The opening exhibition at RIBA North will consider Liverpool’s long, often maverick, history of architectural ambition, its willingness to take risks and consider audacious schemes.
The opening exhibition, ‘Liverpool(e): Mover, Shaker, Architectural Risk-Taker’, celebrates Liverpool’s long, often maverick, history of architectural ambition, its willingness to take risks and consider audacious schemes – a trait which has ultimately resulted in the dramatic and celebrated skyline we see today.
Tuesday to Saturday 10am to 5pm
A £67,000 grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) funded thanks to National Lottery players enabled 30 drawings, models and watercolours from the RIBA Collections, many of which have never been on display before, to be restored to feature in the opening exhibition. They include extraordinary un-built proposals for the city’s Anglican Cathedral by Sir Charles Nicholson and Philip Webb; a radical scheme, by Sir Denys Lasdun from 1959 for the Catholic Cathedral site and a bold vision for a new skyline by Graeme Shankland from the 1960s after two thirds of the city’s buildings were declared to be obsolete.
Visitors can watch a newly commissioned film which reflects on the buildings which were realised, and considers how the city may evolve if it embraces its historic architectural ambition. The film includes interviews with Joseph Sharples (author of the Liverpool Pevsner City Guide), Michael Wilford (Stirling Wilford Architects), Natalia Maximova (Sheppard Robson) and Ian Ritchie (Ian Ritchie Architects).
Heritage Lottery Fund
OrganizerRoyal Institute of British Architects
Industrial sectorsArts, Antiques, Construction Technology, Materials and Equipment, Interior Fittings
Household Goods and Appliances, Ceramics, Glassware
Energy (conventional and renewable)
Environment and Climate Protection
Cosmetics, Personal Hygiene, Wellness
Food Processing and Packaging Machinery
Food, Beverage and Luxury Foodstuff
Hotel and Catering, Shop Fittings
Industrial Equipment, Maintenance
Medical Engineering, Health, Pharmaceuticals, Care
Paper and Printing Industry, Media Production
Plastic and Rubber Processing
Trade Fairs for Consumer Goods
Vehicles (Cars, Commercial Vehicles, Motorcycles, Caravans, Parts and Accessories)
Construction Technology, Materials and Equipment, Interior Fittings
Lighting, Lighting Technology
Logistics, Conveyance and Storage Technology
Transport and Traffic
Woodworking, Furniture Production
Leisure, Hobby, DIY
Surface Treatment Technology
Teaching and Learning Aids, Further and Continuing Education, Business Start-up, Human Resources Development