The Shop at Tate Liverpool is our Bookshop of The Month for February, boasting a wide range of gorgeous art books and merchandise from the collection and recent exhibitions. Liverpool itself is a city renowned for its involvement in the arts, being named the European Capital of Culture in 2008 and a legacy that stems for many years prior. 2015 is proving to be an exciting time for the gallery, with a biennial running throughout and exhibitions on artists such as Andy Warhol and Jackson Pollock. We sat down with Julie from the Tate Liverpool bookshop to ask her what it is like to work in a place so rich in art and culture.
What makes the Tate Liverpool Bookshop unique from other gallery bookshops?
We offer the best range of art books, merchandise and gifts in the North West! Tate is also a publisher in its own right. This includes exhibition catalogues, books on artists and children’s titles and we stock many of these in the shop.
How does the bookshop accommodate and prepare for a new exhibition coming to Tate Liverpool?
We work closely with the Gallery to ensure we support each exhibition with books and product whenever possible and will often produce items such as postcards, prints, mugs and fridge magnets specifically for exhibitions. We regularly change the design, layout and colour of the shop to give extra impact. For our larger exhibitions in the summer we also have a dedicated exhibition shop.
Being surrounded by such beautiful books every day, you must want to take them all home! If you had to pick your top 3, which books would you choose?
That’s a difficult choice! We’ve had some great titles in stock recently. I particularly like A Conspiracy of Ravens from the Bodleian Library. It’s a compact and beautifully illustrated book of collective nouns for birds.
Our current exhibition ‘Transmitting Andy Warhol’ has a great introductory guide on one of the most famous artists of the 20th Century. It’s been written by Tate Liverpool Assistant Curator Stephanie Straine too so is worth a special mention!
Anyone who visited Liverpool over the summer couldn’t fail to have been captivated by the Giants Spectacular, three huge life-like puppets who walked around the city to commemorate WW1. On the Shoulders of Giants captures my memories of this city wide performance perfectly.
What inspires you in your job?
Every exhibition brings a new challenge or opportunity and I really enjoy being involved with the whole process. It’s also rewarding to know we are making a valuable contribution not only to the Gallery but each visitor’s experience here.
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