Are you a north west-based artist?

08th August, 2019

Apply to Tate Liverpool’s open call

If you’re an artist based in the north west, Tate Liverpool is inviting you to submit your ideas for an exhibition or project. Art North West offers the chance for one artist or collective to have their work shows at the world-renowned gallery in spring 2021.

The open call represents a huge opportunity for local artists – Liverpool’s Tate is the most visited gallery of modern and contemporary art outside of London. After a winner is selected, the artist or collective will have to 18 months to develop and present the project in the Tate’s gallery at Royal Albert Dock, Liverpool. They’ll be working with support from Tate Liverpool staff across the curatorial, learning, development, communications, art handling, visitor experience and interpretation departments.

Three information sessions throughout August will give applicants the opportunity to ask questions and find out more. Taking place on Friday 16, Thursday 22 and Tuesday 27 August, more information on times and locations will follow on the Tate Liverpool website.

Helen Legg took on the role of Director at Tate Liverpool last year. She says: ‘Since taking on the role I have been struck by the thriving north west art scene that is cultivating exciting art and artists. We hope that this opportunity offers support and continues to build on our relationship with this community, which has been fostered through artists’ breakfasts at Tate Liverpool and numerous studio visits. In the long-term I want this to demonstrate Tate Liverpool’s continued commitment to the region’s artists, encouraging them to continue to work here and also inspiring artists from outside the region to consider living and working in the north west.’

A panel of selectors including Helen alongside and Tamar Hemmes (Assistant Curator, Tate Liverpool), Leeds-based artist Simeon Barclay, Charlotte Keenan, Curator of British Art at Liverpool’s Walker Art Gallery and Tate Britain’s Linsey Young, a curator of contemporary British art, will make the final decision.

To apply you should have at least five years’ experience of exhibiting your work, and live in the north west of England – Cheshire, Cumbria, Greater Manchester, Lancashire and Merseyside. You can download an application form from the Tate website for more information, and to apply…

Submissions should be emailed to by 12 noon, Tuesday 10 September 2019

Art North West is supported by the Brian Mercer Charitable Trust.