art in liverpool

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Walker Art Gallery

William Brown Street, Liverpool
Information desk 0151 478 4199
www.thewalker.org.uk
Open daily 10am to 5pm
Closed from 2pm on 24 December and all day on 25, 26 December and 1 January
Admission Free

The national gallery of the North, the Walker is one of the finest art galleries in Europe housing outstanding collections of British and European art from 1300 to the present day.  Following a major refurbishment in 2002, the Walker is hosting must-see exhibitions in the new temporary exhibition galleries.


Exhibitions

George Stubbs: A Celebration
7 April – 30 July 2006
Celebrating the bicentenary of the death of Liverpool’s greatest painter George Stubbs, this small exhibition of about 25 masterpieces looks at three themes - humans, horses and other animals.
Exhibits range from Stubbs’ remarkable pictures painted on Wedgwood earthenware plaques to stunning horse paintings. This exhibition also features two paintings of agricultural labourers from the Lady Lever Art Gallery. Molly Longlegs, from the Walker’s collection, has been cleaned for this show which travels on to Tate Britain and later the Frick Collection, New York.

A Passion for Fashion
29 April to 30 July 2006
Browse through the fabulous wardrobe of a true shopaholic! Mrs Tinne, bought extensively from many Liverpool shops and dressmakers during the 1920s and '30s. Visitors to this exhibition will be delighted by the array of wonderful daywear, eveningwear, coats, swimwear and accessories she collected and lovingly preserved.
The exhibition will be accompanied by a publication about the Tinne collection.

John Moores 24
16 September – 3 December 2006
A major exhibition of contemporary paintings selected through open competition and one of the UK’s leading exhibitions. The exhibition, which was founded by the late Sir John Moores and continues to be supported by the Moores family, has a track record for spotting rising talent. The exhibition will play a major part in the Liverpool 2006 Biennial, the only biennial of contemporary art in the UK.
Supported by: John Moores Liverpool Exhibition Trust and the aFoundation.

Partners in Art – Crime Scenes
1 March to 31 May 2006
Two paintings on the theme of murder form the latest partnership project between the Walker Art Gallery and Manchester Art Galleries, which aims to bring together significant works of art to people in the North West. Walter Richard Sickert’s gloomy and mysterious interior entitled Jack the Ripper’s Bedroom from Manchester Art Gallery has been paired with the Walker Art Gallery’s bleak early painting by Cézanne depicting a violent crime scene.

Partners in Art – LIV/MAN Part 2
25 June 2004 to (closing date tbc)
Contemporary artist Laurence Lane explores the complex relationship between Liverpool and Manchester in this new aural artwork. At the Walker LIV/MAN Part 2 features vox pop recordings in which people on the streets of Manchester talk about their impressions of the city of Liverpool. Meanwhile in Manchester Art Gallery visitors can hear what scousers think about their rival city in the complementary part of the sound work. Together the pieces give a revealing depiction of how the identity of each city is perceived by the other. Alongside the inevitable prejudice a more varied picture emerges of rivalry intermixed with affection and respect.

Events & Activities


Big Art: for little artists (permanent gallery)
Opens March 2006
A vibrant and exciting multi-sensory experience where children explore art through a wide variety of activities inspired by the Walker’s world-class art collections. The gallery celebrates and encourages basic skills that can enhance a child’s experience of art, embracing drawing, reading, writing and talking.
Main Funders: JP Jacobs charitable Trust, DCMS Wolfson Museum & Galleries Improvement Fund

Behind the Scenes tour
Find out more about what goes on behind the scenes at the gallery and explore hidden parts of the building.
There is limited disabled access on sections of this tour.
Wednesday 19 April, 17 May & Wednesday 21 June 2006
11.30am-12.30pm
Adults
Call 0151 478 4178 to book a place

George Stubbs: A Celebration exhibition tour
A guided tour of the George Stubbs exhibition, picking out some of the best works from the Walker’s collections.
Saturday 22 April, 20 May & Sunday 25 June 2006
2- 2.30pm
Adults

Poetry in the City: Words and Pictures
Liverpool-based poet and tutor Gladys-Mary Coles will give tips and hints on writing poems inspired by the Walker Art Gallery’s collection.
Thursday 27 April 2006
2- 4.30pm
Adults
Call 0151 478 4178 to book a place

Passion for Fashion exhibition tour
Curator Pauline Rushton will give a guided tour of this exhibition of Art Deco costumes. Highlights include beautiful evening dresses, rich detailed coats and fabulous accessories, all bought by Mrs Emily Tinne, a Liverpool lady, who loved to shop.
Tuesday 2 May & Thursday 15 June 2006
2- 2.45pm
Adults

Picture the Scene: Dutch genre painting
A lecture by the art historian Clare Ford-Wille about the fascinating insights into everyday life represented in Dutch genre painting of the 17th century. This talk is to mark the loan to the Walker Art Gallery of Ter Borch's painting Mother combing her child's hair for lice, from the Mauritshuis, Netherlands.
Wednesday 3 May 2006
1- 2pm
Adults
Free tickets from the Walker shop

Poetry in the City: Words and Pictures
Thursday 4 May 2006
2- 4.30pm
Adults
Call 0151 478 4178 to book a place

George Stubbs Study Afternoon
An afternoon of talks highlighting the George Stubbs exhibition at the Walker Art Gallery. Frank Milner will talk about the Walker’s collection of Stubbs paintings, and Martin Myrone, curator at Tate Britain, will explore Stubbs anatomical researches for his art.
Saturday 6 May 2006
2- 4.30pm
Adults
Call 0151 478 4178 to book a place

A Liverpool Connection: Auguste Rodin and collector James Smith
In this lecture Edward Morris, art historian, author, and former curator of Fine Art at the Walker, will talk about the relationship between art patron James Smith and the sculptor Auguste Rodin, highlighting the Auguste Rodin special display.
Tuesday 9 May 2006
1- 2pm
Adults
Free tickets from the Walker shop

Poetry in the City: Performance by Phillip Davenport
A selection of readings and performance by Phillip Davenport as part of the Poetry in the City festival. The event will include a performance by sound artist Ben Gwillian.
Saturday 13 May 2006
At intervals 2.30 – 4.30pm
Adults
Limited places available on the day

Stubbs: A Conservator’s View

Conservator Nicola Christie will discuss a selection of paintings from the current exhibition, exploring Stubbs’ materials and techniques.
Thursday 18 May 2006
1-2pm
Adults
Free tickets from the Walker shop

Mrs Tinne’s Wardrobe: A Liverpool Lady’s Clothes
To coincide with the A Passion for Fashion exhibition, this talk by curator Pauline Rushton will look at the times in which Mrs Emily Margaret Tinne lived, the Liverpool shops she frequented, and the fabulous clothes she owned.
Thursday 15 June 2005
1-2pm
Adults
Pick up your ticket from the Walker shop

March Object of the Month
Astronomical Clock, Thomas Barry, Ormskirk 1787
A free information sheet is available in the gallery every day during March, plus you can join in free lunchtime talks in front of the object on the following dates.
Tuesday 7 & Thursday 30 March 2006
1- 1.30pm
Adult- drop in

April Painting of the Month
A Horse frightened by a Lion, George Stubbs
A free information sheet is available in the gallery every day during April, plus you can join in free lunchtime talks in front of the painting on the following dates.
Tuesday 11 &Thursday 20 April 2006
1- 1.30pm
Adult- drop in

May Sculpture of the Month
Auguste Rodin special display
A free information sheet is available in the gallery every day during May, plus you can join in free lunchtime talks amongst the special display on the following dates.
Friday 12 & Tuesday 30 May 2006
1- 1.30pm
Adult- drop in

June object of the Month
Mrs Tinne’s wool bathing suit
A free information sheet is available in the gallery every day during June, plus you can join in free lunchtime talks amongst in front of the object on the following dates.
Thursday 01 & Tuesday 20 June 2006
1- 1.30pm
Adult- drop in