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Picasso exhibition beats visitor target

29 November 2016 by Andrew Bullock

Visitor Viewing 'Still Life under the Lamp'

© Gareth Jones

We are delighted that the Picasso linocuts exhibition at the Lady Lever Art Gallery has beaten its visitor target over a month before it is due to close.

Nearly 75,000 people have visited the exhibition, which features 17 large linocuts by Pablo Picasso, almost 3,000 more than our target. This makes it one of the most popular exhibitions that we have shown in the gallery. Read more…

Pride and Prejudice – we need you

23 November 2016 by Matt

logoPride and Prejudice: Bringing stories out of the closet is a groudbreaking project to reveal the sometimes hidden LGBT histories of objects held at National Museums Liverpool’s art galleries and the Museum of Liverpool. The results of what the team have uncovered can be found on the project web pages, with more to be added at the end of this month.

A two year project, there is still much to come in the next 12 months.

In the next few weeks, there are two opportunities to meet the team at the Walker Art Gallery on 30 November, and the Museum of Liverpool  on 10 December. Come and find out what’s planned for 2017 and see how you can get involved.

Read more…

Four more reasons to visit the Lady Lever Art Gallery

2 November 2016 by Jo Keenan

young boy with a backpack looking at art gallery displays

Explore the Gallery with a ‘When I was little’ backpack © Pete Carr

The Education team at the Lady Lever Art Gallery have launched new resources for family visitors as part of our Heritage Lottery Funded project work.

The resources link to the recently refurbished South End galleries and are free to borrow from the Welcome Desk on arrival.  Read more…

Remembering the past with tea and biscuits!

26 October 2016 by Ann

Jill and a visitor enjoying a recent Remembering the past session.

Jill and a visitor enjoying a recent Remembering the past session.

Remembering the past is a series of free events for older people where you can enjoy a nostalgic look back at the past with our Visitor Hosts.  Each session has a different theme and everyone is welcome to pop in for a cup of tea and a chat.

You can come on your own and make new friends or bring a friend with you.  There’s no need to book and refreshments are free so drop in and join us. If you want to speak to us ahead of your visit, call our education team on 0151 478 4143. Read more…

Five reasons to celebrate Picasso’s 135th birthday!

25 October 2016 by Laura

Womand and man

Picasso and Jaqueline © Forget, Patrick SAGAPHOTO.COM Alamy Stock Photo

It was on this day 135 years ago that Pablo Picasso was born in Malaga, Spain. A prodigious artist from the start, he went on to become the most influential European artist of the 20th Century.

So, in honour of the great man’s big day, here are five reasons why Picasso is still an artistic force to be reckoned with. Read more…

Pre-Raphaelite women – fashion inspirations

10 October 2016 by Scott Smith

A visitor who looks like a Pre-Raphaelite looking at Pre-Raphaelite paintings

A visitor finds her inspiration in a Pre-Raphaelite painting from the Lady Lever collection!

Why not come and see some of the original fashion pioneers – the women of the Pre-Raphaelites in Walker Art Gallery, Lady Lever and Sudley House. Read more…

Carry the Lady Lever Art Gallery in your pocket with our new app

13 September 2016 by Ann

Lady Lever Art Gallery app

Lady Lever Art Gallery app

As part of the consultation period prior to the redevelopment of the Lady Lever Art Gallery’s  South End galleries we asked visitors about how they would like to see Lord Lever’s collections interpreted.  We were keen to explore the use of technology in our displays but were mindful that many people were wary of too much intervention wanting to keep the galleries as they were. However, 99% of those surveyed said that they owned a smartphone and 71% were interested in a venue app and would consider downloading one.

We set to work planning how we could enhance a visit to the Gallery using digital content but not at the expense of the physical experience and so it was decided to develop a simple app which gave visitors, particularly families, an alternative method of exploring the collections in the new galleries and in the comfort of their own homes.

 

Read more…

Getting dressed in the 18th century

3 August 2016 by Lynn

Mrs Paine and her Daughters (1975), Sir Joshua Reynolds (c) National Museums Liverpool

Mrs Paine and her Daughters (1975), Sir Joshua Reynolds (c) National Museums Liverpool

Costume curator Pauline Rushton explores what it was like for women to get dressed in the 18th century.

“Getting ourselves dressed in the morning is one of the everyday things we all take for granted, along with brushing our hair and our teeth. But what would it feel like to have someone else dress you every day? In the 18th century, provided you had enough money and could afford to pay servants, that would be the norm, especially if you were a woman. In any case, clothes could be so complicated that you wouldn’t be able to get into them easily without someone else’s assistance. Ideas about privacy and intimacy were different then too – it was normal to be touched by a servant if they were helping you wash or dress.

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When Elisabeth Vigée Le Brun met Emma Hamilton

9 July 2016 by Xanthe

painting of a woman holding a tambourine

‘Lady Hamilton as a Bacchante’ by Elisabeth-Louise Vigée Le Brun

We know quite a lot about Vigée Le Brun’s portrait of Emma Hamilton, and what she thought of Emma, because in the mid 1820s, towards the end of a long painting career of more than 50 years, she decided to write up her diaries and publish them as memoirs in 1836-37.

Vigée first met Emma when the artist arrived in Naples in 1790, having fled Paris with her 9 year old daughter, at the start of the French Revolution in 1789. Vigée was given refuge by the Queen of Naples, the sister of the French Queen Marie-Antoinette, whose favourite portrait painter was Vigée. When she fled Paris she left her art-dealer husband, Jean-Baptiste Le Brun, behind to protect the family house and studio contents. He was later forced by the French Revolutionary government to divorce her to retain their property. She spent the next 12 years travelling around the courts of continental Europe visiting cities in Italy, Austria and Russia, making a successful living by painting portraits of royalty, aristocrats and their courtiers.  Read more…

A teacher’s view at the Lady Lever Art Gallery

8 July 2016 by Ann

Warm up drawing exercises on gallery in a Draw to Explore sessionAre you an Early Years practitioner or Primary or Secondary teacher? Why not start the next academic year by joining the Education team at the Lady Lever Art Gallery in Port Sunlight on Wednesday 7 September, 4 – 6pm for our Teachers’ view event Read more…



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