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Late at Tate to put Liverpool gallery centre stage

An evening of free art, performances, live music, talks and interactive workshops is promised at Tate Liverpool in September.

Late at Tate Liverpool: Fast Forward takes place on September 15 from 6-10pm and comes ahead of the Royal Albert Dock gallery closing its doors for a multi-million pound renovation.

The event will be dedicated to the gallery, which opened on the city’s waterfront in 1988 as the first Tate venue outside London.

Many of the activities will be curated, produced or performed by young creatives aged 16 to 25 from across the city region, with the LIMF Academy, LIPA, the Greenhouse Project in Toxteth and the gallery’s own Tate Collective Producers all taking part.

Students from LIMF Academy will perform in the gallery’s foyer and café, spotlighting some of the region’s finest rising musical talent from across Merseyside. Visual artist and live music designer Sam Wiehl will create an immersive experience with live visual interpretations of the LIMF performances.

Elsewhere in the gallery, students from LIPA will respond to key works from the Tate collection with a blend of spontaneous movement and dance.

And Venture Arts’ artists Barry Finan, Malik Jama, and Sally Hirst will delve deep into a world of words and imagery, performing in collaboration with spoken work artists Amina Atiq, Elliott Flanagan, and Anthony Shapland to present an immersive event for getting lost in words and projections.

Meanwhile Helen Legg, director of Tate Liverpool, will be in the venue’s auditorium, discussing the vision for the museum's redevelopment with Emily Pringle, freelance researcher, and former Head of Research at Tate.

And food and drink will be available to buy from the Tate Café.

Tate Liverpool is set to close its doors on October 23 for two years to undertake what has been described as a £29.7m ‘reimagining’.

It includes a new public Art Hall and event space on the ground floor, opened up to give views across the dock, and new gallery spaces over three floors.

The project cost is being underpinned by £10m of Government ‘levelling up’ funding, and £6.6m from the DCMS estates maintenance fund.

Late at Tate Liverpool: Fast Forward is on September 15 from 6-10pm. Entrance is free on a first-come, first-served basis.


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