Tate Liverpool Event

Organised by Tate Liverpool. Join Francis Bacon’s biographer and friend Michael Peppiatt at Tate Liverpool for a book reading and talk.

Date: Saturday 21 May, (15:00 – 16:00), 2016

Venue: Auditorium, Tate Liverpool

Cost: £5

Booking essential – Visit Tate Liverpool’s webpage

Michael Peppiatt’s legendary friendship with Francis Bacon began in Soho in 1963 and lasted until Bacon’s death almost thirty years later.

Fascinated by the artist’s brilliance and charisma, Peppiatt followed him on his nightly rounds of prodigious drinking from grand hotel to louche club, sharing Bacon’s ‘gilded gutter life’ in London, Paris and Tangier, and meeting everybody around him from Sonia Orwell and Lucian Freud to Andy Warhol and the Kray twins.

In this intimate, deliberately indiscreet account, Bacon is shown close-up, grand and petty, tender and treacherous by turn, and often quite unlike the myth that has since enveloped him.

This is a living, speaking likeness of the greatest artist of our times.

Following his talk, Michael Peppiatt will also be signing his books just outside the Auditorium in the Concourse.


Reframing Realism

By Dr Judith Walsh

Don McCullin  Checkpoint Charlie, Berlin 1961

Don McCullin Checkpoint Charlie, Berlin 1961

I decided to title my course ‘Reframing Realism’ in an effort to position realist art as interesting and radical as abstract art.

My PhD focused on British realist painting of the post-war period but I also looked at how painters in Europe and America used figuration and realism to explore the new social and political conditions in which they were working. I am very interested in how contemporary artists respond to the particular societies in which they live and how they communicate those responses to us as viewers.

Some of my research looked at the fascinating history of realism in the visual arts and I will share some of that research in our discussions at Tate. But we need to start by working out what we mean when we talk about realist art. Are we actually talking about figurative art? Does it have to represent something we know in the ‘real’ world?

I also want us to think about the different categories of realism such as Social Realism and Socialist Realism and think about the ways in which these art movements have an impact on the art produced today. Basing this courHere – enrol onlinese at Tate Liverpool presents us with some exciting learning experiences as we will be utilising the Constellation displays, looking at the art and discussing our responses to it on the gallery. Tate describes the Constellation displays on its website: ‘At the heart of each constellation is a ‘trigger’ artwork, chosen for its profound and revolutionary effect on modern and contemporary art. Surrounding the trigger works are artworks that relate to it and to each other, across time and location.  Visitors to constellations can enjoy an imaginative display of art works by Henri Matisse, Barbara Hepworth, Marcel Duchamp, Joseph Beuys, Rachel Whiteread, Glenn Ligon and many, many more.

Reframing Realism will take place at Tate Liverpool on Saturday 7 November. Tate are providing a dedicated learning space, coffee and as much time as we want on the galleries to explore these wonderful artworks. This is a day course for anyone interested in thinking about art-no experience needed.

If you would like to reserve your place on this course you can do by clicking here – enrol online

Leonora Carrinton at Tate Liverpool – Guided tour

If you would like to learn more about Leonora Carrington the Tate Liverpool are providing a special guided tour of the Leonora Carrington exhibition led by Joanna Moorhead, Carrington’s cousin and biographer.

Date: 2 May 3 – 4pm.

Venue: Leonora Carrington Exhibition, 4th Floor Gallery, Tate Liverpool

£13, £11 concessions


When Leonora Carrington eloped with Max Ernst in 1937, she took a one-way ticket out of both her country and her family. For the next 70 years she had virtually nothing to do with either: but in 2006 her cousin, journalist Joanna Moorhead, became intrigued by her story and travelled to Mexico in search of her. The two became friends, and Joanna visited her eight more times before her death in 2011. Join Joanna Moorhead at Tate Liverpool for a guided tour where she will explore the family story hidden within Carrington’s work, and describes her remarkable relationship with the black sheep who went on to become the national treasure of a country thousands of miles from the Lancashire where she was born.

Advanced Booking Essential

For more information, please see our website: http://www.tate.org.uk/whats-on/tate-liverpool/talks-and-lectures/leonora-carrington-special-guided-tour

I look forward to seeing you there.

Best wishes,

Alison Jones

Programme Manager: Public & Community Learning

Tate Liverpool

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