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Late at Tate – Drummond / Sergeant and More

Late at Tate Liverpool
Thursday 30 August 2007, 18.00 – 21.00

Following the successful first-ever Late at Tate with Peter Blake and Tracey Emin, Tate Liverpool’s next late night opening will focus on Centre of the Creative Universe: Liverpool and the Avant-Garde, on display until 9 September.

Looking to the future of Liverpool, legendary provocateur Bill Drummond will give a performance/ lecture entitled Liverpool or Why Andy Warhol Is Shite, which is also the working title for a book that will explore Drummond’s long and complicated relationship with the city. The second part of the title refers to Drummond’s reaction to an Andy Warhol retrospective in 1971 at what is now Tate Britain. The performance/lecture at Tate Liverpool will be the first part of the public process to get the book written and will undoubtedly influence the final work.

Drummond’s current inclusion in the Centre of the Creative Universe exhibition is a poster where he challenges the city to deliver a noteworthy European Capital of Culture year in 2008. In his varied music career, he has been a member of the KLF, Big in Japan and the manager of Echo and the Bunnymen. Throughout the evening, DJ Will Sergeant, of Echo and the Bunnymen fame, will be playing a selection of his favourite tunes in the foyer, while other recognisable figures from the heyday of Eric’s nightclub will be catching up with each other in the foyer. Cains beer will be available to visitors on arrival and an after-party will be announced on the night…

Meanwhile, Michael Horovitz will return to Liverpool to give one of his legendary poetry readings entitled One Man Poetry Band which will coincide with the launch of the lavishly illustrated A New Waste Land. Working alongside a generation of beat poets borne out of Liverpool, Michael Horovitz’s evocative use of language makes each reading a unique experience.

Tate Liverpool will also be presenting free screenings of two renowned Liverpool films Violent Playground (1958) and Letter to Brezhnev (1986). These were recently screened at the A Foundation as part of The Waterfront film series screening relating to Centre of the Creative Universe.

Site Gallery on the Albert Dock will open on the night from 17.00 – 20.00 in the form of Departure, Initiation, Return, an interactive audio visual VJ event by Concrete Films as part of The Cream Show.

This year’s ArtPad will also be open throughout the evening. ArtPad, designed by young people for young people, takes the form of a beach-themed installation inspired by the current Peter Blake retrospective. The group has designed free activities for young people to drop-in and try out including puppet shows with a twist, wrestling alter-egos and Blake-esque beach cut-outs.

On 27 September Late at Tate will be welcoming in the major rehang of the Tate Collection, DLA Piper Series: The Twentieth Century – How it looked & how it felt, with even more stimulating one-off events. For details on future events visit

Late at Tate Liverpool
30 August 2007
18.00 – 21.00

17.00 – 18.00 Site Gallery Departure, Initiation, Return Free
18.00 – 19.30 Auditorium Liverpool or Why Andy Warhol is Shite £7, £5.50,£4
18.00 – 19.30 Café Michael Horovitz’ One Man Poetry Band Free
18.00 – 21.00 Foyer DJ Will Sergeant Free
18.00 – 21.00 Hospitality Room Film Screenings Free
18.00 – 21.00 Studio ArtPad Free