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Maritime Tales – Bomb Blitz

1 November 2011 by stepheng

Painting of burning city.

Image courtesy of Liverpool Daily Post & Echo

In the early 1950s we spent our holidays at Llandonna, Anglesey, and locals would describe seeing Liverpool burning 50 miles away across the sea during the Blitz.

Whenever I look at this spectacular painting I am reminded of the vivid stories and how even distant communities felt involved.

The Liverpool Blitz brought the Battle of the Atlantic home to everyone when German bombing raids cost thousands of lives and brought huge amounts of destruction.

Although the docks were the main targets, enormous damage was caused to city and residential areas on both sides of the River Mersey. Four thousand people were killed and a similar number seriously injured. Read more…

Paintings show Liverpool’s changing waterfront

17 June 2011 by Sam

painting of large ship by the iconic Pier Head buildings

‘Aureol in the Mersey’ by John Stobart (MMM.2007.48.12) Reproduced with permission of the artist.

This week six new paintings have gone on display in Merseyside Maritime Museum’s Art and the Sea gallery, highlighting the transformation of Liverpool’s waterfront between 1680 and 1957. Curator of maritime history Ian Murphy chose this painting by John Stobart as a highlight of the display, and explains why here:


 
This new display gives visitors a chance to see some of the incredible paintings in the collection that show 300 years of the Mersey as the bustling highway for one of the world’s great ports. The changing views of the waterfront give an historic context for this year’s events, as the Liver Building celebrates its centenary and the Museum of Liverpool opens. Read more…

Exhibition catalogue special offer

12 May 2011 by Karen

Cover of a book

A Collector’s Eye exhibition catalogue

Alas, the end is near, but Friday’s Light Night evening at the Walker is an ideal opportunity to catch the A Collector’s Eye: Cranach to Pissarro exhibition before it finishes this Sunday.

And as if that wasn’t news enough, the rather excellent exhibition catalogue, featuring all of the exhibition paintings in full-page, glorious technicolour, will be on special offer. It’ll be a snip at £5, which considering it was superb value at £9.99 makes this a steal. 

This special offer will be available in our shop from Friday, and also through our online shopRead more…

Show Me the Walker

6 May 2011 by stepheng

Two male and one female competition judges

The three judges take a break.

 

I’m looking forward to BBC 2 screening Show Me the Monet from this Monday after organising and supervising the marathon filming sessions over a January weekend.

 

A film crew filled three of our galleries at the rear of the Walker Art Gallery to film this competition show being screened at 5.15 pm every weekday night from Monday 9 May to Friday 20 May.

 

In a nutshell it involves artists being grilled about their artworks by three critics – David Lee, Charlotte Mullins and Roy Bolton (pictured left to right). The aim is to be included in an exclusive exhibition at the Royal College of Art, next to London’s Albert Hall. Read more…

Theological reflections

24 March 2011 by Alison

Last week our guest blogger Jack Poland visited the Museum of Liverpool, this week he visited the Walker Art Gallery. Jack heard Canon Jules Gomes on Radio Merseyside’s Daybreak talking about the religious art in ‘A Collector’s Eye: Cranach to Pissarro’ and went over to take a look himself.  


Canon Jules Gomes, of the Liverpool Anglican Cathedral, was at the Walker Art Gallery this week in his first of four theological reflections on the Collector’s Eye: Cranach to Pissarro exhibition. The discussions took place for BBC Radio Merseyside’s Daybreak as we approach Easter, focussing on a single painting each week. Read more…

British art gets a make-over at the Walker

21 March 2011 by Lisa

It’s a very exciting week this week as the newly refurbished room at the Walker Art Gallery, ‘British art 1880-1950′, is opening again on Friday. It will showcase pieces from our collections including works by LS Lowry and Lucian Freud, plus many works which have never been on display before!

I had a chat with our curator of British art, Laura MacCulloch, who told me more about what you can expect to see there:

Tell me about the different types of works which are being brought together in this room?
 
This work brings together paintings, sculptures and works on paper with furniture and ceramics all made between 1880 and 1950.  It’s a really exciting period to explore as artists begin to break away from the traditional, Victorian ideas about art and experiment with styles, colours and techniques. It’s great to be able to show fine and decoratvie arts together because it shows how artists working in all media experimented.
 
How does this room differ from the more ‘standard’ rooms of paintings in the Walker?
 
We are aiming to give our visitors more of the context surrounding the art. Between 1880 and 1950 there were huge political and social upheavals brought on by two world wars and increasing industrialisation. We have created an interactive timeline which includes lots of information and images relating to key historical and art historical events. There is more information on the timeline than we could ever fit on a label. Read more…

An unforgettable members’ event!

21 March 2011 by Lisa

Those who have joined our membership scheme often get the chance to experience exclusive events at our venues. Here is a review of one such event by members Gordon Collinson and Anne Roberts:


Woman at a podium talking to an audience

Deputy director of art galleries, Sandra Penketh, opens the members’ event

We are members of the National Museums Liverpool membership scheme and attended Christopher Wright’s talk entitled, ‘A Collector’s Eye – Cranach to Pissarro’, at the Walker Art Gallery. We certainly had our cultural palates stimulated to an unprecedented degree.

The evening got off to a good start with a welcoming complimentary drink in the gallery café, which always gets people into a receptive mood!  We then went into the exhibition space where we were welcomed by Sandra Penketh, who gave us a very good introduction to the talk and our invited speaker. Read more…

Chinese Artists

14 March 2011 by stepheng

Chinese painting of sailing ship.

Image courtesy of Liverpool Daily Post & Echo

I like the way Chinese artists have depicted the West over the centuries, particularly on ceramics and canvas.

Their work shows a fine delicacy which is charming as well as inspirational. Chinese marine art perhaps lacks the sense of movement captured by European artists but I am drawn in by the incredible technical detail.

A number of Chinese artists worked in Far East ports specialising in ship portraits for Western captains.

Several fine examples from the period 1850 to 1910 are on display in Merseyside Maritime Museum’s Art & the Sea gallery. Read more…

Raise your mugs to Mrs Mounter

10 February 2011 by Laura

When you have your first ‘cuppa’ tomorrow morning you might want to give a little thought to one of the Walker Art Gallery’s best-loved paintings.

Mrs Mounter painting

Mrs Mounter by Harold Gilman painted around 1916/17

‘Mrs Mounter’ is by the British artist Harold Gilman who was born 11 Feb 1876, 135 years ago tomorrow.

Gilman was a founder member of the Camden Town Group, an influential London artist collective formed at the start of the 20th century.

‘Mrs Mounter’ is a colourful portrait of Gilman’s landlady. The charming depiction of the elderly woman in her distinctive red head scarf, sat at a table with an un-matching tea set, is really popular with our youngest visitors. In fact to view the painting on a week day during term time you will often have to look over the heads of an excited school party! Read more…

Video gives sneak preview of new exhibition

2 February 2011 by Lisa

Detail of a portrait of a pale woman with red lips looking upwards

A detail of ‘St Lucy’ by Vouet – one of the paintings featured in the exhibition 
© David Lewis family interests

We’ve just released a new video to give you all a sneak preview of our upcoming exhibition ‘A Collector’s Eye: Cranach to Pissarro’, opening on Friday 18 February at the Walker Art Gallery! 

Our video gives a taste of what’s going to be on display and lets you ‘zoom in’ and get closer to some of the paintings.

The exhibition will show the changing tastes of prolific art collector, David Lewis and his family. Expect to see serene landscapes by Sisley, a dramatic battle scene by Rubens and stunning portraits like the Vouet work pictured above.

If you want to see the exhibition before everyone else, then enter our Twitter competition! Up for grabs are 3 pairs of tickets to the private view of the exhibition at the Walker on Thursday 17 February. Read more…

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