Tate Exchange

As part of our partnership with Tate Liverpool you can to be part of the Tate Exchange Programme.

Tate Exchange is an open experiment; a space for an ongoing programme of events developed by artists, practitioners, and associates. It is a place where everyone is invited to collaborate, test ideas and discover new perspectives on life, through art.

The custom built space within the gallery provides a comfortable and flexible place for you to get involved. Members of the public are free to drop in for a talk, enjoy a chance encounter with a pop-up work of art, watch a live performance, join in a workshop, and experience art in new and unexpected ways.

Take a closer look at just some of our recent Tate Exchange residencies in this short video:


Upcoming activities at Tate Liverpool

Knowledge Is Power

20-26 January 2020. Zhuozhang Li, CAVA (PhD with contributions from a further CAVA PhD researcher and MLC PhD researcher). The residency including a series of workshops, public talks, performance and exhibitions with installations, photos and clips, all focusing on the relation between individual and city, history and memory.

Gore 1776: A visualisation

30 March – 5 April 2020. Niall O’Hare, School of Architecture. This Tate Exchange residency seeks to explore ‘The Gore Directory of Liverpool’ through visual analysis with the objective of developing our perception of the data the Directory contains.

The Power of the Railway Journey

20 –26 April 2020. Junjie Xi, School of Architecture. Comprising photographic display, film projections and discussions, workshops and students’ architecture project presentations and a research seminar. Further information will be available shortly.

Past Projects

Our partnership with the Tate has already inspired researchers from across the University to find new ways to engage with audiences and to use their expertise in new and creative ways. Find out more below.

Tearing Up The Past

Tearing Up the Past focuses on conflict and artistic resistance in Latin America. Collage and photo montage are ways to express a political dispute or to combat those who attempt to cover up traumatic events.

Who Wants to Live Forever

Telling the incredible story of Henrietta Lacks through art, science, storytelling and documentation.

Room For Improvement

Stretch yourself physically, mentally and creatively in our Room for Improvement, explore the world of wellbeing and enjoy the unique opportunity to exercise in the art gallery.

Refugee Journeys

This programme will examine the lived experiences of refugees on the Balkan Migration Route.

Transits and Transformations

Reflections on higher education and the impact it has on transforming lives, especially for those who come to learning later in life.

Illustrating Futures

Illustrating Futures is an ongoing collaboration between the University of Liverpool and Comics Youth.

Made From Light

A series of creative workshops and talks exploring the art, science and the history of renewable energy, which has been around longer than you may think.

Tate Architecture Studio

Using the early concept drawings for the design of the gallery, Liverpool School of Architecture’s students explored Tate Liverpool’s architecture.

Portraying a Nation

World War photographs and paintings developed into educational activities through a ‘teach the teacher’ project.

Book of the Dead

The work of established artists interpreted by Egyptology experts, providing an insight into the beliefs of an ancient people.

Visions of the Future

Imagining a vision of the future using materials from the University’s Special Collections and Archives.

Thinking is Seeing

Exploring the connections between different paintings in the same way as ancient astronomers looked at stars and found links and relationships between them.

How to get involved

The programme theme for the next round of Tate Exchange is ‘Love’ and this is to be shaped by artist Amy Sharrocks.

This theme can be interpreted in many different ways and it will run from 30 November 2020 until 3 September 2021. 

Proposal deadlines

Phase 1 and 2 - Friday 29 May 2020 for events happening between 30 November 2020 to 28 March 2021. Decisions - 10 July 2020

Phase 3 - Friday 20 November 2020 for events happening between 29 March 2021 to 05 September 2021. Decisions: 18 December 2020

If you're interested in applying please contact Kate Spicer (Senior Impact and Business Development Manager) in the first instance. Kate can help answer any questions you have and support you through the application process. Please note, all applications need to go to Kate as direct applications will not be considered by Tate. 

Staff and Students Discount

University Staff and Students are entitled to free entry to all paid exhibitions at Tate Liverpool, Tate Britain and Tate Modern; plus 10% discount in the Tate Liverpool Shop and 20% discount at the Tate Liverpool Cafe.*

* Staff and Students must present a valid University of Liverpool Staff or Student ID Card when visiting Tate Liverpool and a staff / student card together with a Corporate Supporter Pass (2020) for entry into Tate Britain and Tate Modern.