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Victorian Treasures: to Japan and back

11 January 2017 by Alex Patterson

Victorian Treasures is the new exhibition coming soon to the Walker Art Gallery featuring some of the world’s most famous 19th– and early 20th– century Pre-Raphaelite and Romantic paintings. It’s been a long time in the making and has traveled thousands of miles already – from Liverpool to Japan and back…. Read more…

Talk Tuesday: Looking North artist Mary Griffiths

6 January 2017 by Scott Smith

Looking North artist Mary Griffiths in front of her artworks

Artist Mary Griffiths in front of her artworks.

Mary Griffiths is one of the artists featured in Looking North, a new exhibition at the Walker Art Gallery that presents work by artists from the North-West of England.

Mary is from the Wirral and lives in Manchester. She graduated from the MA Fine Art at Manchester School of Art in 2009 and is now Senior Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at the Whitworth, Manchester.

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 10th January… Read more…

The mysterious Master of Frankfurt

22 December 2016 by Scott Smith

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‘The Holy Family with Music Making Angels’ by the Master of Frankfurt

‘The Holy Family with Music Making Angels’ by the mysterious ‘Master of Frankfurt’ is one of the many glorious 16th century paintings in the Walker Art Gallery’s collection. Whilst undertaking restoration of the painting, our conservator David Crombie discovered that the anonymous painter may have left more of himself in the painting than he realised…

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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

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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…



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