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Sense and Sensibility at Sudley House

3 August 2011 by Alison Cornmell

There’s nothing better than snuggling down to watch a film. Normally I do it on a rainy Sunday, with just a cup of tea and a bar of chocolate for company. However I am excited to hear that this Friday 5 August from 1 – 3.30pmSense and Sensibility starring Emma Thompson will be screened at Sudley House.

Sense and Sensibility was Jane Austen’s first novel and was published 200 years ago this year. The screening of the 1995 adaptation, directed by Ang Lee, will celebrate this anniversary but also the current exhibition at Sudley House, Costume Drama: Fashion from 1790 – 1850. Read more…

Death of Lucian Freud

22 July 2011 by Alison Cornmell

This week one of the most celebrated and identifiable British artists of his generation died, aged 88.

Lucian Freud, whose intense style attracted sitters including Kate Moss and the Queen, died at his home on Wednesday after becoming severely ill.

The death of Lucian Freud will come as a huge blow to the art world and, for many, will represent the end of an era.

It saddens me to say that I have only been in the presence of one of his paintings, Interior at Paddington (1951), but it is one of my favourite paintings of all time. In the painting Freud creates a mood of depression and neglect.  Freud said: “the task of the artist is to make the human being uncomfortable”, something I certainly experience when looking at this painting. Read more…

Oh, Mr. Darcy…

4 July 2011 by Alison Cornmell

There’s less than week to go before Costume Drama: Fashion from 1790 to 1850 opens at Sudley House on Friday 8 July.

The exhibition displays male and female clothing and accessories that viewers of adaptations such as Pride and Prejudice written by Jane Austen and Cranford by Elizabeth Gaskell may find familiar.

I had the pleasure of seeing the costumes last week before they were taken to Sudley House for the exhibition. They all looked beautiful, but my particular favourite was a yellow silk brocade evening dress, from the early 1840s. Read more…

Bringing history to life

1 July 2011 by Alison Cornmell

A company of actors will be bringing the exhibition Art in Revolution: Liverpool 1911 to life at the Walker Art Gallery.

On 2 & 16 July 2011 at 1pm, 2pm and 3pm Manchester-based Breathe Out Theatre will be performing Strike Hard for Liberty based on events from the 1911 Liverpool Transport Strike led by activist Tom Mann.

In 1911 throughout the ports and docks of Liverpool, activist Tom Mann and unionist James Sexton organised a strike everyone said they couldn’t win: the odds were against them but they won. Actors Hugo Chandor and Anthony Crank will be performing a historical re-enactment of this time.

It’s  a free drop-in event and there’s no need to book.

Two men stand in an exhibitionActors Hugo Chandor and Anthony Crank rehearse for their performances. Read more…

Inspired by…

27 June 2011 by Alison Cornmell

Are you an adult on a part-time art course or a member of a community art group? We are inviting you to put your creative talents to the test and create a piece of artwork inspired by the collections at Sudley House, World Museum and the Lady Lever Art Gallery.

Perhaps you could take inspiration from the internationally renowned Pre-Raphaelite collection at the Lady Lever Art Gallery, or the only art collection of a Victorian merchant in its original domestic setting at Sudley House, or maybe from objects in World Museum’s World Cultures gallery.

A panel of curators, educators and artists will judge. Winning artists and groups will see their work hung in an exhibition at World Museum and receive prizes. The closing date is 1 August 2011, and winners will be announced by the end of September.

For further information, to book a session, or to download your entry form, please go to: www.liverpoolmuseums.org.uk/inspiredby or contact Kenn Taylor on 0151 478 4977. Read more…

The final countdown (2)

20 June 2011 by Alison Cornmell

There’s less than a week to go before Art in Revolution: Liverpool 1911 opens on Friday 24 June at the Walker Art Gallery, and behind the scenes people are working tirelessly to get the exhibition ready.

I popped over for a sneak peak and although it isn’t finished it already looks great. Only two weeks ago it was an empty gallery but now it’s filling up with beautiful paintings, drawings and even textiles.

By the time it’s open to the public there will be work by van Gogh, Matisse, Gauguin and Signac on display, and I’m sure it will look incredible. Read more…

Art of Love

14 June 2011 by Alison Cornmell

This week photographic artist Marta Soul captured a couple embracing in the sculpture gallery at the Walker Art Gallery.

The Spanish photographer used two models to stage the photograph for a body of work she is creating for an exhibition in LA at the Kopeikin Gallery.

Soul has staged a series of romantic interludes starring the same woman stealing a kiss with different men in various lush settings – the Walker Art Gallery on this occasion. This series of work is called Idilios which means love affair or romance in Spanish. Read more…

A gift for the Walker

10 June 2011 by Alison Cornmell

A beautiful and striking sculpture of a huge dandelion by Liverpool-born artist Paul Morrison has gone on display at the Walker Art Gallery.

The sculpture Topocline is painted entirely black and is positioned on the first floor of the Walker Art Gallery, as if it has grown out from beneath the wooden floorboards. Made of aluminium and galvanised steel it stands at nearly 3 metres high (9ft approx) and weighs 500kg (over 78 stone).

The sculpture is typical of the out-of-scale plant forms found in Morrison’s work. He is best known for his monochromatic botanical landscapes that are both familiar and foreign. Familiar because his subjects such as trees and flora are immediately recognisable, and foreign because he can cause a simple dandelion to become threatening due to its size and lack of colour. Read more…

And the winner is…

2 June 2011 by Alison Cornmell

Last night Mike Stubbs, director of FACT, announced Marcus Soukup as the winner of the Liverpool Art Prize. The video and sound artist was chosen from a shortlist of four by a panel of judges drawn from across the city’s arts scene.

As well as winning a £2,000 prize Soukup will also display his work at the Walker Art Gallery next year. Curator of British art at the Walker Art Gallery, Dr Laura MacCulloch will be collaborating with him on his display, she said ‘I am thrilled that I will be working with Markus over the next few months to organise the first display of his work at the Walker Art Gallery.’ Read more…

Oh really!

20 May 2011 by Alison Cornmell

I often find myself deep in thought, hours can go by where all I’ve done is think. I often consider life’s questions, such as where did we come from, shall I buy that dress from Topshop or shall I have chicken or mince for tea?

As you can guess, I probably wouldn’t make a very good philosophy student. However next week the Walker Art Gallery will be hosting a group of post graduate students from the Philosophy Department at the University of Liverpool, each of whom will be giving a talk. Read more…

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