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New LGBT objects uncovered

5 December 2016 by Kay

Shaun Duggan with cup of tea

Shaun Duggan

Two new themes, Love and Relationships and Sex and Eroticism (what everyone’s been waiting for!) have now been launched as part of our Pride and Prejudice research project.

We have discovered some fascinating objects in our collections which tell a range of stories and histories. Some of my highlights featured are – Read more…

JM2016: Why paint?

29 November 2016 by Scott Smith

Visitor walking past paintings in the JM2016 exhibitionVisited by over 70,000 people, this year’s John Moores Painting Prize has been the most popular since the prize was launched. They key, it seems, was a sheer love of painting…
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Christopher Wood uncovered

28 November 2016 by Olympia Diamond

Still Life with Tureen and Fruit by Christopher Wood

Still Life with Tureen and Fruit by Christopher Wood after treatment and conservation works

In 2016 the opportunity to investigate and conserve the painting, Still Life with Tureen and Fruit, 1925 by British Artist Christopher Wood (1901-1930) arose when the painting was requested for loan to an exhibition at Pallant House Gallery, Chichester.  Wood, born in Knowsley, Merseyside, was an early pioneer of British modern art and the exhibition, titled Christopher Wood: Sophisticated Primitive 2 July – 2 October 2016, was the first retrospective of Wood’s career since 1979. It was an exciting chance to breathe new life in his work.

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Pride and Prejudice – we need you

23 November 2016 by Matt

logoPride and Prejudice: Bringing stories out of the closet is a groudbreaking project to reveal the sometimes hidden LGBT histories of objects held at National Museums Liverpool’s art galleries and the Museum of Liverpool. The results of what the team have uncovered can be found on the project web pages, with more to be added at the end of this month.

A two year project, there is still much to come in the next 12 months.

In the next few weeks, there are two opportunities to meet the team at the Walker Art Gallery on 30 November, and the Museum of Liverpool  on 10 December. Come and find out what’s planned for 2017 and see how you can get involved.

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Revealing the dramatic history behind Murillo’s iconic altarpiece

22 November 2016 by Felicity

Bartolomé Esteban Murillo’s painted altarpiece, Virgin and Child in Glory (1673), has left the Walker Art Gallery for the first time since it was acquired in 1953.

The iconic work has travelled to our conservation studio where it will undergo major technical investigation work, funded by the Art Fund. This will be the first detailed conservation treatment to be carried out on the altarpiece since the early 1860s. Read more…

JM2016 artist Ben Cove, as remembered by his sister

11 November 2016 by Scott Smith

Freeloader by Ben Cove

Freeloader by Ben Cove

Ben Cove was selected to exhibit in this year’s John Moores Painting Prize with his painting, ‘Freeloader’.

Tragically, Ben passed away unexpectedly after a short illness during the JM2016 selection process.

His sister, Melanie Cove will be speaking about her brother’s work at our special Talk Tuesday event on 15 November. We caught up with Melanie ahead of her talk to find out about her brother’s attraction to painting and his influences….

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Winner of the John Moores Painting Prize Visitors’ Choice announced.

3 November 2016 by Laura

Man and painting

Donal Moloney – winner of the John Moores Visitors’ Choice 2016

Congratulations to Donal Moloney, winner of the John Moores Painting Prize 2016 Visitors’ Choice!

His intricate kaleidoscopic painting, ‘Cave Floor’, has won the £2,016 prize, sponsored by Rathbones.

Rathbones have sponsored Visitors’ Choice since 2008. The award is a chance for visitors to have their say and select a painting which they feel stands out from the competition.

Over the years visitors have chosen some very different paintings but interestingly, not once have they agreed with the judges’ first choice, although occasionally other prizewinners have been selected. Read more…

Artist blog: John Moores 2016 artist, Julia Warr

2 November 2016 by Scott Smith

Where do we come from? Where are we going? by Julia Warr

“Where do we come from? Where are we going?” by Julia Warr

Julia Warr was selected to exhibit in this year’s John Moores Painting Prize with her painting, ‘Where do we come from? Where are we going?’

Julia utilities grids in her work to create an essence of what she calls ‘realistic fiction’.

We caught up with her to find out more about her art and how she works…

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Talk Tuesday: John Moores 2016 artist, Mandy Payne

26 October 2016 by Scott Smith

Mandy Pane next to her painting 'No Ball Games Here'

Mandy Payne next to her painting ‘No Ball Games Here’

Mandy Payne was selected to exhibit in this year’s John Moores Painting Prize with her painting, ‘No Ball Games Here’.

Mandy’s work is inspired by landscapes, particularly the urban and edge-land areas of Sheffield where she lives. Her painting ‘No Ball Games Here’ depicts Park Hill, the Grade II* listed Sheffield council estate and one of Britain’s largest examples of Brutalist architecture.

We caught up with her to find out more about how she works, ahead of her ‘Talk Tuesday’ event happening at the Walker Art Gallery on Tuesday 1st November

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Talk Tuesday: John Moores 2016 artist, Sneh Mehta

20 October 2016 by Scott Smith

Sneh Mehta standing next to her work 'Him & Her'

Sneh Mehta standing next to her painting ‘Him & Her’

Sneh Mehta was selected to exhibit in this year’s John Moores Painting Prize with her painting, ‘Him & Her’.

Mehta’s acrylic painting shows two heads whose features are bound and hidden, creating a stifling effect.

We caught up with her to find out more about how she works, ahead of her ‘Talk Tuesday’ event happening at the Walker Art Gallery on Tuesday 25th October

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