Beryl Bainbridge, painter

7 December 2012 to 28 April 2013

This exhibition has now closed

A unique collection of fifteen paintings by the celebrated Liverpool-born author, Beryl Bainbridge, which were displayed together for the first time. 

Beryl Bainbridge was one of the UK’s most famous novelists and an accomplished painter. The exhibition explored the paintings’ connections to Bainbridge’s best-loved novels, family, lovers and life in Liverpool.

'The Latin Lesson'

In this video Psiche Hughes, author of the book 'Beryl Bainbridge; Artist, Writer, Friend' talks about Beryl's painting 'Colin Haycraft, Dr Samuel Johnson and Me, Learning Latin in Gloucester Crescent'.

'Colin Haycraft, Dr Samuel Johnson and Me, Learning Latin in Gloucester Crescent'. Begun in early 1990s and finished in early 2000s. © The Estate of Beryl Bainbridge, 2012. Kindly reproduced by Thames and Hudson Ltd

Beryl's Last Year

Dame Beryl Bainbridge thinks she's going to die at the age of 71, because everyone in her family died when they were that age. This warm, intimate and uniquely personal film, made by Beryl's eldest grandson Charlie Russell, follows Beryl as she lives out her 'last year', prepares for her death and tries to write her final novel.

Recorded in 2003, the film was first broadcast in 2007. It was shown again in 2010 soon after her death.

The complete film is 60 minutes in length, watch a two minute excerpt below. Further excerpts were shown in the exhibition.

Film clip shown with the kind permission of Charlie Russell.

painting of a woman on a sweeping path

Boarding the Titanic, 1992 (detail) © The Estate of Beryl Bainbridge

Exhibition organised in collaboration with the Estate of Beryl Bainbridge and Psiche Hughes

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The exhibition was in the Museum of Liverpool's Skylight gallery. Home Bargains sponsored the Skylight gallery for a two-year period, which began in 2012 with the display of the Liverpool Tapestry, enabling the space to be used for exhibitions and associated community programmes.