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Lucy McKenzie

Lucy McKenzie, Untitled 1997

Lucy McKenzie, Untitled 1997  © Lucy McKenzie. Photo: Courtesy of the artist and Cabinet London

Expert painter, collaborator and creator of high fashion. Do not miss Lucy McKenzie

Join us for the first UK retrospective of Glasgow-born, Brussels-based artist Lucy McKenzie (b. 1977). The exhibition brings together over 80 works dating from 1997 to the present. Visitors can enjoy large-scale architectural paintings, illusionistic trompe l’oeil works, as well as fashion and design.

The exhibition highlights themes that have interested the artist throughout her career such as the iconography of international sport, the representation of women, gender politics, music subcultures and post-war muralism.

A skillful painter, McKenzie is known for her use of the trompe l’oeil technique; paintings that are so convincingly real they literally “deceive the eye”. Take a closer look at Quodlibet XIII (Janette Murray) 2010 and you’ll discover the pin board, with attached map, knitting pattern, and wool is in fact, a painting.

McKenzie collaborates with other creatives regularly. Through her collaborations, she challenges the notion of authorship by pointing to the strength of collective actions. McKenzie founded Atelier E.B. with Scottish designer Beca Lipscombe which has operated as a fashion label since 2011. Street Vitrine III Constellation 2020 produced by Atelier E.B. highlights the artistic skill involved in window dressing. This is further investigated in works like Rebecca 2019 which questions some people’s perception of ‘window dressing’ as a talent that requires little skill.

Lucy McKenzie, May of Teck 2010

Lucy McKenzie, May of Teck 2010 © Collection Charles Asprey © Lucy McKenzie. Photo courtesy of the artist; Galerie Buchholz, Cologne/Berlin/New York

Lucy McKenzie Fountain and Portrait of Mannequin

Lucy McKenzie Fountain and Portrait of Mannequin 2019. Collection Nicoletta Fiorucci Russo, London. Courtesy the artist and Cabinet, London

Tate Liverpool is located on the Royal Albert Dock Liverpool. There is level access to the gallery via the main revolving doors and two side doors.

The exhibition is on the 4th floor of the building.

  • Toilets are located in the basement and on the first and second floors
  • A Changing Places toilet is located in the ground floor foyer
  • Ear defenders can be borrowed from the front desk

For more information before your visit:

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Visitor numbers are being carefully managed. There are increased cleaning regimes in high use areas, protective screens on desks and counters and hand sanitiser dispensers throughout the gallery. ​

​When you visit:​

  • Keep your distance from others​
  • Please wear a face covering unless you are exempt

​Most importantly, if you or anyone you live with has COVID-19 symptoms please stay at home. ​

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Tate Liverpool

Royal Albert Dock Liverpool
Liverpool L3 4BB
Plan your visit


20 October 2021 – 13 March 2022

  • Advance booking is recommended ​
  • All visitors including Members need to book a ticket
  • This ticket includes access to the collection


£10 / Free with ticket for Members

Concessions available

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Staff and students at University of Liverpool, Liverpool Hope University and City of Liverpool College get free entry. Use your university email address to create a free account then book your tickets online.

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Please be aware that this exhibition includes some nudity and sexually explicit content.

Supported by

With additional support from

The Lucy McKenzie Exhibition Supporters Group

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