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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…

European Shark Week!

12 October 2012 by Lisa

Girl getting her face painted

There’s something fishy going on… it’s shark week at World Museum! Here’s Education Demonstrator Alyster Chapman to tell us more:

It’s that time of year again when Europe celebrates European Shark Week. We will be having shark activities this weekend, 13-14 October, at World Museum. 

Read more…

Edward Lear: Artist, Explorer and Poet

6 June 2012 by Lisa

Cartoon of man walking

Cartoon by Edward Lear.

Edward Lear had a vast and varied career as an artist spanning six decades.  To mark 100 years since Lear’s birth the Walker Art Gallery has developed a small display of five of Lear’s most stunning watercolours from his years spent travelling from 1837 to his death in 1888.  
Lear annotated his sketches with notes and descriptions, giving the works a highly personal quality. He deliberately misspelt words and played with repetition and senseless phrases, creating his own unique language.  Today he is best remembered for his nonsense poetry and caricatures, which demonstrate his offbeat humour and personality. 
Lucy Gardner, Assistant Curator of Fine Art, was so inspired when researching the display she took to writing her own nonsense poetry which sparked an idea for our latest competition!
See below for details and how to enter…

Competition

Are you a hiding a talent for nonsense poetry?  
Send us your own four line poem (with or without accompanying illustration) inspired by the works of Edward Lear to be in with a chance of winning the richly illustrated book, ‘A Passion for Natural History’.
It explores the life of the 13th Earl of Derby (owner of nearby Knowsley Hall) and his relationship with Edward Lear. 
Send us your entry by Friday 21 September 2012, entries should be sent to: prizedraw@liverpoolmuseums.org.uk 
To get you started here’s Lucy’s poem: 

Read more…

Celebrate World Oceans Day

6 June 2012 by Lisa

Our staff from the aquarium don’t just work at World Museum, they also head out into the city – and sometimes to the River Mersey – to help spread the word about the importance of looking after our marine life.

This week Alyster Chapman, an Education Demonstrator at the aquarium, is looking forward to celebrating World Oceans Day…


World Oceans Day 2012

On Friday 8 June, the aquarium team will be heading down to Liverpool One with some of our more outgoing animals to celebrate World Oceans Day.  Come down and find us for the chance to get up close to our rock pool animals and even touch some of them!  Read more…

Reflecting on the Jubilee: West African Portrait Figures of Queen Victoria

1 June 2012 by Lisa

Did you know that we have quite a few regal objects at World Museum? We started thinking about our royalty-related artefacts this week in the run up to the Diamond Jubilee celebrations and we thought we’d share a couple of them with you.

Both these carvings are on display in the World Cultures gallery in the World Museum, so why not come along and see them this weekend as an alternative to all that bunting!

Here’s our Curator of African Collections, Zachary Kingdon to tell us more about them… Read more…

The mystery of Mrs Wells

22 May 2012 by Lisa

Here’s a blog by Sarah Hardy who is helping out at the Lady Lever Art gallery as part of her Art History masters degree. 

Sarah will be giving a talk about Zoffany’s portrait of Robert Badeley at 1pm on Wednesday 23 May 2012.


Painting of a man

Robert Baddeley as Moses in Sheridan’s ‘The School for Scandal’ c1781, by Johann Zoffany (1734/5 – 1810).

I am currently working on a project through my Art History masters degree at the University of Manchester. My task is to write all the labels for three 18th century art and furniture rooms at Lady Lever Art Gallery. So if you come and visit in the near future, the labels you read in rooms 22-24, will have been written by me! 

I am thoroughly enjoying this experience and look forward to my Wednesday visits, when I am let loose on the archives to uncover the history of some incredibly rare and valuable art works. Using this information to tell you the story of our art has been incredibly rewarding. Read more…

Spring arrives at Sudley House

8 May 2012 by Lisa

One of the most unique things about Sudley House is its wonderful grounds and the garden, which visitors can really make the most of now that the weather is improving! Here is Visitor Host Simon Breedon to tell us more…


Member of staff looking in the pond

Visitor Host Simon Breedon admiring Sudley’s pond.

Fantastic news – Spring seems to have finally sprung here at Sudley House! Tiny creatures are swimming merrily around the pond in the courtyard; birds are tweeting in the trees (who’d have thought that they carry mobile phones!) and the Rhododendron bushes are starting to bloom. 

In fact most of the trees in the grounds are slowly putting out leaves, giving the whole estate a beautiful ‘countryside’ feel. There are two magnificent and mighty Tulip trees which are well worth heading over to see, especially in a couple of months when the lovely little tulip-like flowers are in full bloom. Read more…