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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

On 1 & 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:


 

Andy McCluskey and boat

Andy McCluskey with the Dazzle Ship

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.

Our interest in Dazzle Ships began in 1983 when artist and sleeve designer Peter Saville showed us a Vorticist painting by Edward Wadsworth entitled ‘Dazzle Ship in dry dock at Liverpool’ and asked if we could write some appropriate music as he wished to create an album sleeve inspired by the fractured imagery. We duly obliged with a record that not only contained a title track Dazzle Ships, but also reflected the dark and fearfully disjointed mentality of early eighties geo-politics.

The subsequent tour featured a Dazzle-themed constructivist-style stage set and weirdly wonderful presentations of some of the songs that involved semaphore flag mimes by the band and the moving set ‘playing’ the title track without the band onstage. Unsurprisingly, the whole spectacle confounded and enraptured both audience and critics in equal measure.

The intervening 30 years has seen the knowledge of Dazzle camouflage expand across the globe and filter into a variety of art forms as diverse as dance, fashion, architecture and film. The latest manifestation has been the ‘dazzling’ of two ships. The Edmund Gardner in Liverpool and HMS President in London as part of the 14-18 NOW commemorations.

We have created new Dazzle sounds to be played inside the engine room of the Edmund Gardner; the first Dazzle Ship in a Liverpool dry dock for one hundred years. Also, we have curated a mini film festival in the Museum of Liverpool’s theatre that includes documentary, product branding, contemporary art and animated films reflecting the broad cultural infusion and influence of Dazzle Camouflage.

The Museum of Liverpool is displaying many items from Orchestral Manouevres in the Dark’s early career, such as our first synthesizer, the drum machine that played the intro to international hit Enola Gay, and the tape machine called Winston that was effectively the reason why two teenagers from the ‘other side of the river Mersey’ were able to countenance the crazy idea of being a band of only two musicians. This whole series of events culminates in OMD playing two concerts in the Museum of Liverpool on 1 & 2 November where many tracks from the Dazzle Ships album will be performed, including two that have never been presented live before.


 

Liverpool’s Dazzle Ship is a co-commission by 1418 NOW WW1 Centenary Art Commission, Liverpool Biennial and Tate Liverpool, in partnership with the Merseyside Maritime Museum. Renowned artist Carlos Cruz-Diez worked with the idea of dazzle using the historic Edmund Gardner pilot ship owned and conserved by the Merseyside Maritime Museum. The work has been realised by painters from Cammell Laird.

The title of the work is ‘Induction Chromatique à Double Fréquence pour l’Edmund Gardner Ship / Liverpool. Paris, 2014′.

 

 

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…

Drawing inspiration from the museum stores

21 August 2014 by Zachary

Atta Kwami sketching African artefacts in the museum store

Atta Kwami sketching African artefacts in the museum store. Image courtesy Pamela Clarkson.

Not all museum projects are part of a long-term plan. Some come about by chance and it was through a stroke of good luck that I was at World Museum when the Ghanaian artist and curator Atta Kwami paid a visit to the African displays in our World Cultures gallery a few months ago. On that occasion I was able to meet Atta over a coffee in the museum café to discuss his current work.  Read more…

Sir John Moores family travelling trunk on display at the Maritime

7 August 2014 by Jen

group photo pf people wearing fancy dress costumes

Fancy Dress party on board Franconia l-r: Edna, John, John Jr, Betty & Ruby
(courtesy of Clare and Barney Moores)

Next month sees the exciting announcement of the John Moores Painting Prize winner for 2014. The shortlist has been drawn up and we’re all excited to see who the next winner of this prestigious competition will be.

Here at the Maritime Museum though we’ve been focusing on the man who founded the Painting Prize. Sir John Moores was a local businessman and founder of the Littlewoods Pools; by the mid 1930s he had made his fortune and could easily afford one of the great luxuries of the age, seeing the world on the magnificent passenger liners. Read more…

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…

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