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Art From Us MUSEUM GUIDE : Tate Liverpool : Barbara Hepworth

Today we arrive Tate Liverpool – Barbara Hepworth, for our Museum Guide excursion, led by Divvya Nirula.

The art in this gallery explores works of Barbara Hepworth and her contemporaries. Presented here are our top three works to see here. Next time you visit the museum, do not miss these!

1. June 1937 (painting), 1937, by Ben Nicholson OM
2. Sculpture to be Lost in the Forest, 1932, by Jean Arp (Hans Arp)
3. Reclining Figure, 1939, by Henry Moore OM, CH

Image credit for artworks : Tate Liverpool

Some fun facts about the Museum : Tate

  • It was Alan Bowness who proposed the idea of setting up a gallery in Liverpool. It was the 80s, and Bowness was director of the Tate at the time. The project was nicknamed – Tate of the North.
  • The Royal Albert Dock had an abandoned warehouse that was decidedly the perfect location for the venture. The warehouse was once a busy point for trade of silk, tea and tobacco. But was now ready for a revamp as an arts centre.
  • Tate Liverpool was proposed as a space for Modern art, with a strong educational programme. This was important to create awareness and enthusiasm around the arts.
  • James Stirling was appointed in as the architect in charge of Tate Liverpool’s design. He embraced the rustic façade and only made a few key changes.
  • Tate Liverpool opened its doors in 1988.

A Final Thought

Only a short decade after the setting up of this Tate gallery, the Liverpool Biennale was launched. In addition to hosting a city-wide exhibition every 2 years, the Biennale is also responsible for largescale public art commissions around the city. These factors have greatly contributed to Liverpool becoming a mini hub for art in the North of England.


Visit Art From Us Archive for Museum Guide collated by Divvya Nirula. Here you shall find more suggestions on where you should visit next. And also what you should see there. 

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