New Walk Museum and Art Gallery

New Walk Museum & Art Gallery
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On the historic New Walk, Leicester's original museum has collections spanning the natural and cultural world. A family friendly day-out, displays include Dinosaurs, Egyptians, Geology, The Den, Wild Space and World Arts.

The art galleries showcase Modern and Old Masters, contemporary art and craft exhibitions and permanent galleries of Arts & Crafts and Picasso Ceramics: The Attenborough Collection and Leicester's internationally renowned German Expressionism collection.

The museum offers a varied events programme, Costa coffee shop with free Wi-Fi access and gift shop including a range of exhibition merchandise and contemporary craft and design. The venue is also available for private hire and licensed for civil marriage and naming ceremonies.

Venue Type:

Museum, Gallery

Opening hours

Monday - Saturday: 10am - 5pm
Sunday: 11am - 5pm

Admission charges

Admission to the museum is free. Certain events and exhibitions may have a charge.

On the historic New Walk, Leicester's oldest museum has collections spanning the natural and cultural world. A family friendly day-out, displays include Egyptians, Wild Space, World Arts and Leicester’s Fine Art collection.

Changing exhibitions feature works by Modern and Old Masters with Leicester’s German Expressionist collection, one of the most notable outside of Germany.

Collection details

World Cultures, Natural Sciences, Fine Art, Decorative and Applied Art, Archaeology

Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.
Four Profiles, 1949

Picasso Ceramics: The Attenborough Collection

  • 18 August 2011 — 31 December 2017 *on now

Following on from the highly successful 2007 exhibition, New Walk Museum & Art Gallery is delighted to present Picasso: The Attenborough Collection, a permanent gallery of selected key works from the collection of Lord and Lady Attenborough.

In 1954 Richard and Sheila Attenborough paid their first visit to the Madoura pottery in Vallauris, where Picasso had been working for several years with Georges and Suzanne Ramié. The Attenboroughs started with modest purchases, leading to a collection numbering some 150 pieces.

All of Picasso’s activity with ceramics centred around the Madoura pottery factory in Vallauris, France. Picasso made plates, jugs and tiles but he also designed new forms combining aspects of painting and sculpture in ceramics. The majority of the collection consists of Editions and Original Impressions; multiple works that Picasso insisted the pottery should produce and sell inexpensively, so that everyone could own a ‘Picasso’.

This intimate permanent exhibition shows a changing display of around forty works selected from the unique collection, curated by renowned Picasso expert, Dr Marilyn McCully.

In 2007, Lord and Lady Attenborough announced that their Picasso ceramics collection would be entrusted to the City of Leicester to commemorate the lives of their daughter, Jane Mary, and their granddaughter, Lucy Elizabeth, who perished together in the Asian Tsunami on 26th December 2004.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Where

New Walk Museum & Art Gallery

Admission

Free admission

Website

http://www.leicester.gov.uk/picasso

Come and investigate The Den!

The Den

  • 31 March 2012 — 31 December 2020 *on now

Come and investigate The Den! The Den is a dedicated space for children aged five and under and their families. Explore exciting new ways to experience museum objects and how they open up opportunities for fun and learning around the museum.

Look, listen, touch, move - in The Den there are no right or wrong answers... the only limit is your imagination!

Suitable for

  • 0-4
  • 5-6

Where

New Walk Museum & Art Gallery, Leicester

Admission

Free admission

Website

http://www.leicester.gov.uk/theden

Portrait of a Girl, Michael Sweerts

The Victorian Art Gallery

  • 24 May 2014 — 31 December 2016 *on now

The Victorian Art Gallery includes restored oil paintings and artworks returning to display after many years.

The new exhibition includes major 16th – 19th century British and European artists, including Joseph Mallord William Turner, Lord Leighton, Edgar Degas and Michael Sweerts.

Opened as a lecture hall and art gallery in 1879, the room continues these roles with improved facilities for weddings, private hire and events.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Free admission

Website

http://www.visitleicester.info/museums

Ernst Neuschul, ‘Die Schminkende’, oil on canvas 1931. Gifted 2014.

Expressionism: The Total Artwork

  • 17 September 2014 — 31 December 2016 *on now

New Walk Museum & Art Gallery are proud to host the largest collection of German Expressionist artwork in the UK, and with support from Arts Council England have re-displayed the collection.

The gallery uses cutting edge museum design to uncover the remarkable story behind our collection. Exploring how and why German and other Expressionist artists revealed their innermost emotions through art, dance, music and drama.

The gallery is accompanied by a website presenting our collection online for the first time and an exciting events programme and performance space to evoke the ‘Gesamtkunstwerk’ (the total artwork).

Admission

Free admission

Website

http://germanexpressionismleicester.org

Mary Sloane: A Portrait of the Artist

  • 25 March — 3 July 2016 *on now

This important exhibition of Leicester born artist Mary Annie Sloane ARE (1867-1961) explores the life and work of a significant Leicester artist.

Born into a comfortable middle class life, Mary chose to pursue an artistic path at a time when training opportunities for women were limited. Her energies were directed into her art, campaigns for women’s’ suffrage, travel and a close friendship with May Morris, daughter of William Morris, father of the Arts & Crafts movement.

Bringing together many previously unseen artworks from private family collections, the exhibition covers both her early Leicester period and later life in London.

Website

http://www.visitleicester.info/things-to-see-and-do/arts-museums/exhibitions/mary-sloane-a-portrait-of-the-artist/

Leicester City Football Club lifting the Barclays Premier League Trophy

Fearless Foxes: Leicester City and the Impossible Dream

  • 4 June — 11 September 2016 *on now

Occasionally the success of a football team inspires a whole community. Even more rarely it captures the imagination of the world. This is that time.

Join us this summer and relive the remarkable rise of Leicester City Football Club, from relegation favourites in March 2015 to Premier League champions in May 2016. This special display uses images and sound to recreate what has been a truly unforgettable year in the world of football.

As well as retracing the football journey month by month, the exhibition will also explore how the success of our football team has not only helped bring Leicester together, but also brought the world to Leicester. Why have people reacted so strongly to this story of sporting success?

Come and share your own thoughts and stories and celebrate a remarkable moment in the city’s history in the city’s flagship museum.

Accompanying the exhibition will be a programme of themed football events throughout the summer for all the family.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Free admission

Website

http://www.visitleicester.info/fearlessfoxes

Resources listed here may include websites, bookable tours and workshops, books, loan boxes and more. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all.

New Walk Museum and Art Gallery
53 New Walk
Leicester
Leicestershire
LE1 7EA
England

Website

www.visitleicester.info/museums

E-mail

Enquiries

museums@leicester.gov.uk

Telephone

Reception

0116 225 4900

All information is drawn from or provided by the venues themselves and every effort is made to ensure it is correct. Please remember to double check opening hours with the venue concerned before making a special visit.
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