Book of the Dead at Tate Exchange
To complement Tate Liverpool’s exhibition, Egyptian Surrealism: Art et Liberté 1938 – 1948, experts from the University’s Egyptology Department and Garstang Museum led by Dr Gina Criscenzo Laycock, brought their own Book of the Dead activities to the Tate Exchange programme. Between 4 – 10 December 2017, over 550 members of the public directly engaged with the activities.
Images from papyri, captured by photographer Julia Thorne, were interpreted by Egyptology experts from the University of Liverpool, providing an insight into the beliefs of an ancient people. Armed with a visual appreciation of the ancient Egyptian underworld and inspiration from the work of an established comic book illustrator, members of the public created their own interpretation of the ancient Egyptian Book of the Dead by illustrating its spells.
The University of Liverpool has the largest Egyptology Department in the UK, and an outstanding collection of artefacts. This collaboration was an opportunity to bring these objects to a wider audience and to raise awareness of the need to study and conserve them for future generations.
This project is the latest in a series of Liverpool-Tate Exchange collaborations.