Liverpool City of Radicals

Much of Liverpool: City of Radicals is still in the planning stages so please check with the venue or organisers beforehand as details may change.

The new City of Radicals website is now available with a  line up of events.

Available now
Nerve’s 2011 calendar, with images relating to 1911 was launched at the Bluecoat in December. Copies from News from Nowhere. Nerve magazine to continue with related events throughout the year. Web:


Date/s: 2nd February – 3rd April
David Jacques: The Irlam House Bequest
Installation by 2010 Liverpool Art Prize winner featuring series of drawings and painted silk banner in the style of a traditional British Trade Union, representing a banner workshop run by a collective of artists opposed to Victorian artisan and entrepreneur George Tutill, who monopolised production of union banners in the 19th Century.
Venue: The Walker
Organiser: The Walker

Date/s: 3rd February
Centenary of Robert Tressell’s death: wreath laying at former Liverpool Infirmary; ceremony at the Rice Lane cemetery; celebration event at the Town Hall; launch of large commissioned Tressell banner on Dale St, Liverpool city centre by David Jacques & schools banner project. LCC’s other Tressell plans include distributing copies of his Ragged Trousered Philanthopists; readings from the book at local libraries; and a Roscoe lecture
Venue: Various
Organiser: Liverpool City Council

Date/s: 7th February
Tressell community drama performance at the Casa
Venue: The Casa, Hope Street
Organiser: Liverpool City Council

Date/s: 14th -20th February
Liverpool Discovers: A Winter’s Trail.
Art trail round city centre based on local people’s stories – linking to the radicals theme
Venue: Various


Date/s: 12th March
International Women’s Day
Events, films and talks to celebrate International Women’s Day, plus other associated events
Venue: The Bluecoat
Organiser: Gillian Howie, University of Liverpool

Date: Tuesday 15th March 6.30pm-8.30pm
Strike for Liberty! – The Remarkable Story of the 1911 Liverpool Transport Strike
A discussion and excerpts from theatre production “Rid the World” by Rob Johnston
Venue: Metal@ Edge Hill Station, Platform 1,Tunnel Road, Liverpool, L7 6ND
Organiser: Metal

Date/s: 1st April -11th June
Collaboration Programme: An Exhibition with the People of Liverpool
An exposition representing the breadth and reach of FACT’s Collaboration Programme working with communities.
Venue: FACT
Organiser: FACT

Date/s: 14th-18th March
Festival of Performing Arts
This will include some Robert Tressell inspired performances
Venue: St George’s Hall
Organiser: Liverpool City Council

Date/s: from March to September
City of Radicals ‘provocations’ series
Public debates and events on key topics related to the radical theme
Venue: Various
Organiser: University of Liverpool

Date/s: From March to December
Series of events on radical topics relating to Liverpool, past, present & future
Interrogating through debates, talks, films etc: feminism, unemployment, cosmopolitanism, post-industrial Merseyside, education – the free schools movement from Francisco Ferrer to Scotland Rd Free School, politics of food, urban regeneration, art and historiography
Venue: Various
Organiser: Steering group contact Brian Ashton


Date/s: 22-30 April
Working Class Life & Music Festival
The Festival exists to celebrate the lives and stories of ordinary working people
Venue: Various
Organiser: Alun Parry


Date/s: 1st – 31st May
Writing on the Wall
The WOW festival has a long history supporting radical writing, from the local to the international, so is well placed to contribute to the 2011 events
Venue: Various
Organiser: Writing on the Wall

Date/s: 13th May – 10th June
Look 11: Liverpool International Photography Festival
New biennial photography festival includes a conference, exhibitions and events, in response to the theme of ‘photography as a call to action’. Guest curator: Stephen Snoddy
Venue: Various including Open Eye, the Bluecoat, NML
Organiser: Red Eye, Open Eye and other partners

Date/s:  May – September
Paul Trevor’s Liverpool 70s photos
Part of Look 2011
Venue: The Walker
Organiser: NML


Date: TBC
Liverpool: City of Radicals’ book launch. Book comprises commissioned essays on topics including art, politics, football, architecture, performance, women, ‘Livercool’; edited by Bryan Biggs and John Belchem
Venue: TBC
Organiser: Liverpool University Press, LARC and the Institute of Cultural Capital

Date/s: 24th June – 25th Sept
Art in Revolution: Liverpool 1911
Restaging of the 1911 Post-Impressionist exhibition when Picasso, Matisse, Cézanne and others exhibited alongside Liverpool artists at the Bluecoat at the invitation of the Sandon Studios Society
Venue: The Walker
Organiser: The Walker


Date/s: 19th July
Liver Building centenary celebration.
Venue: Pier Head
Organiser: Liverpool City Council

Date/s: 22nd-24th July
On the Waterfront
A focus on the Liver centenary and opening of the new Museum
Venue: Pier Head
Organiser: Liverpool City Council, National Museum Liverpool


Date/s: August – September
Albert Lipczinski
Exhibition of Liverpool Polish émigré artist who exhibited in Post-Impressionist show in 1911. A political radical who painted portraits of union leaders Tom Mann & James Larkin and befriended Augustus John, Lipczinski’s story has been researched by David Bingham and is told in a forthcoming book and this exhibition.
Venue: Williamson Art Gallery
Organiser: Williamson Art Gallery


Date/s: 30th September – 27th November
Democratic Promenade
This exhibition, curated specially for Liverpool City of Radicals, will draw on various ‘radical’ moments in Liverpool and Labour history whilst looking more broadly at ideas around democracy. Artists in discussion with the Bluecoat include David Jacques, Oliver Walker, Dave Sinclair and there will also be fascinating archive material.
Venue: The Bluecoat
Organiser: The Bluecoat


Date/s: 12th-16th October
Chapter & Verse Literature Festival
The Bluecoat’s annual literature festival takes a radical theme
Venue: The Bluecoat
Organiser: The Bluecoat

Other venues and organisations in the city, including the Philharmonic, Africa Oye, Unity Theatre, Liverpool Irish Festival, Collective Encounters, the Duncan Society, Hope University, News from Nowhere bookshop, Liverpool Parks and the Primary Care Trust, are also planning programmes – to be announced.


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