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Behind the scenes: John Moores Painting Prize

2 October 2013 by Lisa

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Katherine in the John Moores Painting Prize office

There’s less than a month to go before call for entries for the John Moores Painting Prize closes and the team are already feeling inspired by the entries that have been submitted so far.  Here’s Project Assistant Katherine Lloyd to give us a peek behind the scenes…

“ Having been a regular visitor to the exhibition over the years It’s really exciting for me to be apart of the John Moores painting prize team. I am particularly looking forward to being able to see the whole process, seeing the exhibition grow from initial registrations right through to the final exhibition.  It will be exciting to be part of  the busy schedules at the varying stages, working alongside the jurors and the artists and ultimately working towards the grand opening in July. Read more…

Summer scarves – perfect for in between seasons!

2 September 2013 by Lisa

Close up of an owl print scarf

Twit-twooo!

So we’ve hit September and we’re still lucky enough to have that little bit of sunshine left to keep us going as the summer comes to an end. But I always find this is an awkward time for choosing what to wear – do you get out your knitwear (fluffy knits are having a moment right now) or do you tough it out in your t-shirt?

Over on the Guardian’s style pages they are suggesting summer scarves are the answer and I think we’d agree. Lucy from our media office has been road testing one of the cute new scarves that have arrived at our online shop HQ and she reckons they are an ‘in between season’ winner. Read more…

Tell us what you think of our new website and win free goodies!

27 August 2013 by Lisa

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Our new website design

I’m very excited as myself and the web team have been working with our in-house technical staff  and we’ve now completed the finishing touches to our brand new website design.

We’ve had a bit of a ‘soft launch’ over the last couple of months as we gradually put more and more of the design live and now we’re ready to tell the world about it!  Read more…

“There’s an alchemical energy in this painting…”

21 August 2013 by Lisa

Woman standing in front of a painting

Sarah Pickstone with her winning painting in 2012.

I’ve been listening again to the words of Sarah Pickstone, the artist who won the John Moores Painting Prize in 2012.

Call for entries for this  prestigious painting have come around again so it means we always look back to who the last winner was, as we also look forward to discovering the next winner in 2014!  Read more…

What do you want to see on display at World Museum?

13 August 2013 by Lisa

Girl touching an animal skull

Visitors exploring the Clore Natural History Centre

Here’s Donna Young, Curator of Herbarium at World Museum to talk about why we need you to tell us what you think of the museum…

“I always like browsing through the visitor comments on the World Museum Facebook page – it’s great to hear that people have enjoyed the museum but it’s also good to have feedback about improvements too. After all, World Museum belongs to the visitors – so it’s only right that you all should have a say in what we have on display at the museum!   Read more…

Visitors moved by Rankin exhibition

9 July 2013 by Lisa

Post it now with text "It makes you think about the people you love!"

A visitor comment from the response wall at the Walker.

Below are some of the moving comments that have been posted on our response wall at the Walker Art Gallery by visitors to the ‘ALIVE: In The Face of Death’ exhibition.

It seems that Rankin’s photographs have really made people think about their own loved ones, while also being uplifted by the stories of those who appear in the exhibition.  Read more…

Shark Fin Soup sculpture

28 March 2013 by Lisa

There’s a lot of variety in the artwork included in ‘New Works at the Walker’ and we think this helps make it a fascinating exhibition. You can see everything from sculpture and paintings to video installations and costume. Here’s the curator of the exhibition, Lucy Gardner, to tell us about one of the more unusual sculptures on display…


Woman looking into a suitcase containing shards of glass

This unusual sculpture is made from glass, mirror glass and leather suitcases.

“This wonderful, slightly surreal piece called ‘Shark Fin Soup’ was made by artist Johnathan Froud.

He cleverly uses mirror glass to create an illusion of space within the small confines of the suitcase. Froud is an artist know for using unusual materials to recreate and distort the reality with which we are all familiar. He wants to break away from restrictions, just as this shark fin has broken with convention by appearing to swim in this small case. Read more…

Competition time

14 March 2013 by Lisa

Picture of open book

Beth Tweddle has signed a copy of the Museum of Liverpool book that we’re giving away

Following Olympic gymnast Beth Tweddle’s visit to the Museum of Liverpool yesterday, we have a little competition for you to enter.

During her visit, Beth signed a copy of the fabulous Museum of Liverpool book, Liverpool- the Story of a City. The book is illustrated with the collections in the Museum and celebrates Liverpool’s rich history and the people who have made the city what it is today. Beth is undoubtedly one of those individuals, as shown in her dedication and relentless determination. Read more…

An inspiring International Women’s Day

8 March 2013 by Lisa

Etching of a woman having a 'back street' abortion

Etchingsfrom Paula Rego’s abortion series.

Happy International Women’s Day! This day is the perfect time to stop and think about which women might be inspiring to you. Outside of family and friends, one person who I find inspiring is Portuguese artist Paula Rego. Two years ago I visited her dedicated museum ‘Casa das Histórias’ (‘House of Stories’) and was blown away by her work. It spans from etchings to installations to dramatic, large-scale paintings.

I admire her (and her work) as she is not afraid to show the experiences of women, especially exploring subjects which are often considered ‘difficult’ or controversial. You also get an idea of her personal experiences too, which I also find inspiring as I think she must be quite brave to expose her feelings in this way. Her work often has a sense of fear running through it – a feeling she has recently admitted is still a constant in her everyday life.  Read more…

Maternity chic from the 1920s

4 January 2013 by Lisa

Here’s our Curator of Costume and Textiles, Pauline Rushton, to tell us about her favourite pieces of costume from our current display at the Walker Art Gallery, ‘Mrs Tinne’s Wardrobe’.


If you love vintage costume then you really should make a visit to our Craft and Design Gallery at the Walker, as you’ll have the chance to see some more of the clothes from the wardrobe of local doctor’s wife and well-known shopaholic Mrs Emily Tinne! Read more…