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New Brighton – mecca for photographers

19 August 2013 by Sam

photo of people on a beach, wearing warm clothing

‘New Brighton 1976′ © Martin Parr Magnum Photos

During a social evening on the opening weekend of Derby’s Format International Photography Festival a couple of years ago I mentioned in passing that I live in New Brighton. The reaction of one of my companions, one of the charismatic team behind Cardiff’s Third Floor Gallery, was fantastic – a shocked “You mean New Brighton is a real place?!”

In many ways New Brighton is no different from many other seaside towns. In its heyday it was a bustling resort with people outnumbering pebbles on the beach and in the outdoor pool. Those days are long gone though, leaving behind a funfair and an army of ice cream vans that have somehow clung on stubbornly through the quiet times. So far, so unremarkable. However New Brighton gained a degree of notoriety in the 1980s with the publication of Martin Parr’s ‘The Last Resort’. Controversial, in your face and unflinchingly honest, the book is now considered a classic. A mark of its influence is the number of photographers drawn to the top right corner of the Wirral to pay tribute, such as Peter Dench, who made the pilgrimage in 2011 on the 25th anniversary of the book’s publication. His account The Last Resort Revisited perfectly describes the sense of nostalgia for the recent past that keeps photographers coming back.  Read more…

How Rankin’s ALIVE exhibition has offered a different possibility for discussing death…

14 August 2013 by Dickie

An orange post-it note left by a visitor to the Rankin exhibtion expressing emotion

Visitor response to ALIVE exhibition

Here’s a blog from Chrissy Partheni, Head of Museum Partnerships. Chrissy recently gave a talk to visitors about our Rankin exhibition and its connections with the Walker Art Gallery’s permanent collections: Read more…

Timeless beauty

31 July 2013 by Laura

Make-up applied in front of painting

To celebrate our new book, ‘Pre-Raphaelite Treasures at National Museums Liverpool’ we asked So Coco Rouge to create a  makeover, inspired by the Pre-Raphaelite style! Sian-Louise Auld from the Liverpool beauty salon has given us some tips below on how you too can achieve this timeless look: Read more…

School holiday survival guide

29 July 2013 by Angela

Children in the Walker Art Gallery looking at a painting

The school holidays are here. Six idyllic weeks with your angelic little ones to look forward to… here’s our guide to making the most of the summer, even when their halos slip a little: Read more…

A delicate operation

16 July 2013 by Angela

The Amber Cabinet

Here is a post from Tracey Seddon, Head of Organics Conservation:

“I was relieved last week to get the fabulous Amber Cabinet back on display where it belongs in the Walker Art Gallery. I had reluctantly and rather hastily taken the decision to remove it from display back in 2011 when rumblings caused by the demolition of the Central Library next door had lead to some small fragments falling off. I was very concerned about the prospect of more damage. Read more…

Visitors moved by Rankin exhibition

9 July 2013 by Lisa

Post it now with text "It makes you think about the people you love!"

A visitor comment from the response wall at the Walker.

Below are some of the moving comments that have been posted on our response wall at the Walker Art Gallery by visitors to the ‘ALIVE: In The Face of Death’ exhibition.

It seems that Rankin’s photographs have really made people think about their own loved ones, while also being uplifted by the stories of those who appear in the exhibition.  Read more…

Triumph of Fortitude

27 June 2013 by Angela

Triumph of Fortitude being rehung

Here’s an update from Tracey Seddon, Head of Organics Conservation:

“This is my first blog for a good while so I should introduce myself. I am Tracey Seddon, Head of Organics Conservation for National Museums Liverpool.  What does that mean, I hear you ask? Well, basically I look after the museums’ objects; specifically those made from organic materials like wood, basketry, fur, feathers, horn,  ivory and bone (I know! those latter two are only a tiny bit organic).  Other specialist colleagues deal with specific categories of material like paintings, furniture and sculpture. Read more…

A tale of two dinners at Walker Art Gallery

6 June 2013 by Laura

Two paintings

(From L to R) Isabella by Millais displayed alongside ‘The Dinner Party’ by Walsh

We have a very welcome guest amongst our Pre-Raphaelite paintings in room 6 of the Walker Art Gallery at present.

‘The Dinner Party’ (1980) by Sam Walsh is displayed for the first time next to its 19th century inspiration, ‘Isabella’ (1848-49) by John Everett Millais. Read more…

Double Take: Portraits from the Keith Medley Archive

3 June 2013 by Laura

Dual-portrait of a young woman

Image courtesy of the Keith Medley Archive, LJMU.

What happens when we face a camera? How do our gestures, expressions and thoughts alter? Or do they? Perhaps we are so used to having our photographs taken and beamed onto a social media site for the world to see, share and ‘Like’ that we have become immune to the camera’s authority.

This was certainly not the case in the 1960s, as illustrated by a fascinating selection of portraits in the Walker’s exhibition, ‘Double Take: Portraits from the Keith Medley Archive’. This touching insight into the ‘performance’ of ordinary people in front of a camera is part of ‘LOOK/13‘. Read more…

LightNight at the museums

14 May 2013 by Louise

Museum of Liverpool exterior at night

Dusk at Museum of Liverpool (c) Ben Kirkpatrick

There’s not long to go until Liverpool’s one-night arts festival, LightNight this Friday and here at the museums we’ve got plenty to offer.

Museum of Liverpool are celebrating ancient history with Big Heritage’s Roman Medicine Roadshow from 4-8pm. There’ll be the opportunity to join a workshop with a bone specialist who will demonstrate how we can learn about past lives from human remains; then watch Roman Gladiators fight it out and have their wounds healed using Roman herbal remedies. You can even look like you’ve been part of the battle by paying a visit to make-up artists, So Coco Rouge who will be using their skills to inflict battle wounds and scars on willing visitors. Read more…

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