Posts tagged with 'poetry'
16 March 2012 by Lucy
Tomorrow is one of my favourite days of the year (except for Christmas and Derby Day). It’s St Patrick’s Day, and if you’re not in Ireland, Liverpool really is one of the best places to celebrate.
The early 19th Century saw half a million Irish people settle in the city, and the country’s music and culture has thrived here ever since. So much so, that we have our own Irish Festival, which takes place in October each year. Read more…
The latest exhibition at the Museum of Liverpool, Liverpool Doors, combines the creative talents of Poetry Society President Roger McGough, book binder and artist Mark Cockram and the students at Liverpool John Moores University, to magical effect. The instalation of doors from across the city – transformed by the team and covered in verse, random objects and lashings of humour – has been described as delightful, “amusing, engaging and very Liverpool” by Seven Streets.
The exhibition opens at 10am today and there is a special gallery talk by Mark Cockram at 2pm.
There will also be a special Private View at the Museum of Liverpool to celebrate the opening on the evening of Thursday 1 March and we have five pairs of tickets to give away. To be in with a chance of winning, just fill in your details on this contact form and send it to us by the closing date – Wednesday 29 February at 12noon. Read more…
Here is the Senior Education Manager for all our art galleries, Nicky Fawcett, to tell us about some of the important community work that goes on at Sudley House…
Sudley House has been providing a safe and welcoming setting for a range of people dealing with mental health issues for a while now. We have developed an ongoing partnership with Mersey Care NHS Trust and every year they use our Learning Suite to deliver a series of art projects for those who use their services. Two of the facilitators of the group are Sue Williams and Steve Rooney – from TAG (The Artists Group). We also worked with them on an exhibition called ‘unfolding’ in 2008. This featured amazing paper sculptures inspired by their work with former patients of the Brain Injury Rehabilitation Centre at Mossley Hill Hospital.
Our Visitor Services staff at Sudley House do a great job in supporting the group and we always aim to exhibit the work produced. Last week we held an event to celebrate a mini costume display that you can see in the picture above. Ralph Killey was part of this group and spoke passionately about how much the project had helped him. He wrote a fantastic poem, which I’d like to share with you, below. Ralph also has a slot reading his work on the Linda Mac show on Radio Merseyside every month.
Our Painting Session. Where’s my Depression? Read more…
12 May 2010 by David
Accordionist Helen Maher brought some distinctive French style to the Walker Art Gallery today as filming took place for an item on tonight’s edition of BBC North-West Tonight (or ‘Nord-ouest ce soir’ if you like) for the upcoming exhibition High Kicks and Low Life: Toulouse-Lautrec prints, which opens this Friday.
Helen will be just one of the many musicians taking part in a special Musicians’ Gallery as part of Art à la Carte, the Walker Art Gallery’s event as part of Liverpool Light Night 2010.
The French-themed event will also include the band Deadbelgian with tributes to Jacques Brel, jazz from Snake Oil Jass, and the Liverpool Guitar Society with music by the quintessential French composers Debussy, Satie and Ravel.
Visitors to Light Night at the Walker will be amongst the first to see the new Toulouse-Lautrec exhibition, along with being able to browse all of the Walker’s galleries, go on gallery tours, listen to French and English poetry readings and have French food in the Walker café. Download the full programme (pdf).
The gallery will be open until 10.30pm and admission is free. Vous y voir! Read more…
5 October 2009 by Lisa
What sort of paintings inspire you? Those with flame-haired Pre-Raphaelite muses or striking 20th century works?
We’ll publish a selection of them on the website and pick one winning poem. The winner can choose one poetry book from the ones listed below:
- ‘Rapture’ by Carol Ann Duffy (hardback)
- ‘The Mersey Sound’ by Roger McGough, Brian Patten and Adrian Henri (paperback)
- ‘Andraste’s Hair’ by Eleanor Rees (hardback)
The theme for this year’s National Poetry Day is ‘heroes and heroines’, so we have put together a selection of paintings that we think fit in with this idea. These range from ‘Dante’s Dream’ by Dante Gabriel Rossetti to ‘Pin Up 1963 – For Francis Bacon’ by Sam Walsh. So now it’s your turn to look through our selected paintings and get inspired! Read more…
9 October 2008 by Lisa
Yes, today is National Poetry Day and the theme this year is work! Not too sure how inspiring that is as a subject, however, the aim of this day is to get poems into places you may not normally expect to find them. This might be; on toilet doors, on trains, on tablecloths in cafés and anywhere else that a poem will fit!
Here at the Walker Art Gallery, we have a free poetry workshop today from 2-4pm, with local writer Gladys Mary Coles. She will be taking a group of visitors around the gallery to hopefully get some inspiration from the paintings and then assist the group in writing some poetry. To book, call 0151 478 4178. Read more…
25 January 2007 by Sam
Here’s a bit of trivia to impress your whisky drinking chums with when you’re out celebrating Burns night. If you ask most people for 3 facts about Robert Burns, they would probably tell you that he was Scottish, he was a poet and he has a night held in his honour every year to celebrate his birthday. But did you know that he worked as an Excise Officer?
In 1789 Burns was appointed Excise Officer in Dumfries. His job was to gauge the vessels used by brewers and other traders in the manufacture of liquors on which Excise duty was charged and to charge the duty on the liquors when manufactured. A very conscientious officer, Burns was selected for promotion to supervisor, the official in charge of an excise district, but unfortunately died before he could take up his post. Read more…