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Whet your appetite for Liverpool Light Night

12 May 2010 by davidl

Accordionist Helen Maher brought some distinctive French style to the Walker Art Gallery today as filming took place for an item on tonight’s edition of BBC North-West Tonight (or ‘Nord-ouest ce soir’ if you like) for the upcoming exhibition High Kicks and Low Life: Toulouse-Lautrec prints, which opens this Friday.

A woman playing an accordion in a gallery with classical statues and sculptures

Accordionist Helen Maher in the Sculpture Gallery of the Walker Art Gallery © National Museums Liverpool

Helen will be just one of the many musicians taking part in a special Musicians’ Gallery as part of Art à la Carte, the Walker Art Gallery’s event as part of Liverpool Light Night 2010.

The French-themed event will also include the band Deadbelgian with tributes to Jacques Brel, jazz from Snake Oil Jass, and the Liverpool Guitar Society with music by the quintessential French composers Debussy, Satie and Ravel.

Visitors to Light Night at the Walker will be amongst the first to see the new Toulouse-Lautrec exhibition, along with being able to browse all of the Walker’s galleries, go on gallery tours, listen to French and English poetry readings and have French food in the Walker café. Download the full programme (pdf).

The gallery will be open until 10.30pm and admission is free. Vous y voir! Read more…

February’s caption competition

4 February 2010 by Lisa

Painting of a man and a woman sitting by a table full of food.

What caption do you think fits?

Unless you are from Mars, you are probably aware that Valentines Day is coming up and to mark it I’ve chosen perhaps a slightly anti-romantic image for this month’s competition! Well things do get a bit too sickly-sweet this time of year don’t they?

So let’s go against all of that with this painting by Robert Walker Macbeth, called ‘Our first tiff’, which hangs in the Walker Art Gallery

To enter the competition, post a comment below to tell us what you think the caption should be for this image. The caption we think is funniest/quirkiest/most inventive will win this month’s prize! Read more…

Why slavery?

25 January 2010 by stepheng

painting of sailing ships in the Mersey with Liverpool in the background

‘A view of Liverpool’ by Henry Freeman James from Merseyside Maritime Museum

I find the subject of slavery deeply disturbing and the more we find out about its workings, the greater the sense of disbelief.

It is astonishing that misery, disease and death could be imposed upon other human beings on such a vast scale. There are many important lessons to be learnt from the slave trade.  

The native peoples of the Americas and Caribbean were profoundly affected or exterminated and their cultures largely destroyed following the arrival of Europeans. Read more…

Get inspired…at the Walker

5 October 2009 by Lisa

Man revealing a t-shirt with 'heroes and heroines' on it

What sort of paintings inspire you? Those with flame-haired Pre-Raphaelite muses or striking 20th century works?

National Poetry Day is on Thursday 8 October and we want you to be involved! Get inspired by a painting at the Walker Art Gallery, write a poem about it and send it to us. 

We’ll publish a selection of them on the website and pick one winning poem. The winner can choose one poetry book from the ones listed below:

The theme for this year’s National Poetry Day is ‘heroes and heroines’, so we have put together a selection of paintings that we think fit in with this idea. These range from ‘Dante’s Dream’ by Dante Gabriel Rossetti to ‘Pin Up 1963 – For Francis Bacon’ by Sam Walsh. So now it’s your turn to look through our selected paintings and get inspired! Read more…

Eye disease and the artist

13 April 2007 by Lisa

Just seen this interesting article on the Stanford University School of Medicine site. An ophthalmologist there is interested in the relationship between art and eye disease – he’s even written a couple of books on the subject. He’s now gone one step further and recreated artworks as the artist would have seen them, suggesting that the work we see now isn’t what the artist intended. He’s concentrated on Degas and Monet because, as he explains, they had well documented conditions, and has put together a slide show of what he thinks they would have seen – it’s pretty interesting. Read more…