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Behind the scenes of the John Moores Painting Prize 2018

11 January 2018 by Alex Patterson

Alex Patterson at her desk working

Alex Patterson, Assistant Curator of Fine Art

I’m thrilled to be working on the John Moores Painting Prize while it celebrates its 60th Anniversary! I’m Assistant Curator of Fine Art for National Museums Liverpool and this year I have joined the Prize’s Project Manager, Katherine Lloyd, to oversee various stages of the competition.

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Same-sex desire and National Service – OUTing the Past

10 January 2018 by Kay

two men in army uniform, sat together on a bed

National Servicemen in the Army: R D Clarke, a national service recruit cleaning his boots at the Royal Army Ordnance Depot at Blackdown, Aldershot. © Imperial War Museum

Our second blog post in the run up to our exciting OUTing the Past: The 4th National Festival of LGBT History conference, here at the Museum of Liverpool, 3 February, is from Dr Emma Vickers.

Emma, who is senior lecturer in History at Liverpool John Moores University, will be examining the relationship between same-sex desire and National Service in post-war Britain.

She tells us more –

“My paper will explore attitudes towards same-sex desire in the context of the indiscriminate recruitment of young men and a dwindling supply of regular personnel. It will also consider the wider significance of the discussions that officials were engaged in for what they tell us about post-war Britain and understandings of same-sex desire”.

The full programme for the day can be seen here.

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Save the date – LGBT History Month, OUTing the Past 2018!

5 January 2018 by Kay

photo of Andrew Dineley

Courtesy of Andrew Dineley

Here at the Museum of Liverpool we are delighted to once again be hosting OUTing the Past: The 4th National Festival of LGBT History conference. Following on from last year’s success, our festival hub for 2018 will on Saturday 3 February.

In the run up to the exciting day of talks and performances we will be publishing some special guest blogs from our speakers to give you a flavour of the day and to find out more.

Up first is Andrew Dineley, a designer who runs his own creative studio in the city and also writes about design.  Read more…

John Moores Painting Prize juries

29 December 2017 by Ann Bukantas

John Moores 2014 jury look at the eventual first Prizewinner, Rose Wylie’s entry during stage two judging

We often get asked about the juries for the John Moores Painting Prize. How are they selected and what is their role?

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A Wesołych Świąt stranded in the Suez Canal

22 December 2017 by Jen

Large Wooden Christmas Tree floating beside two small boats.

Christmas tree created by Polish seafarers from the Djakarta.  Photograph courtesy of George Wharton.

Christmas on a ship, somewhere hot and sunny, with not a lot to do. Sounds idyllic doesn’t it? Let’s be honest, after weeks of Christmas preparations (which can make the holiday seem like an awful lot of work) who hasn’t nurtured a secret desire to do it all differently one year and sail off in to the sun?

The Suez Canal however is perhaps not the first place that springs to mind as a Christmas getaway. The Canal is a manmade waterway built in Egypt in the 19th century, an important trade route linking the Mediterranean and Red Seas. In June 1967 years of political tension between Egypt and Israel erupted in what would become known as the Six Day War. Faced with Israeli occupation of the east bank of the Canal, Egypt blocked both ends. Passenger ships in the canal had been allowed to leave but orders were for the cargo vessels to stay put. This left a group of 14 ships stranded in the Great Bitter Lake area of the canal, where they would remain, trapped by obstacles both physical and political, for a further eight years. Read more…

Adult creative workshops

21 December 2017 by Adam

printing cut-out letters on paper

© A Wilson Photography

The International Slavery Museum is collaborating with experienced artists from a variety of specialities in order to offer a rolling series of free adult art workshops for ages 16+.

There are boundless creative and therapeutic benefits to participating in adult art workshops (as well as all of the fun we have doing them). So what better way is there to explore our world class collections? Read more…

Remembering the loss of the Alfred H Read pilot boat, 1917

20 December 2017 by Ben

The Alfred H. Read pilot boat. From the Norman Morrison Collection, National Museums Liverpool.

Since the Liverpool Pilots Service was created in 1766, the pilots have risked their lives on a daily basis to ensure the safe passage of ships to and from Liverpool.  There are many tales of bravery where a pilot’s actions have saved lives and cargo from disaster.  Unfortunately there are also tales of tragedy, where the Pilot Service laments the loss of one (or many) of their own.  On 28 December 2017, it will be the 100 year anniversary of the worst disaster to befall the Liverpool Pilots.  This was the loss the Alfred H Read pilot boat in 1917.  Read more…

Share personal memories with new ‘My Memories’ app feature

20 December 2017 by Sam Vaux

Person living with dementia using the My House of Memories app with a carer

My House of Memories app has been designed for, and with, people living with dementia and their carers.

Has your life been touched by dementia? The House of Memories team has just released a brand new ‘My Memories’ feature as part of the My House of Memories app, which enables users to upload their own photographs and add memories.

‘My Memories’ is really easy to use. Simply upload a selection of your favourite photographs, and a photo display can be played back with a choice of accompanying music, courtesy of Liverpool Philharmonic. Read more…

A fashion statement

18 December 2017 by Mannika Dhadwal

We’re super excited to announce that The Singh Twins will be exhibiting their new works Slaves of Fashion at the Walker Art Gallery, opening January 19 – 20 May.

Exploring the history of Indian textiles, Empire, enslavement and luxury consumerism, and the contemporary relevance of these issues in the world today, the exhibition focuses on the relationship between Britain and India. Hidden details of Europe’s colonial past and its legacies are uncovered, including current debates around ethical trade and responsible consumerism.

Paintings by The Singh Twins

Left Indigo: The Colour of India                          Right The King is Dead: Long Live the King ©The Singh Twins: www.singhtwins.co.uk

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John Moores Prizewinners

15 December 2017 by Ann Bukantas

Past winners include Peter Doig (left wall) and Jack Smith (far wall)

Whilst the recent entries to the 2018 John Moores Painting Prize are being prepared for the first stages of judging which will take place early in the new year, we’ve prepared a re-display of some of the works by past first prize winners that opens this weekend at the Walker Art Gallery. The display celebrates of 60 years of the John Moores Painting Prize and includes works since the first competition in 1957.

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