Press Release

Late at Tate Liverpool – August 2007

Tate Liverpool
Thursday 30 August 2007

Following the successful first-ever Late at Tate, where Peter Blake and Tracey Emin wowed visitors with their camaraderie, Tate Liverpool’s next late night opening will take a closer look at Liverpool’s creative legacy on Thursday 30 August from 18.00 – 21.00. This month’s Late at Tate is inspired by the exhibition Centre of the Creative Universe: Liverpool and the Avant-Garde, which is on display until 9 September.

Coinciding with Liverpool’s 800th birthday, Late at Tate will explore the way Liverpool has inspired poetry, painting, performance and passion in its people. Entry to Late at Tate is free, and visitors can enjoy poetry readings, DJs in the foyer, themed talks, Liverpool-inspired film screenings and late opening of the shop and café. For this event only, see key figures from the heyday of Eric’s nightclub reunited. Visitors new to Centre of the Creative Universe can find out more about the exhibition with a free gallery tour.

Looking to the future of Liverpool and its creative renaissance is legendary provocateur Bill Drummond, who will give a performative talk inspired by the legendary ‘poster’ he created especially for Centre of the Creative Universe. In this poster, which is currently on display at Tate Liverpool, Bill Drummond challenges the city to deliver a noteworthy European Capital of Culture year in 2008. In his varied career, Bill Drummond has performed in KLF and Big in Japan and has been the manager of Echo and the Bunnymen. Hear the man himself give his outspoken views, and rallying-cry, as 2008 draws ever-closer. The event starts at 18.00, and tickets cost £7. To book call Tate Liverpool on 0151 702 7400.

Throughout the evening, DJ Will Sergeant, of Echo and the Bunnymen fame, will be playing his own unique musical playlist in the foyer. Watch and enjoy as Will Sergeant and Bill Drummond, two key figures from Liverpool’s music scene, are reunited. One free Cains beer will be available to visitors on arrival. Come and see where the after-party takes them…

Meanwhile, Michael Horovitz will return to Liverpool to give one of his, now legendary poetry readings entitled One Man Poetry Band. Working alongside a generation of beat poets borne out of Liverpool, Michael Horovitz’s evocative use of language makes each reading a unique experience. This free event will take place in the café from 18.030 – 19.30, so why not build up an appetite while feasting on words. From August, Tate Café will be staying open after Late at Tate ends to allow visitors to enjoy a drink or meal, without missing out on any of the events. The café closes at 22.00, with last orders at 21.30.

For those visitors who like their entertainment a little more relaxed, Tate Liverpool will also be presenting free screenings of two renowned Liverpool films Violent Playground (1958) and Letter to Brehznev (1986). Get there early to avoid missing the best bits!

This year’s ArtPad will also be open throughout the evening. This space, designed by young people for young people, takes the form of a beach-themed installation inspired by the current Peter Blake retrospective. The group has designed free activities for young people to drop-in and try out including puppet shows with a twist, wrestling alter-egos and Blake-esque beach cut-outs.

And for those who can’t wait until 18.00, Site Gallery on the Albert Dock will be providing a ‘warm-up’ from 17.00 – 18.00 in the form of Departure, Initiation, Return, an interactive audio visual VJ event by Concrete Films as part of The Cream Show.