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Alphonse Mucha’s influence on 1960s counter-culture

3 July 2017 by Felicity

Norman with his Jugband poster at the opening of the Alphonse Mucha: In Quest of Beauty exhibition at the Walker

A familiar face for many regular Walker visitors, Norman Killon worked as part of our visitor services team for 24 years before he retired in April this year.

Norman is also a font of musical knowledge, having DJ’d at Liverpool’s legendary nightclub Eric’s in the 1970s, and a great collector of musical memorabilia.

You can see two posters from Norman’s personal collection in our Alphonse Mucha: In Quest of Beauty exhibition, showing how Mucha influenced a counter-culture in the 1960s. Norman tells us more in this post: Read more…

Inspired by George Bouverie Goddard

13 June 2017 by Felicity

The Struggle for Existence, by Goddard, at the Walker

It’s always fantastic to hear from visitors who have been inspired by paintings in our collection. In this blog post, Chris Woodward tells us how a painting by George Bouverie Goddard inspired him to write a play, soon to be performed here in Liverpool. Read more…

Coming Out: The Walker prepares to reveal concealed LGBT+ art histories

17 May 2017 by Felicity

Untitled, 1981, Linder © the artist and courtesy Stuart Shave I Modern Art, London

Today is the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphonbia (IDAHOT 2017); a worldwide celebration of sexual and gender diversities. We thought we’d mark this landmark day, now celebrated in more than 130 countries, by sharing details of our upcoming exhibition, Coming Out: Sexuality, Gender and Identity.

Coming Out, which will open at the Walker Art Gallery on 28 July, will reveal previously overlooked LGBT+ art histories and institutional blind spots, through a really exciting selection of artworks.

The opening will mark 50 years since the partial decriminalisation of male homosexual acts was passed in England and Wales (1967 Sexual Offences Act), on 27 July 1967. From David Hockney and Steve McQueen to Anya Gallaccio and Sarah Lucas, the artists represented have used their work to explore sexuality and gender identity since 1967, after the passing of the Act.  Read more…

The Walker, Waterhouse and a Wedding…

25 April 2017 by Felicity

Suzanne and Anthony in front of Waterhouse’s Echo and Narcissus

The Walker Art Gallery is an undeniably romantic setting for a date, even if we do say so ourselves! When Suzanne and Anthony visited the gallery together on their second date back in 2008, they couldn’t have imagined that they’d be returning a little over nine years later on their wedding day! Read more…

Alphonse Mucha tickets on sale from Monday!

15 March 2017 by Felicity

Gismonda, 1894 © Mucha Trust 2017

Save the date! Tickets for the Walker Art Gallery’s upcoming Alphonse Mucha: In Quest of Beauty exhibition are to go on sale online from Monday, 20 March. We couldn’t be more excited about this exhibition, which will showcase more than 100 works by Mucha, who is renowned for his iconic poster designs epitomising the Art Nouveau movement. The exhibition runs from 16 June to 29 October 2017.

Czech-born Alphonse Mucha (1860 – 1939) is recognised as one of the most prominent artists of the Art Nouveau movement, and this major touring exhibition from the Mucha Foundation explores the work of the artist around the theme of beauty; the core principle underlying his artistic philosophy. Read more…

Before and after: Princess Emilia of Saxony’s makeover

27 February 2017 by Felicity

Hans Krell’s Princess Emilia of Saxony, following conservation work

Princess Emilia of Saxony has recently enjoyed a makeover, courtesy of our conservation team! The painting by the German artist Hans Krell has been restored and cleaned by paintings conservator Rebecca Kench. In this post, Rebecca talks us through some key moments from the conservation process, as illustrated by the images in the slideshow: Read more…

Victorian Treasures showcases new William Holman Hunt acquisition

9 February 2017 by Felicity

The painting is unwrapped for installation at the Walker Art Gallery’s Victorian Treasures exhibition

It’s very rare for the Lady Lever Art Gallery to acquire a new work, as the gallery was built to house the incredible collection amassed by William Hesketh Lever, the 1st Viscount Leverhulme. However, it recently acquired a painting by William Holman Hunt, which was fitting for the gallery due to its connection to the Lever family. The painting, Tuscan Girl, can be seen at the Walker Art Gallery until 7 May as part of its Victorian Treasures exhibition. Read more…

Revealing the dramatic history behind Murillo’s iconic altarpiece

22 November 2016 by Felicity

Bartolomé Esteban Murillo’s painted altarpiece, Virgin and Child in Glory (1673), has left the Walker Art Gallery for the first time since it was acquired in 1953.

The iconic work has travelled to our conservation studio where it will undergo major technical investigation work, funded by the Art Fund. This will be the first detailed conservation treatment to be carried out on the altarpiece since the early 1860s. Read more…

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…



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