Tate Liverpool Festive Santa Swap

Grotto drawing by a member of Kensington Fields Community Association.
Grotto drawing by a member of Kensington Fields Community Association.

Find a new home for unwanted gifts at Tate Liverpool as part of a Festive Santa Swap
16 – 21 December 2008

As part of the exhibition ‘The Fifth Floor: Ideas Taking Space’ at Tate Liverpool

From today visitors to Tate Liverpool can recycle their unwanted items, as part of a giant festive recycling project. The swap shop opens today as part of the exhibition The Fifth Floor: Ideas Taking Space, and visitors are invited to bring along their unwanted objects and wrap them using the wrapping materials provided. Once wrapped, the gifts will be added to the growing pile and ‘exhibited’ in the gallery space for the rest of the week, until all gifts are given away on Sunday 21 December.

For those visitors who want to be more creative, staff will be working in the gallery from 13.00 – 16.00 from 16-19 December to make presents that can then be wrapped and donated.

Using drawings produced by children from across Liverpool as architect plans, the ‘Architect Elves’ (Studio 3 Architects) will be constructing an alternative Grotto in the events space on Saturday 20 December, ready for the festive swap the next day. On Sunday 21 December, between 12-2pm, visitors can receive their surprise gift from our non-traditional Santa – inspired by the ideas from groups from across the city, including Kensington Fields Community Association, Clubmore Children’s Group, Bebbington School and Dingle Lane Kids.

We kindly ask visitors to ensure that their gift is safe, suitable and appropriate for swapping. Staff will be able to assist with any questions about donated gifts.