Centre of the Creative Universe: Liverpool and the Avant-Garde
Tate Liverpool: Exhibition
20 February 9 September 2007
Stewart Bale Double Decker Bus at Edge Lane Depot 1946

Stewart Bale
Double Decker Bus at Edge Lane Depot 1946

© National Museums Liverpool, Merseyside Maritime Museum

To coincide with Liverpool’s 800th anniversary celebrations, this major exhibition investigates how the city has influenced and inspired a diverse range of important post-war artists. Centre of the Creative Universe, which takes its title from a statement by Beat poet Allen Ginsberg, explores how artists have contributed to an external view of Liverpool in people’s imaginations, and reveals, as well as challenges, myths of the creative scene in the city over the past four decades.

In that time Liverpool has emerged as a centre of global pop culture, a source of inspiration for documentary photography practice and politically motivated tendencies, and played host to a series of major avant-garde artists and movements ranging from Pop to Conceptual Art. As a result, Centre of the Creative Universe will include some of the most prominent artists of the last fifty years such as Keith Arnatt, Bernd & Hilla Becher, the Boyle Family, Jeremy Deller, Rineke Dijkstra, Adrian Henri, Candida Höfer, John Latham, Yoko Ono, Martin Parr, Bob and Roberta Smith, Sam Walsh and Tom Wood. The exhibition brings these key figures together in Liverpool, and through the interplay of their works, presents an ambitious history of the visual arts in the city, and explores the city’s status as a work of art in the mind of the artist.

Supported by the Liverpool Culture Company as part of the city’s preparations for European Capital of Culture 2008.
The Granada Foundation and P H Holt Foundation have supported all public events and educational activities that accompany the exhibition.