Described by the Sunday Times as ‘the one that seems most comfortable in its own skin’, Tate Liverpool, which is situated in the converted Albert Dock warehouse, has become one of the largest and most significant modern and contemporary art galleries outside of London. Celebrating its 30th anniversary this year (2018), Tate Liverpool constantly delivers exceptional exhibitions. Previous highlights have included: Gustav Klimt, René Magritte and Lichtenstein. What’s more, the gallery offers free entry into special exhibitions for students who attend the Liverpool universities.
Open Eye Gallery is an independent not-for-profit gallery dedicated to photography. Located on the waterfront, the gallery uses its purpose-built space to present an international programme of contemporary photography exhibitions and host workshops, talks and other events. Currently on display is Open Eye’s contribution to the Liverpool Biennial 2018: ‘Beautiful world where are you?’
Bluecoat is Liverpool’s centre for the contemporary arts, offering a year-round programme of exhibitions and a range of music, dance, literature, live art and heritage events. In 2008, Liverpool’s year as European Capital of Culture, Bluecoat reopened after significant architectural redevelopment which resulted in improvements to physical access and the creation of a brand new arts wing. Not only does Bluecoat house some of the most impressive emerging talent, it is also host to a number of specialist retailers offering a variety of unique products: Kernaghan Books and the Bluecoat Display Centre.
The sister theatres Everyman and Playhouse are the embodiment of Liverpool’s rich cultural landscape. Founded in 1964, the Everyman has produced some of the most renowned British actors of the past 50 years, including Julie Walters, Alison Steadman and Bill Nighy. If the up and coming talent isn’t enough to tempt you, Everyman Playhouse offer YEP membership which gives anyone aged 14-25 years old access to buy £5 theatre tickets at both theatre venues, in addition to free access to pre-show events and workshops, plus 10% off food and drink.
FACT (Foundation for Art and Creative Technology)
Based in the heart of the independent Ropewalks quarter, FACT is home to three galleries, a cafe run by LEAF, a bar and four film screens, including The Box with intimate sofa seating. Operated by partners Picturehouse, a vast range of both independent and mainstream films are showcased. FACT’s exhibitions are constantly pushing boundaries and tackling big questions; for example, examining fake news in ’How much of this is fiction?’ (2016). FACT is currently displaying a weekly screening of the works of iconic French filmmaker Agnès Varda as part of the Liverpool Biennial 2018.
Museum of Liverpool
Labelled as the world’s first national museum dedicated to the history of a regional city and the largest newly-built national museum in Britain for more than a century, Museum of Liverpool is a must-see for all students in Liverpool. Currently on display is the ground-breaking exhibition Double Fantasy, telling John Lennon and Yoko Ono’s story in their own words, featuring personal belongings alongside art created by both John and Yoko.
Victoria Gallery & Museum
Visit the University of Liverpool’s iconic ‘red-brick’ gallery and museum situated in the heart of campus. The gallery houses an eclectic range of fine art, fossils, taxidermy and more.
Walker Art Gallery
The Walker Art Gallery is still one of Liverpool’s best tourist attractions. Positioned next to the iconic buildings St. George’s Hall, Central Library and World Museum, the gallery houses one of Europe’s finest collections of paintings, drawings, sculptures and decorative art dating from the 13th century to the present day. The Gallery is currently celebrating the 60th anniversary of the biennial John Moores Painting Competition, past winners of which include David Hockney and Peter Doig.
Lady Lever Art Gallery
Take a short train ride from Liverpool Central across the River Mersey to Port Sunlight, home of the Lady Lever Art Gallery. Whilst this is not strictly Liverpool, it is well worth a trip when you want to escape the bustle of the city. Originally founded by William Hesketh Lever, the gallery is dedicated to his wife Elizabeth, Lady Lever. The gallery features the finest pieces of Lever’s personal collection including Pre-Raphaelite paintings.