The Founding of Tate Liverpool: conception, development and urban impact.

McKane, Antoinette The Founding of Tate Liverpool: conception, development and urban impact. In: Art Museums and Territorial Development. University of Rennes Press, pp. 141-155.

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Through an in-depth examination of Tate’s archival records, this chapter reconstructs the complex decision making and development processes which resulted in Tate opening its second museum in Liverpool in 1988. The first part of the chapter establishes the rationale behind the conception of Tate Liverpool, exploring the dual museum-level motives of (i) the practical need for increased space in which to display the expanding Tate collection, and (ii) the idealistic ambition to increase access to Britain’s national collection of modern art beyond London.
The second part of the chapter investigates why Liverpool was selected as the location for Tate’s new museum. This section examines the regional and national networks of support established by Tate’s director and trustees. On a regional level this involved consulting with local political and cultural representatives to identify what Tate’s presence could contribution to the economic and cultural prosperity of the region. On a national level, this involved securing funding for the project by agreeing to play a key role in the centrally-controlled Merseyside Development Corporation’s ambition to acquire Liverpool’s derelict Albert Dock for conversion into a mixed use leisure, retail and luxury residential complex.
The third and final part of the chapter provides a critical assessment of the impact of Tate Liverpool on urban change. This section considers the founding of the museum against the tumultuous backdrop of industrial decline, local-central government conflict, and civil unrest which characterised Liverpool in the 1980s. In particular, it examines the significance of Tate Liverpool as one of the first museums in the UK to benefit from European and national urban development funding, providing a model for Tate’s subsequent development of Tate St Ives in 1993 and Tate Modern in 2000.

Item Type: Book Section
Faculty / Department: Faculty of Arts & Humanities > Fine and Applied Art (up to 30th April 2018)
Depositing User: Antoinette McKane
Date Deposited: 03 May 2016 14:25
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