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Meet our very clever octopus…

4 August 2014 by Alyster

Octopus in a tankOur octopus is pretty clever. Octopuses need to be because they don’t have a hard shell, they don’t have any sharp venomous spikes to protect themselves and they’re pretty soft creatures who are very tasty to other sealife! If they didn’t use their brains, they’d be eaten up in no time.

Of course, our octopus doesn’t need to worry about escaping from predators; we don’t keep any in the tank with him. He doesn’t need to be feeling his way around, trying to find a quick exit or avoid being eaten.  Read more…

“Freud was always my favourite artist…”

29 April 2014 by Lisa

Zeng Fanzhi talking about 'Interior at Paddington'

Zeng Fanzhi talking about ‘Interior at Paddington’

Zeng Fanzhi, one of the world’s top contemporary artists, visited the Walker Art Gallery earlier this year while judging the John Moores Painting Prize.

It was a really exciting opportunity to not only meet but also interview such a renowned artist – especially a Chinese artist – as this is not something that happens every day! Zeng seemed to really enjoy talking a tour of the gallery and then telling myself and Sandra (Director of Art Galleries) about his favourite painting from the gallery, Read more…

John Moores Painting Prize: debating art

22 April 2014 by Laura

Three peple looking at a painting

(Left to right) Jurors, Lynette Yiadom-Boakye, Tom Benson and Tim Marlow

It’s been a busy few weeks for the John Moores Painting Prize. We recently announced the longlist, or those 52 artists who have been selected for the exhibition. This was the culmination of an arduous judging process which began with more than 2,500 entries

This year I spent some time in the judging room and got to see first hand how the selection is made.  Read more…

Take a fresh look at the Walker Art Gallery

4 April 2014 by Lisa

Man looking at contemporary artThink you know the Walker Art Gallery? Well, we hope you’ll get a new perspective on our well-loved gallery after  watching this new video trailer! Read more…

“There’s an alchemical energy in this painting…”

21 August 2013 by Lisa

Woman standing in front of a painting

Sarah Pickstone with her winning painting in 2012.

I’ve been listening again to the words of Sarah Pickstone, the artist who won the John Moores Painting Prize in 2012.

Call for entries for this  prestigious painting have come around again so it means we always look back to who the last winner was, as we also look forward to discovering the next winner in 2014!  Read more…

Competition time

14 March 2013 by Lisa

Picture of open book

Beth Tweddle has signed a copy of the Museum of Liverpool book that we’re giving away

Following Olympic gymnast Beth Tweddle’s visit to the Museum of Liverpool yesterday, we have a little competition for you to enter.

During her visit, Beth signed a copy of the fabulous Museum of Liverpool book, Liverpool- the Story of a City. The book is illustrated with the collections in the Museum and celebrates Liverpool’s rich history and the people who have made the city what it is today. Beth is undoubtedly one of those individuals, as shown in her dedication and relentless determination. Read more…

The Pier Head Time Warp

10 October 2011 by Lucy

Image of gallery

The People’s Republic gallery, featuring the life size Liver Bird and scale model of the Pier Head. (c) Mark McNulty

The Museum of Liverpool is hosting a free family-friendly event in The People’s Republic gallery this weekend, working with artists collective Re-Dock to create a film to document the life of the Pier Head.

People of all ages are invited to the Museum of Liverpool on Saturday 15 October to get involved with an interactive filmmaking experiment aiming to create a film that mixes old and new footage of the Pier Head together, to create a looping video mix that will take the audience on a journey through time. Read more…

A Shaman arrives at the Walker…

30 July 2010 by Lisa

Man dressed in a deer skin, shouting in front of an audience

Journey to the Lower World, Coot 2004, by Marcus Coates. Photography by Nick David. Courtesy of Kate MacGarry and Workplace Gallery.

A film artwork by the influential contemporary artist Marcus Coates, will be on display for the first time in Liverpool at the Walker Art Gallery from 1 August 2010 to early 2011. Both funny and touching, this work is well worth checking out if you are in the city for the Liverpool Biennial (17 September to 28 November 2010).

‘Journey to the Lower World’, a major piece of work by Coates, was bought by the gallery with the help of the Contemporary Art Society’s Acquisitions Scheme. The film is an exciting addition to the gallery’s internationally renowned collection. The work arose from ‘Further Up in the Air’, a residency programme for artists in Liverpool’s Sheil Park estate in 2003. Read more…

Video interviews with John Moores judges

27 April 2010 by Lisa

Two men and one woman - judging the John Moores 2010 entries

Artists Ged Quinn, Alison Watt and Gary Hume during stage 1

At last! Our first look behind the scenes of the John Moores 2010 is now online.

Watch the video here…

You will see judges Gary Hume, Ged Quinn and Alison Watt talking about the competition so far and footage from inside the judging room itself, with snatches of their discussions!

Fellow judges Goshka Macuga and Sir Norman Rosenthal were absent due to the ban on flights at the time because of the volcanic ash problems. Their choices were included as Reyahn King, Head of Art Galleries at National Museums Liverpool, read out their preferences during the judging process. Read more…

Behind the scenes of John Moores 2010

19 April 2010 by Lisa

Photo of Gary Hume in a white studio

Gary Hume, one of the judges for the John Moores Contemporary Painting Prize 2010. Photo: Georgie Hopton

Excitement is mounting as we’re now starting the first stage of judging for the John Moores Contemporary Painting Prize 2010! With a first prize of £25,000 and four further prizes of £2500 on the table, there is certainly plenty to get excited about. We’ve already seen some entries featuring canvasses smeared in beeswax and one daubed with coffee, so we know there will be plenty of variety and innovation for the judges to get their teeth into. Read more…