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Virgin names train after Tate Liverpool

pendolinoVirgin Trains has commemorated Tate Liverpool’s twentieth anniversary by naming a Virgin Pendolino train after it, in what is a rare accolade for a museum or gallery. The dedicated train was unveiled at Liverpool Lime Street station.

Tate Liverpool is the home of the National Collection of Modern Art in the North of England and is the most popular gallery of modern and contemporary art in the UK, outside London.

liverpool cultureTate Liverpool exhibits art from the Tate Collection alongside changing special exhibitions. These major exhibitions, such as Salvador Dali: A Mythology (1998), Shopping: A Century of Art and Consumer Culture (2002-03) and Summer of Love: Art of the Psychedelic Era (2005) have brought an important national and international focus to the city. To mark Liverpool’s year as European Capital of Culture Tate Liverpool presented an ambitious programme including the Turner Prize 2007, the first time the prize has been presented outside London since it began in 1984, and Gustav Klimt: Painting, Design and Modern Life in Vienna 1900 which attracted over 199,000 visitors in just 14 weeks. Both events attracted global media attention and research has shown that the Turner Prize 2007 contributed more than £10 million to the region’s economy. Tate Liverpool is also the proud winner of the Lever Prize 2008, an award for world-class cultural organisations, as chosen by North West business leaders.

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