In this blog post, Chrissy Partheni, Curator of Classical Antiquities, tells us how National Museums Liverpool’s sculpture collection inspired art student David Brown:
“Museum curators are in a constant dialogue with people and we are always keen to explore how collections can inspire people with different skills.
Recently I was approached by David Brown, a Level 3 City and Guilds Art and Design student who wanted to know more about a sculptural bust that he thought he saw in World Museum. The bust is actually on show in the Sculpture Gallery at the Walker Art Gallery and it one of the pieces from the collection of Henry Blundell. Read more…
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.
A new display by design students from Liverpool Hope University has just gone on display at the Walker Art Gallery. ‘Back to the Future’ is a display of new work created by the students as a response to historic pieces in the collections of the Walker Art Gallery. Read more…
Ben Sheeran, our Head Chef is excited to talk about Global Scouse Day and the importance of this great local dish:
“I blogged last year about Global Scouse Day and it’s great to see the momentum this time around with lots of restaurants and cafes getting behind our most famous local dish. We all have favourite memories of Scouse whether it’s a family recipe or we’re simply proud of our own personal take on this local speciality. Read more…
Ben Jones, Assistant Curator of Decorative Arts, shares his experience of working with this unique family collection of studio ceramics.
We were privileged last year to receive a large donation of wonderful material from the Ratoff family. The Ratoffs, Len and Pamela, were both active members of the Liverpool medical community, Len being a Doctor and Pamela, the Senior Social worker and head of department at the Royal Liverpool Hospital. Throughout their working lives they indulged a love of ceramics, buying from a great number of North Welsh artists in easy reach of their then home in Llangwm, Gwynedd.
Peter Blake is perhaps most famous for designing the cover of The Beatles’ album, ‘Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band’ (1967). However, he has been a prolific artist during his career and his status in the art world far exceeds Sgt. Pepper’s.
Sir Peter is a leading figure in the development of British pop art, and became the first Patron of the John Moores Painting Prize – held every two years at the Walker Art Gallery – in 2011. Read more…
28 January 2015 by Felicity
The Walker Art Gallery’s Henry VIII portrait is one of the most recognisable paintings in our collection. It is derived from the Whitehall Mural, painted by Hans Holbein in 1537.
We were thrilled to hear that the portrait inspired Clare Vyse, Assistant Costume Designer for BBC/ Company pictures’ Wolf Hall – one of this year’s most talked about new dramas!
In this guest blog, Clare tells us how portraits of the king proved to be an invaluable resource when designing his costumes:
“We used all the available portraiture when researching King Henry’s clothes for Wolf Hall, but Holbein’s paintings were particularly influential because his work is so clear and detailed – they are such a valuable resource.
The Henry in our story is younger and slimmer than the one in this portrait, but in later episodes he wears an outfit that is based on this very painting. Read more…
18 December 2014 by Lucy Johnson
Throughout 2014, an art group run by the charity Crisis have visited exhibitions across our museums and galleries. Inspired by what they have seen, the group members have spent the last 12 weeks working together in their workshop on a mural which celebrates the city of Liverpool. I attended the unveiling of the fantastic artwork and got the chance to see other paintings the group have produced. There were some wonderful creations!
Their favourite exhibitions this year were Grayson Perry: The Vanity of Small Differences and the John Moores Painting Prize at the Walker Art Gallery; both provided the group with a wealth of discussion, debate and ideas for their own work. The group spoke very passionately about their experiences of visiting our venues and it was very rewarding to see how our exhibitions can inform, challenge and inspire people.
A big thank you to Crisis art group and we hope to see you in 2015!
4 December 2014 by Lucy
We are delighted to announce that National Museums Liverpool has been awarded a significant grant to fund research into its Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) collections in its art galleries and urban history items at the Museum of Liverpool.
The £91,863 grant from the Esmée Fairbairn Collections Fund will be used to support the ‘Pride and Prejudice’ project, which we will develop with partner Royal Pavilion & Museums, Brighton & Hove, based within one of the UK’s most prominent LGBT communities.
‘Pride and Prejudice’ is a two-year project, that will tackle the challenges faced across the museum sector, by realising the full potential of LGBT collections to ensure that objects and stories within these collections are fully researched, sensitively interpreted and made accessible online and through display to a wide and diverse audience. Read more…