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A day in the life: John Moores Painting Prize

18 October 2013 by Lisa

Artist's studio

Chantal Joffe’s studio

Call For Entries for the prestigious John Moores Painting Prize closes on 25 October 2013 and Project Manager Angela Samata has been meeting with some of the jury.  It will be this group of artists/artistic directors who will make the final decision about who will win the £25,000 prize.

Here’s Angela to give us a behind the scenes peak at her busy day in London with Director of Art Galleries Sandra Penketh…  Read more…

The Narrators

10 October 2013 by Laura

Sculpture

HK Marble (Absolute Black Zimbabwe) by Tatham and O’Sullivan under ‘Richard III’ by Hogarth

A giant weather vane, a cup suspended in mid-pour and large melancholic photographs are just some of the fascinating works visitors will encounter when ‘The Narrators’ opens to the public on Friday 11 October. Read more…

Win David Hockney private view tickets!

7 October 2013 by Laura

Exhibition poster

Exhibition poster

‘David Hockney: Early reflections’ opens to the public on Friday 11 October but we have  5 pairs of tickets  to the private view on Thursday evening up for grabs. Read more…

Rankin: “ALIVE was a journey of highs and lows. I’ve laughed and cried.”

4 October 2013 by Dickie

Photographer Rankin reflects on the ALIVE: In the Face of Death exhibition in our latest blog. The exhibition featured images and stories of people ‘running out of time’ and challenged our perceptions of life and death.

head and shoulders black and white photo of a man (rankin) staring at the camera

Rankin (copyright Rankin)

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Behind the scenes: John Moores Painting Prize

2 October 2013 by Lisa

Woman sitting at a desk

Katherine in the John Moores Painting Prize office

There’s less than a month to go before call for entries for the John Moores Painting Prize closes and the team are already feeling inspired by the entries that have been submitted so far.  Here’s Project Assistant Katherine Lloyd to give us a peek behind the scenes…

“ Having been a regular visitor to the exhibition over the years It’s really exciting for me to be apart of the John Moores painting prize team. I am particularly looking forward to being able to see the whole process, seeing the exhibition grow from initial registrations right through to the final exhibition.  It will be exciting to be part of  the busy schedules at the varying stages, working alongside the jurors and the artists and ultimately working towards the grand opening in July. Read more…

Autumn Gifts

30 September 2013 by Karen Taylor

beasties egg cups

If you go down to the Walker  today you may be in for a surprise! The new autumn ceramics ranges, Beasties and Forest Friends have finally arrived in the gift shop.

As part of the merchandising team I go to trade fairs every year to look for new and exciting products for the gift shops in all our museums and galleries. In February this year we found the Beasties and Forest friends ranges and I instantly adored Beasties with it’s contemporary yet nostalgic, tweedy animals. Read more…

“Weirdly Wonderful” – what it meant to be part of ALIVE

13 September 2013 by Dickie

Photo of Phil next to Rankin in Walker Art Gallery in front of a large photograph of Phil.

Phil Kelly with Rankin at the ALIVE exhibition

Guest blog from Phil Kelly who was photographed by Rankin for the ALIVE: In The Face of Death exhibition. Phil has myeloma, a rare form of incurable cancer. It is a life-limiting condition but he is fighting back through music. Read more…

Discover the Walker’s highlights

12 September 2013 by Louise

Self portrait of Rembrandt with light falling over the left side of his face

‘Self-portrait as a young man’, Rembrandt Van Rijn

The Walker Art Gallery now proudly sports an audio guide which provides a brilliant introduction to the gallery’s highlights. It only costs £1.95 and there’s enough on there to get several visits worth out of it if you don’t want to listen to everything in one go. Read more…

Summer scarves – perfect for in between seasons!

2 September 2013 by Lisa

Close up of an owl print scarf

Twit-twooo!

So we’ve hit September and we’re still lucky enough to have that little bit of sunshine left to keep us going as the summer comes to an end. But I always find this is an awkward time for choosing what to wear – do you get out your knitwear (fluffy knits are having a moment right now) or do you tough it out in your t-shirt?

Over on the Guardian’s style pages they are suggesting summer scarves are the answer and I think we’d agree. Lucy from our media office has been road testing one of the cute new scarves that have arrived at our online shop HQ and she reckons they are an ‘in between season’ winner. Read more…

We’re on Pinterest!

22 August 2013 by Louise

Painting of lots of small handles

‘Handles’ by Lisa Milroy

Lovers of Pinterest will be pleased to know that you can now find the Walker Art Gallery and Sudley House on there! For those of you who don’t know what Pinterest is, it’s an online collection of ‘pin boards’ where you can collect and organise pictures from the web by ‘pinning’ them onto themed boards. To make this nice and easy, Pinterest provide a bookmarklet that you drag and drop onto your browser, you then click this to pin a picture to one of your boards. This ‘pin’ is a link back to where the picture has come from. This means you can find out more about the picture or search for others.  Read more…