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What the John Moores Painting Prize means to me

24 October 2013 by Laura

Painting

Narbi’s prize winning work: ‘Untitled Kerbstone Painting (MJK)’

As the call for entries has been extended by a week we asked 2012 prize winner Narbi Price what the John Moores Painting Prize means to him:

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School’s out! It’s art term!

18 October 2013 by Laura

Family crafts

Half-term art events

If you’re making plans for half term look no further than the free fun we have on offer at the Walker Art Gallery, Lady Lever Art Gallery and Sudley House. Read more…

The Narrators

10 October 2013 by Laura

Sculpture

HK Marble (Absolute Black Zimbabwe) by Tatham and O’Sullivan under ‘Richard III’ by Hogarth

A giant weather vane, a cup suspended in mid-pour and large melancholic photographs are just some of the fascinating works visitors will encounter when ‘The Narrators’ opens to the public on Friday 11 October. Read more…

Win David Hockney private view tickets!

7 October 2013 by Laura

Exhibition poster

Exhibition poster

‘David Hockney: Early reflections’ opens to the public on Friday 11 October but we have  5 pairs of tickets  to the private view on Thursday evening up for grabs. Read more…

Happy 180th Ned!

22 August 2013 by Laura

Painting of an angel

Birthday cake decorated with artist’s own work

It’s a special day next week. On Wednesday 28 August it will be 180th birthday of Pre-Raphaelite artist, Edward Burne-Jones, and we’re celebrating in style at the Lady Lever Art Gallery, with a giant birthday cake for our visitors! Read more…

Timeless beauty

31 July 2013 by Laura

Make-up applied in front of painting

To celebrate our new book, ‘Pre-Raphaelite Treasures at National Museums Liverpool’ we asked So Coco Rouge to create a  makeover, inspired by the Pre-Raphaelite style! Sian-Louise Auld from the Liverpool beauty salon has given us some tips below on how you too can achieve this timeless look: Read more…

A tale of two dinners at Walker Art Gallery

6 June 2013 by Laura

Two paintings

(From L to R) Isabella by Millais displayed alongside ‘The Dinner Party’ by Walsh

We have a very welcome guest amongst our Pre-Raphaelite paintings in room 6 of the Walker Art Gallery at present.

‘The Dinner Party’ (1980) by Sam Walsh is displayed for the first time next to its 19th century inspiration, ‘Isabella’ (1848-49) by John Everett Millais. Read more…

Double Take: Portraits from the Keith Medley Archive

3 June 2013 by Laura

Dual-portrait of a young woman

Image courtesy of the Keith Medley Archive, LJMU.

What happens when we face a camera? How do our gestures, expressions and thoughts alter? Or do they? Perhaps we are so used to having our photographs taken and beamed onto a social media site for the world to see, share and ‘Like’ that we have become immune to the camera’s authority.

This was certainly not the case in the 1960s, as illustrated by a fascinating selection of portraits in the Walker’s exhibition, ‘Double Take: Portraits from the Keith Medley Archive’. This touching insight into the ‘performance’ of ordinary people in front of a camera is part of ‘LOOK/13‘. Read more…

Women in Print

4 March 2013 by Laura

Kaylee Jenkinson tells us more about a new display at the Walker Art Gallery featuring prints by Bridget Riley, Thérèse Lessore, Paule Vezelay, Birgit Skiold and E.C. Austen Brown.


Temporary display

Women in Print display.

“Friday 8th March is International Women’s Day (IWD) – a day for celebrating the achievements of women across the world.I have been working on ‘Women in Print’ a new display at the Walker (Room 8) featuring five artists who I have fallen in love with over the past few months! The Walker has a huge collection of works on paper – over 8,000 in fact – many of which are by women artists and have never been on display before.

One print from the display, ‘Coffee Bar’ (early 20th Century), was made by Thérèse Lessore who was married to the artist Walter Richard Sickert. Before they were married, Sickert loved her work so much that used to secretly make his friends buy her prints, paintings and porcelain for him – so that he didn’t appear too keen! Read more…

Christmas time at Sudley House

13 December 2012 by Laura

Girl making Christmas decorations

Make your own deccies at Sudley House this weekend!

The frenzied shopping has reached fever pitch and don’t get me started on cheesy Christmas tunes on repeat. Sometimes the most ‘wonderful time of the year’ feels far from it!

Which is why festive celebrations at Sudley House on Saturday 15 December are going to be such a welcome treat!

Join in with free festive crafts, musical performances and you might even a meet the very talented Santa, who is taking a break from his busy schedule to show off his artistic skills. Read more…

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