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Dazzle ship prints at the Walker

13 October 2014 by Lisa

Dazzle ship prints

Curator Alex Patterson with the dazzle ship prints.

You might already know that there is a bold ‘dazzle ship’ of ours in Liverpool’s docks at the moment, but did you know about our set of striking dazzle prints at the Walker? Assistant curator of fine art, Alex Patterson, gives us the story behind the art…

“As we commemorate the centenary of World War I, we thought it would be a wonderful opportunity to display our rarely seen ‘dazzle’ prints at the Walker Art Gallery. These fantastic images were made by the British artist Edward Wadsworth (1889-1949) and are inspired by the concept of ‘dazzle camouflage’. Read more…

Bug House photography competition 2014 winners!

1 October 2014 by Lisa

Bug laying eggs on a leaf

Bug laying eggs, Phoebe Jones, age 5.

The jury at World Museum has had a tough time ‘beetling away’, looking at all the entries into our 2014 Bug House photo competition!   Read more…

Alessandro Raho, John Moores 2014 shortlisted artist – guest blog

28 August 2014 by Lisa

Alessandro Raho

Alessandro Raho

This week’s John Moores Painting Prize guest blog is from another of our shortlisted artists, Alessandro Raho.

Personal relationships are important in Alessandro’s work and his painting ‘Jessica’ is striking portrait of his stepsister of the same name.  Read more…

Juliette Losq, John Moores 2014 shortlisted artist – guest blog

22 August 2014 by Lisa

Juliette Losq and her painting 'Vinculum'.

Juliette Losq and her painting ‘Vinculum’.

Our third ‘Talk Tuesdays’ guest blog is by John Moores Painting Prize shortlisted artist Juliette Losq. Her delicate yet  disorientating watercolour, ‘Vinculum’,  dominates almost an entire wall in the exhibition.

You can hear Juliette talking about her work in a ‘Talk Tuesday’ event on 26 August at 1pm in the John Moores exhibition space at the Walker Art GalleryRead more…

Creepy crawly photo competition!

8 July 2014 by Lisa

Paper Kite Butterfly

Paper Kite Butterfly by Sam Lyon

Here’s our Education Demonstrator from the Bug House, Laura Carter, to tell us about the latest Bug House photo competition:

“It’s that time of year again – sunshine, warm weather, flowers… and creepy crawlies! So why not grab your camera and enter our 2014 Bug House photography competition?

Insects, spiders, worms, slugs and snails are all fair game – found locally or abroad. Read more…

Re-designing the Lady Lever’s south end

16 June 2014 by Lisa

Mood board for the Chinese collection room

Mood board for the Chinese collection room

Our Design team are working hard behind the scenes to bring together ideas from curators and feedback from you (our visitors!) to create fantastic designs for the new ‘south end’ galleries at the Lady Lever.

The galleries will be brought back to their original architectural design and more than 1,500 items of fine and decorative art will be redisplayed.  Read more…

Photographing JMW Turner

9 May 2014 by Lisa

Landscape by JMW Turner

‘The Thames from Richmond Terrace’ by JMW Turner

As well as putting on exhibitions of our collections, we also have staff working hard behind the scenes to photograph our works so they can be shared online. Here’s one of our specialist photographers, Steve Judson, who has been working on our ‘works on paper’ collection.

“Whilst carrying out research for my degree some years ago, I read the following quotation by Susan Sontag the American essayist, literary critic and cultural theorist:

“the painter constructs, the photographer discloses.”

Read more…

“Freud was always my favourite artist…”

29 April 2014 by Lisa

Zeng Fanzhi talking about 'Interior at Paddington'

Zeng Fanzhi talking about ‘Interior at Paddington’

Zeng Fanzhi, one of the world’s top contemporary artists, visited the Walker Art Gallery earlier this year while judging the John Moores Painting Prize.

It was a really exciting opportunity to not only meet but also interview such a renowned artist – especially a Chinese artist – as this is not something that happens every day! Zeng seemed to really enjoy talking a tour of the gallery and then telling myself and Sandra (Director of Art Galleries) about his favourite painting from the gallery, Read more…

Turner and the landscape genre

4 April 2014 by Lisa

Boats in a harbour

‘Scene on the French Coast’ by JMW Turner

Alex Patterson our Assistant Curator of Fine Art has been busy working on our new Turner exhibition over the past few months. Now that the show is open, she has been reflecting on what she’s discovered about Turner along the way…  Read more…

Take a fresh look at the Walker Art Gallery

4 April 2014 by Lisa

Man looking at contemporary artThink you know the Walker Art Gallery? Well, we hope you’ll get a new perspective on our well-loved gallery after  watching this new video trailer! Read more…

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