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.
- World Museum
- Lady Lever Art Gallery
- International Slavery Museum
- Merseyside Maritime Museum
- Museum of Liverpool
- Sudley House
Daily 10am - 5pm.
Closed: 24 December, from 2pm
25, 26 December
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.
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;
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.
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).
Light Night at the Walker Art Gallery
- 15 May 2015 5-10pm
Celebrate a night of the performing and visual arts with the team at the Walker Art Gallery from masterpiece painting to contemporary photography and a late night opening of Big Art for Little Artists there's something for the whole family to enjoy. Brio Voce 6pm Holy Family School choir 'Brio Voce' perform their new repertoire which includes modern, classics and Liverpool themed songs. Only in England exhibition tour 7pm Join Greg Hobson, Curator of Photographs from the National Media Museum for a tour of Only in England. Exploring the work of British photographers Tony Ray-Jones and Martin Parr and how their influence has impacted upon photography today. Big Art for Little Artists open until 8pm Big Art for Little Artists is our children’s gallery that brings art to life through paintings, sculpture, toys and costumes. Get creative with hands-on activities and interactive fun. Nicolas Poussin's Extreme Unction 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. Join artist Alexander Adams as he discusses Poussin, poussinisme and how artists have reacted to Poussin. In the Temple of Love Poets Michael Brown and Maria Isakova Bennett will read In the Temple of Love, inspired by work from the Walker Art Gallery’s collection. LIPA Live Throughout the evening A showcase introducing varied talent from The Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts. Liverpool Community Choir Throughout the evening Prepare to be blown away by the sounds of Liverpool Community Choir.
- Family friendly
Only in England
- 15 May 2015 10am-10pm
'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. This exhibition of more than 100 humorous yet melancholic images also includes new prints selected by esteemed photographer Martin Parr. The display reflects English customs and identity as well as Ray-Jones’ innovative approach. “Don't take boring pictures” was a self-imposed rule Tony Ray-Jones lived by throughout his all too short career. Documenting ordinary English life, his images were a startling departure from anything else being produced at the time. They quickly attracted the attention of the Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA), London, where they were exhibited in 1969. Tragically, in 1972, Ray-Jones died from leukaemia aged just 30. Around 50 of Martin Parr’s rarely seen early black and white photographs from 'The Non-Conformists' series will form part of the exhibition and reveal how an early introduction to Ray-Jones’ work affected Parr’s emerging style. This exhibition forms part of the LOOK/15: Liverpool International Photography Festival where photographic exhibitions and events take place across the city. '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.
- Not suitable for children