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.
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;
The Gang: Photographs by Catherine Opie
- 4 October 2014 — 15 February 2015 *on now
'The Gang: Photographs by Catherine Opie' is an exhibition of work by the renowned American artist.
The exhibition celebrates the acquisition by the Walker Art Gallery of Opie’s photograph, ‘The Gang’. This was presented by the Contemporary Art Society with the support of funding from the Gallery in 2014.
Opie’s portraits of her friends from the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered and queer community subvert American archetypes. Opie’s attempt to make visible a misunderstood sector of American culture, produces a body of work that is at times explicit and challenging in its content, but also playful and intimate.
The exhibition has been organised with the kind support of the artist, the Stephen Friedman Gallery in London and Homotopia.
This exhibition contains images of a sexual nature. Parental guidance is advised.
- Not suitable for children
Only in England - Photographs by Tony Ray-Jones and Martin Parr
- 13 February — 7 June 2015
'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).