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Kids takeover the Walker!

3 December 2012 by Angela


Young child drawing in Big Art

Here’s an update from Education Demonstrator Kristina Zavros on Takeover Day at the Walker:

Big Art was lit up by the sound of laughter and camera flashes as our little visitors took over Big Art for the day. The event was part of the Kids in Museums Manifesto 2012, which aims to make galleries family friendly. We provided children with digital cameras and our helpful volunteer David rewarded children with a certificate and a sticker for taking part. Our aim was for children to take over the gallery and explore by becoming little reporters, having fun and taking pictures of the things that they enjoyed most in Big Art.

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James Bloomfield workshop

30 November 2012 by Angela

Rows of paper butterflies

Image (c) Rob Flynn

John Moores 2012 exhibiting artist James Bloomfield tells us about his recent workshop at the Walker Art Gallery. See pictures from the workshop on our flickr site:

“After much planning, emails and butterfly folding I arrived at the Walker Art Gallery to give my artist talk and deliver the workshop. I was welcomed into the bowels of the Gallery and delivered to the resource area by means of the biggest lift I have ever seen. Angelica was on hand to setup the workshop area, and we began to pin the butterflies in preparation for the workshop. Read more…

Kids set to take over the Walker!

21 November 2012 by Angela

Little girl writing in Big Art

To celebrate national Takeover Day 2012 young visitors to the Walker will be reviewing their experience in Big Art for Little Artists this Friday. 

Takeover day gives children and young people the chance to experience the world of work and make their voices heard and gives organisations a fresh perspective on what they do.

Using digital cameras our young visitors will be recording their thoughts, identifying their favourite things and making suggestions as to how we can make Big Art even better. If you’ve got a discerning little one, all under 5’s are welcome, along with their carers to get involvedRead more…

Splashes and Splatters and Pitter Patter Painters

1 November 2012 by Angela

Little girl sitting on the floor painting in a room with paint splattered walls

Here’s our Education Demonstrator Angelica Vanasse to tell you all about some little artists getting creative at the Walker recently:

The John Moores Painting Prize 2012 provided us with heaps of inspiration for our fantastic family Splashes and Splatters painting workshops and our Pitter Patter Painters sessions for under 3s at the Walker Art Gallery. Coordinated by the Education Team at the Walker, our Rex Makin auditorium was re-vamped as a vibrant paint-filled hub of creativity with lots to see, make, and be inspired by – all focused on the painting process.   Read more…

Bargain books!

21 October 2011 by Angela

The nights are drawing in and there’s a definite chill in the air – it’s getting to that time of year when the best thing to do is curl up on the sofa with a good book. Well it just so happens we’re starting the sales unseasonably early with a special pop-up stall selling bargain books at the Maritime Museum. On Wednesday and Thursday next week (26 & 27 October) drop in to the museum foyer and grab yourself a bargain. Now I don’t want to mention the C word, but if you were looking to do some early ‘seasonal’ shopping this could be just the ticket… Read more…

Our latest competition

29 October 2010 by Angela

Watercolour of a woman holding a box

‘Pandora’ by Dante Gabriel Rossetti

We’ve got a beautiful new book to give away in our latest competition – I really wouldn’t mind a copy myself.

British Watercolours and Drawings – Lord Leverhulme’s Collection in the Lady Lever Art Gallery is more than 250 pages of wonderful images from the collection at Lady Lever. It includes work by Ford Madox Brown, Burne-Jones, Constable, Turner, Landseer, Millais, Rossetti and Reynolds, and is truly a celebration of British drawings and watercolours at their finest.

If you’d like to get your hands on your very own copy – and it would make a fab Christmas present if you decided not to keep it – just answer this question. Read more…

The Great Museum Debate

10 September 2008 by Angela

Woman standing with microphone making a speech

Dea Birkett argues her case

It was artefacts at dawn last night as The Great Museum Debate kicked off at the Maritime Museum.

Our distinguished panel made a case for the museum of their dreams and had some pretty unusual ideas.

Being a huge football fan I was pretty taken with teen author Bali Rai’s fantasy of a museum where you can create your own interactive sporting moment. He wanted to set Steven Gerrard’s famous goal against Olympiakos to Jimmy Cliff’s ‘You Can Get It If You Really Want’ and bask in the glory of Liverpool’s victorious 2005 Champions League campaign. This was part of Bali’s wish for a museum that was a living, breathing thing. Read more…

Rain rain go away

26 June 2008 by Angela

Apparently it’s summer. It bears no hallmarks of the season I once knew; no pavement cracking sunshine, no smell of freshly cut grass and certainly no big decisions like what flavour of ice pop to get from the corner shop to make.

My typical summers day was brightened up today by a visit to the Lady Lever to check out our hardworking team putting the finishing touches to Masterpiece Watercolours and Drawings. The new exhibition opens this Saturday and runs till 9 November and is full of great pieces by Turner, Constable, Rossetti and Burne-Jones. Read more…

It’s official – Liverpool rocks!

17 June 2008 by Angela

Beatles bedspread

Sooo much love for Liverpool music

It gives me great pleasure to introduce Lucy Cattell, press officer for The Beat Goes On to announce some very special news:

” It’s taken six weeks of campaigning and thousands of votes, but finally the announcement came today that Liverpool has scored the number one spot as the UK’s Most Musical City!

Taking the title in Arts Council England’s Take it Away search, Liverpool took 49 per cent of the public’s vote, pipping other Northern cities Sheffield and Manchester to the post, who claimed second and third places respectfully.

It’s such exciting news for the city, adding yet another musical title to our bow (we’ve also been hailed as the World Capital City of Pop by The Guinness Book of Records) in a Capital of Culture Year which has already drawn so much attention from audiences at home and abroad. Read more…

New perspective on Liverpool Cityscape

30 May 2008 by Angela

Our roving work experience reporter Isobel paid a visit to see Ben Johnson’s Liverpool Cityscape 2008 and the World Panorama Series, here’s Isobel’s verdict on the Walker’s latest offering:  

I was lucky enough to be able to visit the opening event and preview of the new Ben Johnson painting of Liverpool. It is hanging in the Walker Art Gallery alongside the other completed paintings of the cities of Zurich, Jerusalem and Hong Kong.

The Liverpool painting is not what I expected it to be. I was anticipating a long, narrow panoramic view of the waterfront but I was greeted with a large rectangular view of the city reaching right back to Fiddler’s Ferry. It’s hard to predict what time of day the painting is supposed to be and it is strange to see a waterfront with buildings not yet constructed. However there is a feeling of pride amongst the people of Liverpool at having their city amongst these impressive paintings. Read more…

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