Spotlight on Tate Liverpool – History

Tate 1988 © Tate Liverpool
Tate 1988 © Tate Liverpool

Tate Liverpool turns 25 this month, and what better way to celebrate than by starting our new ‘Spotlight’ feature with the ‘Tate of the North’.

Opened in 1988, Tate Liverpool is housed in the Albert Dock on Liverpool’s waterfront. Originally converted by James Stirling, the building was later refurbished in 1998 to create more gallery space, and now boasts over 4 floors of artwork on display.

The rejuvenation of the Albert Dock began in 1981, by which time the area was disused and in a state of disrepair. Now transformed into one of the city’s cultural hubs, Tate stands proudly amongst other exhibition spaces including the Maritime Museum and International Slavery Museum.

In 2008 Liverpool won the Capital of Culture bid and celebrated with a year of incredible shows, exhibitions, concerts and street performances. Tate stood at the forefront by hosting the annual Turner Prize in 2007, and underwent some reconstruction to improve the visitor experience.

Tate currently hosts the ongoing free exhibition DLA Piper Series: Constellations, as well as plenty of family and community events and talks. The gallery also continues to attract many internationally acclaimed artists for their special exhibitions, with some fantastic work coming up next with Chagall: Modern Master in June.