Walker Art Gallery

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.

Only in England - Photographs by Tony Ray-Jones and Martin Parr

  • 13 February — 7 June 2015 *on now

'Only in England' explores the lasting influence of the British photographer Tony Ray-Jones on the development of British photography from the 1970s to the present day.

More than 100 images, around half of which are new prints selected by esteemed photographer Martin Parr, are humorous yet melancholic images which reflect English customs and identity as well as Ray-Jones’ innovative approach.

Also included are around 50 of Parr’s own rarely seen early black and white photographs from 'The Non-Conformists' series which reveal how an early introduction to Ray-Jones’ work affected Parr’s emerging style.

Only in England' is part funded by the European Union - the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).

Exhibition organised and toured by National Media Museum and Science Museum’s Media Space.



Nicolas Poussin's 'Extreme Unction'

  • 6 March — 7 June 2015 *on now

An opportunity to see a masterpiece by one of the greatest French artists of the seventeenth century, Nicolas Poussin (1594-1665) in a special display at the Walker Art Gallery.

'Extreme Unction' was painted in the late 1630s as part of a series of seven canvases illustrating the 'Seven Sacraments of the Roman Catholic Church', as they might have occurred during the early history of the Church.

The painting will be shown alongside two landscapes by Poussin from the Walker Art Gallery's collections.

This display will reveal Poussin’s working methods, examine his popularity in eighteenth-century England and compares his treatment of this sombre and solemn ritual of the final anointing of a dying man, with the two landscapes from the Walker.

'Extreme Unction' was recently bought for the nation by the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge.

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REALITY - Modern and contemporary British painting

  • 10 June — 29 November 2015

Walter Sickert, Francis Bacon, Lucian Freud, David Hockney, George Shaw, Alison Watt and Jenny Saville are just some of the artists who star in this stunning exhibition, which explores the role of painting within contemporary art.

Six decades of British painting are represented by more than 50 works, united not only by the medium of paint but also the unique way the artist represents real life in modern Britain.

This exhibition has a special connection to the Walker Art Gallery, home to the John Moores, the UK’s biggest painting prize. Many of the names in the exhibition are connected to the prize as past exhibitors and/or judges.

A touring exhibition from the Sainsbury Centre for the Visual Arts, University of East Anglia.

'REALITY' is part funded by the European Union - the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).



Walker Art Gallery
William Brown Street
L3 8EL

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