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Talk Tuesday: John Moores 2016 artist, Talar Aghbashian

19 September 2016 by Felicity

Talar Aghbashian in front of her prizewinning painting © Dave Jones

Talar Aghbashian in front of her prizewinning painting © Dave Jones

Talar Aghbashian is one of this year’s John Moores Painting Prize prizewinners. Selected from more than 2,500 entries, Talar’s painting represents a memory of a disproportionate, ill-sculpted arm of a statue of an assassinated politician.

We caught up Talar ahead of her free talk, taking place at the Walker Art Gallery on Tuesday 20 September, 1pm. Read more…

Helena Markson’s prints of Liverpool

26 August 2016 by Felicity

Helena with her Liverpool series of prints

Helena with her series of Liverpool prints

Helena Markson: A Sense of Place is a new display of prints at the Walker Art Gallery. The display coincides with the launch of a new book about Helena’s work, written by Emma Mason. In this blog, Emma tells us how she came across Helena’s work:

“Back in 2013 I received a phone call about printmaker Helena Markson (1934-2012). Irene, Helena’s sister was calling to say that Helena had died unexpectedly the year before and Irene was sorting out her studio and wanted our advice. I knew a little about Helena and we had some of her etchings in our gallery. As with many post war printmakers, Helena’s work had been overlooked in recent years and I was keen to find out more about her. Read more…

Talk Tuesday: John Moores 2016 artist, Donal Moloney

19 August 2016 by Felicity

Cave Floor, 2015, Donal Moloney

Cave Floor, 2015, Donal Moloney

Donal Moloney was selected to exhibit in this year’s John Moores Painting Prize with his painting, ‘Cave Floor’.

Donal’s intricate paintings contain fragments of images from a wide variety of sources creating a ‘kaleidoscope’ of glistening surfaces.

We caught up with him to find out more about how he works, ahead of his ‘Talk Tuesday’ event happening at the Walker Art Gallery on Tuesday 23 August. Read more…

Talk Tuesday: John Moores 2016 artist, Enzo Marra

15 August 2016 by Felicity

 

Invigilator (John Virtue), 2014, Enzo Marra

Invigilator (John Virtue), 2014, Enzo Marra

Enzo Marra was selected to exhibit in this year’s John Moores Painting Prize with his painting, ‘Invigilator (John Virtue)’. It’s the second time that Enzo’s work has been selected (he first exhibited in 2012). We caught up with him to find out more about how he works, ahead of his ‘Talk Tuesday’ event happening at the Walker Art Gallery on Tuesday 30 August. Read more…

Michael Simpson wins the John Moores Painting Prize 2016!

7 July 2016 by Felicity

Squint (19), 2015, by Michael Simpson is the winner of the John Moores Painting Prize 2016

Squint (19), 2015, by Michael Simpson is the winner of the John Moores Painting Prize 2016

The Walker Art Gallery has announced the winner of the prestigious John Moores Painting Prize 2016 is artist Michael Simpson with his painting Squint (19). Michael (b.1940, Dorset) receives the £25,000 first prize for his work, which is one of a continuing series of paintings by the artist. Read more…

Fake! The Great Masterpiece Challenge with Sky Arts

1 July 2016 by Felicity

One of the paintings in the Walker's display of animal art is a copy, but which one?!

One of the paintings in the Walker’s display of animal and sporting art is a copy, but which one?!

Do you have an eye for detail? Could you spot something amiss in a masterpiece? We’re working with Sky Arts on an exciting new television series. Throughout July, people of all ages and experience are invited to use their detective skills to spot seven copies hiding in plain sight on the walls of six galleries across the UK, including the Lady Lever Art Gallery and the Walker Art Gallery. All seven displays will also be available for investigation online as part of a national competition: skyartsfake.com Read more…

Competition: Win tickets to see Swan Lake

17 May 2016 by Felicity

410 x 231 MusicalsThe Scottish Ballet’s breath-taking production of Swan Lake is headed for the Liverpool Empire and we’ve got a pair of tickets to give away.

This modern retelling of the classic ballet, which runs at the Empire from Wed 1 – Sat 4 June, swaps tutus and curses for a sultry, passionate love story.  Read more…

Two Visions of a Cornfield

16 May 2016 by Felicity

Corner of a Cornfield, 1871, William Davis (c) Walker Art Gallery. National Museums Liverpool

Corner of a Cornfield, 1871, William Davis (c) Walker Art Gallery. National Museums Liverpool

Ha-il Kim, a volunteer in our Fine Art department, explores the enduring influence of William Davis’ Corner of a Cornfield:

The Walker Art Gallery celebrated its centenary in 1977 with an exhibition titled The Liverpool Academy Celebrates the Walker’s 100th Birthday.  Curated by Adrian Henri (1932-2000), a poet and artist involved in the Liverpool art scene of the 1960s, the exhibition was intended to highlight the connection between the Liverpool Academy of Arts, the oldest professional artists’ body in Liverpool, and the birth of the Walker Art Gallery. It would also pay tribute to the role the Academy played in various guises in enriching the Gallery’s collection through exhibitions.  As such, all the contributing artists were members of the Academy, and their works were inspired by the Walker’s splendid collection.   Read more…

Pre-Raphaelites sent packing: a letter from Ford Madox Brown

5 May 2016 by Felicity

Ford Madoz Brown's 'Coat of Many Colours', which can be seen in the Walker Art Gallery's Pre-Raphaelite exhibition

Ford Madox Brown’s ‘Coat of Many Colours’ can be seen in the Walker Art Gallery’s exhibition, ‘Pre-Raphaelites: Beauty and Rebellion’

When they weren’t painting pictures, the Pre-Raphaelites wrote a lot of letters. It’s thanks to these that we can get an insight into their characters, learn details about their paintings and, as a bonus, experience the quality of their handwriting. In the blog post, Ann Bukantas, Head of Fine Art at National Museums Liverpool, shares Ford Madox Brown’s letter to art collector George Rae: Read more…

Rare chandelier discovered at the Lady Lever Art Gallery

25 March 2016 by Felicity

Terence installing the chandelier in the new galleries c. Gareth Jones

Terence installing the chandelier in the new galleries c. Gareth Jones

Restoring the Lady Lever Art Gallery’s new South End galleries, which open to visitors today, has been an incredibly exciting, and revealing, process!

In reversing many of the changes that were made to the Gallery in the 1960s, we’ve made some fantastic discoveries. We’ve found elaborate wallpaper hidden behind casing – even ‘secret doors’ which we’ve been able to reopen!

Perhaps one of the most exciting discoveries, though, relates to a very much overlooked rare chandelier. Read more…



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