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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…

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…

When Elisabeth Vigée Le Brun met Emma Hamilton

15 April 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…

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…

Simeon Solomon’s ‘Mystery of Faith’

6 April 2016 by Lisa

Mystery of Faith', Simeon Solomon.

‘Mystery of Faith’, Simeon Solomon.

Pride and Prejudice Project Researcher, Lynn Wray, gives her opinion on why Simeon Solomon’s ‘Mystery of Faith’, best encapsulates the spirit of ‘Beauty and Rebellion’ in the Walker Art Gallery’s exhibition exploring Liverpool’s role in the Pre-Raphaelite movement.

“Simeon Solomon was both famously beautiful and infamously rebellious. Born in London in 1840, he became particularly attracted to Christian themes despite his Jewish upbringing. Read more…

Lady Hamilton restored and rediscovered

30 March 2016 by David Crombie

Lady Hamilton's face

Detail of Lady Hamilton’s face from the painting, after conservation.

In summer 2015 Élisabeth Louise Vigée Le Brun’s painting Lady Hamilton as a Bacchante from the Lady Lever Art Gallery was conserved by Kristina Mandy. Kristina joined National Museums Liverpool as a paintings conservator on a six month contract from May to November 2015. She describes her work on the painting, which you can now see back on display at the Lady Lever Art Gallery:

“During my contract at National Museums Liverpool I had the fantastic opportunity to conserve this beautiful portrait of Lady Hamilton from the early 1790s. Read more…



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