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Exhibition catalogue special offer

12 May 2011 by Karen

Cover of a book

A Collector’s Eye exhibition catalogue

Alas, the end is near, but Friday’s Light Night evening at the Walker is an ideal opportunity to catch the A Collector’s Eye: Cranach to Pissarro exhibition before it finishes this Sunday.

And as if that wasn’t news enough, the rather excellent exhibition catalogue, featuring all of the exhibition paintings in full-page, glorious technicolour, will be on special offer. It’ll be a snip at £5, which considering it was superb value at £9.99 makes this a steal. 

This special offer will be available in our shop from Friday, and also through our online shopRead more…

Ben’s back!

11 April 2011 by Karen

Man being filmed painting a large picture

One of the many media visits to Ben’s 2008 residency.

Even if you didn’t make it to the gallery to see it in the flesh, chances are you remember Ben Johnson completing his Liverpool Cityscape painting in front of a live gallery audience at The Walker. The three month residency was regularly in the local papers and on TV, as this photo of Ben being filmed by BBC North West Tonight demonstrates.

It was a wonderful time for the Gallery, with thousands of fascinated artlovers packing in to watch Ben paint and ask him questions about his work. It was obviously pretty special for Ben as well as he’s coming back to talk about the experience he describes as ‘a dream come true’. Read more…

Things to do with the kids

4 April 2011 by Karen

Image of a colourful e-newsletter

Family News – our new, free e-newsletter.

If you’re already wondering how your sanity and bank balance are going to survive the Easter holidays, then fear not. We’ve just launched a new monthly e-newlstter aimed at families which should help. Family News has things to do at home, competitions, special offers, information on our free events and activities, and lots more besides (you can see the first edition here). Just tick the ‘Family friendly news, events and activities’ option when you sign up on the registration page and you’ll get the next edition. Read more…

Win our latest exhibition catalogue

27 January 2011 by Karen

Book cover

The ‘A Collector’s Eye’ catalogue

Just a few weeks to the opening of the next must-see exhibition at the Walker, ‘A Collector’s Eye: Cranach to Pissarro’. Old Masters like Rubens, El Greco, Delacroix and Cranach are included alongside Impressionists such as Pissarro and Sisley in a tour of five centuries of art.

If you can’t make it to the exhibition, fancy doing a bit of reading in advance or just can’t wait to visit, then the accompanying catalogue is for you. All of the exhibition works are featured, each with its own double page spread, and at £9.99 it’s a snip at twice the price. Read more…

Winter Arts Market

24 November 2010 by Karen

This Saturday (27 November) we’ll be running a stall at the Winter Arts Market at St George’s Hall in Liverpool city centre. As well as lots of information on our venues, events and exhibitions, and will also have a selection of our books to buy, ranging from exhibition guides to collection catalogues. The perfect Christmas present for the book lover in your life!

So if you’d like to try before you buy, or just fancy a festive fair, then pop along. It’s open 10am-5pm. There’s more on the market on their website. And if you can’t make it along on the day there’s always our online shop. Read more…

John Moores catalogue signing session

19 November 2010 by Karen

You might have already seen that on Thursday night (25 November) the 2010 John Moores Painting Prize winner, Keith Coventry, will be discussing his work with previous juror and independent art critic Sacha Craddock.

Both Keith and Sacha have kindly agreed to do a signing session after the event. Keith will signing copies of the JM2010 catalogue, and Sacha will be signing copies of the 2008 exhibition catalogue in which she features as a juror. Catalogues cost £9.95 and £5 respectively. Read more…

Win a signed John Moores catalogue

15 October 2010 by Karen

We’ve a few copies of the John Moores Painting Prize catalogue to give away in our latest competition. Each has been signed by the competition winner – Keith Coventry – and is a real collector’s item.

To be in with a chance of winning just answer this easy peasy question:

The 2010 catalogue features the five prize winners from another John Moores competition which is in its inaugural year. In which Chinese city did that competition take place?

Send us your answer with your name and address using this contact form. The deadline for entries is noon on Friday 29 October, 2010.

If you’re not lucky enough to win a copy, you can buy your own at our online shop.  Read more…

New books available to buy and win

31 August 2010 by Karen

Book cover showing The Beatles and The Zutons

The Beat Goes On: Liverpool, Popular Music and the Changing City

It’s all go on the publications front at NML with new titles arriving and due shortly.

You may already know that we recently launched a book to accompany the Hitched exhibition at Sudley House. Also called Hitched it features 13 beautiful wedding outfits in full colour, together with close-up details and many original wedding photographs. It’s a snip at £4.95 and is available through our venue shops and our online bookshop.

If you enjoyed The Beat Goes On exhibition at World Museum last year then the new book of the same name is for you. It is a critical historical account of popular music in Liverpool, looking at why the city is so important musically and how has it sustained its importance, from the Beatles to the Zutons and beyond. It’s also available to buy online and through our venues. Read more…

Tell us your story and win a copy of our wedding clothes book

29 July 2010 by Karen

Book cover showing detail from a wedding dress

The new Hitched publication

To mark the publication of Hitched: Wedding Clothes in National Museums Liverpool, we’re giving away a couple of free copies. The book features 13 wedding garments from our collections, ranging from cute 19 century pageboy’s outfits to a 1970s knitted wedding dress, alongside the more familiar white floaty creations.

To be in with a chance of winning a copy you need to tell us your wedding story. It might be a wedding you attended or your own big day. It might be funny or a horror story. Did you walk up the aisle with your dress tucked in your knickers? Did you fall onto the wedding cake? Was the best man’s speech a shocker? We want to know (providing they’re clean). Read more…

It’s Everlution!

12 March 2010 by Karen

Today is the anniversary of a momentous event for football fans in Liverpool and beyond. It was on this day in 1892 that Everton Football Club split in two, with half of the members leaving their home at Anfield and moving to a new site a few hundred yards away at Goodison Road, and the remaining members staying to form Liverpool Football Club.

The Everton Collection website features the actual minute book from 25 January 1892 that describes the members’ final offer to Mr Houlding, the owner of the ground they were currently leasing, and the resolution to move to Goodison Road if the offer was not accepted. The rest is history. There’s more on the Anfield Split as it came to be known, including the politics and personalities that contributed, in a special feature on the site. Read more…

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