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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…

Last chance to see photographs by Martin Parr and Tom Wood

6 December 2013 by Laura

Woman in gallery

Ceri McCabe in ‘Every Man and Woman is a Star: Photographs by Martin Parr and Tom Wood’

This weekend is the last chance to catch ‘Every Man and Woman is a Star: Photographs by Martin Parr and Tom Wood’ .

The images provide an evocative insight into the local area between 1976 and 1987.  So we were really pleased to hear from Ceri McCabe, one half of the young couple in the lead image which gave the exhibition its poetic name. Read more…

John Moores Painting Prize announces major new sponsor

5 December 2013 by Laura

Three people in front of painting

(From L-R) John Robinson, Managing Director of David M Robinson, Sandra Penketh, Director of Art Galleries and Alisha Duffy, Showroom Manager of L1 Store

We announced the exciting news today that Liverpool jewellers, David M Robinson will be sponsoring the John Moores’ £25,000 first prize. Read more…

‘Le Plongeur’ by David Hockney

15 November 2013 by Louise

Picture of a man in a seat viewing Hockney's 'Le Plongeur'

‘Le Plongeur’ by David Hockney

David Hockney’s ‘Le Plongeur’ is part of the Walker Art Gallery’s new exhibition, ‘David Hockney: Early reflections’. It looks like a painting; however, Tuesday’s talk from Jill Iredale (Curator at Cartwright Hall in Bradford) revealed that Hockney actually created the image from pulped paper. After using a thin layer of white paper as a base, Hockney made coloured paper pulp, poured this into a metal stencil and then later pressed the mixture. Read more…

Homotopia weekend at the Walker Art Gallery

14 November 2013 by Laura

Paintings

Early works by David Hockney

There was a very moving session at the Museums Association’s conference this week. Read more…

Calling all art teachers!

4 November 2013 by Laura

Mayor and winning artist

2013 dot-art Schools prize giving with Lord Mayor of Liverpool, Councillor Millar

Do you know a budding Banksy, an early Emin or a tiny Tintoretto? If they’re in Years 6 and 9 they could enter dot-art Schools’ competition and see their work on display at the Walker Art Gallery! Read more…

Walker paintings go on loan to Verona

31 October 2013 by Sam

crane lifting a crate through an upstairs window

A crane carefully lifts the crate containing our Poussin painting into an upper floor of the Palazzo

Sharp eyed visitors to the Walker Art Gallery may have spotted that two paintings by Poussin and Turner are not currently on display, and may be wondering where they are. With Shakespearean flair, our Senior Paintings Conservator David Crombie has pointed out that a more apt question would be “Wherefore art thou, Poussin?” – I’ll let him explain why:

“Two major works from the Walker Art Gallery were recently sent on loan to an exhibition in Verona, Italy.  Nicholas Poussin’s Landscape with the Ashes of Phocion’ and Turner’s ‘Landscape with River and Distant Mountains’ are part of Around Monet: the Landscape from the Seventeenth to the Twentieth Century currently showing at the Palazzo della Gran Guardia in the city until February 2014. Read more…

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