Our fourth blog post instalment for OUTing the Past: The 4th National Festival of LGBT History conference, 3 February 2018, is from Joan Burnett.
Joan, a trustee of Liverpool Pride, will be presenting ‘Liverpool Pride: A Local Protest, An International Message’.
She tells us more –
“My talk shows the development of Liverpool Pride from a protest from grass roots reaction to a local hate crime, to a large scale public event that has become part of a city’s cultural calendar and which has consistently uses Liverpool’s status as an internationally renowned city to raise awareness of LGBT+ human rights.”
We’re incredibly excited to be able to reveal that a very special painting will soon be joining our collection at the Walker Art Gallery!
The winner of this year’s Sky Portrait Artist of the Year will receive a £10,000 commission to paint the actress Kim Cattrall, with the painting set to hang here at the gallery.
The series, presented by Joan Bakewell and Frank Skinner, airs on Sky Arts tonight. We can’t wait to see which talented artists have been selected to compete for the commission.
We’re particularly thrilled that the painting will be of Kim, who was born in Liverpool’s Mossley Hill. She moved to Canada at three months of age, before returning to stay with family at the age of 11. She moved back to Canada to finish high school when she was 16.
Kim has fond memories of visiting our museums and galleries as a child, and also of being inspired by watching theatre here in the city. She famously went on to play the role of Cleopatra in Antony and Cleopatra at Liverpool’s Playhouse theatre back in 2010. Kim is perhaps best known for playing the role of Samantha Jones in Sex and the City.
More than 1,000 artists from across the UK applied for the show this year. From small, delicate studies to large-scale, full-body canvases in oil, watercolour, pastels, charcoal, pencil and even collage – the series will see a whole host of different takes on the classic artistic challenge of portraiture.
The three chosen finalists will face the challenge of commissions to paint the eminent designer Kenneth Grange, iconic fashion designer Zandra Rhodes and bestselling author, international superstar and Spice Girl Geri Horner, with portraits to hang at the Design Museum, the Fashion and Textile Museum and the British Music Experience. The overall winner will receive the commission to paint Kim’s portrait.
We’ll be watching the series with great excitement and can’t wait to share more news about the portrait over the coming months!
We have an exciting 2018 planned for our Mersey and Dee Young Archaeologists! This club, for 8-16 year-olds, explores our archaeology, history and heritage in a variety of ways, and we love getting out and getting our hands dirty too! Read more…
Our third blog post in the run up to our exciting OUTing the Past: The 4th National Festival of LGBT History conference, 3 February, is from Peter Scott-Presland and Andrew Lumsden.
Peter and Andrew will be delivering an interactive presentation in which the audience will be invited to participate and to come to its own ‘verdict’.
They tell us more –
“The trial is a reinterpretation of events believed to be well-known. Alfred Douglas is thought of as Oscar Wilde’s Great Love, and they are tragically yoked together forever in Queer Myth. Peter will argue that on the contrary, Douglas was nothing less than a murderer, both physically and creatively. Andrew appears for the defence, seeing Douglas as a forerunner of the Gay Liberation Front”.
Find out more about the fantastic family events coming up at International Slavery Museum with Education Demonstrator Yazz:
“I hope you all enjoyed visiting the International Slavery Museum in 2017. Dorcas Seb’s spoken work performance for Human Rights Day was a highlight of the year for me! What was your highlight of 2017?
It’s a new year and there are more exciting events to come as part of our 10th anniversary programme- I think that 2018 might even prove to be our best year yet!
We have some fantastic special events coming up for families and our younger visitors. Are you looking for fun, free activities for all the family? If so, now is the time to sit back, relax with a cup of tea and let me tell you what events are coming up for you.
January is packed with creative family workshops and you can even join us to learn new skills in two amazing artist-led workshops. Read more…
At the Museum of Liverpool we are passionate about telling real people’s stories and using them to champion social justice. As part of the event series for Tales from the city we are teaming up with Diversity Role Models to offer a great opportunity for young people aged 12-16 to learn about Liverpool’s LGBT+ communities, their stories and their histories. Diversity Role Model Kate Hutchinson tells us more about their work and what you can expect from this wonderful free session-
Since our painting ‘Burd Helen’, painted in 1856 by William Lindsay Windus, featured in the recent BBC2 programme ‘A House Through Time’, we’ve been flooded with questions. Presented by David Olusoga, the programme revealed that the male character in the painting was a portrait of a man called Wilfred Steele.
Was this a new discovery? Did we already know who the sitter was? What was the source that David Olusoga mentioned?
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.
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.
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…