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Wolfson Foundation awards Tate Liverpool £1.25m towards gallery transformation

Tate Liverpool today announced it will receive a £1.25m grant from the Wolfson Foundation towards the major reimagining of the landmark gallery on Royal Albert Dock. Designed by 6a architects, the £29.75 million redevelopment will transform one of the UK’s most important spaces for modern and contemporary art.

The Wolfson Foundation has a long history with Tate and was an instrumental funder to the establishment of Tate Liverpool, and the ground floor exhibition space at the Royal Albert Dock venue had been named the Wolfson Gallery in acknowledgement of this early commitment.

The Foundation has now pledged further funding to take the institution into the next phase of its life and reaffirm its earlier commitment to underpin the success of Tate as a pioneer for arts-led regeneration in the UK.

Paul Ramsbottom, Chief Executive of the Wolfson Foundation, said:

“The Wolfson Foundation was happy to support the creation of Tate Liverpool in the 1980s. This latest transformation will significantly improve the gallery spaces, allowing improved access to remarkable art. It will help engage new audiences from Liverpool and beyond, and will form a crucial part of a reinvigorated Waterfront. We are delighted to continue our involvement with Tate.”

Helen Legg, Director of Tate Liverpool, said:

“We’re grateful to the Wolfson Foundation for this investment which brings us a step closer to realising our ambitions. Tate has a proud history with the Foundation and I’m delighted that this funding will help us to deliver a once-in-a-generation renewal of Tate Liverpool. The Wolfson Foundation’s support will enable us to become an art museum fit for the 21st century, serving the needs of artists and audiences, now and into the future.”

The upcoming transformation of Tate Liverpool will reimagine the gallery to meet the scale and ambition of today’s most exciting artists and to welcome visitors into a brand-new museum environment. The designs include a new public ‘Art Hall’ on the ground floor, opened up to admit daylight and views across the historic dock. New gallery spaces over three floors will showcase the incredible diversity of Tate’s collection and are interspersed with public riverside foyers. Opening up the gallery’s façade will increase its visibility on the waterfront and within the Royal Albert Dock, creating an inviting destination with striking spaces for learning, play and relaxation.

Environmental standards and thermal performance will be significantly improved with new services replacing fossil fuel, with renewables and natural ventilation introduced to the building to ensure better energy performance.

Planning permission and listed building consent for the project was granted by Liverpool City Council in October 2023 and construction will commence early this year.

Funding for the £29.7 million project has come from the UK Government, including £10m from the Levelling Up Fund, as part of a successful combined £20m bid with National Museums Liverpool, and £6.6m from the DCMS Public Bodies Infrastructure Fund. The Liverpool City Region Combined Authority also awarded funding for the developmental phase of the project via its Strategic Investment Fund.