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The Top 12 Must-See Liverpool Exhibitions in 2019

Our city is bursting with art, culture and fascinating things to do. From immersive installations, to fascinating collections of photographs through the ages and world-famous masterpieces, there are some amazing Liverpool exhibitions to visit this year.

All of them are definitely worth a visit, but to help you decide, we’ve put together a handy guide to the very best Liverpool exhibitions and what to expect from them.

Liverpool Exhibitions 2019


Liverpool exhibitions

When: Present – 7 July 2019

Where: Open Eye Gallery

How much: Free

Kinship navigates the dynamics of modern relationships in a series of projects from seven female photographers. The collection addresses the traditional ideas of how people might relate to others based on gender, age, or position within a family. Together, they seek to open up new ways of thinking about how we express our sense of kin – as family, friends and partners.

Featuring the work of Pixy Liao, Lydia Goldblatt, Johanna Heldebro, Jenny Lewis, Momo Okabe, and Margaret Mitchell, this is one of the best Liverpool exhibitions of the year and well worth a visit.

First Women Exhibition

Liverpool exhibitions

When: 18 June – 27 August 2019

Where: St George’s Hall

How much: Free

A fascinating and unique collection of 100 portraits that capture women in the UK who were the ‘first’ in their field, The First Women Exhibition is a must-see event in Liverpool this year. From the outstanding Janice Long, who was the first woman to have her own daily show on Radio 1, to Moira Cameron who was the first woman to become a Yeoman Warder in HM Royal Palace and Fortress the Tower of London, this collection celebrates trailblazing women that have so often been neglected by the history writers.

Taken by internationally acclaimed photographer Anita Corbin, these beautiful images aim to provide inspiration and insight for a new generation of women who are seeking to understand their own roles in a rapidly changing world. The exhibition aims to create a legacy for future generations of women to enable them to understand and appreciate the achievements of their forebears, in an environment where equality is still a big issue.

Charles Rennie Mackintosh

Walker Art Gallery

When: Present – 26 August 2019

Where: Walker Gallery

How much: Free for members or £2-£9

Discover the amazing work of architectural genius, designer and artist, Charles Rennie Mackintosh at the Walker Gallery. Famous for showcasing ‘The Glasgow Style’, which was the only Art Nouveau movement in the UK, Mackintosh was a member of ‘The Four’, a group of young designers who developed this iconic style. Made up of Mackintosh and James Herbert McNair, who worked together at an architects practice, and the sisters Frances and Margaret Macdonald.

The Four’s close relationship developed into romance for McNair and Frances, who married in 1899, and for Mackintosh and Margaret, who married in 1900. The Mackintoshes often worked together harmoniously on different projects, inspiring and supporting one another, all four artists’ work features in the exhibition.

Discover and learn about Mackintosh’s amazing life, alongside the work of his closest friends and contemporaries in this must-see exhibition. Showcasing more than 250 objects, including furniture and embroidery, to metalwork, stained glass and architectural drawing, this is one of the very best Liverpool exhibitions of 2019.

Astronomy Photography

Liverpool exhibitions

When: Present – 1 September 2019

Where: World Museum

How much: Free

Immerse yourself in our fascinating universe as you explore some spectacular space photography from around the world. Currently on display at Liverpool World Museum, this stunning exhibition features 100 awe-inspiring images, donated by The Royal Observatory Greenwich from their ‘Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2018’ competition.

One of the most interesting Liverpool exhibitions, it celebrates the very best in astro-photography, from the mesmerising mosaic of the Great Orion, to the Running Man Nebula and a magical scene of an Aurora Borealis. This wonderful exhibit is displayed to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the moon landing, so it’s well worth a visit!

Rembrandt in Print

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When: 1 June- 1 September 2019

Where: Lady Lever Gallery

How much: Pay what you think

Widely hailed as the greatest painter of the Dutch Golden Age, Rembrandt was also one of the most innovative and experimental print makers of the 17th century. To showcase this amazing body of work, the Ashmolean Museum, which holds a collection of over 200 Rembrandt prints will preset the artist as an unrivalled storyteller through a selection of around 50 pieces.

Dating from 1630 to the late 1650s, the Lady Level art gallery will showcase a varied selection of subjects, including intense self portraits, biblical stories, atmospheric landscapes and nude studies.

Taki Katei Japanese Drawings

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When: From 4 October 2019

Where: World Museum

How much: Tickets available soon

Once a hugely celebrated artist whose delicate and beautiful paintings were hung in the Imperial Court in Japan, Taki Katei’s work sadly fell out of fashion following his death and was slowly forgotten. This year, the World Museum will be hosting the first-ever exhibition of Taki Katei’s work outside of Japan, as part of the Japan 2020 Cultural Olympiad.

This fascinating Liverpool exhibition will allow the public to view the World Museum’s rare collection of more than 300 exquisite preparatory drawings that Katei used for teaching and preparing some of his major commissions. Visitors will also be able to discover the artist’s amazing techniques and follow the story of how these beautiful works travelled thousands of miles, from an artist’s studio in Tokyo, to a museum in Liverpool.

Keith Haring

Liverpool exhibitions
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When: 14 June – 10 November 2019

Where: Tate Liverpool

How much: Free for members or from £10.50

One of the most hotly anticipated Liverpool exhibitions of the year, Tate Liverpool is welcoming the iconic works of artist and activist Keith Haring. His unmistakable style has taken the world by storm since he emerged during the legendary New York art scene of the 1980s. Haring was the champion of his generation’s counterculture, inspired by graffiti, pop art and underground club culture, his paintings now define an era.

Visitors can enjoy more than 85 works of art, including some of his most renowned, large and vibrant paintings and drawings. Discover how activism played a key role in Haring’s art, speaking for his generation on major and urgent issues surrounding political dictatorship, racism, homophobia, drug addiction, AIDS awareness, capitalism and the environment.

Sol Calero: El Autobus

Liverpool exhibitions

When: 14 June – 10 November 2019

Where: Tate Liverpool

How much: Free

This year, Tate Liverpool is presenting an immersive and colourful installation inspired by South America. Born in Caracas, Venezuela, the now Berlin-based artist Sol Calero will be showcasing her new commission, El Autobus 2019.

Inspired by a recent journey through Latin America, Calero’s work takes the form of brightly coloured, large-scale immersive installations that explore themes of representation, identity, displacement and marginalisation, all informed by her own perspective as a migrant.

Double Fantasy

Double Fantasy Liverpool exhibition

When: Present – 22nd April 2019

Where: Museum of Liverpool

How much: Free

Double Fantasy – John & Yoko is the first exhibition of its kind in the world. This ground-breaking display tells the story of John Lennon and Yoko Ono’s relationship, in their own words. It explores the personal and creative chemistry of this iconic couple and their ongoing Imagine Peace campaign.

This remarkable, free exhibition celebrates the meeting of two of the world’s most creative artists who expressed their deep and powerful love for one another through art, music and film, and used their fame and influence to campaign for peace and human rights across the world.

Featuring personal objects alongside interviews, arts, quotes, music and film, the works are drawn from Yoko’s own private collection, some of which has never been displayed.

This chronological journey follows the pair that start off as two unique individuals, to a couple that share an everlasting love that transformed not only their lives, but art, music and activism forever.

On the Waterfront

Merseyside Maritime Museum

When: From January 2019

Where: Merseyside Maritime Museum

How much: Free

The history and story of Liverpool’s iconic docks is truly fascinating. From the opening of the world’s first commercial wet dock in 1715, this wonderful Liverpool exhibition documents the changing fortunes of the waterfront and the impact the docks have had on the city.

A 300-year journey that turned a small, regional port into one of the world’s greatest maritime centres, learn and discover some truly outstanding history at the Merseyside Maritime Museum this year.

Blitzed: Liverpool Lives

Liverpool exhibitions

When: Opens 14 June 2019

Where: Museum of Liverpool

How much: Free

Blitzed: Liverpool Lives is a fascinating exhibition that reveals the devastation the Blitz brought to the lives and city of Liverpool. Displayed in a series of photographs taken by Liverpool City Police between 1940 and 1941, alongside personal accounts, it brings to life the impact of war through the eyes of those directly affected.

During the Second World War, the port city of Liverpool was directly targeted by German bombers and as a result more than 4,000 civilians were killed, 10,000 homes were destroyed and 70,000 people were made homeless during air raids, which peaked in the Blitz of May 1941. Liverpool suffered the second highest number of civilian deaths in air raids in the country and, due to censorship, press reports often didn’t tell the whole story.

At the heart of this exhibition are the people of Liverpool, their memories, struggles and the aftermath of the war.

Model Image

Models Image - Sudley House

When: Present – 16 June 2019

Where: Sudley House

How much: Free

One of the most glamorous Liverpool exhibitions, Model Image explores the life of one of the top British models of the 1950s, June Duncan. Born in Liverpool, Duncan grew up in the suburb of Mossley Hill and went on to model clothes for all the major couture houses in London and Paris, appearing regularly in Vogue, Vanity Fair and Tatler.

Duncan’s amazing story is told through stunning prints by some of the most high-profile photographers of the decade, including John French, Eugène Vernier, Hans Wild and Noel Mayne. Delve into the 1950s and enjoy the effortlessly stylish era first hand at Sudley House.

We hope you’ve enjoyed our guide to the very best Liverpool exhibitions to look out for this year. From amazing art installations, to exclusive drawing prints and fascinating photography, there’s so much going on this year in Liverpool. 

If you’re planning on visiting any of these stunning galleries and museums, don’t forget to have a look at some of the Best Healthy Eating Spots in Liverpool and enjoy a fun day of culture and great food. Fancy a drink after all of that culture? Have a glance over our cocktail bar guide and enjoy a well earned tipple at a fine establishment. 

Need somewhere to stay? Whether you’re visiting in a large group or a couple, Signature Living offer some of the very best hotels in Liverpool. From the stunning 30 James Street, to the famous Shankly Hotel, Arthouse and, of course, Signature Hotel, there’s so many venues to choose from. They also offer some of the best hotel discounts in the city, so it’s well worth giving one of their team a call on 0151 236 0166.

About Laura Bowery

Laura is a creative writer who has an interest in all types of artistic expression, be it food, music, fashion or art and she enjoys sharing those interests through her writing

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