i increasingly seem to be visiting Liverpool en route to seeing my mother; its a 2 hour train journey from london and then a 45 min drive to manchester. my friend Elise is very taken with the city and takes me to new things each time we visit. I visited the Bluecoat gardens, with their lovely exhibition space and ceramics shop – it’s a pleasant courtyard garden right in the heart of the shopping centre, and there are so many lovely ceramics to buy there. I am really taken with the work of Michelle Holmes.
I always make time to pop into the tate – Vivian Suter and Theaster Gates are on at the moment – london isn’t the only place to have important art! I loved the colourful hanging canvasses of Suter! Go and eat at ‘the quarter’ in the beautiful Georgian area around Hope street, or the florist for a bite to eat or just for coffee and cake; and then a must see stop are the 2 opposing cathedrals – both architecturally amazing in their own right. if you have more time, take the 15 min drive to Crosby beach to see ‘another place’ by Antony Gormley – a series of life size cast iron figures set along the beach seemingly entering the sea. there is definitely a revival for Liverpool – I really enjoyed the programme about the history of a Georgian house in Liverpool , fascinating social history.
incidentally this opening shot of my book ‘stolen glimpses’ is from the window of Tate Liverpool.