Photography: Robin Clewley / robinclewley.co.uk

Updated: 6th August

Museums and galleries, how we’ve missed you. The floor plan leaflets, the lattés, the acceleration from studiously reading every text panel to developing a sprint in the final room onto the gift shop. We want to experience it all again, and soon. Culture vultures of Liverpool, we’re in luck.

Thankfully our beloved arts venues are opening their doors for us to enjoy an array of sights and sounds in an intimate but safe way. Back in March, with little warning, doors had to be locked to exhibitions which were months if not years in the planning. Galleries didn’t know when they would be able to share the seminal work of big names like Linda McCartney, allow visitors to commune with nature through innovative exhibits or platform the work of up and coming artists from the region.

With special measures in place to ensure visitors can enjoy exhibitions at a safe social distance Liverpool’s cultural offer welcomes back some key pillars as life regains some sense of normality.

Output – Open now!

First off the mark Seel Street’s Output gallery (along with roomie Total Recall Vintage) is already welcoming visitors Thursday to Sunday 11am-5pm.

Now showing: a new solo exhibition by Chila Kumari Singh Burman.

Walker Art Gallery and World Museum – Open now!

Initially opening Wednesday to Sunday rather than their normal seven days, National Museums Liverpool’s William Brown Street hubs will have their usual plethora of fine art, modern art, cultural artefacts and natural wonders for the public to enjoy free of charge. Visitors are asked to book tickets in advance of their visit via the organisation’s website in order to manage numbers.

In further exciting news, the Walker have announced that their scheduled Linda McCartney Retrospective will now open from 8th August to 1st November. The exhibition features more than 200 photographs including iconic snaps from the 60s music scene.
Unfortunately we’ll have to wait until 2021 for artificial intelligence exhibition AI: More than Human at World Museum and similarly this years John Moores Painting Prize has been push back to next year.

FACT / Picturehouse – 12th August / Open now!

The Ropewalks area of the city centre is not the same without arts hub FACT providing a welcoming space to hang out, take in an exhibition, watch a film or have a Secret Garden tea. Thankfully the shutters will be lifted at the end of the month with Picturehouse at FACT recommencing their programme (details to be announced soon). Soon after, visitors will be able to take in exhibition And say the animals respond? when the galleries of FACT open on Wednesday 12th August. The show explores the relationship between humans and animals and how we share our planet.

The exhibitions team at FACT are ensuring visitor safety by implementing a one-way system, limiting capacity to gallery spaces, and other measures to keep appropriate levels of distance and cleanliness throughout the building. Tea fans will have to wait a little longer as The Garden cafe are still preparing their reopening.

Tate Liverpool – Open now!

Dockside den of contemporary art Tate Liverpool is now open and welcoming visitors.

Now showing: Mikhail Karikis’s Ferocious Love and Op Art in Focus. From 15th September, Don McCullin.

Bluecoat – Open now!

The last Thursday of the month will see the galleries and café at the Bluecoat open their doors once again. Initially the School Lane establishment will have reduced opening hours of 11am-4pm as have the splendid retailers around the place.

Now showing: Exhibitions from local artists Jonathan Baldock and Fran Disley will be on display from the reopening. Ticketing available from to help the gallery manage numbers going through the spaces.

Open Eye as well as other galleries and museums in the city are working on their reopening plans and we intend to share them with you here. If you have information you want us to feature please get in touch via sam@bidolito.co.uk

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