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Sheep and Lambs celebrate their 150th birthday at Sudley!

21 September 2016 by Simon Birtall

painting of sheep in a field

‘Sheep and Lambs’ by Rosa Bonheur, currently on display at Sudley House

One of the joys of working at, and visiting, Sudley House is the chance to see, nestling amongst paintings by the likes of Turner, Gainsborough and Reynolds, paintings by a number of 19th century artists less familiar to the average visitor, but whose work and personal stories I often find both surprising and inspiring.

George Holt, the 19th century ship owner and philanthropist whose collection of artwork Sudley is home to, saw it as his duty to support contemporary British artists. 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.

 

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The allure of Mary Wollstonecraft

10 August 2016 by Andrew

John Williamson's portrait of Mary Wollstonecraft

John Williamson’s portrait of Mary Wollstonecraft

What is it about the Walker Art Gallery’s portrait of 18th century feminist visionary Mary Wollstonecraft that warrants its inclusion in our pioneering new LGBT project Pride and Prejudice? In this blog, art historians Camilla Mørk Røstvik and Lucy Johnson explain why it is so important that this particular painting is brought ‘out of the closet’ and given greater visibility.

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Talk Tuesday: John Moores 2016 artist, Nicholas Middleton

29 July 2016 by Lisa

Nicholas at the John Moores 2016 exhibition.

Nicholas at the John Moores 2016 exhibition.

What inspires our John Moores Painting Prize artists? Nicholas Middleton is an artist who has been selected five times for the John Moores over the past 12 years – this year his painting ‘Figures in an Arch’ has been chosen for the exhibition.

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 2 August. Read more…

“The limitations of painting I find quite beautiful” – Michael Simpson, first prizewinner, John Moores 2016

15 July 2016 by Lisa

Artist Michael Simpson (right), receives the £25,000 first prize from juror Ansel Krut.

Artist Michael Simpson (right), receives the £25,000 first prize from juror Ansel Krut.

Last week was one of the most exciting of the year for the Walker Art Gallery, with the announcement of the winner of the prestigious John Moores Painting Prize. Read more…

“I try to paint almost every day” – artist interview, Ira Hoffecker

11 July 2016 by Lisa

Ira Hoffecker

Ira Hoffecker

We’ve got an exciting program of events planned for the John Moores Painting Prize 2016 and we’re kicking it all off  with our Talk Tuesday series.

This Tuesday we’ll have an artist talk by Ira Hoffecker, whose work ‘Camp Moschendorf II’ explores “…the dark Nazi history of Germany”. Find out a little more about the artist and her way of working in this guest blog and don’t miss Ira’s talk at 1pm on Tuesday 12 July, at the Walker Art Gallery. Read more…

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…

Watch live! John Moores Painting Prize winner announcement

5 July 2016 by Lisa

John Moores Painting Prize 2016Excitement is building as our team gears up for the announcement of the overall winner of the John Moores Painting Prize at the Walker Art Gallery on Thursday 7 July.

Painters submitted work in their thousands and it’s hard to believe that it is now down to just five shortlisted artists, one of which will win the overall prize of £25,000. Read more…

Hillsborough tributes join Museum of Liverpool collection

14 April 2016 by Laura

Two people and painting

Artist Christian Hook and actress Sue Johnston with the painting

Two new objects, which have recently joined the Museum of Liverpool’s collection, have gone on display to mark the 27th anniversary of the Hillsborough tragedy (15 April). Read more…

Diverse, thought provoking and celebratory – curating the John Moores Painting Prize

11 April 2016 by Lisa

Jurors discussing the paintings during stage 2.

Jurors discussing the paintings during stage 2.

The final stage of judging for the John Moores Painting Prize drew to a close last week, so I caught up with artist and juror Phoebe Unwin, to get an insight into the judging and her thoughts on the final exhibition:

What has it been like for you during the final stage of judging?

It was a full-on couple of days, looking long and hard at each work… I don’t think I have ever been in a room surrounded by so many paintings! Read more…



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