Posts tagged with 'port sunlight'
3 July 2018 by Ann
Tanabata, or Star Festival, is traditionally held on the evening of the 7 July in Japan, but can continue throughout August. This year we are celebrating Tanabata day at the Lady Lever Art Gallery in the Family Activity Rooms on Saturday from 1-4pm.
The Festival traces its origins to a romantic legend that the Weaver Star (Vega) and the Cowherd Star (Altair), had been separated by a god of the sky, called ‘Tentei’, and only permitted to reunite once a year, on the seventh day of the seventh month.
According to legend, the two stars fell in love and married but were cast apart by the bride’s angry father, because the bride was so much in love that she neglected her weaving of shoes or cloth. Read more…
28 June 2018 by Ann
Takeover Day is a celebration of children and young people’s contributions to museums, galleries, arts organisations, archives and heritage sites. It’s a day on which they are given meaningful roles, working alongside staff and volunteers to participate in the life of the museum. This year the pupils of Bolton School, from art gallery founder William Hesketh Lever’s hometown in Lancashire will takeover the Lady Lever Art Gallery on Sunday 1 July.
Students from year groups across the school have planned a day of music, drama, craft and creative celebration as part of their ongoing Leverhulme Festival.
17 May 2018 by Ann
Kathryn Edwards is an Artist and Musician. She will be delivering line drawing workshops at the Lady Lever Art Gallery in Port Sunlight on 9 June and 24 July as part of the Whistler and Pennell: Etching the city exhibition.
In this blog we give a background to Kathryn as a workshop leader, an insight into how the work of Whistler and Pennell sparked the inspiration for these workshops, which are suitable for beginners and experienced artists alike and all about creating confidence. Kathryn’s art is about interpretation and in this free workshop she wants visitors to feel every line created is the right one, no erasers needed!
Places on the workshop are free but spaces are limited, advance booking via Eventbrite is essential.
2 May 2018 by Ann
We’re preparing to bring a little bit of city life to Port Sunlight and the Lady Lever Art Gallery this week as we countdown to the opening of our spring exhibition Whistler & Pennell: Etching the city on Friday 4 May.
Profiling the work of American artists; James McNeill Whistler and Joseph Pennell who made London their home, the exhibition reveals their passion, innovation and influence upon an artistic technique that at the time was in decline.
8 March 2018 by Alan Bowden
Lord Leverhulme was a collector in the broadest sense of the word, known for his collections of Victorian paintings, sculpture, eighteenth century furniture, tapestries, Wedgwood jasperware and Chinese ceramics. In his collection at the Lady Lever Art Gallery there are also fascinating historic documents which he collected.
In light of International Women’s Day on 8 March we have been enjoying a beautifully written letter which has brought into focus the life of a remarkable woman of science who lived in the eighteenth century. The woman is Caroline Lucretia Herschel, sister to the better known William Herschel (1738-1822), Royal Astronomer to George 3rd. William shot to fame when he discovered the planet Uranus in 1781 from his home in Bath. He used a telescope he had designed and constructed himself. Read more…
25 July 2017 by Jo Keenan
Sally-Anne Hickman is an illustrator who began creating comics in 2001.
She will be delivering two Manga workshops for young people aged 13 years + and adults at the Gallery on 6 August and 9 September as part of the Edo Pop: Japanese Prints exhibition.
The Lady Lever Art Gallery was built for the residents of Port Sunlight village and opened in 1922. At the time residents were workers in William Hesketh Lever’s soap factory. Over the years the village has changed but retained a strong community at heart. It’s no longer a requirement for village residents to work for the factory and villagers come from all walks of life.
Ian Robertson, a regular visitor to the Gallery and current resident, writes on how the village and Lever’s collection have inspired him. Read more…
10 November 2015 by Jen
If you stand looking out of the south doors of the Lady Lever Art Gallery you take in a stunning vista from the nearby fountain, through the rose gardens, towards the Port Sunlight War Memorial. Originally these doors are where you would have entered the gallery and one of the things we wanted to do as part of the South End redevelopment was to restore this view. When the new galleries open in spring 2016 a new pair of glass doors will allow visitors to gaze out upon the village, helping those within the Lady Lever to connect with her beautiful surroundings. Read more…
8 October 2015 by Lisa
Are you a fan of classic Hollywood movies from the 1930s? If so, you’ll love ‘Putting on the Glitz’, the new exhibition at the Lady Lever Art Gallery. There will be 20 outfits on display that wouldn’t look out of place in a film starring Bette Davis or Joan Crawford. Here’s Pauline Rushton, Curator of Costume and Textiles, to tell us about her favourite gown from the exhibition: Read more…