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Cataloging the John Moores Painting Prize

16 October 2015 by Felicity

A range of John Moores Painting Prize catalogues can be seen alongside a selection of first prize winning works in room 11 at the Walker Art Gallery

A range of John Moores Painting Prize catalogues can be seen alongside a selection of first prize-winning works in room 11 at the Walker Art Gallery

We’re now getting into the final weeks of call for entries for the John Moores Painting Prize 2016. Alongside the exhibitions, the John Moores catalogues are one of the most hotly anticipated aspects of the prize. In this blog, Ann Bukantas, Head of Fine Art at National Museums Liverpool, tells us what makes them so iconic. There’s also an opportunity to win a copy of the 2014 catalogue, signed by first prize-winning artist Rose Wylie, by clicking here. Read more…

Gwen Hardie: skin, light and paint

6 October 2015 by Lisa

Two 'skin portraits' in the REALITY exhibition.

Two ‘skin portraits’ in the REALITY exhibition.

We recently interviewed artist Gwen Hardie, whose ‘skin portraits’ are featured in the ‘REALITY’ exhibition at the Walker Art Gallery:  Read more…

Art, abandonment and alienation

23 September 2015 by Lisa

'No Such Thing' Graham Crowley, 1993. Image courtesy of the artist.

‘No Such Thing’, Graham Crowley, 1993. Image courtesy of the artist.

We are really pleased that ‘No Such Thing’ by Graham Crowley has returned to the Walker Art Gallery for the REALITY exhibition – it was first displayed here as part of the John Moores Painting Prize in 1993. Graham has continued to have a close relationship with the Walker, eventually becoming a juror for the John Moores in 2008.  Read more…

Our top 6 picks for Autumn

22 September 2015 by Lisa

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The colder weather is creeping in and we’re saying goodbye to the summer, but this also means some fab new items for Autumn in our shop.

From vintage-style hats to cosy socks, here’s six of our favourites for the new season: Read more…

London Fashion Week or fashion on your doorstep?

18 September 2015 by Lisa

1970s evening dress by John Bates.

Detail of a 1970s evening dress by John Bates.

London Fashion Week kicks off on 18 September 2015! I’ve been avidly scrolling through #LFW on Twitter and Instagram to get my fashion fix as I can’t be there in person.

If you can’t make it down to London either, then you can at least check out our fashion displays at the Walker Art Gallery and Sudley House.  Read more…

Discovering new artists at the Edinburgh Art Festival

28 August 2015 by Charlotte

Work by Nathan Anthony.

Work by Nathan Anthony.

I recently had the opportunity to visit Edinburgh Art Festival for the first time during a research trip connected to the Art Fund New Collecting Award the Walker Art Gallery recently received.  The Gallery has been awarded £60,000 by the Art Fund to expand its collection of works representing Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) themes.  Read more…

It’s a left-handed thing

13 August 2015 by Emma Duffy

Proud to be left-handed

Our Internal Communications Officer, Emma Duffy, on why she’s happy to be celebrating International Left Handers Day.

I love being left-handed (one of the 10% of the world’s population that is), not only that but I’m proud to be left-handed. In years gone by, being left-handed was frowned upon. Children were forcibly made to write with their right-hand. Left-handedness was associated with all things evil, and southpaws were considered to be ‘children of the Devil’. Even the word ‘left’ has negative connotations, coming from the Anglo-Saxon word ‘lyft’ meaning weak or broken. The Latin word for left is ‘sinister’ which doesn’t exactly conjure up positive images either! But today – International Left Handers Day – all those dated concepts can be swept aside and the contribution of awesome left-handers can be celebrated, and awareness raised of the everyday troubles faced by lefties the world over. Read more…

“What is the reality of painting?”

5 August 2015 by Lisa

Black and white paintings hanging in a gallery

From left to right: ‘Black Star’ and ‘Hollow’ in the REALITY exhibition at the Walker.

The evocative and mysterious  ‘Black Star’ and ‘Hollow’ paintings in our REALITY exhibition, are the work of contemporary artist Alison Watt. Find out more about Alison’s work and her thoughts on painting in this guest blog: Read more…

A creative summer awaits…

22 July 2015 by Ann

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The school bell has rung for the final time and the kids have come home from school laden with PE kits, awards and enormous smiles.  Now it’s over to you to entertain them for the next SIX weeks…  Read more…

REALITY: “…a collection of my favourite contemporary British paintings”

14 July 2015 by Lisa

Chris Stevens in his studio.

Chris Stevens in his studio.

The REALITY exhibition at the Walker Art Gallery is now open and we’ve already had some brilliant feedback. Visitors have been tweeting about their experiences:

” #REALITY exhibition @walkergallery is a great testament to British artists.”

“‘Consulting the Oracle’ by Caroline Walker really moved me…”

If you’ve not yet been to see this varied exhibition of striking – and at times gritty – paintings, here’s an introduction to the show by curator and artist, Chris Stevens:  Read more…



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