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Symbolism in Art

19 August 2015 by Megan

WAG-304---Love's-Palace-bloHave you ever wondered what something in a painting means, or what the artist intended to say?

Take the image on the left, a detail from J.M. Strudwick’s Love’s Palace (in the Drawing Room at Sudley House). Can you see the bubble? Do you know what it means? Read more…

Collectors in focus

28 May 2015 by Megan

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Mrs Paine and her Daughters (1975), Sir Joshua Reynolds (c) National Museums Liverpool

You may not be aware, but now when you visit Sudley House, you will also be able to see a display of nine paintings from the Lady Lever Art Gallery.

We have taken the opportunity to tour these artworks to

Sudley House due to the Lady Lever Art Gallery’s South End development project, which is currently underway. Read more…

Our paintings on tour in Japan

1 April 2015 by Lisa

Man and two children riding a horse.

‘A Dream of the Past: Sir Isumbras at the Ford’ by Millais, which will go on tour to Japan.

We think it’s great to sometimes have the opportunity to show off our collections in other countries.

Our art gallery curators are excited to be working with a Japanese organisation to tour 68 works from the fine art collections to four exhibitions venues in Japan.

Read more…

Happy Father’s Day!

31 March 2015 by Megan

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George Holt, Robert E Morrison

To celebrate Father’s Day we have a special blog on George and Emma Holt.

Emma Holt was the only child of George and Elizabeth Holt, born in 1862. The Holt family settled at Sudley House when Emma was 21, where she remained for the next 60 years of her life. Read more…

Religion in Art: A focus on William Holman Hunt

24 February 2015 by Megan

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The Finding of the Saviour in the Temple, Holman Hunt

Holman Hunt was born in 1827 and died in 1910. Around 1848 he helped form the highly influential group of artists called The Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood, along with John Everett Millais and Dante Gabriel Rossetti. One of his aims in painting pictures such as The Finding of the Saviour in the Temple was to create a piece of religious art for the Victorian age. Read more…

Mr. Turner, I presume!

30 October 2014 by Simon

The Wreck Buoy

‘The Wreck Buoy’ by JMW Turner

Mike Leigh’s new film ‘Mr. Turner’ is about to hit our screens and it’s fantastic that one of George Holt’s finest purchases is featured in the film; Turner’s mighty painting ‘The Wreck Buoy’.

This painting is currently on display in Tate Britain, for the ‘Late Turner – Painting Set Free’ exhibition, but it will be back at Sudley House in early 2015.  Read more…

Community groups at Sudley House

16 May 2014 by Simon

Textile hangings

Textile hangings created by Alderwood Day Centre service users, for an art course at St Helens College

Sudley House has long been a venue for peaceful thought and tranquillity. Over the years a wide variety of groups, including Church and Mossley Hill Childrens Centre, Liverpool City Council Adult Learning Service and Mersey Care NHS Trust (you can see their latest project here) have utilised the facilities to explore ideas and produce work inspired by the pleasant surroundings that the house has to offer. Read more…

New display at Sudley House

5 March 2014 by Simon

The new display at Sudley House

The new display at Sudley House

Sudley House has a new display called Enigma: An Era of Wealth and Contradiction which was born from a collaboration between Mersey Care NHS Trust and The Artists Group (TAG). Enigma is the eighth Sudley project. It was devised and delivered by TAG artists Sue Williams and Steve Rooney, together with support from Dot Maloney. A creative writing aspect was developed by poet Pauline Rowe. Read more…

Learning sessions at Sudley House

4 March 2014 by Simon

Welcome to Sudley House by Phoebe, age 6, St. Anthony of Padua Primary School

Welcome to Sudley House by Phoebe, age 6, St. Anthony of Padua Primary School

Calling all teachers! Did you know that we offer a variety of free school sessions at Sudley house? Pupils can learn about the Holt family, the paintings, old toys and even have a chance at a craft session making little peg dolls.

After you’ve brought a class along, why not follow this up with some classroom based work?

 

Read more…

International Women’s Day at Sudley

3 March 2014 by Louise

Picture of Emma Holt as a child

Young Emma Holt

International Women’s Day has been recognised since the early 1900s and is now officially takes place on 8 March every year. The day celebrates the social, political and economic achievements that women have made and also highlights the areas that need attention. Read more…

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