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.

REALITY - Modern and contemporary British painting

  • 10 June — 29 November 2015 *on now

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).



Transformation: One Man’s Cross-Dressing Wardrobe

  • 24 October 2015 — 1 February 2017 *on now

This ground-breaking display, the first of its kind in a British museum, will feature 16 garments from the collection of Peter Farrer. Born in 1926, Peter has been cross-dressing since he was 14. The display will include highlights from his historic and modern collection of cross-dressing clothes.

Peter’s interest in women’s period costume has led him to collect extensively and he now has a huge number of garments, particularly evening dresses made between the 1930s and the 1980s.

He is especially interested in dresses made from taffeta, a crisp lightweight fabric that makes a distinctive rustle when the wearer moves. He has had a wardrobe of taffeta dresses made that he can wear at home, created for him by the Brighton-based dressmaker Sandi Hall, owner of the Kentucky Woman Clothing Company.

Suitable for

  • Any age



Pug Virus

  • 29 October 2015 — 3 January 2016 *on now

‘Pug Virus’, a sculpture by British artist John Walter, explores the relationship between visual culture and HIV today. This sculpture is characteristic of the artist's colourful and carnivalesque approach to the subject.

The four metre-high inflatable head is sewn in pink ripstop nylon and is based on one of a series of 3D printed ‘virus heads’ that Walter has made.

‘Pug Virus’ is Walter’s attempt to re-envision HIV in our current era of highly effective antiretroviral therapy, in contrast to representations of the virus during the 'AIDS' crisis in the 1980s.

The sculpture is part of Walter's exhibition, Alien Sex Club, which can be seen at Camp and Furnace as part of Homotopia Festival.

Suitable for

  • Any age



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William Brown Street
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