Tate is to take some of the masterpieces in its collection out of store and on the road in a ‘Mobile Museum’ which will visit communities across the Liverpool City Region.
In partnership with international art foundation Art Explora, the project will see the ‘MuMo’ lorry, which has been converted into a gallery on wheels, take a 10-week tour across communities in St Helens, Knowsley, Sefton, Wirral, Halton and Liverpool until April 2023.
The Mobile Museum will tour a version of the exhibition Radical Landscapes, shown at Tate Liverpool in Summer 2022, featuring works by Turner, Constable, Henry Moore, Barbara Hepworth, John Nash and Jeremy Deller.
The exhibition also includes works by this year’s Turner Prize winner Veronica Ryan and shortlisted artist Ingrid Pollard.
Adults, school children, young people, community groups, and care home residents are among the expected visitors.
Groups will be given a tour around the exhibition and will then be invited to join creative workshops. At the end of the week, families, neighbours and the local community will be invited to visit the exhibition of artworks made during the workshop sessions.
MuMo was founded by Ingrid Brochard, designed by matali crasset, with the support of the Fondation Daniel et Nina Carasso. The project is supported by Art Explora with public funding from the National Lottery through Arts Council England.
Helen Legg, Director, Tate Liverpool said: “We’re excited to work in collaboration with Art Explora on this UK-first that will enable us to continue to engage with people across the Liverpool city region on their doorstep in an innovative way.
“This project will reach more than 500 school children in the region and continues Tate’s mission to expand the possibilities of museum spaces as sites of learning and promoting the importance of creative learning and access to the arts for young people.”
Frédéric Jousset, Founder of Art Explora, said: “Despite the best efforts of museums everywhere, there remains a social divide between those who go to museums and those who do not.
“The Mobile Museum is a wonderful way to present our national collections to new audiences, to show that art can be discovered on your own doorstep, and to offer everybody a chance to take part in our collective creative adventure.”