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Art the Herald Angels Sing!

4 December 2012 by Laura

Children's artwork

The great work produced in Big Art!

This weekend it is the exciting Winter Arts Market at St Georges Hall. This beautiful, vast space will be bursting with talented local crafts people selling their fab work. It’s a great place to pick up an unusual present or just get in the mood for Christmas!

If you’re feeling inspired by all the creativity and imagination taking place in the Hall then you should pop over to the Walker as we’re hosting a special Christmas weekend too. Read more…

John Moores Painting Prize Summit

29 October 2012 by Laura

Woman and painting

Sarah Pickstone with her first prize winning ‘Stevie Smith and the Willow’

Media office volunteer, Louise Beard, has taken a look at a weekend of debate and workshops on the future of paint and the John Moores Painting Prize:

Every two years, Liverpool platforms a showcase of contemporary art in the Liverpool Biennial. The John Moores Painting Prize is an important part of this, plucking out some of the best contemporary painting work in the UK. Read more…

Good things come in small packages at the John Moores

11 October 2012 by Laura

Figure in hand

The tiny figure which inspired Angela’s John Moores painting

We had a really fascinating talk from John Moores artist, Angela Lizon on Tuesday. This little figure was found in a charity shop, and made a perfect subject for Angela who is intrigued by kitsch and how it can be transformed into something unique.

‘Made in Taiwan’ was the smallest submission from more than 3,000 entries to the competition. You can see how little it is in the photograph- it is the second painting from the right. Read more…

Black History Month highlights at National Museums Liverpool

8 October 2012 by Laura

National Museums Liverpool have a bumper programme of events for Black History Month. Our volunteer, Louise Beard, has picked out some highlights:


Poet with book

Poet Levi Tafari is holding workshops at Museum of Liverpool

Since 1987 October has been dedicated to highlighting Black history. For America, Black History Month began 61 years earlier in 1926. It might seem more relevant for a country whose history is steeped with well-known and influential Black figures. However, BHM in the UK also aims to emphasise the significance of Black people in British history; such as Jamaican nurse Mary Seacole who independently founded the British Hotel to nurse soldiers back to health during the Crimean war. Read more…

John Moores artist- Narbi Price

4 October 2012 by Laura

The John Moores Painting Prize has been open for a number of weeks now. With 67 paintings (including the China works), there is a lot to take in. So for Talk Tuesdays (1pm every week) artists, historians and members of the John Moores project team take turns to talk about their work, and/or what the exhibition and the Prize are all about.

This week was the turn of 2012 prize winner, Narbi Price. Press Assistant, Jo Vickers went along to find out what inspires Narbi’s interesting work: Read more…

Picnic time for teddy bears at Sudley House

16 August 2012 by Laura

Child with teddy and picnic

A picnic just isn’t a picnic without your favourite ted!

Media office volunteer, Louise Beard tells us a bit more about the family events at Sudley House this weekend:


If you go down to Sudley House this weekend, you’ll probably find it filled with families, teddy bears and picnic boxes. The Great British picnic is a favourite and is only topped when accompanied by a clan of teddy bears!

Sudley House’s leafy green grounds are a lovely spot for a picnic and the recent bout of good weather makes lunching on some grass particularly appealing.

It’s therefore time to pack up the cocktail sausages, select a teddy-bear, and don a sun hat, plus a pac-a-mac, and join the fun at Sudley from 11-4pm! Read more…

Wild Planet at World Museum

25 July 2012 by Laura

Louise Beard is volunteering with the Marketing and Communications team at the moment. Last week we sent her out to see Wild Planet, the latest exhibition at World Museum (runs until 28 October). Here is what she made of it:


Photograph from exhibition

Rajan snorkelling © Jeff Yonover/ Wild Planet

I visited the rather wonderful Wild Planet exhibition at the World Museum today. I’m no wildlife fanatic or, indeed, photography fanatic and I like nature programmes as much as the next person. But I was bowled over by this collection of stellar images. Read more…

Join the Jubilee celebrations!

31 May 2012 by Laura

We’ll we’ve told you what things you can see to celebrate the Diamond Jubilee, now let us tell you what you might do!

You don’t have to travel all the way to London to join the party. At the Walker Art Gallery we have a crown-making workshops 2 June to Tuesday 5 June, between 10 am and 4 pm

Girl on throne

One young visitor getting swept up in the royal celebrations!

The Lady Lever Art Gallery and Museum of Liverpool also enjoy treating their visitors like royalty and will also be hosting crown-making workshops on 4 and 5 June. Read more…

Dickens Drama at Sudley House

9 May 2012 by Laura

From ‘The Pickwick Papers’ to ‘The Mystery of Edwin Drood’ which is your favourite Charles Dickens story? Ciarán and Holly, Management students from LIPA, have devised a day of performance and interactions that bring some of the wonderful Dickens stories to life.

Here they tell us more:


Excitement is mounting as we put the final pieces in place for our event based on Dickens’ world at Sudley House.

On Sunday 13th May from 11am until 4pm, characters from Dickens’ classics will roam the house with the accompaniment of live music and interactive activities for all to enjoy. Read more…

Nick Fox donates prizewinning work

1 May 2012 by Laura

This month paintings from across the UK will be arriving in Liverpool for the second stage of judging for John Moores Painting Prize.

One person who knows exactly how the entrants will be feeling right now is Nick Fox who was a prizewinner in 2010 with the beautiful painting ‘Metatopia‘.

Nick has recently very generously donated the painting to the Walker Art Gallery where it joins an outstanding collection of contemporary art.

Artist and painting

Nick Fox with his prizewinning painting, ‘Metatopia’

We’re thrilled the work is back on show for our visitors so we’ve arranged for Nick to come and discuss the painting, his practice and the Prize in more detail in a free talk on Friday 4 May at 1pm. Read more…

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