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Team Time session to feature in exhibition at Tate Liverpool

22 October 2020

A forthcoming exhibition at Tate Liverpool and a new audio recording from Coventry show examples of how the arts are depicting health workers’ stories during the pandemic.


A new set of works by US-based artist Aliza Nisenbaum will go on display at Tate Liverpool from December. The series of paintings features people from Liverpool who have been key workers during the Covid-19 crisis, including staff at NHS Merseyside hospitals.

Nisenbaum’s work is influenced by the Mexican mural movement and its depiction of social history. One of her new paintings focuses on a group from Alder Hey Children’s Hospital who used Team Time to support each other’s mental health and well-being.  

Other people depicted in the new paintings range from a student nurse, a respiratory doctor, a hospital porter, a chaplain, and a professor of outbreak medicine and member the government advisory body SAGE. 

The exhibition is scheduled to open on 15 December and will run until June 2021. 

A second health-worker-inspired work to be released is an audio recording called ‘Boats On An Ocean’, which was developed from stories told by health workers about their experiences of the pandemic.

The ten-minute piece, written by Nick Walker and narrated by actor Bharti Patel. was produced by China Plate for the ‘Coventry Creates’ initiative, funded by Coventry University and The University of Warwick for Coventry City of Culture 2021.

Listen to the piece here