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From snowscapes to teapots – our new boards on Pinterest

18 December 2013 by Lisa

Painting of a snowy mountain scene beneath a dome.

‘An Alpine Biodome’, Geraint Evans. 2008.

The collections at the Walker Art Gallery are so vast and varied, it’s very difficult to pick out favourite items or paintings. But we’ve given it a go, so that we could bring to light some of the quirkier items from the collections on Pinterest.

We’ve been getting inspired by the winter/festive season and have put together two new Walker Art Gallery Pinterest boards filled with our collections,  for you to browse. Hopefully you’ll get inspired by them as well!  Read more…

Top ten Christmas gifts

13 December 2013 by Lisa

Christmas mugs in shop display

Can you hear a distant rumble and clatter in the background as you walk down the high street?

No, it’s not Santa coming early with his sleigh and reindeer – it’s the sound of Christmas shoppers starting to descend on the city!

But there’s no need to panic and get carried along with the crowd to all the ‘usual shops’ – let us help you to find something a little bit different.

You can either browse in one of the shops at our museums or galleries, or put your feet up at home and check out our online shop instead.

Remember to order from our online shop by 18 December to make sure you get your goodies in time for Christmas!

To give you some ideas, here’s our list of top ten Christmas gifts for this year…

Read more…

Deadly? Only if you’re an insect!

25 October 2013 by Lisa

False widow spider

False widow spider

Our Bug House Keeper, Laura Carter, is a fan of eight-legged beasties and she wants to set the record straight about a particularly misunderstood spider…

“The False Widow spider (Steatoda nobilis) has been getting lots of bad press lately. Touted as a “deadly, flesh eating spider attacking the nation by the thousands”, this spider is actually not a danger.  Read more…

Dyslexia awareness through creativity

23 October 2013 by Lisa

Painting of a man's face

Painting by Kyle Williams

Here’s a blog from Education Manager, Emma Devlin, about her involvement with Dyslexia Awareness Week at the Walker Art Gallery:

“Last week Hugh Baird college students had the opportunity to showcase art work made in response to the theme ‘Dyslexia Awareness through Creativity’.   Read more…

A day in the life: John Moores Painting Prize

18 October 2013 by Lisa

Artist's studio

Chantal Joffe’s studio

Call For Entries for the prestigious John Moores Painting Prize closes on 25 October 2013 and Project Manager Angela Samata has been meeting with some of the jury.  It will be this group of artists/artistic directors who will make the final decision about who will win the £25,000 prize.

Here’s Angela to give us a behind the scenes peak at her busy day in London with Director of Art Galleries Sandra Penketh…  Read more…

Glittering accessories inspired by former Vogue model

15 October 2013 by Lisa

Ruby red crystal peacock ring

Ruby red crystal peacock ring

This month we are getting inspired by the glamour and beauty of the April Ashley exhibition at Museum of Liverpool. The former Vogue model and actress has a unique sense of style and was one of the first people in the world to undergo pioneering gender reassignment surgery.

Her love of vibrant accessories has lead us to stock up on colourful cocktail rings and sparkling vintage-style pieces for the new exhibition range.

Everyone from independent fashion blogs to UK Vogue are getting excited about the rich reds and burgundies from the Autumn/Winter 2013 catwalk shows and we can see why. Read more…

Behind the scenes: John Moores Painting Prize

2 October 2013 by Lisa

Woman sitting at a desk

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

Image of a website homepage

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…

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