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Photographic inspiration

22 March 2016 by Ann

Port Sunlight village by Ian RobertsonThe Lady Lever Art Gallery was built for the residents of Port Sunlight village and opened in 1922.  At the time residents were workers in William Hesketh Lever’s soap factory.  Over the years the village has changed but retained a strong community at heart.  It’s no longer a requirement for village residents to work for the factory and villagers come from all walks of life.

Ian Robertson, a regular visitor to the Gallery and current resident, writes on how the village and Lever’s collection have inspired him.  Read more…

Pin curls and paintings

10 February 2016 by Ann

Illustration by W. A Brown courtesy of Mrs G Harrand

Illustration by W. A Brown courtesy of Mrs G Harrand

The striking 1930s evening dresses from the Putting on the Glitz exhibition would not have been complete when originally worn without a beautiful hairstyle to finish the look.  This half term, the Lady Lever Art Gallery is hosting a unique event in partnership with Andrew Collinge Hairdressing to show the modern woman and man how dressing to impress really should be done.

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The Pre-Raphaelites, definitely beautiful and most certainly rebellious!

4 February 2016 by Ann

The English Boy, 1860, Ford Madox Brown © Manchester City Galleries

The English Boy, 1860, Ford Madox Brown © Manchester City Galleries

The countdown has begun to the opening of our breath-taking exhibition Pre-Raphaelites: Beauty and Rebellion on 12 February at the Walker Art Gallery. Installation of the works is underway and the excitement is building..

Among the 120 paintings to be displayed are familiar faces including Manchester Art Gallery’s The English Boy and Rossetti’s glorious Monna Vanna from the collection at Tate.  There’s also wonderful pictures by local artists who were influenced by the Pre-Raphaelite ideals. Burd Helen by William L. Windus (pictured below) and painted in 1856, is a lovely example, and was described by John Ruskin as “a great Pre-Raphaelite painting”, he went on to state it was “thoughtful and intense to the highest imaginative power”. Read more…

A major milestone for the Lady Lever South End Galleries redevelopment

17 November 2015 by Ann

Restored ceiling light domes, South Vestibule copyright Pete Carr

Restored ceiling light domes, South Vestibule copyright Pete Carr

The Lady Lever Art Gallery has reached a major milestone in its Heritage Lottery funded development following the completion of a large scale restoration by Clan Contracting to restore the South End rooms of the historic gallery over seen by architects PurcellRead more…

The cultural legacy and history of the Maya civilisation

17 September 2015 by Ann

Mayas: revelation of an endless time

In this guest blog, Dr Niamh Thornton, Senior Lecturer in Latin American Studies at the Department of Modern Languages and Cultures at the University of Liverpool gives us an insight into the cultural legacy and history of the Maya civilisation. She also shares with us some resources, for those who have been inspired by the ‘Mayas: revelation of an endless time’ exhibition to learn more. Read more…

Why join the Patron’s circle?

1 September 2015 by Ann

Juliet Staines_blog

The Lady Lever Art Gallery Patron’s Circle has been developed for people who feel passionate about our work developing the Gallery for the future. We spoke to Juliet Staines, our very first patron to learn more about her decision to join the scheme.  Read more…

A creative summer awaits…

22 July 2015 by Ann

Activity Rms 14 Feb 2010 131

The school bell has rung for the final time and the kids have come home from school laden with PE kits, awards and enormous smiles.  Now it’s over to you to entertain them for the next SIX weeks…  Read more…

Visions of Venice, a watercolour challenge?

9 July 2015 by Ann

Watercolour of a Venetian scene by Steven Hersey

Watercolour by Steven Hersey

Would you like to explore your creative side and spend a few hours painting with watercolours in the inspiring setting of the Lady Lever Art Gallery?

As part of our Picturing Venice exhibition free, event programme we have linked up with Wirral artist Steven Hersey to run watercolour workshops exploring painting composition and technique.  Read more…

Inspired by Wedgwood

24 June 2015 by Ann

In her latest blog behind the scenes at the Lady Lever Art Gallery South End redevelopment project Angelica Vanasse gives us an insight in to her work with local schools and explains how their input will form part of the new displays opening in Spring 2016.

Marie Canning working with a student from Prenton High School for Girls

Marie Canning working with a student from Prenton High School for Girls

The South End development project at the Lady Lever Art Gallery isn’t just about the incredible restoration and conservation of the galleries, but also about developing relationships with local schools and community groups. As part of the project, year 10 students from Prenton High School for Girls recently reinterpreted Wedgwood pottery from the Gallery’s collections in the form of miniature porcelain sculptures. Their tiny creations will be used as part of the new displays in the South End, bringing a fresh perspective to our displays when they reopen next year.  Read more…

Maya world: a rainforest civilisation

23 June 2015 by Ann

Temple of Five Floors, Edzna

Edificio de los Cinco Pisos, or Temple of Five Floors, Edzna Consejo Nacional para la Cultura y las Artes – Instituto Nacional de Antropología e Historia – Fotógrafo Ignacio Guevara.

The ancient Mayas built one of the world’s most successful and brilliant civilisations, tantalising remains of which survive.  Colossal stone cities were the centre of Maya culture.  These cities were home to dramatic pyramids that housed temples and the palaces of the Royal courts.  Here they developed a complex writing system and recorded their own history.    Read more…



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