Past event: Keywords explores radical 1980’s Britain at Tate Liverpool

by Cass Art

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Cass Art is delighted to partner with Tate Liverpool to offer to bring you an exclusive 2 for 1 ticket offer for Keywords: Art, Culture and Society in 1980s Britain.

Opening on the 28th February, Keywords: Art, Culture and Society in 1980s Britain takes a fresh look at how the changes in the meaning of words reflect cultural shifts in our society, taking its name and focus from Raymond Williams’s 1976 seminal book on the vocabulary of culture and society. His work examines the history of more than a hundred words that are familiar and yet confusing: ArtBureaucracyCulture; Radical and many others. For artists, designers, writers and readers alike, this is an exhibition not to be missed.

Keywords features over 60 works, each one concisely capturing the roaring political tensions of the eighties such as the miners’ strike, gay liberation and race riots. These viewpoints are represented in contrasting forms by a generation of British artists familiar with the ideas that Williams and other cultural theorists were exploring at the time. Williams expressed the wish some other ‘form of presentation could be devised’ for his book, and this exhibition is one such interpretation.  

Artists featured in Keywords include Rita Donagh, John Latham, Donald Rodney and Jo Spence. Influential artworks including archival material from Rose-Finn-Kelsey’s pioneering performance One for Sorrow Two for Joy (1976) and Helen Chadwick’s notorious Carcass (1986) will also be re-presented specially for the exhibition. Running parallel to the works on display are a series of innovative lectures on the spheres of art, theory, activism and politics. The line-up continues with Baroness Lola Young on the meanings of the word ‘Ethical’ on Friday 7 March. 

Enter the Prize Draw

To celebrate Keywords we're offering you the chance to win a Stencil Toolkit including 10 Liquitex colours worth over £100, so you can create your very own protest signs and political statements inspired by Keywords at home. Enter the Keywords prize draw before 31st March 2014 here. Good luck! 

Be Inspired

Want to make your own statements, signs and placards? Head to Cass Art for a great range of markers and spray paints to make your own Keywords inspired artworks.

Get the Offer

Cass Art are offering our online customers a 2 for 1 ticket offer when you make a purchase online until the end of March. You'll receive an exclusive voucher with your purchase, to redeem the offer simply take your voucher along to the Tate Liverpool ticket desk. The offer is redeemable on full price tickets only until the exhibition closes on the 11th May. Stock up on your art supplies now at and follow us on Facebook and Twitter for all the latest on exhibitions and exclusive offers from Cass Art.

Visit the Tate Liverpool website for more details about the exhibition and for visitor information. Find out more about the series of lectures here. Or follow Tate Liverpool on Facebook and Twitter  #Keywords2014 for the updates on the Keywords exhibition.

Find out more about Tate Liverpool and the art scene on the Mersey in our blog detailing Liverpool’s sumptuous collections. 

Image credits:

Second image: Adrian Berg, Gloucester Gate, Regent's Park, May 1982 © Estate of the Artist. Image courtesy Tate.

Third image: Sunil Gupta Heaven from the tape-slide project London Gay Switchboard, 1980 Courtesy the Artist

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