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John Moores Painting Prize: debating art

22 April 2014 by Laura

Three peple looking at a painting

(Left to right) Jurors, Lynette Yiadom-Boakye, Tom Benson and Tim Marlow

It’s been a busy few weeks for the John Moores Painting Prize. We recently announced the longlist, or those 52 artists who have been selected for the exhibition. This was the culmination of an arduous judging process which began with more than 2,500 entries

This year I spent some time in the judging room and got to see first hand how the selection is made.  Read more…

100 years of the Lady Lever!

24 March 2014 by Laura

Men on construction site

The laying of the Lady Lever Art Gallery’s foundation stone 25 March 1922. Image © Leverhulme Family Archive

The 25th March marks an exciting anniversary for us – 100 years since King George V laid the gallery’s foundation stone! Read more…

New visitor facilities at the Walker Art Gallery

23 January 2014 by Laura

Moving large painting

Removing Haydon’s ‘Christ Blessing the Little Children’ from the staircase

Visitors to the gallery this week will have noticed the scaffolding on the left-hand staircase. Our handling team have been using this to help them take down the large paintings which hang over the stairs, as we have some exciting building work going on next door. Read more…

One week left to enter dot-art Schools’ competition!

12 December 2013 by Laura

Painting

Previous entry to dot-art Schools competition

There is not long left to enter dot-art Schools’ exciting competition. Beth Harvey tells us more about it and how pupils from the area can see their work on display at the Walker: Read more…

Maurice Cockrill

12 December 2013 by Laura

Painting

Maurice Cockrill’s Walker Art Gallery

We were very sad to hear the news of the artist Maurice Cockrill’s death last week. His connection with the Walker goes back to the 1960s when he lived in Liverpool. Read more…

Last chance to see photographs by Martin Parr and Tom Wood

6 December 2013 by Laura

Woman in gallery

Ceri McCabe in ‘Every Man and Woman is a Star: Photographs by Martin Parr and Tom Wood’

This weekend is the last chance to catch ‘Every Man and Woman is a Star: Photographs by Martin Parr and Tom Wood’ .

The images provide an evocative insight into the local area between 1976 and 1987.  So we were really pleased to hear from Ceri McCabe, one half of the young couple in the lead image which gave the exhibition its poetic name. Read more…

John Moores Painting Prize announces major new sponsor

5 December 2013 by Laura

Three people in front of painting

(From L-R) John Robinson, Managing Director of David M Robinson, Sandra Penketh, Director of Art Galleries and Alisha Duffy, Showroom Manager of L1 Store

We announced the exciting news today that Liverpool jewellers, David M Robinson will be sponsoring the John Moores’ £25,000 first prize. Read more…

Homotopia weekend at the Walker Art Gallery

14 November 2013 by Laura

Paintings

Early works by David Hockney

There was a very moving session at the Museums Association’s conference this week. Read more…

Calling all art teachers!

4 November 2013 by Laura

Mayor and winning artist

2013 dot-art Schools prize giving with Lord Mayor of Liverpool, Councillor Millar

Do you know a budding Banksy, an early Emin or a tiny Tintoretto? If they’re in Years 6 and 9 they could enter dot-art Schools’ competition and see their work on display at the Walker Art Gallery! Read more…

New plans for the Lady Lever

31 October 2013 by Laura

The rotunda in the south end of the gallery

The rotunda in the south end of the gallery will be refurbished.

We’ve just received the exciting news that the Lady Lever Art Gallery has got through the first round of funding applications to the Heritage Lottery Fund. Read more…