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Timeless beauty

31 July 2013 by Laura

Make-up applied in front of painting

To celebrate our new book, ‘Pre-Raphaelite Treasures at National Museums Liverpool’ we asked So Coco Rouge to create a  makeover, inspired by the Pre-Raphaelite style! Sian-Louise Auld from the Liverpool beauty salon has given us some tips below on how you too can achieve this timeless look: Read more…

Pre-Raphaelite mini festival

30 April 2013 by Louise

A painting of people gathered around a dining table

A manifesto in paint – Millais’ Isabella

While the artworks that took their places on our gallery walls undeniably have their charms, it’s good to have some of our best Pre-Raphaelite paintings back from loan. Liverpool is blessed with a fine Pre-Raphaelite collection and tradition – we had our own Pre-Raph school – and it seems only fair to spread the wealth, as it were, and allow those who aren’t lucky enough to live here to borrow some of the highlights for a while.

Visitors to the Lady lever will no doubt have missed that perennial favourite, Holman Hunt’s The Scapegoat. The Walker, despite its positive embarassment of Pre-Raphaelite treasures, is definitely the richer for the return of Millais’ Isabella; a painted manifesto of the aims of the Brotherhood itself.

The return of these and other gems makes it a perfect time to visit our three galleries, and not least because we’re running something of a mini Pre-Raph festival to celebrate. Whether you’re relatively new to the genre, or know your Williamson from your Rossetti, there’s a gallery talk or tour for you, covering everything from an introduction to the Brotherhood to the crafting of a replica frame for The Scapegoat. Along with the forthcoming Edward Burne-Jones exhibition, and our extensive collection, there’s a lot to see. Read more…

Something cheap at the Walker Art Gallery

28 February 2013 by Karen

Cover of the Something Wild...at the Walker Art Gallery book

Get your copy before they sell out

To celebrate World Book Day on 7 March we’ve a very special book offer. Something Wild… at the Walker Art Gallery follows Keith and Ali on their adventures around the Gallery. It’s a fab book with some lovely illustrations – the type of book kids and adults both love. From Monday 4 to Sunday 10 March you can snaffle a copy for just £1 (usual price £3.99) from any of our venues. 

And as if that wasn’t enough, we’ve also got a weekend of special tie-in events. On Saturday 9 and Sunday 10 March Big Art will be holding special storytelling sessions and craft activities, all linked to the book. And as ever, the events are free. More details on our website.

Book sale bargains

3 January 2013 by Karen

A brightly coloured teaset

A divine Clarice Cliff ‘tea for two’ set from Age of Jazz.

As January is synonymous with sales and spring cleaning we thought we’d kill two birds with one stone and have a bit of a clear out in our book warehouse. So if you fancy bagging yourself a bargain then check out the offers on our online shop.

It’s an eclectic selection and there are some great books, my personal favourites being ‘When Time Began to Rant and Rage…’ which is a fab book of Irish figurative work and totally worth a fiver, Age of Jazz: British Arts Deco Ceramics as I’m a sucker for a deco teaset, and British Watercolours and Drawings from the Lady Lever’s collection.

If you’ve still not got a John Moores catalogue then now is the time to buy one as they’re reduced to £7.50. And if you buy it from the Walker shop you get the John Moores China version for free. Read more…

Free copies of the John Moores China catalogue

21 December 2012 by Karen

Galleries are fab places during the Christmas holidays. They’re quiet, uplifting, not the television, and you leave feeling slightly virtuous before returning to the orgy of chocolate and booze that has been your diet for most of December. And in the case of our venues, they’re totally free.

If you wander to the Walker this festive season to catch the John Moores Painting Prize before it closes on 6 January, you’ll no doubt see the rather large and rather excellent prize winners from the John Moores China exhibition. These are just five of the 63 pieces from the Shanghai exhibition, all of which are featured in the Chinese exhibition catalogue. In the spirit of festive generosity we’re giving away this Chinese catalogue for free to anyone who buys a copy of our own John Moores exhibition catalogue. Read more…

Peter Blake-signed book up for grabs

20 December 2012 by Karen

Cover of a John Moores Painting Prize 2012 catalogue

John Moores Painting Prize 2012 catalogue

Just a reminder that time is short if you would like to win a copy of the John Moores Painting Prize 2012 catalogue. But these are not just any copies of the catalogue – they’re signed by our esteemed patron, Sir Peter Blake.To be in with a chance of winning all you need to do is join our e-newsletter list. No mess, no fuss.

And if you’re thinking a catalogue would make a fine Christmas present, you’d be right. They can be purchased from our online shop (you’re cutting it fine though – last UK posting for Christmas is today!) or from the Walker shop itself. Hard sell over.
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Liverpool – the story of a city

9 October 2012 by Karen

Cover of a book showing a man on a ferry

Liverpool – the story of a city

If you’ve enjoyed your visit to the Museum of Liverpool (and who hasn’t?) or can’t make it to the Museum, then our latest book is worth a look.

Liverpool – the story of a city gives a whistle stop tour of the Museum’s galleries (essentially a potted history of Liverpool), starting with the departure of the ice at the end of the last Ice Age, running through to the recent report on Hillsborough.

It celebrates the city and the millions who have inspired, thrived, created, fought, worked and lived here. It covers the Liverpool usuals (The Beatles, football, Grand National, slavery, the docks etc) plus many topics you may not immediately associate wth the city like the American Civil War, the world’s first passenger railway and the humble cup of tea. There’s lots of photos which make for a pleasant wander down memory lane for locals, and for visitors an introduction to the city Carl Jung described as ‘the pool of life’. Read more…

Life below stairs

5 October 2012 by Karen

Woman holding a sparkly black dress

Pauline Rushton with one of Mrs Tinne’s many evening dresses.

Have to admit to being a bit of a Downton Abbey fan. I realise that you could drive a 1911 Renault type CB1 through the holes in the plot, but the Thomas/O’Brien feud and Lady Edith getting to act for once have kept me stuck to the sofa.  The goings-on below stairs are definitely more interesting than the Crawleys’ whinging that they only ‘own most of the village’, which is probably why I’m enjoying the Beeb’s latest offering, Servants: The True Story of Life Below Stairs. Read more…

Win our latest exhibition catalogue

27 January 2011 by Karen

Book cover

The ‘A Collector’s Eye’ catalogue

Just a few weeks to the opening of the next must-see exhibition at the Walker, ‘A Collector’s Eye: Cranach to Pissarro’. Old Masters like Rubens, El Greco, Delacroix and Cranach are included alongside Impressionists such as Pissarro and Sisley in a tour of five centuries of art.

If you can’t make it to the exhibition, fancy doing a bit of reading in advance or just can’t wait to visit, then the accompanying catalogue is for you. All of the exhibition works are featured, each with its own double page spread, and at £9.99 it’s a snip at twice the price. Read more…

Winter Arts Market

24 November 2010 by Karen

This Saturday (27 November) we’ll be running a stall at the Winter Arts Market at St George’s Hall in Liverpool city centre. As well as lots of information on our venues, events and exhibitions, and will also have a selection of our books to buy, ranging from exhibition guides to collection catalogues. The perfect Christmas present for the book lover in your life!

So if you’d like to try before you buy, or just fancy a festive fair, then pop along. It’s open 10am-5pm. There’s more on the market on their website. And if you can’t make it along on the day there’s always our online shop. Read more…

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