Once upon a time a group of art lovers came together to create the Tate Liverpool Community Collective. We completed our Making Sense of Art Course in collaboration with Tate Liverpool and Liverpool City College and wanted an opportunity to carry on engaging with art and creating. That was in August 2015 and a year later we have gone from strength to strength. We have a core membership of 17 amazingly talented and diverse people.
We meet once a month at the Tate to discuss and share ideas and opinions about art, visit the gallery’s exhibitions, create our own works and collaborate with Tate Liverpool and other organisations on various projects. The beauty of being in this group together is that we are all so different in our views and experiences. We enrich each other's understanding of art, challenge viewpoints as to what art is and what it evokes in us individually - seeing things and considering things in a totally different light. As a community we also consider how we can serve the wider community, encouraging them to visit the gallery. We strongly believe that art is accessible and allows us all to view things with new eyes and insight.
We are very excited to be involved with the current Tracey Emin display. Her artwork My Bed is a piece we've really been able to get our teeth into. We created audio recordings to accompany the work. These recordings are relaxed conversations engaging with the work which we've found shocking, subversive, honest and raw. We felt that it is so much more than a visual representation of a distressing part of the artist's life, we’ve found the work challenging and controversial, we've contextualised it and personalised it - always finding new perspectives on what it might mean.