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1950s inspired photography workshop

19 January 2018 by Jo Keenan

Alex Wood glamorously dressed in 1950s period clothing with a burgundy fitted jacket and stylish white hat and glovesPlease note all tickets for this event have now been allocated.

Ever felt like developing some portrait photography skills? If so why not join photographer Steve Judson for one of two free workshops at the Lady Lever Art Gallery on 11 February, inspired by the Model Image: fashion and photos from the 1950s exhibition.  Each one hour photography workshop is suitable for young people aged 14 years and over and adults.   The workshop is suitable for beginners as no photography experience is necessary.

Working with models and photographing them in a unique setting is a fantastic opportunity to build upon your photography skills, so bring along your creative ideas and get the most out of this special workshop. This is a superb opportunity whether it’s your first steps in working with models or wanting to expand your portfolio. Read more…

Lady Lever Art Gallery set for Takeover Day

22 November 2017 by Jo Keenan

On Saturday 25th November, the Lady Lever Art Gallery will be taken over by Sixth Form students from Weatherhead High School who will lead a programme of free family friendly activities.

The gallery’s education team have been working with Year 12 students from the school as part of their leadership programme to develop events for the day.  This years Takeover will be the third that the Gallery has been involved in and the first where students will deliver Family Art Club sessions for 7-12-year-olds.

Takeover Day is a celebration of children and young people’s contributions to museums, galleries, arts organisations, archives and heritage sites. It’s a day on which they are given meaningful roles in the cultural sector and is coordinated nationally by Kids in Museums.

Caroline Carney, Media Arts Coordinator at Weatherhead High School said: ‘Weatherhead is once again delighted to be part of Teen Takeover Day and working closely with National Museums Liverpool. The event is an important part of our Sixth Form enrichment programme, developing students’ skills in communication, teamwork and leadership.’

Here’s what some of the Year 12 students said they hope to gain from the experience.

‘Learning to work as part of a team and enhancing teamwork skills’.

‘Having the confidence to perform to a range of audiences’.

‘Improving confidence and leadership skills’.

‘I have enjoyed creating the activities and learning about local history and the collection’.

‘I hope to use the event towards gaining my Silver Arts Award’.

Students have organised a murder mystery quest and tour of the gallery, a fairy-tale flash mob, poetry readings and a 19th century selfie booth! After exploring the gallery, visitors can also enjoy entertainment by talented A Level musicians and dancers from Weatherhead High School.

With free entry and prizes for some activities, why not pop along for a fun filled afternoon for all the family 12:45 –  3:20pm?

Kimono Tales by Keiko Gordon

18 August 2017 by Jo Keenan

Keiko, age 3 in her first kimono

Keiko Gordon will be delivering kimono demonstrations at the Lady Lever Art Gallery at 2pm on 2nd and 16th September as part of our Edo Pop: Japanese print exhibition programme. Pre-booking is essential and tickets are now available for both sessions for free.

2nd September – fully booked

16th September – fully booked

You can add your name to the waiting list, in case of any cancellations by clicking the links.

Keiko’s beautiful handmade accessories, which are made from kimonos are on sale in the Gallery shop.

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Illustrator Sally-Anne Hickman talks Manga

25 July 2017 by Jo Keenan

Manga Girls by Sally-Anne Hickman

Sally-Anne Hickman is an illustrator who began creating comics in 2001.

She will be delivering two Manga workshops for young people aged 13 years + and adults at the Gallery on 6 August and 9 September as part of the Edo Pop: Japanese Prints exhibition.

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Experiencing Japan’s Tanabata Festival

5 July 2017 by Jo Keenan

Colourful paper strips with wishes on them - part of the Tanabatta festival

Lady Lever volunteer Corrina Ellis tells us about her experiences of the Japanese Tanabata Festival.
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A teachers’ view at the Lady Lever Art Gallery

8 March 2017 by Jo Keenan

woman holding up an illustration

Laura-Kate Draws with an example of her work

Are you an early years practitioner or primary or secondary school teacher looking for some creative professional development? Why not join artist Laura-Kate Draws and the Education team at the Lady Lever Art Gallery in Port Sunlight on Wednesday 15 March, 4-6pm for our Teachers’ view event?

Liverpool artist Laura-Kate Draws will be leading a hands-on creative session about how the Lady Lever Art Gallery and its collections can be used during a self-led visit. Laura will also be sharing a brilliant new resource she’s developed which we’d love teachers to see, try and then hear your thoughts about.  Read more…

Weatherhead High School are set to take over!

14 November 2016 by Jo Keenan

student group

Takeover Day organisers from Weatherhead High School at the Lady Lever Art Gallery

The Education team at the Lady Lever Gallery have been working with Sixth Form students at Weatherhead High School as part of their leadership programme planning a Takeover Day on Saturday 19 November as part of a national event.

Takeover Day is a celebration of children and young people’s contributions to museums, galleries, arts organisations, archives and heritage sites. It’s a day on which they are given meaningful roles, working alongside staff to participate in the life of the museum or gallery.  Read more…

Four more reasons to visit the Lady Lever Art Gallery

2 November 2016 by Jo Keenan

young boy with a backpack looking at art gallery displays

Explore the Gallery with a ‘When I was little’ backpack © Pete Carr

The Education team at the Lady Lever Art Gallery have launched new resources for family visitors as part of our Heritage Lottery Funded project work.

The resources link to the recently refurbished South End galleries and are free to borrow from the Welcome Desk on arrival.  Read more…

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