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Knitted swimwear – not as daft as you’d think!

18 August 2014 by Sam

old fashioned swimming costume

Wool serge bathing costume, 1910, frm the Tinne collection at the Walker Art Gallery

It’s that time of year again when many of us have been digging our cossies out from the back of the wardrobe ready for trips to the beach and holidays abroad. I bet that not many people will have a swimming costume quite as unusual as this one though. I have always been fascinated by it, ever since I first saw it in the Walker Art Gallery’s 2006 exhibition A Passion for Fashion: a Liverpool lady’s wardrobe.

This particular bathing costume, which dates from 1910, is made of wool serge. It was a great curiosity when it went on display at the Walker and many of us were doubtful about how practical it would be to wear in the water. We’re all so used to modern fabrics that the idea of a woolen cossie seemed completely impractical and uncomfortable. Read more…

Rose Wylie, John Moores 2014 shortlisted artist- guest blog

14 August 2014 by Laura

Woman and painting

Rose Wylie with her shortlisted work ‘PV Windows and Floorboards’

In the second of our series of posts by the shortlisted artists for the John Moores Painting Prize, Rose Wylie gives us an insight into her studio and working methods. Read more…

Historic quarter launches digital guide

12 August 2014 by Ann

Entrance to World Museum

Entrance to World Museum

Did you know William Brown Street in the heart of Liverpool City Centre is the only street in the country to house a national museum , a national art gallery and a library?  Read more…

Rae Hicks, John Moores 2014 shortlisted artist – guest blog

7 August 2014 by Laura

Man and painting

Rae Hicks with his work, ‘Sometimes I forget that you’re gone’

In the first of a series of guest blogs by the John Moores 2014 shortlisted artists, we hear from Rae Hicks about his work and the soundtrack to his studio…. Read more…

Why we support the John Moores Painting Prize

30 July 2014 by Dickie

Man in suit listening to speeches at John Moores Painting Prize

John Robinson (centre)

Liverpool jeweller David M Robinson is generously sponsoring the £25,000 first prize in this year’s John Moores Painting Prize. Read more…

Enjoy Giant fun at our museums this weekend

24 July 2014 by Dickie

Little Girl walking card available in our online shop

Little Girl walking card available in our online shop

Make time to visit one of our museums and galleries which have a host of activities running alongside the big Giants weekend.  Read more…

Pop-art gift to the Walker!

15 July 2014 by Laura

People and painting

Senior NML staff welcome painting into collection. From L-R Sandra Penketh, Ann Bukantas John Entwistle, Ros McAlister, Phil Redmond and David Fleming

‘The Dinner Party’ by Sam Walsh has been on loan to the Walker for some time but we’re delighted to announce it has been formally gifted to us under the Cultural Gifts Scheme and is now part of our permanent collection. Read more…

John Moores Painting Prize – private view ticket giveaway!

25 June 2014 by Laura

People laughing

Private view for John Moores 2010

We’re giving away 10 pairs of the hottest tickets in town! Read more…

dot-art Schools at the Walker Art Gallery

2 June 2014 by Laura

children and mayor

dot-art Schools 2014 winners with Lord Mayor Gary Miller

With a week left to catch the fabulous artwork of local school children in the dot-art Schools exhibition, coordinator Beth Harvey gives us some background to the project: Read more…

Guest blog: Grayson Perry on The Vanity of Small Differences

16 May 2014 by Laura

artist

Artist, Grayson Perry

I wanted the works to be large as I knew because of the TV series they would become very public artworks and a lot of people would want to see them at one time. They are also very bold and colourful because after working for so many years on ceramics where colour is often quite muted and difficult to predict and scale is necessarily small I enjoy the freedom and control offered by the medium. Also the tapestries needed to be large to accommodate the detail. Read more…

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