Hew Locke, Armada on view at Tate Liverpool

Hales is delighted to announce that the recent aquasition of Hew Locke's Armada is now on view at Tate Liverpool. 


Armada, 2019 is an immersive large-scale installation made up of a flotilla of model boats and rafts, as the centrepiece of a free collection display - Port and Migrations - examining the city's relationship to migration and international exchange. This is the first time Armada will be shown at Tate, following its acquisition supported by Art Fund and Tate's International Council. 


Speaking about the recent acquisition, Polly Staple, Director of Collection, British Art, Tate said: "Hew Locke's Armada is a wonderfully layered, visually engaging work - inviting you to explore complex histories. A major acquisition for Tate in 2019, Armada underscores our commitment to resituating British art and developing new understandings of the transnational histories of British culture. A particularly apt location for Armada's display, we are delighted that Tate Liverpool will be the first of our sites to showcase this seminal work, ahead of Hew's Tate Britain annual commission opening later this Spring."


Helen Legg, Director, Tate Liverpool, added: "I've long admired the work of Hew Locke and I'm thrilled that we are able to make Armada a key work in Tate Liverpool's new Port and Migrations display. I think it's vital as a gallery that we consider the historic significance of our location in the city when choosing which artworks from the Tate collection to show. Hew's work, and the others in this display, really reflect how the movement of people and ideas is central to Liverpool's history and identity. By exploring works like these, and how they resonate with local and global history, we can consider the relationship between Liverpool and the world that it looks out on."



Hew Locke


Tate Liverpool 

Royal Albert Dock


L3 4BB


For more information please visit the Tate website here.

February 15, 2022