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Exhibition catalogue special offer

12 May 2011 by Karen

Cover of a book

A Collector’s Eye exhibition catalogue

Alas, the end is near, but Friday’s Light Night evening at the Walker is an ideal opportunity to catch the A Collector’s Eye: Cranach to Pissarro exhibition before it finishes this Sunday.

And as if that wasn’t news enough, the rather excellent exhibition catalogue, featuring all of the exhibition paintings in full-page, glorious technicolour, will be on special offer. It’ll be a snip at £5, which considering it was superb value at £9.99 makes this a steal. 

This special offer will be available in our shop from Friday, and also through our online shopRead 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…

Ben’s back!

11 April 2011 by Karen

Man being filmed painting a large picture

One of the many media visits to Ben’s 2008 residency.

Even if you didn’t make it to the gallery to see it in the flesh, chances are you remember Ben Johnson completing his Liverpool Cityscape painting in front of a live gallery audience at The Walker. The three month residency was regularly in the local papers and on TV, as this photo of Ben being filmed by BBC North West Tonight demonstrates.

It was a wonderful time for the Gallery, with thousands of fascinated artlovers packing in to watch Ben paint and ask him questions about his work. It was obviously pretty special for Ben as well as he’s coming back to talk about the experience he describes as ‘a dream come true’. Read more…

British art gets a make-over at the Walker

21 March 2011 by Lisa

It’s a very exciting week this week as the newly refurbished room at the Walker Art Gallery, ‘British art 1880-1950′, is opening again on Friday. It will showcase pieces from our collections including works by LS Lowry and Lucian Freud, plus many works which have never been on display before!

I had a chat with our curator of British art, Laura MacCulloch, who told me more about what you can expect to see there:

Tell me about the different types of works which are being brought together in this room?
 
This work brings together paintings, sculptures and works on paper with furniture and ceramics all made between 1880 and 1950.  It’s a really exciting period to explore as artists begin to break away from the traditional, Victorian ideas about art and experiment with styles, colours and techniques. It’s great to be able to show fine and decoratvie arts together because it shows how artists working in all media experimented.
 
How does this room differ from the more ‘standard’ rooms of paintings in the Walker?
 
We are aiming to give our visitors more of the context surrounding the art. Between 1880 and 1950 there were huge political and social upheavals brought on by two world wars and increasing industrialisation. We have created an interactive timeline which includes lots of information and images relating to key historical and art historical events. There is more information on the timeline than we could ever fit on a label. Read more…

An unforgettable members’ event!

21 March 2011 by Lisa

Those who have joined our membership scheme often get the chance to experience exclusive events at our venues. Here is a review of one such event by members Gordon Collinson and Anne Roberts:


Woman at a podium talking to an audience

Deputy director of art galleries, Sandra Penketh, opens the members’ event

We are members of the National Museums Liverpool membership scheme and attended Christopher Wright’s talk entitled, ‘A Collector’s Eye – Cranach to Pissarro’, at the Walker Art Gallery. We certainly had our cultural palates stimulated to an unprecedented degree.

The evening got off to a good start with a welcoming complimentary drink in the gallery café, which always gets people into a receptive mood!  We then went into the exhibition space where we were welcomed by Sandra Penketh, who gave us a very good introduction to the talk and our invited speaker. Read more…

Video gives sneak preview of new exhibition

2 February 2011 by Lisa

Detail of a portrait of a pale woman with red lips looking upwards

A detail of ‘St Lucy’ by Vouet – one of the paintings featured in the exhibition 
© David Lewis family interests

We’ve just released a new video to give you all a sneak preview of our upcoming exhibition ‘A Collector’s Eye: Cranach to Pissarro’, opening on Friday 18 February at the Walker Art Gallery! 

Our video gives a taste of what’s going to be on display and lets you ‘zoom in’ and get closer to some of the paintings.

The exhibition will show the changing tastes of prolific art collector, David Lewis and his family. Expect to see serene landscapes by Sisley, a dramatic battle scene by Rubens and stunning portraits like the Vouet work pictured above.

If you want to see the exhibition before everyone else, then enter our Twitter competition! Up for grabs are 3 pairs of tickets to the private view of the exhibition at the Walker on Thursday 17 February. Read more…

Win our latest exhibition catalogue

27 January 2011 by Karen

Book cover

The ‘A Collector’s Eye’ catalogue

Just a few weeks to the opening of the next must-see exhibition at the Walker, ‘A Collector’s Eye: Cranach to Pissarro’. Old Masters like Rubens, El Greco, Delacroix and Cranach are included alongside Impressionists such as Pissarro and Sisley in a tour of five centuries of art.

If you can’t make it to the exhibition, fancy doing a bit of reading in advance or just can’t wait to visit, then the accompanying catalogue is for you. All of the exhibition works are featured, each with its own double page spread, and at £9.99 it’s a snip at twice the price. Read more…

Painting History

23 November 2010 by Laura

One of the things I love most about the John Moores Painting Prize is the convincing way it demonstrates just how versatile painting is. In its 53 year history it has brought a wildly varied selection of paintings to our attention. It is not just the subject or themes of the images that differ but also the way the artists use the materials and the act of painting itself.

A talk by John Moores exhibitor Sigrid Holmwood last week was a fascinating insight into an artist whose dedication to detail and accuracy goes beyond the usual expectations. 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…