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A year in blogs – our top 5 stories from 2015!

31 December 2015 by Lisa

Mother and sons with Jubilee decorations

Silver Jubilee street party, June 1977, Old Swan, Liverpool

As 2015 draws to a close, we’re looking back on some of the most popular stories from the blog this year. We began the year by revealing how the Walker Art Gallery’s Henry VIII portrait was used as inspiration for the costumes in BBC drama series, ‘Wolf Hall’ – and we ended the year with our celebrations at World Museum for the amazing blast off of Tim Peake!

But which are the stories that have captured your imagination this year? Here are are the top five stories from our blog that you’ve been enjoying the most in 2015… *drum roll please* Read more…

John Moores 2016 – meeting the jury

8 December 2015 by Lisa

In Gillian Carnegie's studio.

In Gillian Carnegie’s studio.

We’ve had more than 2,500 entries into the John Moores Painting Prize this year and we’re now looking forward to the first stage of judging for this £25,000 prize. Nicola from the John Moores team went down to London last week to meet some of the jury and here’s what she got up to…  Read more…

Paul Scott’s ceramics inspired by Liverpool’s past

19 November 2015 by Felicity

Image of Toxteth Park, Herculaneum, and Liver Birds (2014) by Paul Scott

Toxteth Park, Herculaneum, and Liver Birds (2014) by Paul Scott

The Walker Art Gallery’s Craft and Design Gallery is an impressive place to be, with ceramics, glass, metalwork, jewellery, furniture and even musical instruments on display; together covering some three hundred years of design history.

No wonder then, that internationally-renowned ceramic artist Paul Scott found ample inspiration from these collections when he visited! So much so, that it inspired him to create a piece that is on show until 28 March 2016 as part of a display in room 13 here at the Walker. Read more…

6 Christmas gifts you’ll want on your list

13 November 2015 by Lisa

christmas-felt-wreath-decorationsStarted your feverish browsing for Christmas gift ideas? Fear not, yule* have no problems finding the perfect gift in our online shop, with prices to suit all budgets! We’ve picked our top 6 gifts to get you started…

*see what we did there?  Read more…

Graham Crowley: “…a mix of cubist syntax and a raw, punk aesthetic”

5 November 2015 by Lisa

Victorian houses with a shopping mall sign

‘The Chain Store’ © Graham Crowley.

It’s the final few days of the John Moores Painting Prize call for entries and the last weeks of the REALITY exhibition – so who better to interview than an artist strongly connected to both; Graham Crowley.

Tell us about your history with the Walker and the John Moores Painting Prize…

The Walker Art Gallery has been instrumental in exhibiting my paintings and has played a major part in my career. Read more…

Exploring artistic process and practice

23 October 2015 by Alison

Caroline Walker (artist) standing in front of 'Consulting the Oracle' painting

Caroline Walker with her painting ‘Consulting the Oracle’ (detail), 2013. © Caroline Walker. Private collection

We recently spoke to artist Caroline Walker whose paintings ‘Consulting the Oracle’ (2013) and ‘Illuminations’ (2012) are currently on display as part of REALITY: Modern and Contemporary British Painting. We were interested in finding out more about the artistic practice behind Caroline’s work, which we hope will inspire other artists. Read more…

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…



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