The next event we hope to deliver will be based on the John Moores Painting Prize 2014. As the UK’s best known and longest painting competition, the John Moores Painting Prize brings the best of contemporary painting to Liverpool. The winner is selected anonymously by a panel of jurors and exhibited alongside 49 other pieces at the Walker Art Gallery. The exhibition forms a key strand of this years Liverpool Biennial. The date is yet to be confirmed.
Our members enjoyed a fantastic week long programme of events as part of Members’ Week. Members were invited to take part in 12 exclusive events across all of our venues and learnt some interesting and unusual facts on our collections for example, did you know that we own 3 of the 4 Wedgewood fireplaces in the world? One of the events was an out of hours viewing of the Grayson Perry exhibition; ‘The Vanity of Small Differences’. Pauline Rushton, curator of the exhibition, told the story behind of each of the tapestries which sparked a very interesting and lively debate on class and taste amongst members. Other events included a tour of the Paintings Conservation Studio, a talk on the Lusitania and a Big Art event for our family members.
The week was a great success with members giving us some really positive feedback saying they were made to feel very special a ‘part of a community’. They also said that they ‘will take away great memories’ and look forward to next year.
Turner: Travel, light and landscape, March 2014
Members enjoyed an in-depth introduction to our new exhibition at the Lady Lever Art Gallery Turner: Travels, light and landscape. Curator of the exhibition Charlotte Keenan explained how the collections on display are considered some of the most outstanding collections of Turner watercolours, paintings and prints in the country. The evening was a great opportunity for the members to ask questions and get a unique insight into J M W Turner and the pieces included in the exhibition. After the introduction members were then able to explore the exhibition at leisure, in an out of hours setting or enjoy their complimentary drink at the café.
'David Hockney: Early reflections' private view, October 2013
Head of Art Galleries; Sandra Penketh and curator Linda Pitwood introduced this fantastic exhibition of David Hockney pieces.
The exhibition is a unique selection of paintings and prints and charts the development of Hockney’s style during the swinging 1960’s and the 1970’s. The Walker’s painting ‘Peter Getting out of Nick’s Pool’, which won the John Moores Painting Prize in 1967 is at the centre of this fascinating exhibition of an iconic British artist.
Earlier in the day a small group of members who preferred an afternoon event enjoyed a tour of the gallery. Linda picked out some pieces from the exhibition and gave a fascinating and more detailed insight into his work.
By Jove! It's Ken Dodd! Photographs by Stephen Shakeshaft, December 2013
Members enjoyed a unique and exclusive event on 3 December where they listened to an In Conversation between Exhibition Curator; Paul Gallagher and photographer Stephen Shakeshaft. Members were invited to take part and ask their own questions in what became a candid and amusing chat! It was interesting to get an insight into who Ken Dodd really was and the close friendship that developed between him and Stephen.
After the conversation finished, members were given the opportunity to explore the exhibition and Paul stayed to answer any further questions.
The event was hugely successful and as a result we hope to continue to offer more 'In Conversation' events in the future.
The Drawings of Edward Burne-Jones private view, June 2013
Members were given the rare opportunity to see 25 works from the National Museums Liverpool collections too delicate for permanent display at this private view.
Beautiful watercolours by Victorian artist Edward Burne-Jones were on display alongside drawings, preparatory studies and designs for stained glass.
'Bedford Lemere & Co: An Age of Confidence' private view and illustrated talk, February 2012
Bedford Lemere were renowned for their architectural photography and the London-based company photographed extensively in Liverpool and Wirral between 1870 and 1930.
Architectural historian Joseph Sharples was the special guest speaker at this special event at the Lady Lever Art Gallery.
With generous support from English Heritage, members were treated to wine and canopies before gathering in the Great Hall for a fascinating illustrated talk about Bedford Lemere and their work.
After a question and answer session, members were able to view the wonderful collection of photographs in the exhibition itself, including images of picturesque Port Sunlight 130 years ago.
'The Artbooks of Henri Matisse' private view, November 2011
Ann Bukantas, Head of Fine Art, introduced this event at the Walker Art Gallery by giving a fascinating overview to this exhibition of work from one of the 20th century's most famous artists.
Featuring key imagery from four of Matisse's artbooks, including 1947's famous Jazz, the exhibition explores a variety of production techniques culminating in exquisite but vastly different results.
With the exclusive introduction providing members with context and insight, members were able to explore the exhibition at leisure, in an out of hours setting. Earlier in the day, we also trialled an afternoon event featuring an exhibition tour, which was greatly enjoyed by all.
Museum of Liverpool private view, July 2011
On 26 July members were invited to the new Museum of Liverpool out of public opening hours. With thousands of visitors each day, this was a unique opportunity to fully explore the stunning museum away from the daytime crowds!
Jen McCarthy, Deputy Director of Museum of Liverpool, gave a short talk at the start of the event to pick out some highlights of the collections, after which members were free to discover at their leisure the full extent of what was on offer.
Some members made for the cafe to enjoy a complimentary drink, others tried out the immersive film experiences and many took the opportunity to visit the second floor galleries and gaze out at the magnificent views of the Albert Dock and Pier Head.
All in all, it was a wonderful way to mark the end of the first week of the museum's opening.
Like you've never been away; Photographs by Paul Trevor, May 2011
Members were given access to a new exhibition called Like you've never been away, at the Walker Art Gallery.
After a chance to look round the pictures depicting inner-city Liverpool and its residents in the 1970's, members took part in a lively question and answer session with the photographer, Paul Trevor, and heard the fascinating stories behind the pictures, his experiences in Liverpool at the time and how over 30 years later Paul has managed to track down many of the people he photographed.
Members were able to see the exhibition before it opened to the public and it was great to see how much everybody enjoyed the evening. If you're interested you can learn more about becoming a member.
A Collector's Eye: Cranach to Pissarro, with guest speaker Christopher Wright, February 2011
Christopher Wright, author of the catalogue which accompanies 'A Collector's Eye: Cranach to Pissarro', gave a thoroughly interesting and enjoyable lecture for our most recent members event. In the setting of this beautiful exhibition, members listened whilst Christopher told numerous anecdotes on his experiences with the collector David J Lewis and how he came to have such a unique but stunning private collection. This was a wonderful event which gave our members a real insight into the world of collecting and a chance to enjoy the exhibition out of hours.