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Kimono Tales by Keiko Gordon

18 August 2017 by Cath Hurley

Keiko, age 3 in her first kimono

Keiko Gordon will be delivering kimono demonstrations at the Lady Lever Art Gallery at 2pm on 2nd and 16th September as part of our Edo Pop: Japanese print exhibition programme. Pre-booking is essential and tickets will be available from our Eventbrite page from 21 August.

Keiko’s beautiful handmade accessories, which are made from kimonos are on sale in the Gallery shop.

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Illustrator Sally-Anne Hickman talks Manga

25 July 2017 by Cath Hurley

Manga Girls by Sally-Anne Hickman

Sally-Anne Hickman is an illustrator who began creating comics in 2001.

She will be delivering two Manga workshops for young people aged 13 years + and adults at the Gallery on 6 August and 9 September as part of the Edo Pop: Japanese Prints exhibition.

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The sun always shines at National Museums Liverpool!

24 July 2017 by Megan

Six long weeks to fill and entertain the kids is looming. But National Museums Liverpool has a fun-filled summer of events and activities planned for the whole family so there is no excuse to feel bored!

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Shiranui Koemon: The grand champion Sumo wrestler

18 July 2017 by Frank Milner

Print of Shiranui Koemon ,the 11th Yokosuna

I’m very fond of certain Sumo wrestling prints -I especially like this one which shows Shiranui Koemon ,the 11th Yokosuna or Grand Champion (in the middle). He’s crossing the Sumida River in the city of Edo (now Tokyo) on his way to the Eko-in Temple where he going to fight. Read more…

Experiencing Japan’s Tanabata Festival

Colourful paper strips with wishes on them - part of the Tanabatta festival

Lady Lever volunteer Corrina Ellis tells us about her experiences of the Japanese Tanabata Festival.
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The Edo Fireman: A tattooed urban street hero

4 July 2017 by Frank Milner

Fireman Kunichika Japanese firefighters figure big in 19th century woodblock prints produced in the city of Edo (later Tokyo) between 1860 and 1890. Read more…

Listen impossible – making the Lady Lever even more interesting

3 July 2017 by Dave Moffat

Lady Lever Art Gallery

Lady Lever Art Gallery © Pete Carr

It’s often difficult to improve on something which is already amazing.  Even before the recent redevelopment of the south end galleries, the Lady Lever was a truly beautiful and inspiring place to visit.  A magnificent collection of objects, some incredible paintings, furniture and ceramics, housed in a purpose built gallery, situated in an idyllic village.

We’ve had plenty of positive feedback from our visitors about the redevelopment and we’re very proud of what we’ve accomplished.

How could you make all that, better?

Well, another  way we help our visitors engage with our collections is through our audio guides.  Read more…

Six things to shop during Edo Pop

21 June 2017 by Eleanor Webster

edo pop japanese crackleglaze bowl

Japanese crackleglaze bowl, £11

Last month the eagerly anticipated Edo Pop exhibition launched at Lady Lever Art Gallery, bringing to life the energy and spirit of 19th century Edo (now Tokyo) through a collection of 50 woodblock prints.  Loaned from local collector Frank Milner, the vibrant and colourful prints were ‘mass produced’ by hand by leading printmakers such as Kuniyoshi, Kunisada and Kunichika, and were very sought after by fans of Edo’s popular culture. Read more…

A personal introduction to Edo Pop.

14 June 2017 by Frank Milner

Man

Frank Milner

I have been collecting Japanese woodblock prints for over 40 years . To begin with I saw prints like these as reproductions in books about French Impressionist pictures Read more…

Half-term highlights

23 May 2017 by Megan

 

Family crafts

Half-term is fast approaching and National Museums Liverpool has a fantastic range of activities to keep the little ones busy. Read more…



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