Tate Liverpool on the Royal Albert Dock is the northern outpost of the Tate galleries. With an impressive free collection alongside major exhibitions from internationally-renowned artists, it’s a must-see for any art lover visiting Liverpool.
The free collection includes sculptures, paintings and immersive video art from modern and contemporary artists such as Anish Kapoor and Bob and Roberta Smith. Many of the works link to Liverpool’s colonial history and explore themes of migration and international exchange. The displays change regularly so it’s well worth making repeat visits.
The free collection is also a good chance to view the works of Turner Prize nominees when their work comes to Liverpool.
Notable upcoming and recent paid exhibitions include Turner’s seascapes with an accompanying immersive sound environment by Lamin Fofana, the bright graffiti-inspired art and activism of Keith Haring, and the unsettling large-scale paintings of Francis Bacon.
If you’re visiting Tate Liverpool with children, check out the family activities and chill-out space in the Clore Learning Centre. Other facilities include a cafe with specially-commissioned artwork by Sir Peter Blake, and a shop where you can buy gifts, books, homeware and more.
It’s free entry for everyone, apart from for the major paid-for exhibitions. Tickets are available on the door but booking is recommended.