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Why we support the John Moores Painting Prize

30 July 2014 by Dickie

Man in suit listening to speeches at John Moores Painting Prize

John Robinson (centre)

Liverpool jeweller David M Robinson is generously sponsoring the £25,000 first prize in this year’s John Moores Painting Prize. Read more…

Sam’s tribute to the Lusitania

3 June 2014 by Sam

young boy holding up a drawing

Sam Colley with his picture ‘The sinking of the Lusitania’

The tragic sinking of the Lusitania during the First World War had a devastating effect on the tight-knit dockland communities in north Liverpool, where most of the liner’s crew lived. 404 crew members died, including many Liverpool Irish seamen.

Every year on 7 May Merseyside Maritime Museum marks the anniversary of the sinking with a memorial service on the quayside by the Lusitania’s propeller. Unknown to us, this year a 6 year old boy many miles away in Beaconsfield, Buckinghamshire was also inspired to make his own tribute to the ship. His mother Joanne Colley got in touch with us when she realised the coincidence. Read more…

dot-art Schools at the Walker Art Gallery

2 June 2014 by Laura

children and mayor

dot-art Schools 2014 winners with Lord Mayor Gary Miller

With a week left to catch the fabulous artwork of local school children in the dot-art Schools exhibition, coordinator Beth Harvey gives us some background to the project: Read more…

Last chance to see hit Turner exhibition at Lady Lever Art Gallery

27 May 2014 by Laura

Exhibition

Turner exhibition at the Lady Lever Art Gallery

We love it when visitors vote with their feet and the exhibition ‘Turner: travels, light and landscape‘ is such a case. With just under a week before it closes we have had almost 10,000 visitors more than predicted! Read more…

John Moores Painting Prize: debating art

22 April 2014 by Laura

Three peple looking at a painting

(Left to right) Jurors, Lynette Yiadom-Boakye, Tom Benson and Tim Marlow

It’s been a busy few weeks for the John Moores Painting Prize. We recently announced the longlist, or those 52 artists who have been selected for the exhibition. This was the culmination of an arduous judging process which began with more than 2,500 entries

This year I spent some time in the judging room and got to see first hand how the selection is made.  Read more…

Take a fresh look at the Walker Art Gallery

4 April 2014 by Lisa

Man looking at contemporary artThink you know the Walker Art Gallery? Well, we hope you’ll get a new perspective on our well-loved gallery after  watching this new video trailer! Read more…

100 years of the Lady Lever!

24 March 2014 by Laura

Men on construction site

The laying of the Lady Lever Art Gallery’s foundation stone 25 March 1922. Image © Leverhulme Family Archive

The 25th March marks an exciting anniversary for us – 100 years since King George V laid the gallery’s foundation stone! Read more…

Beside the seaside in Big Art

17 March 2014 by Angelica

Our cheeky herring gull and common cockles

Image by Robert Flynn

If this chilly weather has you dreaming of the summertime then the new display in Big Art for Little Artists at the Walker Art Gallery might warm you up! Inspired by local artist George Wallace Jardine’s painting ‘Full Fathom Five’ that was already on display, we gathered an inspiring mix of seaside objects from National Museums Liverpool’s collections that you might find on our local sea shores – from shells to seaweed and everything in between. Read more…

New Tate piece explores artist’s connection to the enslaved

27 February 2014 by Felicity

Image of Visceral Canker by Donald Rodney

Donald Rodney Visceral Canker 1990 © The estate of Donald Rodney

A new exhibition titled  Keywords: Art, Culture and Society in 1980s Britain opens at Tate Liverpool tomorrow. One of the key pieces in the exhibition tells the story of Britain’s involvement with the slave trade in a striking, visual form. Read more…

Laura Facey school art project

18 February 2014 by Mitty

Laura Facey and school group

I wanted to tell you more about a very exciting project we did with the artist Laura Facey. She has a new International Slavery Museum exhibition ‘Their spirits’ on the ground floor of the Maritime Museum. She was kind enough to take some time out of her busy schedule to work with some year 9 students from Enterprise South Liverpool Academy.  Read more…