Your guide to art in Liverpool
Artists on Show in Liverpool
Galleries / Art Spaces / Organisations
Opened in 1988 in an ex-warehouse on Albert Dock, Tate Liverpool is the city's leading modern and contemporary art gallery. Its exhibitions feature an international range of artists' work, often including pieces from Tate collections. In 2007, Tate Liverpool hosts the Turner Prize, the first time it'll be held outside London; all part of the build-up to Liverpool's year as European Capital of Culture in 2008. To 26 November 2006, the Tate and all the organisations below are participating in Liverpool's fourth international art Biennial: see Temporary Exhibitions.
Walker Art Gallery
Billed as the "National Gallery of the North", the Walker's outstanding collection contains works dating from the 1300s to the present. Contemporary art is always on the menu in some form; the Walker also commissions new pieces.
Bluecoat Arts Centre
At 290 years old, the Bluecoat building is the city centre's oldest. For the past century it's served as an arts centre and community meeting place. Now closed for a well earned £9.75 million renovation, the centre continues its activities from temporary premises in Paradise Street via its Connect outreach programme.
September 2006 saw the launch of Greenland Street - charity A Foundation's showcase for "the very best local, regional, national and international contemporary visual arts practice". The site comprises three vast spaces: The Blade Factory, The Coach Shed and The Furnace. Soon, it'll also offer an arts bookshop, cafe and hospitality area.
The Foundation for Art & Creative Technology is the UK's leading organisation for the commissioning and presentation of film, video and new media art forms. Working from TKTK premises in Liverpool, it organizes exhibitions and screenings, commissions new works and collaborates with other arts organisations nationally and internationally.
Ropewalks area gallery Open Eye first opened in the Grapes Hotel Public Bar in 1977. Since then it's grown into a specialist art centre and gallery focusing on lens-based work, including film, photography, video and installation.
Independents Biennial, The Art Organisation
The Liverpool Biennial's fringe equivalent, Independents Biennial and The Art Organisation, both host websites that offer virtual gateways into the city's artist-led, independent or not-for-profit scene. Set up for this year's Biennial, TAO offers spaces in the Ropeworks district to various groups, including the Projection Gallery, the Living Gallery, the Community Gallery and the Re-Evolutionary Gallery.