Tate Liverpool to reopen 27 July

30th June, 2020

Tate today announced that it plans to reopen all four of its galleries on 27 July 2020. People will once again be able to visit the national collection of art on display at Tate Britain, Tate Modern, Tate Liverpool and Tate St Ives, featuring hundreds of artworks from across the centuries and around the world.

Guided by the latest official advice, Tate is currently working hard on its preparations to welcome the public back to its galleries. To manage numbers and ensure everyone can keep a safe distance from each other, all visitors, including Members, will need to book a timed ticket online in advance. Tickets will be available from next week at alongside the latest information and guidance on how to visit. Visitors can follow Tate’s social media or register for email updates to hear details as and when they are confirmed.

As a result of the closure, some of Tate’s upcoming exhibition programme has been modified. As well as the collection displays already at the Gallery, Tate Liverpool will unveil new work by Mikhail Karikis, and this autumn, Tate Liverpool will open Don McCullin.

Some exhibitions have been rescheduled to 2021, with new dates to be announced in due course. Talks, workshops, performances and film screenings will be replaced with a new programme of online events for the duration of this year.


27 JUL – 22 NOV 2020
Ferocious Love is a new audio-visual installation by Mikhail Karikis (b.1975) reflecting on young people’s views of an environmentally uncertain future. The sound of wildfires, flooding and other extremes of weather will be interpreted by the protest choir The Liverpool Socialist Singers, alongside a video installation created with students from Birmingham School of Art. The exhibition is Tate Liverpool’s annual We Have Your Art Gallery commission, in which artists work alongside communities to produce a collaborative artwork.
Sponsored by Birmingham City University.

16 SEP 2020 – 9 MAY 2021
Tate Liverpool will present a major retrospective of the legendary British photographer Don McCullin (b.1935). Unforgettable images of conflict from around the world, including Vietnam, Northern Ireland, Lebanon and Biafra, will be shown alongside his work made in the north of England, his travel assignments and his long-term engagement with landscape. Exclusively for its presentation at Tate Liverpool, the show will also feature a number of images of Liverpool and other northern towns and cities during the 1960s and 70s.
Supported by Tate Members.

“We’re all looking forward to welcoming visitors back to Tate. Art and culture play vital roles in our lives, and many of us have been craving that irreplaceable feeling of being face-to-face with a great work of art. Our number one priority remains that everyone stays safe and well, so we will continue to monitor the situation in the weeks ahead, work closely with Government and colleagues, and make all the changes necessary for a safe reopening.”

Maria Balshaw, Director

 “The role of our national cultural institutions is more vital today than ever before. During the closure Tate’s dedicated staff have found new and creative ways to allow our audiences to enjoy art in the virtual world using our digital platforms. My fellow trustees are delighted that from 27 July the public will once again see Tate’s world-leading collection and exhibitions in person”.

Lionel Barber, Chair, Tate