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.

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



Inspired by Liverpool’s Past

  • 19 November 2015 — 28 March 2016 *on now

This small display in Room 13, includes a new commission by Paul Scott, together with a selection of Liverpool ceramics from our historic collections that inspired him.

Paul Scott is based in Cumbria and has an international reputation for printed ceramics. He visited the museum collections of Plymouth, Bristol, Cardiff and Liverpool to create this work, which reflects themes connecting the history of these port cities.

The work is a ceramic collage in four parts and was presented by the Contemporary Art Society in 2014 to Plymouth City Museum and Art Gallery, National Museum Wales, Bristol City Museum and Art Gallery and National Museums Liverpool.

Suitable for

  • Any age




  • 12 February — 5 June 2016

This major new exhibition, showcasing more than 120 paintings by leading Pre-Raphaelite artists, will highlight Liverpool’s significant role in the art movement, reinforcing the city’s position as the Victorian art capital of the north.

Through some of the most enduring and popular works of the period, National Museums Liverpool has worked with one of the world’s leading Pre-Raphaelite experts, Christopher Newall, to produce an exhibition which reveals the full extent of a Northern art scene that rivalled London in Victorian England.

Paintings on loan from institutions and private collections across the UK – many of which have never been on public display before – and key pieces from National Museums Liverpool’s own collections will feature.

The exhibition will examine the relationship between artists like Ford Madox Brown and Dante Gabriel Rossetti with their Liverpool contemporaries, collectors, and the institutions that welcomed them, while also looking at the patrons who commissioned them, many of whom had Liverpool connections.

Accompanied by a full-colour 128-page catalogue, the exhibition will present fascinating new research into Pre-Raphaelite painters and collectors in Northern England, through the legacy of the glorious artworks they left behind.

Suitable for

  • Any age


Admission: £7 for adults, £5 for concessions. Visitors aged 18 and under enter free.



The John Moores Painting Prize 2016

  • 9 July — 27 November 2016

The John Moores Painting Prize 2016 exhibition forms part of Liverpool Biennial 2016 festival of contemporary art.

Having championed contemporary British painting for almost 60 years, the John Moores competition is the country’s longest-established prize for artists working with the medium of paint.

A selection of shortlisted works are displayed in the exhibition, chosen by an esteemed panel of judges, including five prize-winning paintings, one of which will be awarded the £25,000 first prize.

Suitable for

  • Any age



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.

Big Art Christmas

  • 5 December 2015 10am-4pm
  • 12 December 2015 10am-4pm
  • 19 December 2015 10am-4pm

Get in the festive spirit and join us for seasonal craft activity and make a card for someone special.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly



Talk Tuesday: Paul Scott

  • 15 December 2015 From 1pm
  • 12 January 2016 From 1pm

Paul Scott is a ceramic artist based in Cumbria, with an international reputation. Assistant Curator Nicola Scott will talk about his new work Toxteth Park, Herculaneum and Liver Birds and the Liverpool objects that inspired it.

Suitable for

  • Any age



Sculpture sketching

  • 20 — 24 December 2015
  • 27 — 31 December 2015
  • 2 — 3 January 2016 10am-4:30pm

Grab some drawing materials and sketch until your heart's content surrounded by the beauty of the Sculpture Gallery.

Suitable for

  • Any age




  • 23 January 2016 From 11am

Join poet Anna Saunders as she gives a special reading from her acclaimed poetry collection, 'Struck'. Many of her pieces are inspired by the Walkers very own collections.

Suitable for

  • Any age



Walker Art Gallery
William Brown Street
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General information

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