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Visit to Sudley House

23 May 2008 by Angela

Isobel at Sudley House

Isobel at Sudley House

Work experience student Isobel from South Liverpool has been busy working hard in the Press and Marketing office for the last 2 weeks. Isobel went on a visit to Sudley House to check out the recent renovations, here’s what she thought of it:

 

Situated in an expanse of picturesque grounds Sudley House is an interesting, historic place full of intriguing paintings and furnishings. For a year now it has been re-opened to the public, following a period of restoration. So today I visited the house to discover whether any changes made have been successful or yet another modernisation of a historic building, ruining its original features. Read more…

Lambing season

24 April 2008 by Angela

Artist Paul Cousins with Cloudorama

Paul and friend

If like me you need cheering up after Riise-nt events cast your eyes on this cute fella currently being prepared for his new home at the Lady Lever Art Gallery. We’ve been lucky enough to get local artist Paul Cousins to paint our SuperLambBanana as part of the Go SuperLambBananas project which will give birth to herds of them around the city.

Paul has christened his creation ‘Cloudorama’ and it is a reflection of a series of sky paintings he has produced that highlight the threat pollution poses to the earth’s atmosphere. After Paul has put the finishing touches to the piece Cloudarama will be welcoming visitors to the Lady Lever from 16 June – 25 August. Let’s hope having him there in his blue-skied splendour will be a good weather omen for the summer. 
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Calling all young artists!

13 March 2008 by Angela

Girl sketching outside Lady Lever Art Gallery

Sketchbooks at the ready!

Are you a budding Botticelli, a promising Picasso or would you just like to be able to make you stick figures look less like, erm, a pile of sticks? If so and you’re aged between 11 and 16 then Culture Vultures at the Lady Lever Art Gallery is the place for you. There are still a few places left on this week-long course for young people who want to explore their artistic side running from 25 – 28 March. You’ll get to try your hand at sketching, craft activities and photography all in the inspiring surroundings of the Lady Lever. If you want to book a place call Lauren Gould our Learning Officer on 0151 478 4143.    Read more…

Masterpiece arrives at the Walker

30 January 2008 by Angela

Handling team installing Ben Johnson panorama

Left a bit, right a bit …

It’s been all go at the Walker over the past few days. A herculean effort from our handling team to bring in one of the biggest works the gallery has ever seen, the installation of our very own artist in residence and a swarm of local, regional and international press can mean only one thing: the Ben Johnson residency excitement has begun.

On Friday I was lucky enough to witness our handling team brave the notorious William Brown Street winds and skilfully transport Ben’s huge Liverpool cityscape (it measures a whopping 8 ft by 16 ft) up the steps of the Walker and through the gallery to it’s new home in Room 15. Trust me it’s no mean feat getting something that size through the door – next time I’m struggling with my shopping bags I’ll think back and count myself lucky! Read more…

Only 19 shopping days left …

5 December 2007 by Angela

Christmas is coming the goose is getting fat, but don’t go panicing and filling your stockings with tat! I have a much better idea – head down to the shopping night at the Lady Lever Art Gallery tonight and bag yourself a cracking gift instead. There’s jewellery, candles, gift stationery, cards and christmas decorations – something for everyone. To make it a totally stress-free experience mince pies, mulled wine and musical refreshment courtesy of Church Drive School choir are on offer to help you on your merry way. Sounds perfect. Read more…

TV star at National Museums Liverpool

6 November 2007 by Angela

Michael Aspel at Merseyside Maritime Museum

Michael Aspel at the Merseyside Maritime Museum

Michael Aspel and some huge white trucks were stationed at St Georges Hall on Sunday as the Antiques Roadshow came to town. The broadcasting legend that is Mr Aspel was recording his final roadshow and we were delighted he popped into the Walker Art Gallery and Merseyside Maritime Museum beforehand to record some links for the programme. He had a look at some of our treasures including ‘And When Did You Last See Your Father?’ and our outstanding sculpture collection. I’ll certainly be glued to the TV when the programme airs in January to see whether the experts uncovered any hidden gems from dusty Liverpool lofts. Read more…

Is Liverpool a Global city?

6 November 2007 by Angela

All eyes are going to be on our fair city and visitors – along with some superstars thanks to the MTV Europe awards – from all over the world will be descending next year, but does this make Liverpool a global city? A public forum being held at World Museum Liverpool tomorrow night is going to be looking at Liverpool’s status as a global city and what the term really means.

The discussion is the second in a series of public forums giving you the opportunity to comment on the main themes that will be focused on in the new Museum of Liverpool. If you want to have your say or just listen to a lively discussion headed by our expert panel of history lecturers and curators the event runs from 6-8pm – although if I was you I’d get there a bit early as complimentary refreshments are being served from 5.45pm … Read more…

Jazz up your Sundays

1 November 2007 by Angela

Musicians in front of the Eros statue

Smooth

The National Conservation Centre was swinging when I popped in this morning. Musicians were tuning up ready for the launch of Sunday Jazz our smooth new musical offering. Representatives from TONY! TONY! TONY! and the Martin Smith quartet were checking out Café Eros where they will be performing live jazz sets on Sundays from 12-3pm. I was treated to a couple of impromptu numbers and I think their cool jazz classics are perfect for soothing away any Saturday night induced fevers and trust me their Latino rhythms will get you dancing your way into next week. Apologies to Monday morning passengers on the Northern Line, there’s a good chance I may be Jitterbugging down the aisles for the next few weeks.

Irish arts are shining

26 October 2007 by Angela

Dancers outside World Museum Liverpool

How do they get that high?

I went down to World Museum Liverpool earlier this week to meet the stars of this weekend’s Irish arts day. Eleanor King and Cecilia Ferguson took us through a few of the steps they will be performing with their troupe from the Ferguson School of Irish Dance tomorrow. Taught by a former world champion their twinkle toed performance is not to be missed. Irish singing sensation Helen Roche and Knotty Ash choir will also be entertaining us with the unique sounds of the Emerald Isle with performances of traditional Irish folk songs. The events are part of the Liverpool Irish Festival, check out the rest of the events happening across the city on their website. All this talk of Ireland has made me a bit thirsty, I’m off for a pint of the black stuff …

Come dancing?

8 October 2007 by Angela

Menaka Bora on World Museum Liverpool walkway

Menaka in action

I was lucky enough to get a sneak preview of a Sattirya dance performance this morning at World Museum Liverpool. Award-winning classical dance star Menaka Bora was checking out the space and practicing a couple of moves in preparation for her performance at the Treasure House Theatre on Saturday 20 October.

Dressed in fabulous traditional costume Menaka gave us a flavour of the Dashavatara which tells the story of the Hindu god Vishnu. If you’re a budding dancer and fancy having a go at this ancient Indian dance technique Menaka will be running a workshop at 3.30pm on the 20th. Give it a try – if John Barnes can master ballroom dancing there’s hope for us all!     Read more…

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