Centre of the Creative Universe offers a unique account of Liverpool’s art scene over the past fifty years. Moving from the immediate post-war period to the present day, it explores how the city has inspired a diverse range of nationally and internationally renowned artists to create an external view of Liverpool and its people.

Creative Universe recognises Liverpool as a place of myth – both generated by its inventive inhabitants and envisaged from afar. Documenting as well as challenging myths of its creative scene, Liverpool is presented here as a world city with an enduring capacity to ignite imaginations. Alongside artworks that chart Liverpool’s rise as a centre of the 1960s global pop revolution, the exhibition explores how the city has also inspired documentary photography, politically motivated art and played host to avant-garde movements from Pop to Conceptual Art and beyond.

By presenting a dynamic interplay of external perceptions and creative influences, Liverpool is revealed as both inspiration and site for radical and unexpected artistic activity. The exhibition also highlights important personalities who functioned as catalysts in the city’s creative scene and bohemian life.