne and Andy Warhol.
2017 Turner Prize nominee Lubaina Himid explores how, especially as a black artist, one can deal with the everyday.
Open Eye Gallery’s latest exhibition, The Pier Head, captures a slice of Liverpool-Merseyside history in rich anecdotal detail, through a selection of rarely seen images by the acclaimed British photographer Tom Wood.