Kirkby Gallery

Knowsley has two contemporary art galleries which are housed within libraries in Huyton and Kirkby, in addition to Prescot Museum which focuses on the local history of the area including the important clock and watch making industry.

The galleries display work by local, regional, national and international artists including touring exhibitions from the Hayward Gallery, Knowsley’s Annual Open Exhibitions, schools, and community arts projects.

Knowsley Council also works in partnership with other arts agencies to deliver exhibitions such as Liverpool Biennial and pan-Merseyside projects

Venue Type:


Opening hours

Mon to Fri 9am-5pm; Sat 10am-1pm
Times subject to change, please check before visiting.

Admission charges


Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.
Willy Russell by Peter Edwards

Willy Russell: Behind the Scenes at Kirkby Gallery

  • 5 November 2015 — 23 January 2016 *on now

This exhibition of material from the Willy Russell Archive at Liverpool John Moores University celebrates a selection of Russell’s work spanning five decades from early works referencing the local area to Our Day Out, Stags and Hens, Educating Rita, Shirley Valentine and Blood Brothers. Archive film of performances, posters, playbills, handwritten notes and scripts bring his stories to life, alongside items from his own personal collection to give a rare insight into his work.

There is an exhibition catalogue which accompanies this exhibition priced at £4.00, which can be purchased in the gallery or via the contact details.
The catalogue has been produced by ‘C3Imaging’ specially for this exhibition.

Specially designed for Primary Schools and family groups, we have designed a ‘Self-Led Education Pack’, so that you can learn more about the exhibition and enjoy your visit to the gallery. If you are a school wishing to bring a class to the gallery, please book in advance via the contact details.

Suitable for

  • Any age


Crafted Artist Call-Out - Huyton & Kirkby Galleries

  • 30 May — 24 September 2016
  • 30 May — 13 August 2016

The exhibition will showcase a diverse range of contemporary craft, design, sculpture and fine art. We will be looking for approximately 20 artist / makers to exhibit. We will be looking to artist / makers from the North West in first instance but will consider artists from across the UK.
The exhibition will be staged in two main shows:
Huyton Gallery: Monday 30 May – Saturday 24 September 2016
Kirkby Gallery: Monday 30 May – Saturday 13 August 2016

We would expect all exhibiting artists to present artwork covering a wide price range, from ‘signature’ pieces through to more affordable pieces, to encourage sales.

HOW TO APPLY: Send up to 5 jpegs of the works to be exhibited (and weblink if available), an artists statement, CV, full contact details (inc. address) and price list
Deadline for Expressions of Interest: Friday 30 October 2015

Suitable for

  • Not suitable for children


Artists will need to cover their costs for delivery and return of work.
The commission rate for Knowsley Council on sales is 25%.


Kirkby Gallery
The Kirkby Centre,
Norwich Way,
L32 8XY




0151 443 5617

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