The Liverpool exhibitions you can’t miss in 2022
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Here’s just some of the Liverpool exhibitions you can experience in the city during 2022
Pop culture, the best of British art, and all your favourite comic book heroes – there’s so much coming to the city this year to inspire and entertain us.
And, as Liverpool welcomes the New Year with loads of great events, here’s 7 exhibitions to check out in 2022.
Doctor Who Worlds of Wonder – World Museum Liverpool
May 27 – October 30
Sonic screwdrivers at the ready for a great new exhibition which is set to explore the world of science within the universe of Doctor Who. The world premiere exhibition lands in the city in a few months and is a must-see for fans of the world’s longest-running sci-fi television show, with original artefacts, sets and more.
The Turner Prize – Tate Liverpool
October 20 – March 19, 2023
How exciting is this?! The Turner Prize is Tate’s annual celebration of British artistic talent and it’s coming back here. Awarded to an artist for an outstanding exhibition or other presentation of their work, Tate Liverpool was the first gallery outside London to host the prestigious prize in 2007 (when it helped launch the city’s year as European Capital of Culture). An independent jury will announce a shortlist of artists in May and, following the exhibition’s opening, a winner will be selected on the day of the awards ceremony in December.
International Slavery Museum (4 March – 5 June 2022)
The first in a new series of pop-up displays planned for the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Building, working with creatives to develop an artistic response to Liverpool and its role in historic slavery and the legacies.
As a platform for multiple voices, this project will influence and shape the International Slavery Museum’s transformation, through exciting new ideas and experimental approaches to how we interpret our past and look forward to the future.
The successful entries and further details will be announced soon.
Free entry, contributions welcome
The Tudors: Passion, Power and Politics – The Walker Art Gallery
May 21 – August 29
Chance to see the five Tudor monarchs, Henry VII, Henry VIII, Edward VI, Mary I and Elizabeth I, some of the most familiar figures from English history and instantly recognisable in portraits that have preserved their likenesses for 500 years, as well as other iconic figures from the period like Mary Queen of Scots and William Shakespeare. It features around 100 objects including nearly 70 works from the National Portrait Gallery – the first time such a large number of its Tudor portraits have been lent for exhibition – and explores the Tudors from different perspectives, including Black Tudor history and LGBTQ+ history.
Comic Con – Exhibition Centre Liverpool
Bringing a host of displays and talent from comic culture, popular culture, cult TV shows, movies, sports and more, this show just gets bigger every year with organiser Andy Kleek saying Liverpool has overtaken London as the number one show! Guests this year include Originals, Vampire Diaries, and Legacies stars Ian Somerhalder, Joseph Morgan, Michael Trevino, and Steven Krueger; Guardians of the Galaxy’s Michael Rooker and Sean Gunn; Glee’s Matthew Morrison; One Tree Hill star Chad Michael Murray; The Pink Ladies’ Didi Conn, Dinah Manoff and Jamie Donnelly from Grease, joined by T-Birds Michael Tucci, Barry Pearl, and Kelly Ward; Star Wars star Andy Secombe, and Mark Lester and Shani Wallis from Oliver! And believe it or not, there’s loads we’ve missed out!
Inspired by Lady Lever – Lady Lever Art Gallery
Jun 24 – Jan 29, 2022
An exhibition celebrating 100 years of history at Lady Lever Art Gallery and the life of the woman it’s named after. Elizabeth Lever was a huge support and inspiration to her husband throughout the development of his business, Lever Brothers, and the building of Port Sunlight village. Although Lord Leverhulme named the gallery after his wife, there’s little in the gallery about Elizabeth herself but the recent rediscovery of a court dress which belonged to her has given the chance to exhibit this fabulous gown for the first time and shed more light on her story.
Liverpool Wondrous Place – Museum of Liverpool
Showcasing what we know already, that the city has got a staggering roll call of trailblazing entertainers, musicians, sports people, writers, poets, visual artists and comedians, this superb exhibition only opened on November 26 last year so if you haven’t seen it yet, what are you waiting for?! It has a new Stage and Screen display which examines the city as a film and TV set, and items include one of Villanelle’s costumes from Killing Eve worn by Liverpool actress Jodie Comer. From iconic Beatles suits and Garry Christian’s famous hat and sunglasses, to Spice Girl Mel C’s stage costume, it explores Liverpool’s reputation for musical creativity and well as its sporting legacy with running shoes worn by 2019 World Champion heptathlete Katarina Johnson-Thompson, and Natasha Jonas’s Miss GB boxing shorts.
Frankie Say 1984! The World Is My Oyster – British Music Experience
On until January 30
Last chance to see this amazing exhibition with only a few weeks’ left celebrating Frankie Goes To Hollywood’s impact and contribution to popular music. You can see some of FGTH’s stage outfits, instruments, memorabilia and a collection of retro “Frankie Say” merchandise; but the focus is on their meteoric success in 1984 against a backdrop of Thatcher, strikes, the Cold War, HIV and IRA bombs.
A Civic Role – The Bluecoat
On until 13 March
A new documentary display at the Bluecoat looks at how the Liverpool arts venue has engaged with the city and participated in wider public debates.
In these challenging times, the function of the arts in society is becoming increasingly valued, as well as put under scrutiny. Publicly-funded arts organisations are being challenged to develop new ways to engage with their audiences, to become more relevant to local communities, and to grow their civic role.
As the first arts centre in the UK, constituted in 1927, the Bluecoat has long engaged with Liverpool’s cultural and civic life, providing a home for artists, cultural societies, creative retailers, festivals, and a place for public discourse and social interaction.
The Merseybeat Office and replica Cavern at Beatles Story
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The Beatles Story is home to the largest collection of Beatles memorabilia anywhere in the world.
Key items include the last piano John Lennon played on. Diane Glover from the attraction says: “It was from Record Plant Studios in New York where John had been rehearsing on the day he was sadly shot. It’s been played on by Elton John, Aerosmith, and David Bowie penned ‘Fame’ on it!”
Other star exhibits include George Harrison’s first guitar, Ringo’s drum kit, the original ‘Help’ notes and John Lennon’s glasses and of course the replica Cavern Club and replica Merseybeat office, where the magic began.