A tribute to Liverpool’s famed Liver Bird, Roman Standard was Emin’s first public art project. She describes the sculpture, often mistaken as a real bird, as a symbol of “hope, faith and spirituality” that acts as a point of contemplation. The sculpture is on display in the Gallery’s courtyard garden where it forms a link between the stone ostriches that adorn the gateway to the original 18th century townhouse.

Roman Standard is part of an intended gift to the Gallery from Frank and Lorna Dunphy.