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Artist Marcus Coates at the Walker Art Gallery- free event

21 October 2010 by Laura

It is that time of year again when the shops are packed with witches and warlock costumes. I for one have shunned mass-produced costumes and favoured a more DIY aesthetic. Over the years I have taken great pride in my costumes, which although a bit rough around the edges, were usually unique and a bit of a conversation-starter. However I have never had the pleasure of going to a party with artist Marcus Coates, who I fear may have a costume wardrobe to outshine my own. Read more…

‘Art gallery closed’ – Save the Arts campaign

13 October 2010 by Lisa

'Art gallery closed' sign hanging on a door knob

The new work by Bob and Roberta Smith

Another new art work has been released this week as part of the Save the Arts campaign. We have been following the campaign on our blog over the last few weeks in the run up to the announcement of cuts later this month. This latest work is by British artist, Bob and Roberta Smith (aka Patrick Brill).

As you can see, the work shows a sign on an art gallery door with the following text:

ART GALLERY CLOSED
SUNDAY
MONDAY
TUESDAY
WEDNESDAY
THURSDAY
ADMISSION £17.50 Read more…

Angel of the North loses wing

6 October 2010 by Lisa

Angel of the North statue with wing cut off

The new work by Cornelia Parker.

A new work by Turner Prize nominated artist, Cornelia Parker, has been released today. It is the latest in the series of artworks that have been created specially for the Save the Arts campaign, which we have been following on this blog. You can see the other artworks from the campaign here.

The work shows Antony Gormley’s celebrated Angel of the North with one of its wings lopped off. The caption reads: ‘Why clip the wings of an industry that is soaring? It’s a false economy to cut the arts.’ Read more…

John Moores news roundup!

5 October 2010 by Lisa

Well, we’ve barely had time to recover from the excitement of Keith Coventry winning the John Moores Painting Prize and it’s now time to get excited about another prizewinner!

Voting for the coveted ‘Visitors’ Choice Award’ is now open, which means that you get to tell us which painting is your favourite. Pick up a voting card in the gallery once you’ve seen the exhibition and cast your vote in the box provided by 18 November 2010. If you vote, you will be put into our prize draw for the chance to win a dinner for two courtesy of the Radisson. The artist with the most votes will win £2010 and the winner will be announced on 25 November 2010. Read more…

And the winner is… (2)

17 September 2010 by Lisa

Man standing next to a blue portrait painting

The winner of the £25,000 prize!

The announcement of the winner of John Moores 2010 was made last night by acclaimed painter and competition judge, Alison Watt to a rapturous response by the private view audience and the press. Described by fellow judge, Sir Norman Rosenthal, as the ‘Oscar of the British painting world’ the John Moores Painting Prize was awarded to Keith Coventry for his painting ‘Spectrum Jesus’. This haunting portrait in shades of dark blue invites you to get up close so you can peer into its dark depths! Read more…

Eyes on the prize

15 September 2010 by Lisa

Man being photographed

Peter McDonald was the last winner. Who will be in the limelight this year?

It’s official: I’m giddy with excitement as tomorrow I will be part of making history!

For the first time in its 53 year history, the announcement of the winner of the John Moores Painting Prize will be broadcast live on the internet. It means that this usually exclusive event will be open to all – so why not throw your own private view at home, just add friends and canapés! 

I’ll be there with my laptop making sure it is broadcasting for you on time, so see if you can spot our judges Alison Watt, Gary Hume, Goshka Macuga, Ged Quinn and Sir Norman Rosenthal as they attend this exciting opening event. Read more…

All ready for the Liverpool Biennial!

14 September 2010 by Lisa

Detail of a brightly coloured oil painting

Detail of ‘For Your Pleasure’ by Philip Diggle, one of the 45 shortlisted artists for the John Moores Painting Prize exhibition.

We have a wealth of exciting art on display for you during the LiverpolBiennial from Saturday 18 September – 28 November 2010. Most exhibitions will be on show at the Walker Art Gallery. With everything from full exhibtions of contemporary paintings to individual video installation pieces, you can explore a variety of mediums that make up contemporary art today.

All the following exhibtions and one-off pieces will be on show during the Biennial and some will continue beyond this period: Read more…

Save the Arts with David Shrigley!

10 September 2010 by Lisa

Over a hundred leading artists including David Hockney, Damien Hirst, Anthony Caro, Howard Hodgkin, Anish Kapoor, Richard Hamilton, Bridget Riley, Antony Gormley and Tracey Emin have joined the campaign to make the case against the proposed 25% cuts in government funding of the arts.

Other supporters include John Moores 2010 exhibitor Ian Davenport and Wolfgang Tillmans who is about to open an exhibition here at the Walker Art Gallery.

The campaign is launched today with the release of a new video animation by artist David Shrigley highlighting the effect of the funding cuts, which you can see below. Each week the work of a different artist, created in response to the campaign, will be released. Mark Wallinger will present the next project. Read more…

Ask a curator!

26 August 2010 by Lisa

Ask a curator day logo

Have you ever wanted to know about how you look after an Egyptian mummy? Do you ever dream of putting together your own art exhibition? If you’d like to ask some of our museum and gallery curators a question about what they do then read on…

Ask a Curator day is Wednesday 1 September and curators from all over the world are signing up to take part in this giant Q&A session – taking place on Twitter!

We are joining in and want you to ask our curators questions on either art, slavery or Egyptology, as these are their specialist subjects.

We have three great experts ready to answer you; Egyptologist Ashley Cooke, art curator Laura MacCulloch and curator of transatlantic slavery Angela Robinson. Read more…

A Shaman arrives at the Walker…

30 July 2010 by Lisa

Man dressed in a deer skin, shouting in front of an audience

Journey to the Lower World, Coot 2004, by Marcus Coates. Photography by Nick David. Courtesy of Kate MacGarry and Workplace Gallery.

A film artwork by the influential contemporary artist Marcus Coates, will be on display for the first time in Liverpool at the Walker Art Gallery from 1 August 2010 to early 2011. Both funny and touching, this work is well worth checking out if you are in the city for the Liverpool Biennial (17 September to 28 November 2010).

‘Journey to the Lower World’, a major piece of work by Coates, was bought by the gallery with the help of the Contemporary Art Society’s Acquisitions Scheme. The film is an exciting addition to the gallery’s internationally renowned collection. The work arose from ‘Further Up in the Air’, a residency programme for artists in Liverpool’s Sheil Park estate in 2003. Read more…

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