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John Moores Painting Prize: debating art

22 April 2014 by Laura

Three peple looking at a painting

(Left to right) Jurors, Lynette Yiadom-Boakye, Tom Benson and Tim Marlow

It’s been a busy few weeks for the John Moores Painting Prize. We recently announced the longlist, or those 52 artists who have been selected for the exhibition. This was the culmination of an arduous judging process which began with more than 2,500 entries

This year I spent some time in the judging room and got to see first hand how the selection is made.  Read more…

Vote for your favourite dot-art artist

16 April 2014 by Andrew

Dot art voting posterThere’s still a week left for you to vote for your favourite young artist and decide which works make it into the dot-art schools exhibition, which opens at the Walker Art Gallery on the 17 May to 8 June.

Over 1000 students from 46 Liverpool City Region Schools have taken part in the competition. The judges for this year include Sandra Penketh, NML’s Director of Art Galleries, Jenny Porter, Project Manager at Metal and Liverpool Art Prize and Sarah Pickstone,  winner of the John Moores Painting Prize in 2012Read more…

Take a fresh look at the Walker Art Gallery

4 April 2014 by Lisa

Man looking at contemporary artThink you know the Walker Art Gallery? Well, we hope you’ll get a new perspective on our well-loved gallery after  watching this new video trailer! Read more…

Beside the seaside in Big Art

17 March 2014 by Angelica

Our cheeky herring gull and common cockles

Image by Robert Flynn

If this chilly weather has you dreaming of the summertime then the new display in Big Art for Little Artists at the Walker Art Gallery might warm you up! Inspired by local artist George Wallace Jardine’s painting ‘Full Fathom Five’ that was already on display, we gathered an inspiring mix of seaside objects from National Museums Liverpool’s collections that you might find on our local sea shores – from shells to seaweed and everything in between. Read more…

Our top five romantic picks!

7 February 2014 by Lisa

Katherine with 'Cliff' by David Hockney

Katherine with ‘Cliff’ by David Hockney

Art and romance go hand in hand as far as we’re concerned. While we’ve been wandering around the Walker Art Gallery this week, we’ve found that you don’t have to go too far before you find some stunning paintings, sculptures and installations that explore or celebrate love.  It’s certainly a romantic place to be.  Read more…

To Bath and beyond

29 January 2014 by Sam

paintings on display in an exhibition

The two paintings from the Walker Art Gallery, ‘Death and the old man’ on the left and ‘The Girandola’ in the centre of the photo.

National Museums Liverpool handling and transport technician Danny John writes about his recent courier trip:

“The Holburne Museum in Bath is currently hosting the exhibition Joseph Wright of Derby: Bath and Beyond. Two paintings from the Walker Art Gallery’s collection ‘The Girandola’ and ‘Death and the old man’ are on loan to the exhibition, so I travelled to Bath with them as the courier. Read more…

New visitor facilities at the Walker Art Gallery

23 January 2014 by Laura

Moving large painting

Removing Haydon’s ‘Christ Blessing the Little Children’ from the staircase

Visitors to the gallery this week will have noticed the scaffolding on the left-hand staircase. Our handling team have been using this to help them take down the large paintings which hang over the stairs, as we have some exciting building work going on next door. Read more…

From snowscapes to teapots – our new boards on Pinterest

18 December 2013 by Lisa

Painting of a snowy mountain scene beneath a dome.

‘An Alpine Biodome’, Geraint Evans. 2008.

The collections at the Walker Art Gallery are so vast and varied, it’s very difficult to pick out favourite items or paintings. But we’ve given it a go, so that we could bring to light some of the quirkier items from the collections on Pinterest.

We’ve been getting inspired by the winter/festive season and have put together two new Walker Art Gallery Pinterest boards filled with our collections,  for you to browse. Hopefully you’ll get inspired by them as well!  Read more…

One week left to enter dot-art Schools’ competition!

12 December 2013 by Laura

Painting

Previous entry to dot-art Schools competition

There is not long left to enter dot-art Schools’ exciting competition. Beth Harvey tells us more about it and how pupils from the area can see their work on display at the Walker: Read more…

Maurice Cockrill

12 December 2013 by Laura

Painting

Maurice Cockrill’s Walker Art Gallery

We were very sad to hear the news of the artist Maurice Cockrill’s death last week. His connection with the Walker goes back to the 1960s when he lived in Liverpool. Read more…

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