Late At Tate – November 2007 – Are You Ready?

Late at Tate:
Heated city debate and Hot Club de Paris perform

On the last Thursday of every month Tate Liverpool opens late for special events, music, food, drink and of course the best modern and contemporary art. This month’s Late at Tate, Thursday 29 November (18.00 – 21.00), is the last one in 2007 before a brief break takes us through to February 2008.

But Late at Tate is not going out quietly, and this time invites visitors to join Roger Phillips of BBC Radio Merseyside in a lively debate about contemporary art, Liverpool and regeneration.

Elsewhere in the Gallery, City in Film will screen footage of Liverpool past and present, and visitors will also be able to listen in on a discussion taking place in the bathrooms. Finally, on the eve of Liverpool Music Week, Hot Club de Paris will perform in the foyer.

The Are you ready? conversation, moderated by Roger Phillips, will involve Greg Scott-Gurner from Liverpool’s Arts Organisation, Lewis Biggs from the Liverpool Biennial and representatives from Liverpool Vision and Grosvenor. They will discuss Liverpool’s readiness for 2008, the peoples’ expectations, and the relationship between art and the city.
The event starts at 18.00, and tickets cost £7. To book call Tate Liverpool on 0151 702 7400.

As the city looks forward towards 2008, Richard Koeck and Les Roberts from City in Film take us back in time with Jonathan Meade’s On the Bandwagon, a BBC film which looks at such seminal events as the 1984 Garden Festival. There’ll also be a short surprise screening at the end of Meade’s film, to remind us of the reasons Liverpool won the bid to become European Capital of Culture.


Following on from last month’s Washroom Talk about the Turner Prize, artist Jay Reichsteiner and participants reconvene in the basement bathrooms to discuss whether contemporary art can help regenerate a city. The talk can be viewed outside the bathroom in the Big Plastic Box!

At the end of the night, having been warmed up by DJ Matthew Critchley, who is also part of the line up for Liverpool Music Week, Hot Club de Paris will play a set in the foyer. Having once played to a packed out audience on a Mersey Ferry, their mix of disco-punk and witty lyrics is sure to go down a storm at Tate Liverpool.

As well as activity at Tate Liverpool, neighbouring Site Gallery will be open late too. The exhibition Shrinking Cities: Interventions presents utopian and dystopian visions using landscape, multi-media, and performance to examine the regeneration of Liverpool’s distinctive architectural landscape.

18.00 – 19.30 ‘Are you Ready?’ Auditorium
18.00 – 20.00 The Washroom Talks Toilets
19.00 – 20.00 ‘On the Bandwagon’ Hospitality Room
18.00 – 20.15 Liverpool Music Week DJs Foyer
20.15 – 21.00 Hot Club de Paris Foyer

Late at Tate