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Sir Peter Blake marks 60 years of the John Moores with new design

26 April 2018 by Andrew

John Moores Painting Prize 2018 campaign creative by Sir Peter Blake.

Sir Peter Blake, Patron of the John Moores Painting Prize and winner of the John Moores junior painting prize in 1961, has created a unique artwork commemorating the 60th anniversary of the competition.

Sir Peter is one of Britain’s best known Pop artists who co-created The Beatles iconic Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band album sleeve, as well as record sleeves for Band Aid, The Who and Paul Weller. In Liverpool, his design of the Mersey Ferry Snowdrop was inspired by First World War dazzle ships. It was one of three designs commissioned by Liverpool Biennial and National Museums Liverpool to commemorate the centenary of the start of the war in 2014.

Look out for his John Moores Painting Prize design across the exhibition media campaign launching late June, as well as on venue banners, leaflets and posters. John Moores Painting Prize 2018 opens at the Walker Art Gallery on 14 July, find out which artists are exhibiting here.

A transatlantic trip for John Gibson’s Tinted Venus

23 March 2018 by Lottie

Last year, the Walker Art Gallery received a request for the loan of John Gibson’s Tinted Venus from the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. John Gibson was a neo-classical sculptor who worked from studios in Rome. He first showed this sculpture at the 1862 International Exhibition, where his use of colour on marble caused quite a stir.

While many were critical of this ‘new’ way of presenting sculpture, Gibson was in fact referencing the ancient Greek practice of fully painted statuary. Gibson went on to receive commissions for two more Tinted Venuses.

This particular sculpture hadn’t been on loan since the mid-1990s and required a thorough inspection in order for us to make an informed decision about whether it could be considered for international travel. Read more…

Easter at the Museums

22 March 2018 by Megan

Hop along to your local museum for a free dose of Easter fun! We have a fantastic selection of events, activities and new exhibitions there’s something for everyone to be ‘egg-cited’ about at National Museums Liverpool this Easter. Read more…

What’s on at the Walker over the next 12 months?

21 March 2018 by Felicity

Margaret Macdonald Mackintosh, The May Queen, 1900. © CSG CIC Glasgow Museums Collection

We’ve just announced our upcoming exhibition programme for the next 12 months. Highlights for early 2019 include a major showcase of work by Charles Rennie Mackintosh as well as a display of drawings by Leonardo da Vinci from the Royal Collection Trust.

The John Moores Painting Prize will take centre stage in summer 2018, celebrating 60 years of the Prize. It opens in line with an exhibition of early works by Sean Scully, who is a former John Moores prize winner. The exhibitions run from 14 July, coinciding with the opening of Liverpool Biennial 2018.

We’ll continue to work with contemporary artists as part of the Arts Council Collection’s National Partners Programme and will present works selected by Leo Fitzmaurice from our own collection as well as the Arts Council Collection in a new display opening on 29 September 2018. Read more…

Hooray for Hoppy

15 March 2018 by Kristina Zavros

Melissa and hoppy in Big Art

Here in Big Art, we had spring in our steps as we welcomed visitors to our ‘share a story’ themed Toddler Time sessions celebrating World Book Day 2018.

We shared the feel-good book ‘Hooray for Hoppy’ by author Tim Hopgood, about a little rabbit called Hoppy who is eagerly awaiting the arrival of spring ( like most of us at the moment).

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Competition: Win a signed Lubaina Himid poster

12 March 2018 by Mannika Dhadwal

It’s your last chance to see Turner Prize winner Lubaina Himid’s exhibition ‘Meticulous Observations and Naming the Money’ at the Walker. To celebrate this powerful exhibition, featuring works by women artists all selected by Lubaina, we’re giving away six exhibition posters signed by the award-winning artist herself!

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Meticulous observations by women at the Walker

9 March 2018 by Beth Lewis

It’s been a real privilege to work on Lubaina Himid’s exhibition Meticulous Observations and Naming the Money here at the Walker. Lubaina is a truly inspirational figure and her display here presents the work of a number of other groundbreaking women artists.

Lubaina Himid

Artist Lubaina Himid

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International Women’s Day 2018: Celebrating Sisters

8 March 2018 by Nicola Scott

It’s International Women’s Day 2018, and I’m reflecting on the achievements of British artist sisters, Amrit and Rabindra Kaur Singh, and how the twins celebrate women throughout history in their latest exhibition: ‘Slaves of Fashion: New Works by The Singh Twins’.

The Singh Twins

The Singh Twins © Pete Carr

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Celebrate International Women’s Day at National Museums Liverpool

6 March 2018 by Laura

National Museums Liverpool is marking International Women’s Day (Thursday 8 March) with a programme of free exhibitions and events on the day and the following weekend (Saturday 10 and 11 March).

Through exhibitions, talks, workshops and poetry there are a variety of ways for everyone to get involved and celebrate this important date.

Gallery

‘Taking Liberties’ at Museum of Liverpool

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Whose painting is it anyway?

16 February 2018 by Ann Bukantas

Some of this year’s jurors in the current John Moores past prizewinners’ display

We are half way through the selection process for the John Moores Painting Prize 2018, the year in which we celebrate the competition’s 60th anniversary. The first stage of selection took place last month, when the jury met to decide upon the shortlist of paintings that will be brought to Liverpool for the intense few days that make up the Stage 2 selection.

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