The Secret Life of Liverpool



17 - 31 of May

Photographer and artist Leroy Cooper presents examples from his iconic collection THE SECRET LIFE OF LIVERPOOL, selected from a lifetime’s collection of over 100,000 photographs, taken from 1984 to the present day.

See images taken in Toxteth from the mid 80's the period Leroy calls the "PTS Days" The Post Traumatic Stress Days of the 1981 experience up to pre-Millennial 1999 and beyond. It is nearly 40 years since the 1981 Toxteth riots and Liverpool has made progress regarding its attitudes towards its multicultural community of Toxteth. The exhibition is another example of the positive progress being made, celebrating 10 years since The European Capital of Culture and offers an insight into the future potential of the people of Toxteth to contribute to the business of cultural tourism which is so important to the economy of the Liverpool City Region.

In times where the news often contains reports about, stabbings, shootings, hard drugs related criminal activity and terrorism this exhibition represents something positive from the region and shows that creativity, hard work and a positive focus in life can be an antidote to negativity and crime.

Displayed at The Unity Theatre, Leroy describes the venue as: 

“a progressive organisation that reaches out to diverse communities to bring them into the theatre, therefore inclusivity, regarding social and cultural representation is part of their core values. This makes The Unity a unique cultural oasis in the heart of the City.

THE SECRET LIFE OF LIVERPOOL represents a lifetime’s work of which I am very proud to say will be my essential part of my legacy.”


Unity Theatre
1 Hope Place
L1 9BG

Viewing Times:

Mon - Sat
1pm – 5pm
Free Entry – sign in at the box office

Image – Mother Hubbard copyright Leroy Cooper, All rights reserved. Used by permission.