Posts by Andrew
Sir Peter Blake, Patron of the John Moores Painting Prize and winner of the John Moores junior painting prize in 1961, has created a unique artwork commemorating the 60th anniversary of the competition.
Sir Peter is one of Britain’s best known Pop artists who co-created The Beatles iconic Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band album sleeve, as well as record sleeves for Band Aid, The Who and Paul Weller. In Liverpool, his design of the Mersey Ferry Snowdrop was inspired by First World War dazzle ships. It was one of three designs commissioned by Liverpool Biennial and National Museums Liverpool to commemorate the centenary of the start of the war in 2014.
Look out for his John Moores Painting Prize design across the exhibition media campaign launching late June, as well as on venue banners, leaflets and posters. John Moores Painting Prize 2018 opens at the Walker Art Gallery on 14 July, find out which artists are exhibiting here.
Recent visitors to the Merseyside Maritime Museum will have noticed works taking place on the second floor where we’re developing what will become the new Sea Galleries. As part of this work, we’re looking for help from the Liverpool public to help tell the stories of the city’s unique maritime communities. On 26 April there will be a drop-in afternoon focused on finding out more about Liverpool’s Chinese seafarers. Deputy Director and Curator of Maritime History, Ian Murphy, talks about how the gallery needs the input from one of Liverpool’s oldest communities.
Black Salt: Britain’s Black Sailors exhibition opens today. Revealing the historically overlooked experiences of Black seafarers, the exhibition and the book it is based on – Black Salt: Seafarers of African Descent on British Ships – reveal how Black sailors contended with the dangers and hazards of life at sea, and challenged inequality on board and ashore. The book’s author Liverpool historian Dr Ray Costello, blogs about some of the roles those sailors would have had. Read more…
We commemorate the 50th anniversary of the partial decriminalisation of homosexuality this week with the opening of the exhibition Coming Out: Sexuality, Gender and Identity at the Walker Art Gallery. The exhibition brings together a diverse range of artists who have used their work to explore sexuality and gender identity since 1967. Read more…
5 July 2017 by Andrew
“The ‘U boat peril’ was as Churchill himself said the only thing that really scared him during World War Two. But Liverpool and the people who lived through bombing, especially during the may Blitz in 1941, their story was never really spoken about during the war. So I thought to bring the story to life, become someone who lived through it all, both on land and at sea.
Lights Out, Liverpool! is the reminiscences of sailor turned ARP warden, Jim Coleman who worked on the tugs on the River Mersey, before signing onto a tanker to bring much needed supplies back to Britain. Though a fictional character, his experiences are based on true stories that I’ve weaved together to give visitors a sense of the period during World War Two when Liverpool was a vital link in helping to win the War. Important events that affected the city that Jim talks about include the 1941 May Blitz and Battle of the Atlantic. We also get to hear that despite the challenges of the War, there was a great sense of humour on the docks.”
Performances are at intervals from 1.30 and are free, click here for more information.
16 May 2017 by Andrew
Merseyside Maritme Museum, the International Slavery Museum and Walker Art Gallery join in with this year’s LightNight. The date for your diary is Friday 19 May, when they’ll remain open until 10pm, with some very special free events taking place. Read more…
3 May 2017 by Andrew
This week a new forensics display was added to Seized! The border and customs uncovered gallery at Merseyside Maritime Museum. Here, Steve Butler, Curator of the Border Force National Museum Collection explains the lengths criminals go to to smuggle contraband, and the ingenuity of the Border Force in detecting it.
7 April 2017 by Andrew
“LGBT history is everyone’s history and we’re proud to tell it”, says Charlotte Keenan, Curator of British Art at the Walker Art Gallery. Here, she blogs about National Museums legacy in programming LGBT exhibitions, artists and events that spans decades. Read more…