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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…

Meeting Mr Miller – our new research on a Pre-Raphaelite patron

3 March 2016 by Felicity

Waiting: an English Fireside in the Winter of 1854-5, by Ford Madox Brown, was acquired by John Miller. © Walker Art Gallery

Waiting: an English Fireside in the Winter of 1854-5, by Ford Madox Brown, was acquired by John Miller. © Walker Art Gallery

Ahead of an exciting free lecture taking place at the Gallery on Saturday, Ann Bukantas, Head of Fine Art at National Museums Liverpool, shares some of the findings of her research into Liverpool collector John Miller: Read more…

Tim Peake to call World Museum from the International Space Station!

25 January 2016 by Felicity

Primary school children also celebrated Tim Peake's launch into space at World Museum

Primary school children also celebrated Tim Peake’s launch into space at World Museum

Exciting news just in! World Museum has been selected as the only venue in the UK to host a live educational in-flight call with Tim Peake during his mission on board the International Space Station. Read more…

The Newsround crew join 300 excited school children for blast off!

16 December 2015 by Felicity

Space hats at the ready! 300 children watched the launch live at World Museum

Space hats at the ready! 300 children watched the launch live at World Museum

Yesterday World Museum shared the amazing moment that astronaut Tim Peake blasted off on his journey to the International Space Station with 300 extremely excited Merseyside primary school children!

We were also joined by CBBC’s Newsround crew, which only made the moment more memorable for the children – we had lots of fans of the show in the room! Read more…

Paul Scott’s ceramics inspired by Liverpool’s past

19 November 2015 by Felicity

Image of Toxteth Park, Herculaneum, and Liver Birds (2014) by Paul Scott

Toxteth Park, Herculaneum, and Liver Birds (2014) by Paul Scott

The Walker Art Gallery’s Craft and Design Gallery is an impressive place to be, with ceramics, glass, metalwork, jewellery, furniture and even musical instruments on display; together covering some three hundred years of design history.

No wonder then, that internationally-renowned ceramic artist Paul Scott found ample inspiration from these collections when he visited! So much so, that it inspired him to create a piece that is on show until 28 March 2016 as part of a display in room 13 here at the Walker. Read more…



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