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Job losses at Tate Liverpool as director moves on

But it is hoped the jobs will go through voluntary redundancies and redeployments

There will be job losses at Tate Liverpool, its management has confirmed as it was announced that the gallery's director, Christoph Grunenberg, is moving on.

Over the last decade Grunenberg has overseen successful exhibitions by Klimt, Picasso and Matisse. He is leaving to join the Kunsthalle Bremen gallery in Germany.

He chaired the Turner Prize judging panel in 2007, when the ceremony was held at Tate Liverpool, the first time it had taken place outside London.

The announcement follows news that the gallery is to make an unspecified number of redundancies.

Tate Liverpool, which attracts around 600,000 visitors a year, opened in 1988 in a former warehouse on the city's iconic waterfront at Albert Dock.

On Tuesday it was announced the gallery would look at ways to make the gallery run more efficiently and review the number of front-of-house staff.

Staff at Tate Liverpool are considering ways to make efficiency savings and are reviewing the numbers of front-of-house staff.

It is not yet clear how many jobs will be affected by the programme of efficiency savings.

Any changes would be sought through voluntary redundancies and redeployment, Tate Liverpool said. The review will continue into 2012 and will be implemented by spring 2013.

Tate Liverpool is a beautiful space, natural light floods in from the banks of the Mersey onto its blond floors and white walls. It is currently housing a major show of the Belgian surrealist René Magritte's work.

A spokesperson for the gallery said: "The review will increase Tate Liverpool's organisational flexibility, enabling us to enhance and develop our visitor experience.

"This will include opening on Mondays year round, and maintaining special exhibitions, such as Turner Monet Twombly in 2012, at the heart of our programme."

What are your favourite moments in Tate Liverpool? For me, it was watching my daughter mesmerised by Ron Meuck's Ghost. © Guardian News & Media Limited 2011 | Use of this content is subject to our Terms & Conditions | More Feeds

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