Ben Johnson in Residence
28 Jan – 7 March 2008
Leading artist Ben Johnson joins us in the Walker Art Gallery to add the finishing touches to his breathtaking, panoramic painting, The Liverpool Cityscape.
The 16ft-long canvas is Ben’s largest and most complex painting, reflecting the vast area of the city it captures. Three years in the making, it takes in Liverpool’s famous skyline from a vantage point high above the River Mersey.
The cityscape will be a lasting legacy of Liverpool’s European Capital of Culture year and now visitors can see it in the final stages of completion.
Watch Ben at work and discover the secrets behind his meticulous, detailed technique. Liverpool’s best-loved landmarks will provide a unique sight-seeing opportunity and the artist and a team of information assistants will be on hand to answer questions.
Big Art for little artists
Big Art for Little Artists is our dedicated children’s gallery. Inside you will find all you need to bring art to life. Featuring objects from our collections, this colourful gallery holds paintings, sculpture, toys, ceramics, costumes, and a whole host of exciting activities to keep you and your youngsters entertained during every visit.
Parent and baby morning
Feb 4, 18, 25, Mar 3, 10, 17, 24, 31
Join us in Big Art for a chance to meet other parents and babies and take part in specially designed activities. (under 5s)
Mar 8, 9
Create your own flowers using Rossetti’s Dante’s Dream and Perugini’s Peonies as inspiration. (over 5s)
Feb 12, 13
Watch artist Ben Johnson as he adds the finishing touches to his Liverpool Cityscape panorama. Follow it by creating your own cityscape art. (over 7s)
Feb 16, 17
Create and decorate your own fan, using Kate Blacker’s sculpture Geisha as inspiration. (over 7s)
Mar 22, 23
Join artist Juliet Staines and make your very own animal mask. Use paintings such as Horse Frightened by a Lion by George Stubbs to awaken your creativity.
Inspired by the Joseph Wright of Derby exhibition this is a practical portrait workshop for adults. Join artist Dennis Spicer as he explores different techniques used while you produce your own sketches. Booking essential, call 0151 478 4178.
2 – 4.30pm
This practical session with Gladys-Mary Coles, Liverpool-based poet and tutor, enables you to explore the gallery’s collection through narratives, poetry and memoirs.
Poetry in the City
2 – 4.30pm
Using the paintings in the Walker as inspiration get creative and learn to write poems guided by Gladys-Mary Coles, Liverpool-based poet and tutor.
February 9, 17, 23, March 1, 3, 4
Join Ben Johnson in the gallery as he adds the finishing touches to his Liverpool panorama. Ben will also discuss the painting and the techniques he used to produce the piece.
130 Years of Collecting at the Walker
Julian Treuherz shows how the Walker’s collection, from modest beginnings in 1877, has become one of the leading regional galleries in the country. He talks about some of the donors and personalities, and the changes in taste and artistic policy that have given the collection its distinctive character.
Picture of the Month
March 5, 27
Xanthe Brooke discusses St Bernardino Preaching by Francesco di Giorgio.
Discovering Art lecture series
March 8 & April 5*
Nirvana Romell returns with this populist series. We start with a refresher session in March and in April explore art in 1700s.
The Conservation of St Bernardino Preaching
Nicola Christie talks about the conservation treatment and cleaning of Francesco di Giorgio’s artwork, revealing how this painting was constructed.
Picture of the Month
April 10, 28
This month’s painting, Fortune-Teller by Georges de La Tour, is currently on loan from the Metropolitan Museum, New York.
Art in the Age of Steam
Focusing on some of the exhibition’s highlights Dr Paul O’Keeffe leads a guided tour of Art in the Age of Steam.
* Collect ticket from the welcome desk or call 0151 478 4178
Daily 10am- 4pm
Serving a selection of open sandwiches, salads, jacket potatoes, soup, cakes and drinks. Children’s lunchboxes and highchair available. Meals served until 4pm.
Offering a range of books, postcards, prints, jewellery and pocket-money priced gifts.