Art and culture partnerships

Our cultural partnerships are enabling us to push boundaries through cutting-edge courses and high impact research.

LJMU is proud of our partnerships with:


Tate Liverpool

World-leading modern and contemporary art gallery located in the Albert Dock on Liverpool's famous waterfront.



The UK's leading LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) arts and cultural festival.

Light Night Liverpool


Liverpool's one-night arts and culture festival, managed by Open Culture (a Community Interest Company). Find out how students get involved in LightNight.


FACT (Foundation for Art and Creative Technology) and Picturehouse

The UK's leading media arts centre featuring cinemas, exhibitions, film and participant-led new media and creative technology projects.

Liverpool Biennial

Liverpool Biennial

The largest contemporary art festival in the UK. The Biennial is a free festival of newly commissioned art work from around the world. It attracts over 600,000 visitors to the city every two years.

Royal Institute of British Architects North West

Professional body for architects, it champions better buildings, communities and the environment through architecture.


How we work with our art and culture partners

Through the partnerships above, we are able to offer opportunities for our students to enhance their studies, get valuable work experience, and gain an understanding of the art and culture sector.

We work with the organisations closely on a range of events and initiatives including:

Joint academic posts:
We have established 'embedded academic posts' with Tate Liverpool, Liverpool Biennial, FACT, and the Royal Institute of British Architects North West. These posts enable senior academics to contribute to the research strategies of both the University and their host institution, including generating collaborative research income and enhancing existing partnerships. Students also benefit from new work-based learning and research opportunities.

Legal matters:
The School of Law worked closely with Homotopia to stage a preview of the April Ashley exhibition at LJMU, enabling law students to explore a range of legal developments relating to the trans, lesbian and gay community. The exhibition ran at the Museum of Liverpool and attracted one million visitors.

OP POP Matrix, an immersive multi-user projection environment by artist Andy McKeown at the John Lennon Art and Design Academy during Light Night 2016.

Tate Liverpool’s Art Turning Left: How Values Changed Making 1798-2013 exhibition was sponsored by LJMU and co-curated by PhD student Lynn Wray. The exhibition was highly successful, reaching a total audience of over 8,000 including visitors and participants. Students co-curated an archival display and also developed and promoted their own events via The Office of Useful Art, a working office within the exhibition.

John Moores Painting Prize (China):
LJMU collaborates with the College of Fine Arts, Shanghai University on the Biennial John Moores Painting Prize (China) competition. The winning Chinese artists travel to Liverpool and complete a month-long residency at the School of Art and Design, developing new works inspired by Liverpool. Their work is exhibited at the School and Liverpool's Walker Art Gallery to coincide with the opening of the Biennial.

Making Minecraft real:
Thanks to a unique joint appointment between FACT and the School of Art and Design, the popular fantasy game Minecraft has been transformed into a powerful learning tool. Cloudmaker: Making Minecraft Real was led by Dr Mark Wright, who is Director of FACTLab and co-director of LJMU’s Contemporary Art Lab. Using child-friendly language, Cloudmaker helps young people develop skills in coding, programming, co-design and collaboration. The project resulted in a new collaboration between FACT and the Museum of Science and Industry (Manchester) exploring physical and digital making, and the interaction between arts and science.

"To be able to perform somewhere as prestigious as Tate Liverpool is a brilliant opportunity. It enables us to take our work outside the dance studio, so that the public can reflect on our work."

Jessica Whitaker -
LJMU Dance Practices student