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Book sale bargains

3 January 2013 by Karen

A brightly coloured teaset

A divine Clarice Cliff ‘tea for two’ set from Age of Jazz.

As January is synonymous with sales and spring cleaning we thought we’d kill two birds with one stone and have a bit of a clear out in our book warehouse. So if you fancy bagging yourself a bargain then check out the offers on our online shop.

It’s an eclectic selection and there are some great books, my personal favourites being ‘When Time Began to Rant and Rage…’ which is a fab book of Irish figurative work and totally worth a fiver, Age of Jazz: British Arts Deco Ceramics as I’m a sucker for a deco teaset, and British Watercolours and Drawings from the Lady Lever’s collection.

If you’ve still not got a John Moores catalogue then now is the time to buy one as they’re reduced to £7.50. And if you buy it from the Walker shop you get the John Moores China version for free. Read more…

John Kirby – exploring Magritte

13 October 2011 by Lisa

Our curators at the Walker Art Gallery are currently working on a project with the contemporary artist, John Kirby, whose paintings have been compared to the work of René Magritte in the past.

Although John doesn’t really see this similarity himself, he still took up the invitation to visit the Magritte exhibition at Tate Liverpool when he visited recently. It turned out to be a revelation… 


John Kirby looking at paintings in the Walker

John Kirby having a look at paintings in the Walker before visiting Tate Liverpool.

Over the years, my work as an artist has occasionally been compared to that of the Belgian Surrealist, René Magritte. Although I found his work interesting I was never influenced by him as I was by say Edward Hopper, The American Realist painter or Balthus who depicted claustrophobic interiors charged with an uncomfortable eroticism.

I can see vague similarities in the way Magritte painted his rather stiff and secretive characters and I was once in a show of contemporary artists that seemed to the organisers at the Modern Art Museum in Ostend, Belgium to have an affinity with the Belgian artists but I was wary and a little bored by the assumed link. So when I was asked I visited the show at the Tate Liverpool, tired after a long day and without much enthusiasm. However, I was wrong to dismiss the artist. Read more…

We are the champions!

31 May 2011 by Lisa

It’s been an exciting time for us here at National Museums Liverpool as we have been happily weighed down with yet another award!

Angela Samata with the TMP Tourism Event of the Year award

The John Moores Painting Prize has beaten the rest in its field to be named Merseyside’s Tourism Event of the Year. The John Moores 2010 exhibition, which ran at the Walker Art Gallery from September to January, was the most successful ever in terms of visitor numbers.

Last Thursday the exhibition scooped the top prize at the Mersey Partnership Tourism Awards at the BT Convention Centre. It beat strong competition from the Grand National Festival, Mersey Ferries Manchester Ship Canal Cruise and Mersey Tunnel Tours. Read more…

Show Me the Walker

6 May 2011 by stepheng

Two male and one female competition judges

The three judges take a break.

 

I’m looking forward to BBC 2 screening Show Me the Monet from this Monday after organising and supervising the marathon filming sessions over a January weekend.

 

A film crew filled three of our galleries at the rear of the Walker Art Gallery to film this competition show being screened at 5.15 pm every weekday night from Monday 9 May to Friday 20 May.

 

In a nutshell it involves artists being grilled about their artworks by three critics – David Lee, Charlotte Mullins and Roy Bolton (pictured left to right). The aim is to be included in an exclusive exhibition at the Royal College of Art, next to London’s Albert Hall. Read more…

A Glass Act is Revealed

23 March 2011 by Lucy

This week, our guest-blogger in National Museums Liverpool press office is Jack Poland, who was lucky enough to have a sneak preview of the new Museum of Liverpool.


Last week, I was one of a fortunate few to witness the unveiling of the iconic Liverpool Map as the Museum of Liverpool revealed its latest instalment.
The Liverpool Map

The Liverpool Map has been installed in the new Museum of Liverpool.

The map was the product of sculptors Jeffrey Sarmiento and Inge Panneels’ nine months of arduous work. It took little time, however, to acknowledge that such labour had well and truly paid off as the six-segment sculpture, each one weighing 100kg, was finally unveiled.

Even the picturesque Pier Head as its backdrop could not entice the viewing eyes away from the magnificent art piece which binds the geographical map of Liverpool with a cultural one. As light shines through the 17 layers of fused glass the map takes on a whole new level of interest. Hours upon hours of time are guaranteed to be lost when viewing the map as well known faces, places and words will burst out at every possible angle. The attention to detail of the artists was there for all to see, from the intricate implementation to the famous faces being placed as close as possible to their relevant geographical locations. Read more…

Record breaking John Moores!

16 December 2010 by Laura

Crowds in gallery

Record breaking visitor figures at 2010 John Moores Painting Prize

We were pretty confident this was a special exhibition but it is always nice when our visitors agree! Almost 47,000 people have visited since it opened its doors in September, making this the most popular ‘John Moores Painting Prize’ in the competition’s 53 year history!

The exhibition is open until 3 January 2011, but visitor figures already stand at 10,000 more than the final figure for the last exhibition in 2008, when Liverpool was crowned European Capital of Culture.

If you are stuck for Christmas present ideas or would just like a memento of this year’s fantastic exhibition why not pick up one of our exclusive Gary Hume badges at the Walker Art Gallery shop (£9.95)? All proceeds go towards funding future exhibitions. Read more…

Congratulations Cara!

9 December 2010 by Laura

We had some exciting news recently from one of the John Moores exhibitors, Cara Nahaul, who has been selected along with two other artists for the Jerwood Painting Fellowship 2011.

Painting

Cara’s painting “Somewhere between prayer and agenda”

Born in 1987, Cara is one of this year’s youngest exhibitors and is following in the foot steps of other John Moores artists whose inclusion in the exhibition has proved to be an important stepping stone in their career. One of the best examples being the artist Peter Doig, whose work broke records in 2007 when it sold for £5.7 million, and who has described his John Moores win in 1993 as a “pivotal point”. Read more…

Our Jason

7 December 2010 by Laura

Artist talks to audience in gallery

Jason discusses his colourful and complex painting.

Aaron Eastwood is a final year English student at the University of Liverpool and is currently volunteering with us in the press office. Yesterday he went along to the Walker Art Gallery to catch the last of the John Moores artist talks. Here is what he made of it:


Local artist Jason Thompson’s painting, ‘Refractions (Robert Hooke)’, stands proudly in this year’s John Moores Painting Prize as the first piece made by a National Museums Liverpool employee to be chosen for exhibition! Read more…

New Ged Quinn painting at the Walker

7 December 2010 by Lisa

Painting of a sunsent with a house floating in the sky

The new painting by artist Ged Quinn on loan from a private collection.

If you have been wandering around our 20th century and contemporary gallery recently, you may have noticed that our amazing ‘Liverpool Cityscape’ has disappeared! Don’t worry, it’s just on loan right now for the ‘Ben Johnson: Modern Perspectives’ exhibition at the National Gallery in London.

In the mean time we have an explosion of colour filling the wall, in the form of a new loan. This stunning landscape with quirky details is by Ged Quinn, the Liverpool-born artist and juror for the John Moores Painting Prize 2010. It’s called ‘The Exiled Forever Coming in to Land’ and was painted earlier this year. Ged was inspired by the American landscape artist Frederic Edwin Church and his work called ‘Twighlight in the Wilderness’. Read more…

Exclusive Gary Hume design could be yours…

1 December 2010 by Lisa

Have you seen the flowers on the cover of the Independent newspaper today? This beautiful image has been created by acclaimed artist and John Moores judge, Gary Hume to help raise awarness about World Aids Day. Elton John is involved in editing the paper today and as Gary is one of his favourite artists, it’s no surprise that he asked him to produce a piece of work for the cover.

Gary Hume enamel badge

This little piece of Gary Hume art could be yours!

Gary is also producing a limited edition of 100 prints of the front-page image, signed by the artist and Elton John, on sale for £1,000. But if your pockets are feeling the pinch, you can easily get your own piece of work by Gary Hume in the form of a lovely John Moores 2010 enamel badge! Read more…