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Check out these amazing images of what Tate Liverpool transformation could look like

9 months ago

By The Guide Liverpool

Check out these amazing images of what Tate Liverpool transformation could look like
Tate Liverpool Art Hall. Credit: 6a architects

The preliminary designs have been revealed for Tate Liverpool transformation, and they look fantastic!

The first stage designs for the major transformation of Tate Liverpool were unveiled today, did you know they’re one of the most significant visual arts organisations outside London and a leader across the UK? Well now you do!

The transformation reimagines the gallery to meet the scale and ambition of today’s most exciting artists and to welcome visitors into a brand new museum environment for the 21st century. 

The designs show a new public ‘Art Hall’ and events space on the ground floor, opened up to admit sunlight and views across the historic dock. New gallery spaces over three floors will showcase the incredible diversity of Tate’s collection and are interspersed with public riverside foyers. The opening up of the Gallery’s façade will increase its visibility on the waterfront and within the Royal Albert Dock creating an inviting destination with striking spaces for learning, play, and relaxation.

Established in 1988, Tate Liverpool helped create a blueprint for a wave of new galleries across the UK, redefining the role of the museum in the life of a city and leading an innovative cultural regeneration of Liverpool’s post-industrial waterfront. 

Tate Liverpool - Cutaway. Credit: 6a architects
Tate Liverpool – Cutaway. Credit: 6a architects

The gallery plans to reveal new panoramic views of the River Mersey, re-establishing its connection to its historic waterfront site. A new exhibition space at ground floor level will be created to exhibit work that can been seen from the dockside, increasing the visibility of the gallery’s work to visitors.

Larger contemporary works – where awe, wonder and playfulness break down barriers and cut through preconceptions – which were previously impossible to display at Tate Liverpool, will be accommodated by new double-height galleries.

Environmental standards and thermal performance will be significantly improved with new services replacing fossil fuel with renewables and natural ventilation introduced to the building to ensure better energy performance.

The design by 6a architects will sensitively reveal more of the former Victorian warehouse through features such as the new open plan ground floor and uncovering windows, to celebrate the world-class heritage of this 180-year-old building.

Key themes from the Stirling Wilford scheme which formed the gallery in the 1980s will be retained, including a reimagining of the façade and the twin cylindrical gallery doors.

Tate Liverpool North Exit. Credit: 6a architects
Tate Liverpool North Exit. Credit: 6a architects

Helen Legg, Director, Tate Liverpool, said:

“We are proud to be the UK’s most visited modern art gallery outside London but, after 35 years, we want to do more to engage new audiences and to reduce the gallery’s impact on the environment. Through this once-in-a-generation renewal of Tate Liverpool we will become an art museum fit for the 21st century, serving the needs of artists and audiences, now and into the future while continuing to play our part in the ongoing evolution of the historic waterfront.”

Culture Secretary, Lucy Frazer MP, said:

“Tate Liverpool’s regeneration will breathe new life into the gallery, open up access to its collection and improve the visitor experience. It will also bring the history of Liverpool’s iconic Albert Dock into the heart of the museum and I’m delighted we have been able to support this project.”

Minister for Levelling Up, Dehenna Davison MP, said: “Liverpool is renowned across the world for its arts and culture. Just look at how they hosted Eurovision, which not only did the country proud but brought out the best of what the city has to offer to an audience of millions.

“Tate Liverpool itself has been at the forefront of the city’s cultural scene since it opened at the famous Royal Albert Dock, and this major transformation will ensure it remains a focal point for years to come – for both artists and visitors to enjoy.

“We have provided £10 million of Levelling Up Funding to support this project which will strengthen Liverpool’s status as a cultural hub and help us meet our ambition of levelling up the country.”

Tate Liverpool - Bridge View. Credit: 6a architects
Tate Liverpool – Bridge View. Credit: 6a architects

Funding for the £29.7 million project has come from UK Government, including £10m from the Levelling Up Fund as part of a successful combined £20m bid with National Museums Liverpool and £6.6m from DCMS estates maintenance fund.

The Liverpool City Region Combined Authority awarded funding for the developmental phase of the project via its Strategic Investment Fund.

While the building is closed, Tate Liverpool will continue to host events and one-off projects in collaboration with other spaces in the city. Plans for the programme for 2024 will be announced in the coming weeks.

For more info on Tate Liverpool click here.



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