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Family connection to Empress of Ireland inspires art student

25 November 2014 by Jen

Artwork by Jessica Cain inspired by the Empress of Ireland sinking

Artwork by Jessica Cain inspired by the Empress of Ireland sinking

One the most interesting aspects of working in museums is getting to hear people’s stories and explore the personal side of historic events, including the impact they often still have today.

The sinking of the Empress of Ireland on 29 May 1914 was one of the worst maritime disasters of the twentieth century. Though overshadowed now by the loss of Titanic and Lusitania this sinking resulted in more passenger deaths than either of those more famous tragedies, with a loss of 840 passengers and 172 members of crew. Many of the crew were from the Liverpool area so, like Titanic before it and Lusitania in the following year, the tragedy had strong local connections and was keenly felt in the city. Read more…

Competition: Watch Effie Gray at the Lady Lever Art Gallery

12 November 2014 by Felicity

Emma Thompson (left) and Dakota Fanning (right) star in Effie Gray

Emma Thompson (left) and Dakota Fanning (right) both star in Effie Gray

Could there be a better place to watch the recently released film ‘Effie Gray’, telling the story of the famous Victorian love triangle involving Pre-Raphaelite artist John Everett Millais, than the main hall of the Lady Lever Art Gallery? Read more…

Radical Liverpool in art

3 November 2014 by Kay

Painting of Rushton holding blinded people and a figure who has broken free from chains

Detail of the dome mural by Mick Jones, showing Edward Rushton

I recently visited the Liverpool Biennial group show at the Liverpool School for the Blind building, Hardman Street, just before it closed. It was a rare chance to see inside the building (normally closed to the public), particularly the large mural, painted by Mick Jones in the early 1980s when the building was the Merseyside Trade Union Community and Unemployed Resource Centre.

I was especially interested in the mural as we have a large painting ‘Unemployment on Merseyside – Campaigning for the Right to Work’, also by Mick, on display in The People’s Republic gallery which was commissioned by the Museum of Liverpool Life in 1993. Read more…

Mr. Turner, I presume!

30 October 2014 by Simon

The Wreck Buoy

‘The Wreck Buoy’ by JMW Turner

Mike Leigh’s new film ‘Mr. Turner’ is about to hit our screens and it’s fantastic that one of George Holt’s finest purchases is featured in the film; Turner’s mighty painting ‘The Wreck Buoy’.

This painting is currently on display in Tate Britain, for the ‘Late Turner – Painting Set Free’ exhibition, but it will be back at Sudley House in early 2015.  Read more…

Creating a same-sex marriage equality quilt

28 October 2014 by Kay

Courtesy of Oly Bliss

Courtesy of Oly Bliss

Young artist Oly Bliss is creating a unique quilt to record and celebrate the 396 Members of Parliament who voted for same-sex marriage in July 2013.

You can get involved by helping to decorate unique hand-drawn portraits created by Oly on Saturday 8 and Sunday 9 November. The images will be incorporated into the giant quilt forming a geographical map, showcasing how MP’s voted across the UK. Read more…

John Moores Visitors’ Choice for families!

24 October 2014 by Laura

Little girl in exhibition

Neal Rock’s 3D work gets this visitor’s vote

Next week, in true X-Factor style, you could be the ‘sixth judge’ for the John Moores Painting Prize, by voting for your winner in the Visitors’ Choice award! Read more…

Black Heroes comic book workshop

21 October 2014 by Mitty

comic book illustrations of heroes of Black history

This guest post is from Leah Moore, who will be encouraging International Slavery Museum visitors to get creative this half term in a special comics workshop on Wednesday 29 October:

“When the International Slavery Museum asked us to do a comics workshop on Black heroes, and get people making their own comics, we jumped at the chance. People associate comics with superheroes, but the medium is used just as often to tell real stories about real people. From biographies of heroic historical figures like Senator John Lewis’ ‘March’, to Joe Sacco’s journalistic accounts in ‘Palestine’, to touching stories of heroes from everyday life like Meet The Somalis , comics are the perfect way to tell any story. Read more…

OMD to ‘dazzle’ at Museum of Liverpool

20 October 2014 by Lucy

Andy McCluskey and boat

Andy McCluskey with the Dazzle Ship

On 1 and 2 November, Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark are set to play two sell-out gigs at the Museum of Liverpool.

Here, Andy McCluskey of OMD tells us of the band’s links and love for Dazzle Ships:

“What began as a humble request for us to be allowed to put a musique concrete installation into the ‘dazzled’ Edmund Gardner has somehow, and rather wonderfully, escalated  into two concerts, a display case full of our history and memorabilia, and a mini film festival.  Read more…

Alessandro Raho, John Moores 2014 shortlisted artist – guest blog

28 August 2014 by Lisa

Alessandro Raho

Alessandro Raho

This week’s John Moores Painting Prize guest blog is from another of our shortlisted artists, Alessandro Raho.

Personal relationships are important in Alessandro’s work and his painting ‘Jessica’ is striking portrait of his stepsister of the same name.  Read more…

Juliette Losq, John Moores 2014 shortlisted artist – guest blog

22 August 2014 by Lisa

Juliette Losq and her painting 'Vinculum'.

Juliette Losq and her painting ‘Vinculum’.

Our third ‘Talk Tuesdays’ guest blog is by John Moores Painting Prize shortlisted artist Juliette Losq. Her delicate yet  disorientating watercolour, ‘Vinculum’,  dominates almost an entire wall in the exhibition.

You can hear Juliette talking about her work in a ‘Talk Tuesday’ event on 26 August at 1pm in the John Moores exhibition space at the Walker Art GalleryRead more…

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