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The year of the dog

15 February 2018 by Scott Smith

February marks the start of the new lunar year, and it’s during this time that millions of people across the world will gather to celebrate Chinese New Year. Starting on 16 February, we’ll have seven days of joyous festivities filled with fireworks, lanterns and revelry as the city is lit up in red.

This year is the beginning of the Year of the Dog, defined by the Chinese zodiac cycle. Dogs are the eleventh sign in the zodiac and are seen as independent, sincere and decisive. Honest and loyal, dogs are the truest friends and most reliable partners. Those born in 1922, 1934, 1946, 1958, 1970, 1982, 1994, 2006 all fall under the year of the dog.

To celebrate man’s most faithful of friends, we’ve pulled together a list of dogs from across National Museums Liverpool’s collections and exhibitions.

‘Table d’Hote at a Dogs’ Home’ by John Charles Dollman

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A little history of LGBT+ love

14 February 2018 by Scott Smith

Love between LGBT+ people has existed throughout the whole of history, and our own collections testify to that fact. Here we’ve taken the opportunity to highlight some historical LGBT+ relationships that we think you should know about.

The artworks and objects discussed here are part of National Museums Liverpool’s collections and all relate in some way to intimate relationships between members of the same sex, both real and fictional, which go beyond platonic friendship in some way. All of these partnerships offer, in their own way, an alternative to the type of heterosexual relationship that continues to be socially dominant. Read more…

Top 10 facts about the Terracotta Warriors

26 January 2018 by Scott Smith

Terracotta General

Terracotta General © Mr. Ziyu Qiu

With only 2 weeks to go until our blockbuster exhibition China’s First Emperor and the Terracotta Warriors opens, we thought we’d run you through the top 10 most interesting facts about the warriors and the First Emperor’s burial pit!

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Animals in the ancient Near East

28 June 2017 by Scott Smith

Jug in the form of a kneeling bull

Jug in the form of a kneeling cow or bull

The ancient Near East was a region that roughly corresponds to the modern Middle East (including Iraq, Turkey, Iran and Syria). World Museum’s Ancient Near East collection contains antiquities from the pre-classical civilisations of the ancient Near East and a selection of highlights from the collections is now available to view online for the first time…

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Talk Tuesday: Arts Council Collection prints

5 June 2017 by Scott Smith

ZOOLOGICLOOKINGNORTHKAPUT! display at the Walker Art Gallery.

‘ZOOLOGICLOOKINGNORTHKAPUT!’ is a second year printmaking project by
Liverpool John Moores University Fine Art students that is currently on display at the Walker Art Gallery until 18 June 2017. Ahead of the students’ Talk Tuesday on 6 June, their tutor Neil Morris tells us more about the project…
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Who was Alphonse Mucha?

25 May 2017 by Scott Smith

Alphonse Mucha sitting in a chair

Alphonse Mucha sat in front of his famous poster ‘Gismonda’ © Mucha Trust 2017

Alfons Maria Mucha, known widely as Alphonse Mucha, is the subject of a major exhibition opening 16 June at the Walker Art Gallery. Mucha was the original father of Art Nouveau and his posters and prints are instantly recognizable to most people today. But just who was the man behind the artist?

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Get Transpired at the Walker

28 April 2017 by Scott Smith

Visitors at the Transparency exhibition.

Visitors at the Transparency exhibition.

Transparency, the new exhibition here at the Walker Art Gallery is showing how artists in the past and present have used transparent materials, forms and ideas about transparency to explore how we see and experience the world. In the exhibition’s resource area we’ve been asking visitors to tell us how the exhibition inspired them. Now, we want to go a step further and see how transparency has influenced your art.

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Story of the sun god’s daughter

18 April 2017 by Scott Smith

Our handling team getting ready to move the Sekhmet statue.

The team getting ready to move the Sekhmet statue. © Pete Carr

It seemed no coincidence that the sun shone bright on the day that we moved our statues of the Egyptian goddess Sekhmet, daughter of sun god Ra, from World Museum’s atrium to their new home in our Ancient Egypt: A journey through time gallery.

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Talk Tuesday: Looking North artist Jason Thompson

27 January 2017 by Scott Smith

Artist Jason Thompson with his work in the Looking North exhibition

Artist Jason Thompson with his works in the Looking North exhibition.

Jason Thompson is one of the artists featured in Looking North, a new exhibition at the Walker Art Gallery that presents work by artists from the North-West of England.

Jason was born in Liverpool and still lives and works there. He studied painting at Chelsea College of Art and Design London both for his BA (1990-93) and MA (1993-94). Jason currently works for National Museums Liverpool and is based at the Walker Art Gallery.

We caught up with him to find out more about how he works, ahead of his Talk Tuesday’ event happening at the Walker Art Gallery on Tuesday 31st January… Read more…

Talk Tuesday: Looking North artist Mary Griffiths

6 January 2017 by Scott Smith

Looking North artist Mary Griffiths in front of her artworks

Artist Mary Griffiths in front of her artworks.

Mary Griffiths is one of the artists featured in Looking North, a new exhibition at the Walker Art Gallery that presents work by artists from the North-West of England.

Mary is from the Wirral and lives in Manchester. She graduated from the MA Fine Art at Manchester School of Art in 2009 and is now Senior Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at the Whitworth, Manchester.

We caught up with her to find out more about how she works, ahead of her ‘Talk Tuesday’ event happening at the Walker Art Gallery on Tuesday 10th January… Read more…



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