Art Tate Liverpool will be 25 years old on the 24th May. Expect a soppy nostalgia trip here closer to the time, but I received the following press release and since they've been so approachable this past couple of years, I think it only fair of me to post the whole thing (which also saves me from pointlessly rewriting it).
Tate Liverpool is 25
17 May – 2 June 2013
Wolfson Gallery, related events
Supported by Gower Street Estates trading as Albert Dock Liverpool and the Bloxham Charitable Trust
On 24 May, Tate Liverpool celebrates the 25th anniversary of its opening, and twenty-five years of the regenerated Albert Dock. A special free display, reflecting on the past quarter-century and looking forward to the gallery’s future, alongside a programme of family-friendly events programmed in parallel with partners across the Dock, will allow visitors to share in the celebrations.
The Tate Liverpool is 25 display (17-27 May, closed Wednesday 22 May) invites visitors to find out more about the gallery’s history, achievements, partnerships, programmes and artistic relationships over the past twenty-five years. The display format will be a timeline containing exhibition posters, gallery facts and memories and birthday wishes submitted by artists, staff and friends of the gallery. Visitors will be encouraged to contribute their own stories or drawings to the timeline, and will have the opportunity to enjoy photographs and exhibition catalogues from past to present.
Visitors to will be able to add their memories of the Albert Dock to the interactive website makinghistory.albertdock.com from a special station within the display, which will remain in the gallery throughout the summer. The web app is part of Gower Street Estates’ (GSE) Albert Dock: MAKING HISTORY campaign, which reflects the global significance and impact of Albert Dock and its place in Liverpool’s economic, cultural and social history. The web app is an international platform for people to engage with the Albert Dock and share their memories even if they can’t visit in person. Tate Liverpool is also encouraging visitors to tweet their memories and birthday messages to @tateliverpool using #TL25 or on Facebook.
Tate Liverpool will also be hosting a series of special events and activities linked to the birthday. The Art of Parties (Friday 17 May 2013, 18.00 – 21.00) is part of the Light Night programme. The event will feature music, live performances by A Sense of Sound and Company of Friends, activities, pampering by So Coco Rouge and party games inspired by the last twenty-five years. The event is presented by In the Frame, a group of adults with learning disabilities who regularly meet at Tate to plan and deliver activities and events. It is open to all and is a free event – no booking required.
On Saturday 18 May (11.00 and 14.00) the award-winning children’s illustrator Claudia Boldt will be at the gallery to read her new story Melvin: The Luckiest Monkey in the World followed by a creative workshop, as part of the Liverpool Literary Festival . The sessions are free but must be booked in advance – visit tate.org.uk/liverpool for more information.
From Monday 27 May – Sunday 2 June (13.30-16.30) families can celebrate our silver anniversary by creating silvery sculptures from a selection of shiny materials in our Art Dock Studio with artist Fiona Smith. Shine On is a free activity, suitable for all ages and there is no need to book.
Tate Liverpool’s activities form part of wider celebrations on the Albert Dock across the weekend of 31 May - 2 June. The Albert Dock invites visitors to join in a weekend of free family fun and entertainment, with street theatre, choirs, face painting, live music and special "kids go free" offers across the restaurants and attractions. Venues taking part with activities and special offers include The Beatles Story, Merseyside Maritime Museum, the Yellow Duckmarine, What’s Cooking?, PanAm Bar and Restaurant, Blue Bar and Grill, Gusto and Quay Confectionery. For more information on the upcoming events, please visit www.albertdock.com.