Walker Art Gallery

Walker Art Gallery
William Brown Street
L3 8EL








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Walker Art Gallery
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The Walker Art Gallery was built in the 1870s and houses an internationally important collection of paintings, artefacts and sculpture from the 14th century to the contemporary.

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Opening hours

Daily 10am - 5pm.
Closed: 24 December, from 2pm
25, 26 December
1 January

Admission charges

All events, tours, exhibitions and activities are FREE.

It is especially rich in European Old Masters, Victorian and Pre-Raphaelite pictures and modern British works. Outstanding works include Simone Martini's Christ Discovered in the Temple and masterpieces by Rubens, Rembrandt, Poussin, Gainsborough and Hogarth. There is an exciting exhibition programme, including Britain's premier painting biennial, the John Moores exhibition.

Collection details

Costume and Textiles, Decorative and Applied Art, Fine Art, Music

Key artists and exhibits

  • Pre-Raphaelites; Sculpture; Victorians; Renaissance; Italian; Impressionists; 20th century; Simone Martini; Poussin; Turner; Henry Moore; Millais; Rossetti; Leighton; And When Did You Last See Your Father?; Gainsborough; Stubbs; Burne-Jones; Waterhouse; Cezanne; Sickert; Rodin; Lowry; Lucian Freud; David Hockney;
Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.

John Moores Painting Prize 2014

  • 5 July — 30 November 2014 *on now

Britain’s most important painting prize. First held in 1957, the competition culminates in an exhibition held at the Walker Art Gallery every two years, which forms a key strand of the Liverpool Biennial. Previous winners include David Hockney, Peter Doig and in 2012 Sarah Pickstone.



Dazzle Ship Prints

  • 4 August — 31 October 2014 *on now

This display of four 'dazzle ship' prints shows the work of Edward Wadsworth, an Intelligence Officer for the Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve during World War I.

The concept of ‘dazzle camouflage’ was developed by British artist Norman Wilkinson (1878-1971) in 1917. His idea was to use brightly coloured, asymmetric patterns to create optical illusions that, when painted on boats, would obscure their speed and direction. This would make them difficult for the enemy to target. These ‘dazzle’ designs were applied to merchant and troop ships for the remainder of World War I.

Under Wadsworth’s supervision, over two thousand British ships were painted in ‘dazzle camouflage’ in Bristol and Liverpool. This experience inspired him to produce the series of woodcut prints that are now part of the Walker's collections.

This display coincides with Carlos Cruz-Diez's 'Dazzle Ship', which can be seen on Liverpool's waterfront.

Runs from 4 Aug 2014, closing date TBC - Please check Gallery's website prior to visiting.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly



Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.

Introductory Tour

  • 5 November 2014 2-3pm
  • 12 November 2014 2-3pm
  • 19 November 2014 2-3pm
  • 26 November 2014 2-3pm

Enjoy an introductory tour led by our Visitor Hosts focusing on the history of the gallery, and highlights from the collection.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly



The Big Draw

  • 28 — 30 October 2014

The Big Draw is back in town, pick up a pencil and get creative!

Whether you're a seasoned sketcher or occasional doodler - join us for the annual celebration of drawing.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly