Playing Around the Docks



The decision to establish a 'Tate of the North' was made in the early 1980s following a turbulent period in Liverpool's history. James Stirling, Michael Wilford and Associates were appointed to transform the former warehouse on the Albert Dock in a gallery, a project completed in 1988.

Although the outcome of their design was successful and their solution is still working today, the question was raised: is an architectural process ever finished? Thirty years later seems an appropriate moment to reflect on the past, think of the current role of the gallery within the city and establish the goals for the future.