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Alphonse Mucha tickets on sale from Monday!

15 March 2017 by Felicity

Gismonda, 1894 © Mucha Trust 2016

Save the date! Tickets for the Walker Art Gallery’s upcoming Alphonse Mucha: In Quest of Beauty exhibition are to go on sale online from Monday, 20 March. We couldn’t be more excited about this exhibition, which will showcase more than 100 works by Mucha, who is renowned for his iconic poster designs epitomising the Art Nouveau movement. The exhibition runs from 16 June to 29 October 2017.

Czech-born Alphonse Mucha (1860 – 1939) is recognised as one of the most prominent artists of the Art Nouveau movement, and this major touring exhibition from the Mucha Foundation explores the work of the artist around the theme of beauty; the core principle underlying his artistic philosophy. Read more…

South Wirral High’s Fresh Perspective

9 March 2017 by Megan

This is the third time that Fresh Perspectives – which runs biennially – has been held at the Lady Lever Art Gallery, showcasing the breadth of creative talent held by young people in Wirral.

We spoke to South Wirral high School to find out their thoughts on the exhibition. Read more…

A collector’s eye: OSPAAAL posters

14 February 2017 by Sarah

Day of Solidarity with the People of Guinea-Bissau and Cape Verde, 1968. By Berta Abelenda Fernandez. Copyright: ‘Courtesy Lincoln Cushing and Docs Populi Archive’.

Mike Tyler is the collector and architect who owns the striking array of 32 OSPAAAL posters currently on display in our Art of Solidarity exhibition. We asked Mike what he looks for when adding to the collection:

“The bulk of my collection dates from OSPAAAL’s founding in 1966 to the mid 70s, which is referred to as the ‘Golden Period’ of Cuban poster art. It is no coincidence this was a time of great political and social unrest with the civil rights movement, Vietnam War, Watergate scandal and struggles against apartheid all providing fuel to creative fire.

Many collectors are interested in the politics whilst some have an affinity with Cuba. For me, the appeal is their artistic merit, which has long been revered in the world of both propaganda art and graphic design. In terms of desirability, there is a big collectors market for civil rights and Black power material so these posters command the highest demand. Posters featuring Che, Nixon or the more well know conflicts such as the Vietnam War have a broader appeal. Then you have the more renowned artists such as Alfredo Rostgaard, Rene Menderos, Jesus Forjans & Faustino Perez who created some of the most iconic posters.

Day of Solidarity with the Congo, 1972 by Alfrédo Juan González Rostgaard. Copyright: ‘Courtesy Lincoln Cushing and Docs Populi Archive’.

In terms of the actual posters, given they are paper and were designed to put up on walls, that means stains, tears, holes etc are to be expected. Considering their age, the fact they even exist is impressive but for the serious collectors condition is important.  Provided they aren’t too bad, I don’t mind a few scars as they show they have been used as intended. The posters were issued folded within Tricontinental magazine so for me fold-lines are a good thing as it implies they are originals rather than later print runs.

I also like to know a little about the person who owned the posters before me. To date I’ve dealt with musicians, activists, curators, journalists, TV presenters, antique book dealers and even the artists themselves. It all adds to their story.”

Don’t miss Mike’s free talk on 17 February about his poster collection at the International Slavery Museum, part of our series of free events planned throughout the Art of Solidarity exhibition.

Share a moment at a museum this Valentine’s Day

9 February 2017 by Laura

Gallery

Lady Lever Art Gallery makes a perfect destination for a romantic date this Valentine’s. Image © Pete Carr

It’s that time of the year again… when I try and convince you to give something money can’t buy this Valentine’s Day – the pleasure of your company in surroundings full of beauty, culture and history. Read more…

St John Plessington’s Fresh Perspective

7 February 2017 by Megan

With the exhibition underway we thought it would be good to get the views of the teachers and students who are involved in Fresh Perspectives. Read more…

Talk Tuesday: Looking North artist Jason Thompson

27 January 2017 by Scott Smith

Artist Jason Thompson with his work in the Looking North exhibition

Artist Jason Thompson with his works in the Looking North exhibition.

Jason Thompson is one of the artists featured in Looking North, a new exhibition at the Walker Art Gallery that presents work by artists from the North-West of England.

Jason was born in Liverpool and still lives and works there. He studied painting at Chelsea College of Art and Design London both for his BA (1990-93) and MA (1993-94). Jason currently works for National Museums Liverpool and is based at the Walker Art Gallery.

We caught up with him to find out more about how he works, ahead of his Talk Tuesday’ event happening at the Walker Art Gallery on Tuesday 31st January… Read more…

Lady Lever gets a Fresh Perspective

20 January 2017 by Megan

Siobhan Cull, Project Assistant (Education) has been working with students from four Wirral schools to put together the Lady Lever’s new exhibition, Fresh Perspectives.  Read more…

The Danger Tree: art and augmented reality commemorate the Somme

22 November 2016 by Lynn

Scarlett Raven and Marc Murot

Artists Scarlett Raven and Marc Murot

The Danger Tree was a petrified tree in World War One during the Battle of the Somme. It was the only original tree in No Man’s Land to survive the Battle. During the fighting it was used as a landmark by both sides and its visibility meant that there were a large number of casualties near it.

Artist Scarlett Raven tells us about The Danger Tree, an augmented reality visual art experience currently on display in the Dr Martin Luther King Jnr BuildingRead more…

John Moores Painting Prize Visitors’ Choice 2016

12 October 2016 by Laura

Visitors in exhibition

John Moores Painting Prize

Almost 10,000 people have voted for the John Moores Painting Prize Visitor’s Choice, sponsored by Rathbones, but there is still time to have your say! Read more…

Yentl and Liverpool’s Jewish community film stars

11 October 2016 by Kay

women in period costume by the Liverpool waterfront

Leonie Bracey, Susan Urding, Hilary Glassman and Hillary Swerdlow in costume ready to appear as extras in a scene from Yentl

Our Reel Stories exhibition celebrates and explores films that are undeniably Liverpudlian and those that feature Liverpool as a world film location.

Did you know that scenes in 1983 Hollywood blockbuster Yentl, directed by and starring Barbra Streisand, were filmed on board an Isle of Man ferry on the River Mersey? Local resident Michael Swerdlow has recently contacted us about Liverpool’s Jewish community’s connection to the film and their brush with fame.  Read more…



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