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6 must-have accessories for the spring/summer season

22 March 2016 by Lisa

new-season-sunglasses

The spring cleaning has begun, the sun is no longer a stranger and we’re pretty sure that it’s about time to start venturing into the garden again too!

So here are our top picks of homeware, accessories and gardening gear, to get you in the mood for the spring/summer season.  Read more…

My Studio – making a more social space at the Walker Art Gallery

4 March 2016 by Lisa

Snapshots from the first Quad Collective session.

Snapshots from the first Quad Collective session. (via
@jessicafairclough in Instagram )

Last week saw our new project, My Studio, launch at the Walker Art Gallery, supported by the Museums Association’s Transformers programme.

Here’s Exhibitions Officer Nicola Cunningham, to tell us more about it:  Read more…

Art criticism in the Pre-Raphaelite era

26 February 2016 by Lisa

Ann bukantas pre-raphs

Ann Bukantas being interviewed about ‘Pre-Raphaelites: Beauty and Rebellion’ for BBC North West Tonight.

Our Pre-Raphaelites exhibition seems to have got journalists very excited. We’ve seen national previews, a four-star review in the Liverpool Echo and a flame-haired beauty adorning the cover of The Big Issue North!

While Pre-Raphaelite art is very popular today, it was not always warmly received by the media of its time, with the movement’s bold and imaginative work often regarded as challenging or outrageous.

‘They were the punk rockers of their day – subversive, rule-breaking, dangerous’ – Mark Brown, The Guardian, 2016

Here our curator, Ann Bukantas, looks at some of the art critics and publications that surrounded the Pre-Raphaelite movement: Read more…

Our top six gifts for Pre-Raphaelite fans

11 February 2016 by Lisa

william-morris-ties

We’ve found that fans of the Pre-Raphaelite movement are some of the most passionate art lovers out there!

Whether you’re a Pre-Raphaelite buff yourself or you know someone who loves all things Rossetti,  we have plenty to browse in our Pre-Raphaelites online shop. Read more…

Artist, Rae Hicks: “…it gave me a huge boost of confidence and validation”

2 February 2016 by Lisa

Artists clapping at a private view

From left to right: Angela Samata (John Moores Painting Prize) and artists Rose Wylie, Rae Hicks, Mandy Payne, Juliette Losque and Alessandro Raho.

A prize-winner at the John Moores Painting Prize in 2014, artist Rae Hicks has been speaking to us about his experience of being part of the John Moores and the effect it has had on his career:  Read more…

A year in blogs – our top 5 stories from 2015!

31 December 2015 by Lisa

Mother and sons with Jubilee decorations

Silver Jubilee street party, June 1977, Old Swan, Liverpool

As 2015 draws to a close, we’re looking back on some of the most popular stories from the blog this year. We began the year by revealing how the Walker Art Gallery’s Henry VIII portrait was used as inspiration for the costumes in BBC drama series, ‘Wolf Hall’ – and we ended the year with our celebrations at World Museum for the amazing blast off of Tim Peake!

But which are the stories that have captured your imagination this year? Here are are the top five stories from our blog that you’ve been enjoying the most in 2015… *drum roll please* Read more…

John Moores 2016 – meeting the jury

8 December 2015 by Lisa

In Gillian Carnegie's studio.

In Gillian Carnegie’s studio.

We’ve had more than 2,500 entries into the John Moores Painting Prize this year and we’re now looking forward to the first stage of judging for this £25,000 prize. Nicola from the John Moores team went down to London last week to meet some of the jury and here’s what she got up to…  Read more…

6 Christmas gifts you’ll want on your list

13 November 2015 by Lisa

christmas-felt-wreath-decorationsStarted your feverish browsing for Christmas gift ideas? Fear not, yule* have no problems finding the perfect gift in our online shop, with prices to suit all budgets! We’ve picked our top 6 gifts to get you started…

*see what we did there?  Read more…

Graham Crowley: “…a mix of cubist syntax and a raw, punk aesthetic”

5 November 2015 by Lisa

Victorian houses with a shopping mall sign

‘The Chain Store’ © Graham Crowley.

It’s the final few days of the John Moores Painting Prize call for entries and the last weeks of the REALITY exhibition – so who better to interview than an artist strongly connected to both; Graham Crowley.

Tell us about your history with the Walker and the John Moores Painting Prize…

The Walker Art Gallery has been instrumental in exhibiting my paintings and has played a major part in my career. Read more…

Glitz and glamour at the Lady Lever

8 October 2015 by Lisa

1930s sequinned dress.

Sequinned evening dress that belonged to Mrs Jane Moreton, the daughter of the Chief Officer on the Titanic, Henry Tingle Wilde.

Are you a fan of classic Hollywood movies from the 1930s? If so, you’ll love ‘Putting on the Glitz’, the new exhibition at the Lady Lever Art Gallery. There will be 20 outfits on display that wouldn’t look out of place in a film starring Bette Davis or Joan Crawford. Here’s Pauline Rushton, Curator of Costume and Textiles, to tell us about her favourite gown from the exhibition:  Read more…



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