Walker Art Gallery

Walker Art Gallery
William Brown Street
Liverpool
Merseyside
L3 8EL
England

Website

National Museums Liverpool

http://www.liverpoolmuseums.org.uk/walker

E-mail

General

thewalker@liverpoolmuseums.org.uk

Press

press@liverpoolmuseums.org.uk

Telephone

General information

0151 478 4199

Press

0151 478 4612

Fax

Education

0151 478 4110

General

0151 478 4190

Press

0151 478 4777

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The Walker Art Gallery, with a decorative fountain in the foreground.
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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.

Venue Type:

Gallery

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.

Grayson Perry: The Vanity of Small Differences

  • 16 May 2014 4-10pm

An early opportunity to see Grayson Perry’s celebrated tapestry series. The tapestries explore taste, class, aspiration and identity in a British context. Join Pauline Rushton, exhibition curator for a guided tour at 17:30 & 18.30. This event is part of National Museums Liverpool's Modern Masters exhibition series part funded by the European Union - the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF). This is a LightNight event, Liverpool's one-night arts & culture festival. Part of Museums at Night.. Visit www.lightnightliverpool.co.uk for more details and the full programme.

Website

http://www.liverpoolmuseums.org.uk

Dot-art Schools

  • 17 May — 8 June 2014

A selection of paintings from some of the best artistic talent from Merseyside schools.

Website

http://​www.​liverpoolmuseums.​org.​uk/​walker

The Vanity of Small Differences - Grayson Perry

  • 17 May — 10 August 2014

Grayson Perry’s six tapestries explore taste, class, aspiration and identity in a British context. The work was created during filming of Channel 4 series ‘All in the Best Possible Taste with Grayson Perry’

Website

http://www.​liverpoolmuseums.​org.​uk/​walker

John Moores Painting Prize 2014

  • 5 July — 30 November 2014

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.

Website

http://www.​liverpoolmuseums.​org.​uk/​walker

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.

Liverpool, Centre of the Creative Universe

  • 16 May 2014 5-6:30pm

Join actor, tour guide and artist Jacqueline Boylan, on an entertaining Wanderpool arts and history guided walk from one of the best neo-classical buildings in the world to Britain's oldest arts centre. We'll pass the real Yellow Submarine, walk along an interstellar ley line, find out about custard-diving hippies, keep a magical statue company and much more!

If you're not the sort of person who would normally go on a guided walk, then this may just be the tour to change your mind! Brimming full with amusing anecdotes, and fascinating facts, this gentle, relaxed and entertaining walk looks at Liverpool's cultural and artistic history from 1826 onwards.

By the end you'll be convinced that Liverpool really is the Centre of the Creative Universe.

Wanderpool will be running other tours throughout the day and into the night. This is a LightNight event, Liverpool's one-night arts & culture festival. Part of Museums at Night.. Visit www.lightnightliverpool.co.uk for more details and the full programme.

Admission

Book your place www.wanderpool.co.uk. Some places may be available on the day!

Website

http://www.wanderpool.co.uk

SingalongaLiverpool (A-Side) Tate Liverpool to the Bluecoat

  • 16 May 2014 7-8:30pm

Come and join us on a musical romp through Livepool's history as we walk and sing our way from St George's Plateau to the Bluecoat! Part guided walk, part community sing-song with just a touch of 1960s happenings thrown in for good measure! Join Wanderpool and your fellow culture-vultures in what has to be the most fun, fascinating and downright fantabulous way to get from one LightNight venue to another! Actor, tour guide and artist Jacqueline Boylan will regale you with interesting facts and stories about the buildings en route and lead you in singing relevant classics from the First World War right up to modern times!

We'll get to the Bluecoat before 9pm where you can check out the activities there or join us on The B-side - another, different singalong walk through the Old Town and along the Waterfront to the Open Eye, Museum of Liverpool, Maritime Museum and Tate.

Short of time? No worries! Think of us as musical, walking bus! Hop on and off wherever is convenient for you. Just don't forget to tip the driver. This is a LightNight event, Liverpool's one-night arts & culture festival. Part of Museums at Night.. Visit www.lightnightliverpool.co.uk for more details and the full programme.

Admission

Book your place www.wanderpool.co.uk. Some places may be available on the day!

Website

http://www.wanderpool.co.uk

SingalongaLiverpool (B-Side) Walker Art Gallery to the Bluecoat

  • 16 May 2014 9-10:30pm

Come and join us on a musical romp through Livepool's history as we walk and sing our way from the Bluecoat to the Tate! Part guided walk, part community sing-song with just a touch of 1960s happenings thrown in for good measure. Join Wanderpool and your fellow culture-vultures in what has to be the most fun, fascinating and downright fantabulous way to get from one LightNight venue to another! Actor, tour guide and Superlambanana artist Jacqueline Boylan will regale you with interesting facts and stories about the buildings en route and lead you in singing relevant classics from the First World War right up to modern times! Short on time? No worries! Think of us as musical, walking bus! Hop on and off wherever is convenient for you. Just don't forget to tip the driver! There is also an earlier singalong walk (the A-side) at 7.30pm from St George's Plateau to the Bluecoat. Don't forget to check out www.wanderpool.co.uk for details of our other entertaining tours during the day on 16th May and throughout the year! This is a LightNight event, Liverpool's one-night arts & culture festival. Part of Museums at Night.. Visit www.lightnightliverpool.co.uk for more details and the full programme.

Admission

Book your place www.wanderpool.co.uk. Some places may be available on the day!

Website

http://www.wanderpool.co.uk

Big Art for Little Artists

  • 16 May 2014 4-8pm

Explore our children’s gallery Big Art for Little Artists with costume, puppets, stories and hands-on special crafts. This is a LightNight event, Liverpool's one-night arts & culture festival. Part of Museums at Night.. Visit www.lightnightliverpool.co.uk for more details and the full programme.

Website

http://www.liverpoolmuseums.org.uk

Bring the Fire Project: Japanese Fire

  • 16 May 2014 9:45-10:15pm

A mesmerising experience created by Liverpool’s best up and coming fire artist collective. Enjoy a cutting edge performance comprising of live drumming, extraordinary fire costumes and installations with a mixture of stylistic elements taken from Japanese traditions.

Bring the Fire Project is a Liverpool based collective of fire performers, circus skills teachers and flow arts promoters and first fire dancing group based in the city.

Artists offer excellent fire and light performances based on the exploration between modern objects manipulation arts, various dance forms and theatre techniques.

Their passion is to transform the beauty of dangerous elements into symmetry of patterns combined with the human body in motion. They also provide unique and unusual workshops for both children and adults focusing on objects manipulation arts including poi, staff spinning and juggling, and are currently delivering fire dancing courses at the Merseyside Dance Initiative, TiLT Dance Studio and the Black-E.

Fire dancing is a stunningly beautiful art form, which is gradually growing in popularity, and they believe that now is a good moment to provide people with the chance to discover, practice, and perform in Liverpool.
This is a LightNight event, Liverpool's one-night arts & culture festival. Part of Museums at Night.. Visit www.lightnightliverpool.co.uk for more details and the full programme.

Website

http://www.LightNightliverpool.co.uk

LIPA Live

  • 16 May 2014 8-9:30pm

Enjoy performances of music, dance and drama bringing the Walker’s outstanding artworks to life. This unique event for LightNight will be performed by students from the Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts. This is a LightNight event, Liverpool's one-night arts & culture festival. Part of Museums at Night.. Visit www.lightnightliverpool.co.uk for more details and the full programme.

Website

http://www.liverpoolmuseums.org.uk

Picture of a dancer in front of a painting at the Walker with both of her arms held out horizontally on one side of her body

LIPA Live

  • 16 May 2014 8-9:30pm

Enjoy performances of music, dance and drama bringing the Walker’s outstanding artworks to life. This unique event for Light Night will be performed by students from the Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://www.liverpoolmuseums.org.uk/walker/events/displayevent.aspx?EventID=18337

Painting of Converse shoe laces from a close up perspective

dot-art Schools Exhibition

  • 16 May 2014 7:30-10pm

Be the first to see this exhibition by young people from schools in the Liverpool City Region. dot-art Schools is an art competition for year 6 and 9 students. Following the judges’ shortlist and public vote, this exhibition showcases the winning artists’ work from 50 participating schools.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://www.liverpoolmuseums.org.uk/walker/events/displayevent.aspx?EventID=16763

Image of one of Grayson Perry's Tapestries, 'The annunciation of the virgin deal' showing a middle class couple in their kitchen

Grayson Perry: The Vanity of Small Differences

  • 16 May 2014 4-10pm

See Grayson Perry's tapestries which explore explore taste, class, aspiration and identity in a British context.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://www.liverpoolmuseums.org.uk/walker/events/displayevent.aspx?EventID=16504

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