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Two Visions of a Cornfield

16 May 2016 by Felicity

Corner of a Cornfield, 1871, William Davis (c) Walker Art Gallery. National Museums Liverpool

Corner of a Cornfield, 1871, William Davis (c) Walker Art Gallery. National Museums Liverpool

Ha-il Kim, a volunteer in our Fine Art department, explores the enduring influence of William Davis’ Corner of a Cornfield:

The Walker Art Gallery celebrated its centenary in 1977 with an exhibition titled The Liverpool Academy Celebrates the Walker’s 100th Birthday.  Curated by Adrian Henri (1932-2000), a poet and artist involved in the Liverpool art scene of the 1960s, the exhibition was intended to highlight the connection between the Liverpool Academy of Arts, the oldest professional artists’ body in Liverpool, and the birth of the Walker Art Gallery. It would also pay tribute to the role the Academy played in various guises in enriching the Gallery’s collection through exhibitions.  As such, all the contributing artists were members of the Academy, and their works were inspired by the Walker’s splendid collection.   Read more…

We’re 30!

12 May 2016 by Lucy

If you’re from Liverpool, you’ll know that the museums and galleries in this city have been around for a long time…165 years to be precise! However, we can still lay claim to celebrating our 30th birthday, because it was actually 30 years ago in 1986, that we were established as a national museums service. Read more…

Pre-Raphaelites sent packing: a letter from Ford Madox Brown

5 May 2016 by Felicity

Ford Madoz Brown's 'Coat of Many Colours', which can be seen in the Walker Art Gallery's Pre-Raphaelite exhibition

Ford Madox Brown’s ‘Coat of Many Colours’ can be seen in the Walker Art Gallery’s exhibition, ‘Pre-Raphaelites: Beauty and Rebellion’

When they weren’t painting pictures, the Pre-Raphaelites wrote a lot of letters. It’s thanks to these that we can get an insight into their characters, learn details about their paintings and, as a bonus, experience the quality of their handwriting. In the blog post, Ann Bukantas, Head of Fine Art at National Museums Liverpool, shares Ford Madox Brown’s letter to art collector George Rae: Read more…

Philanthropy, patrons and the Pre-Raphaelites

20 April 2016 by Lynn

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Emma Gilbertson shares her discoveries on the history of patronage that is fundamental to our collections, museums and galleries.

“One of the things I’ve learned during my time at National Museums Liverpool is that it is full of stories about collectors, benefactors and patrons. They have shaped both the buildings we are housed in, and our collections which are some of the best in the world.

If you have visited our ‘Pre-Raphaelites: Beauty and Rebellion’ exhibition at the Walker Art Gallery, you may have come across the Liverpool-based merchant John Miller, a significant patron of the movement. An avid collector, Miller reputedly bought so much art that he didn’t have enough hanging space for it all. He supported many Pre-Raphaelite artists including Ford Madox Brown and John Everett Millais. Read more…

Diverse, thought provoking and celebratory – curating the John Moores Painting Prize

11 April 2016 by Lisa

Jurors discussing the paintings during stage 2.

Jurors discussing the paintings during stage 2.

The final stage of judging for the John Moores Painting Prize drew to a close last week, so I caught up with artist and juror Phoebe Unwin, to get an insight into the judging and her thoughts on the final exhibition:

What has it been like for you during the final stage of judging?

It was a full-on couple of days, looking long and hard at each work… I don’t think I have ever been in a room surrounded by so many paintings! Read more…

Simeon Solomon’s ‘Mystery of Faith’

6 April 2016 by Lisa

Mystery of Faith', Simeon Solomon.

‘Mystery of Faith’, Simeon Solomon.

Pride and Prejudice Project Researcher, Lynn Wray, gives her opinion on why Simeon Solomon’s ‘Mystery of Faith’, best encapsulates the spirit of ‘Beauty and Rebellion’ in the Walker Art Gallery’s exhibition exploring Liverpool’s role in the Pre-Raphaelite movement.

“Simeon Solomon was both famously beautiful and infamously rebellious. Born in London in 1840, he became particularly attracted to Christian themes despite his Jewish upbringing. Read more…

Pre-Raphaelite Rainbows!

17 March 2016 by Laura

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Walton-on-the-Naze, 1860 by Ford Madox Brown (Birmingham Museums Trust)

This week museums all over the world have been taking part in #MuseumRainbow on social media. It’s been wonderful to see all kinds of unique collections shared globally in this joyful way.

Inspired by all the bright colours that have filled my computer screen, it felt like the right time to share one of the stories behind a striking painting featured in the Walker’s exhibition, ‘Pre-Raphaelites: Beauty and Rebellion’ (open till 5 June 2016). Read more…

Enhance your exhibition visit with an audio tour

10 March 2016 by Ann-Marie

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The Pre-Raphaelites exhibition at the Walker Art Gallery

Make the most of your visit to the Pre-Raphaelites: Beauty and Rebellion‘ exhibition at the Walker Art Gallery with one of our new audio tours. Narrated by the exhibition curator, Christopher Newall, the audio tour will lead you through this stunning exhibition, to discover more about each of the Pre-Raphaelite paintings, the artists and their connections with Liverpool. Read more…

My Studio – making a more social space at the Walker Art Gallery

4 March 2016 by Lisa

Snapshots from the first Quad Collective session.

Snapshots from the first Quad Collective session. (via
@jessicafairclough in Instagram )

Last week saw our new project, My Studio, launch at the Walker Art Gallery, supported by the Museums Association’s Transformers programme.

Here’s Exhibitions Officer Nicola Cunningham, to tell us more about it:  Read more…

Meeting Mr Miller – our new research on a Pre-Raphaelite patron

3 March 2016 by Felicity

Waiting: an English Fireside in the Winter of 1854-5, by Ford Madox Brown, was acquired by John Miller. © Walker Art Gallery

Waiting: an English Fireside in the Winter of 1854-5, by Ford Madox Brown, was acquired by John Miller. © Walker Art Gallery

Ahead of an exciting free lecture taking place at the Gallery on Saturday, Ann Bukantas, Head of Fine Art at National Museums Liverpool, shares some of the findings of her research into Liverpool collector John Miller: Read more…



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