Carnival Day at The Walker. Sat. 20 Mar 2010

A celebration of vibrant art

The lingering frosts of winter are still in the air but the Walker Art Gallery is bringing a burst of South American sunshine to our lives with a day of free carnival festivities from music, performance and colourful art workshops on Saturday 20 March 2010.


Drop-in sessions, no ticket required.

Tropical Inc.
11 – 4pm
Join the team from Tropical Inc. and some of their beautiful Macaws and Amazon Parrots. Come and see the birds up close and find out more about their natural habitats, what they like to eat and lots more.

12.30, 1.30 and 2.30pm
Capoeira is an Afro-Brazilian art form that combines elements of dance, play and ritualistic fighting. Developed by African slaves as a method of resistance in their fight for freedom, Capoeira is unlike any other martial art and is best seen to be believed.

Music by a.P.A.t.T
2 – 4pm
a.P.A.t.T are a Liverpool based musical collective whose exciting genre-mashing performances are proving hugely popular with audiences.  To celebrate carnival day why not join them on a ‘parade’ around the gallery collecting more and more musicians as they go!

Drop-in sessions, no ticket required. Suitable for 5yrs years up

Atlantic Fire
11- 4pm
The carnival activities are inspired by the exhibition Aubrey Williams: Atlantic Fire. Williams was particularly interested in the cultures of the ancient indigenous people of Central and South America.  Explore the colours and patterns from these ancient cultures and create your own masterpiece in this fun workshop.

Quick Draw Macaw
11- 4pm
Be inspired by Aubrey Williams’ ‘Bird Series’ of paintings and have a go at drawing Guyanese birds from National Museums Liverpool’s collections.

11- 4pm
Costumes and masks form a central part of carnival celebrations. So let’s get into the carnival spirit and make a beautiful feathered mask.

Going off with a BANG!
11 – 4pm
Join us in Big Art and set our carnival celebrations off with a bang by making your own firework picture to take away.

Aubrey Williams: Atlantic Fire runs until 11 April 2010. The exhibition comprises of 14 paintings that demonstrate the strength of Williams’ work and the coherence and consistency of his approach to painting which are alive with colour.

A defining part of Williams’ work, was his interest in the ancient indigenous cultures of Central and South America which enabled him to assert an authentic Caribbean identity within a modern mainstream art world. As he put it:

“The act of painting, the act of daring to make art, the Arawak had a word for it and they called it Timehri. Now, Timehri to the Arawak means the mark of the hand of man…That is the word for art for me.”