UNIVERSITY NEWS LAST UPDATED : 20 DECEMBER 2017
Birmingham School of Art is delighted to announce a new partnership with Tate Liverpool. The brand-new collaboration will give students a host of exclusive opportunities, including guest lectures and free entry to the paid exhibits in Liverpool as well as Tate Modern and Tate Britain.
These benefits, along with the potential for research partnerships and more, will give students a first-hand insight into one of the world’s most important institutions for contemporary art.
Established in 1988, Tate Liverpool is the home of the national collection of British and international modern and contemporary art in the North of England and a critical force in the region’s visual arts scene. Situated in Liverpool’s Albert Dock, Tate Liverpool welcomes over 600,000 visitors each year and is the most visited gallery of modern and contemporary art outside London. The gallery has a long-standing track record for presenting major exhibitions, bringing some of the most important artists and works to the North West, and seeking to introduce new art to new audiences. Recent programme highlights include exhibitions of works by Francis Bacon, Tracey Emin and Roy Lichtenstein.
The collaborative work with the School has already started, with Tate Liverpool Exhibitions and Displays Curator Darren Pih delivering a talk to final year students from both courses. Joined by Programme Manager, Children and Young People Deborah Riding and Head of Learning Lindsey Fryer, Darren discussed his approach to curatorial practices and research – extremely relevant to final year students’ work.
Darren’s talk focused around the 2013 exhibition ‘Glam! The Performance of Style’ that traced the migration of fine art ideas to the forefront of popular culture during the late 1960s and mid-1970s. The period witnessed a combination of fine art, performance, fashion, music and design traced to the interdisciplinary art school ethos as well as the New York subculture of the 1960s.
The talk culminated with a question and answer session hosted by Birmingham School of Art’s Head of School Jonathan Harris. This gave students the unique opportunity to ask questions of practicing members of industry, ensuring their work is relevant and keeping with current trends in society.
Speaking about the partnership, Birmingham School of Art Head of School Jonathan Harris said: