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International Women’s Day 2018: Celebrating Sisters

8 March 2018 by Nicola Scott

It’s International Women’s Day 2018, and I’m reflecting on the achievements of British artist sisters, Amrit and Rabindra Kaur Singh, and how the twins celebrate women throughout history in their latest exhibition: ‘Slaves of Fashion: New Works by The Singh Twins’.

The Singh Twins

The Singh Twins © Pete Carr

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The art of love

13 February 2018 by Ann Bukantas

Love threads its way though many of the artworks in the Walker Art Gallery’s collection, and across the years, artists have explored the themes of romance, passion and heartbreak in paintings. Let’s go find a little love this Valentine’s Day, and see how different artists have tackled the subject across the centuries.

Dante’s Dream

Dante's Dream by Dante Gabriel Rossetti, 1871

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Hidden treasures on display for the first time at the Walker

5 February 2018 by Nicola Scott

Slaves of Fashion: New Works by The Singh Twins has just opened at the Walker Art Gallery, and thanks to this unique collaboration between National Museums Liverpool and The Singh Twins, you can see some star objects that have never been on display before!

It is not new for artists to take inspiration from museum collections, but what is different is the extent of The Singh Twins’ research. They have viewed hundreds of objects, which have contributed to many ideas for their artworks.

We began in 2014 when I planned a visit to our stores with the artists. The exhibition tells stories from the history of Indian textiles, so I was looking for items made in India or inspired by Indian design. I was thrilled to discover exquisite hand-embroidered pieces and stunning, woven shawls – I realised these had never before been seen by the public. The Singh Twins went on to work with colleagues in other departments too. The objects they discovered have informed some of the main themes for their artworks, and you can see many referenced within the actual artworks themselves! I was delighted to put some of these on display for the first time in Slaves of Fashion.

A selection of our textiles, jewellery and books on display for the first time

Shawl or ‘Phulkari’, India 19th century


Shawl or ‘Phulkari’, India 19th century

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The grid is the thing

5 February 2018 by Ann Bukantas

Noel Forster’s A Painting in Six Stages with a Silk Triangle (detail)

What unites the paintings in our new display of past John Moores Painting Prize winners since 1957 is of course the fact that they have all won the UK’s most prestigious painting prize, which is celebrating its 60th anniversary this year. But across this diverse group of canvases from different decades, other common links start to emerge, and this week we have mostly been spotting the variety of grids in the room!

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A fashion statement

18 December 2017 by Mannika Dhadwal

We’re super excited to announce that The Singh Twins will be exhibiting their new works Slaves of Fashion at the Walker Art Gallery, opening January 19 – 20 May.

Exploring the history of Indian textiles, Empire, enslavement and luxury consumerism, and the contemporary relevance of these issues in the world today, the exhibition focuses on the relationship between Britain and India. Hidden details of Europe’s colonial past and its legacies are uncovered, including current debates around ethical trade and responsible consumerism.

Paintings by The Singh Twins

Left Indigo: The Colour of India                          Right The King is Dead: Long Live the King ©The Singh Twins: www.singhtwins.co.uk

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Victorian Treasures: to Japan and back

11 January 2017 by Alex Patterson

Victorian Treasures is a new exhibition at the Walker Art Gallery featuring some of the world’s most famous 19th– and early 20th– century Pre-Raphaelite and Romantic paintings. It’s been a long time in the making and has traveled thousands of miles already – from Liverpool to Japan and back…. Read more…

Focus on: Viscountess Folkstone

10 November 2016 by Megan

sudley2blogThe conservation treatment of Gainsborough’s Viscountess Folkestone during the refurbishment of Sudley House (2007) provided an ideal opportunity to examine the materials and technique of this remarkable portrait. Read more…

Art and the Sea gallery rehang now on display

29 April 2016 by Sam Vaux

Painting of Vittoria Docks in Birkenhead, Wirral

Vittoria Docks, Birkenhead, Wirral, 1919, John Worsley © the artist’s estate

The Art and the Sea gallery at the Merseyside Maritime Museum has been a hive of activity this week with a rehang of a collection of fourteen maritime paintings; some from the existing collection or only rarely displayed, and one which hasn’t been on public display before. Curator of Maritime Art, Rebecca Smith reveals the history behind some of these works.

Liverpool in its heyday caused it to be regarded as a mecca for those with maritime aspirations of any sort’, Sam Davidson, maritime art historian

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Exploring artistic process and practice

23 October 2015 by Alison

Caroline Walker (artist) standing in front of 'Consulting the Oracle' painting

Caroline Walker with her painting ‘Consulting the Oracle’ (detail), 2013. © Caroline Walker. Private collection

We recently spoke to artist Caroline Walker whose paintings ‘Consulting the Oracle’ (2013) and ‘Illuminations’ (2012) are currently on display as part of REALITY: Modern and Contemporary British Painting. We were interested in finding out more about the artistic practice behind Caroline’s work, which we hope will inspire other artists. Read more…

Designing our online collections

3 September 2015 by Lynn

Our new design.

Our new design.

Tibetan robes, watercolours, Egyptian mummies and frogs – what do they have in common? They’re all part of our vast and varied collections!

We’ve been looking at how we can present the items from our collections, better online. Because we have such diverse collections, it’s really difficult to find a single way to do this. As well as decorative and fine art collections, we have collections of insects, birds, plants, social history, medals, ships, models, maritime archives and items associated with slavery. And that’s just some of them! Read more…



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