Posts by Ann
2 May 2018 by Ann
We’re preparing to bring a little bit of city life to Port Sunlight and the Lady Lever Art Gallery this week as we countdown to the opening of our spring exhibition Whistler & Pennell: Etching the city on Friday 4 May.
Profiling the work of American artists; James McNeill Whistler and Joseph Pennell who made London their home, the exhibition reveals their passion, innovation and influence upon an artistic technique that at the time was in decline.
23 March 2018 by Ann
There’s no better time to hop on the train and discover the beauty of Spring this Easter in Port Sunlight. With two Merseyrail stations in the village (Port Sunlight and Bebington), grab the kids, pack a picnic and explore the tree and daffodil lined avenues while the kids are off school. With the Lady Lever Art Gallery and Port Sunlight Museum and Garden Centre to explore, stay a day or stay all week we’ve plenty to keep you all occupied. Read more…
To accompany The Singh Twins’ major new exhibition Slaves of Fashion: New Works by The Singh Twins at the Walker Art Gallery, National Museums Liverpool and the University of Liverpool School of Histories, Languages and Cultures are hosting a one-day conference, open to the public to explore the issues raised by The Twins’ new artworks.
As one of the most recognisable works from the Lady Lever Art Gallery’s collection and among William Holman Hunt’s most famous paintings The Scapegoat often attracts a lot of attention. In art gallery circles this results in frequent requests to loan the painting for exhibitions across the world. It is our role at National Museums Liverpool to ensure above all that artworks are accessible to as many people as possible, and that they are preserved for generations to come to enjoy as we do today.
26 October 2016 by Ann
Remembering the past is a series of free events for older people where you can enjoy a nostalgic look back at the past with our Visitor Hosts. Each session has a different theme and everyone is welcome to pop in for a cup of tea and a chat.
You can come on your own and make new friends or bring a friend with you. There’s no need to book and refreshments are free so drop in and join us. If you want to speak to us ahead of your visit, call our education team on 0151 478 4143. Read more…
13 September 2016 by Ann
As part of the consultation period prior to the redevelopment of the Lady Lever Art Gallery’s South End galleries we asked visitors about how they would like to see Lord Lever’s collections interpreted. We were keen to explore the use of technology in our displays but were mindful that many people were wary of too much intervention wanting to keep the galleries as they were. However, 99% of those surveyed said that they owned a smartphone and 71% were interested in a venue app and would consider downloading one.
We set to work planning how we could enhance a visit to the Gallery using digital content but not at the expense of the physical experience and so it was decided to develop a simple app which gave visitors, particularly families, an alternative method of exploring the collections in the new galleries and in the comfort of their own homes.
8 July 2016 by Ann
Are you an Early Years practitioner or Primary or Secondary teacher? Why not start the next academic year by joining the Education team at the Lady Lever Art Gallery in Port Sunlight on Wednesday 7 September, 4 – 6pm for our Teachers’ view event Read more…
Join us at the Lady Lever Art Gallery in Port Sunlight on Wednesday 22 June from 5pm for an exclusive opportunity to view Picasso linocuts, ground-breaking prints on loan to the Gallery from the British Museum, before the exhibition opens to the public on Friday 24 June 2016.
‘Liverpool patronage was a little Galapagos’ – exploring the relationship of the Pre-Raphaelites and Liverpool by Rupert Maas
19 May 2016 by Ann
Pre-Raphaelitism has long been associated with Liverpool. The collections of National Museums Liverpool’s art galleries, namely Sudley House, Lady Lever Art Gallery and the Walker Art Gallery include a large number of Pre-Raphaelite works. Many, such as Dante’s Dream by Rossetti and the Scapegoat by Holman Hunt hold an iconic status across the globe. The history of how Liverpool and Port Sunlight came to house these collections is fascinating and diverse and carries an inspiring message of patronage and cultural enlightenment. While there have been many exhibitions exploring the movement’s history, Liverpool’s role had until recently not been explored. Read more…
The 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…