Exhibitions to beat the winter blues

7 January 2016 by Laura

Painting of woman

In The Grass, Arthur Hughes © Museums Sheffield. From the ‘Pre-Raphaelites: Beauty and Rebellion’ exhibition.

January blues seem to be an inevitable come down after the festive season. Back to work, feeling broke and all those resolutions which seemed such a good idea at the time and are now just making you feel worse about yourself as you struggle to achieve them.

It’s this time of the year when you need to look forward and plan ahead and luckily we have a bumper year of exhibitions at National Museums Liverpool which might go some way to cheer you up!

If art is your thing then we can always help with that. More than 120 exquisite paintings by the Pre-Raphaelites come to the Walker in February to indulge you with their own unique brand of romance and beauty. Pre-Raphaelites: Beauty and Rebellion highlights Liverpool’s significant role in the art movement, reinforcing the city’s position as the Victorian art capital of the north and includes works which have never been on public display before.

This summer Liverpool is the destination for contemporary art lovers. The Liverpool Biennial promises to bring an international cast of exciting artists and their work to the city. At the heart of this the John Moores Painting Prize 2016 at the Walker will once again take the temperature of contemporary British painting with a selection of the very best chosen by expert judges.

When the skies are grey and the forecast is bleak a gripping, interactive exhibition for all the family could be just the thing to give everyone a boost. Eye for Colour returns to World Museum this January to alert the senses and stimulate the mind! The home-grown exhibition, which has been seen by more than a million people on its travels across Europe, explores the endless ways in which colour shapes our world.

A fascinating aspect of Ancient Egypt also comes under the spotlight at World Museum later in the year. Gifts for the Gods: Animal Mummies Revealed explores the religious practice of offering animal mummies to the gods. Featuring mummified specimens such as jackals, crocodiles, cats and birds, the exhibition will also include a recreation of a subterranean animal catacomb.

The waterfront museums have their own share of compelling exhibitions.

Did you know Liverpool is the most-filmed city in the UK outside of London? In March Reel Stories: Liverpool and the Silver Screen at the Museum of Liverpool brings together an eclectic range of original posters for films related to the city.

The Museum of Liverpool also continues its First World War: Reflecting on Liverpool’s Home Front exhibition series. The focus this time is on the relief and charitable activities of the city and its people during the period. Memories Lost explores the ways such organisations gave much needed assistance to the returning soldiers and their families.

Afro Supa Hero explores the ways role models and icons can combat the legacies of racism and discrimination at the International Slavery Museum this May.  A snapshot of his own childhood, Jon Daniel’s personal collection of pop cultural heroes and heroines of the African diaspora reveal positive Black role models in the West Indian culture of his family, and the African American culture of the US.

The Liverpool Pilotage Service is the second oldest institution in Liverpool and we think that is worth celebrating! This summer Liverpool Pilots focuses on their vital role in navigating ships in and out of the city’s port. The exhibition marks their 250th year and highlights numerous occasions of bravery, saving lives and cargo from disaster.

Check our website for a round up of all of our exhibitions.

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