COMING UP: ‘Pay What You Can’ weekend, Tate Liverpool, 18-19 Jan

With less than a month to go before Tate Liverpool’s exhibition Art Turning Left: How Values Changed Making 1789-2013 closes on 2nd February, visitors are invited to see it at a price of their choosing. From 18 – 19 January from 10am – 5pm the gallery will host the ‘Pay What You Can’ weekend. From £0-£20 the public are invited to pay what they can to see the exhibition.

The weekend responds to themes found in Art Turning Left the first exhibition to examine how the production and reception of art has been influenced by left-wing political values. Ideas such as collectivism, equality and the search for alternative economies are explored in the show and link to the ethos of the weekend.

As well as choosing what they spend on an exhibition ticket, visitors will also find The Grizedale Honesty Shop in the Tate Café for the weekend. With a number of craft, folk and homemade items for sale, made by members of the Grizedale community, visitors are asked to decide what they’d like to pay and drop it into the honesty box. The Tate Shop will also be asking the public to pay what they can on selected lines.

During the weekend families are invited to join artist Sarah Marsh in the Doodle Den, her interactive response to the current display Palle Nielsen: The Model. Danish artist Palle Nielsen (born 1942) constructed a large-scale adventure playground for three weeks in Moderna Museet, Sweden in 1968. His work aimed to highlight the importance of play in childhood as a basic right of the child. Families have been sharing their thoughts, ideas and designs with Sarah for her to design and build a creative play space. Visitors are invited to explore the Doodle Den during the weekend and until 2 February.

A number of additional activities will also be taking place throughout the weekend. On Saturday at 14:00 and 15:00 artists’ Patrick Staff and Ed Webb-Ingall alongside students at Liverpool John Moores University and Manchester Metropolitan University will present an artistic response to Art Turning Left produced by PhD student, Laura Guy. Patrick and Ed will present short interventionist performances within the exhibition involving speech and movement.

Also on Saturday afternoon the Liverpool Socialist Singers will be performing songs from their repertoire throughout the day in the Tate Liverpool foyer.

Visitors to Tate Liverpool can also continue to see collection display DLA Piper Series: Constellations for free. DLA Piper Series: Constellations explores connections between major works from the Tate collection across art history by arranging them in nine ‘constellations’. Presenting over one hundred works from the collection, including works by Picasso, Matisse and Pollock, the displays offer a fresh way of viewing and understanding artworks through correspondences rather than chronological narrative.


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