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
Mon to Fri 9am-5pm; Sat 10am-1pm
Times subject to change, please check before visiting.
Leslie Briggs: Faces and Places at Huyton Gallery
- 25 January — 14 May 2016 *on now
Les is a self-taught artist who has lived in Kirkby all his life. As a local artist, this exhibition of work shows a wide range of paintings exploring places and faces that feature in Les's life. His painterly technique, style and proficiency has improved year on year and Knowsley Council are delighted to present the results of this, in this exciting solo exhibition.
Les recently won the ‘Adult Visual Artist of the Year’ award as part the ‘Knowsley Sports and Cultural Awards 2015’.
Prior to this, Leslie’s paintings have been selected and exhibited in the ‘Art Merseywide’ exhibition in 2014 and also annually in the Knowsley Open Art exhibition, to which he has previously won one of the ‘Visitor Choice’ prizes, proving that his work is already popular with the public.
- Any age
Huyton Gallery/Library, Civic Way,
New Worlds exhibition
- 15 February — 7 May 2016
‘New Worlds’ takes its inspiration from the era that Kirkby as a New Town was built, the 1960’s.
The optimism and dynamic thinking of the time is reflected within the array of artworks being made by leading artists of that time. Taking the lead from the year that Kirkby Library was built, which has always been the shared home for Kirkby Gallery, 1964 places this exhibition centrally within the decade. The exhibition seeks to present a range of leading British artists and makers who best represent that energetic period of creativity.
- 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
- 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%.
The Kirkby Centre,
0151 443 5617