National Museums Liverpool has announced a busy programme of fantastic free exhibitions for 2015.
Across our eight museums and galleries there will be an eclectic mix that will offer something for everyone.
In March 2015 Merseyside Maritime Museum will commemorate the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Lusitania with a brand new exhibition.
Lusitania: life, loss, legacy opens on 27 March 2015 and tells the story of the city’s most loved ship and the passengers and crew who sailed aboard her on the tragic last voyage.
The Cunard luxury liner was torpedoed with the loss of 1,198 lives in one of the most horrific incidents at sea during the First World War. At the time, Lusitania was the most famous ship in the world.
As many as 600 people aboard Lusitania had connections with Liverpool, Wirral and the wider region. The exhibition will feature many items from the ship which have never been on display before, as well as stories from the Merseyside families devastated by the loss. More details: www.liverpoolmuseums.org.uk/lusitania
In May World Museum will stage a breathtaking exhibition that explores the ancient Mexican civilisation of Maya.
Maya: the revelation of an endless time will open in June and visitors will discover the powerful and revealing world of Maya. The ancient Maya was a Mesoamerican civilisation that left a far-reaching legacy of architectural, cultural and artistic achievements.
This was a period of warriors, shamanic rituals, human sacrifice, jade treasures, advanced knowledge and veneration of the cosmos. More than 400 stunning objects from museums and Maya sites in Mexico will go on display.
Maya: the revelation of an endless time has been produced by the Instituto Nacional de Antropología e Historia (INAH) and is part of the 2015 ‘Year of Mexico in the United Kingdom’ and ‘Year of the United Kingdom in Mexico’.
World Museum is the only UK institution to stage this amazing collection. More details: www.liverpoolmuseums.org.uk/maya
Works from some of the greatest names of the art world will go on show at both the Walker Art Gallery and Lady Lever Art Gallery during two stunning exhibitions in 2015.
The first exhibition of 2015 at the Walker Art Gallery is a photographic show.
Only in England: Photographs by Tony Ray-Jones and Martin Parr, opens on 13 February and runs until 7 June 2015. It 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. Parr was heavily influenced by the work of Tony-Ray Jones.
Also included are around 50 of Parr’s own rarely seen early black and white photographs from The Non-Conformist series which reveal how an early introduction to Ray-Jones’ work affected Parr’s emerging style.
Only in England is organised and toured by National Media Museum and Science Museum’s Media Space. www.liverpoolmuseums.org.uk/onlyinengland
REALITY: Modern and Contemporary British Painting is the Walker Art Gallery’s big summer show.
Opening on 10 July 2015, it will explore the role of painting within contemporary art and feature works from artists including Walter Sickert, Francis Bacon, Lucian Freud, David Hockney, George Shaw, Alison Watt and Jenny Saville.
This is a touring exhibition from the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts, University of East Anglia.
Six decades of British painting will be 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. Details: www.liverpoolmuseums.org.uk/reality
2015 is a big year for the Lady Lever Art Gallery as work continues on a major redevelopment of the south end of the gallery (to be completed in 2016).
A new exhibition at the gallery will explore one of Europe’s most popular tourist destinations, through images of the city and examine its influence on European and British art and culture.
Picturing Venice runs from 1 May to 27 September 2015 and will feature works by artists including Turner, Sickert and Brangwyn. Picturing Venice is drawn from National Museums Liverpool’s outstanding collections
This exhibition explores the stylistic developments of European art between the mid 17th century and 20th century through images of this remarkable city.
Every year over 15 million tourists visit Venice to enjoy its architecture and learn its history. The exhibition would look back to the origins of this tourism and what has become a cultural pilgrimage for many. More details at www.liverpoolmuseums.org.uk/venice
The Museum of Liverpool has two photographic shows.
L8 Unseen opens on 3 April 2015 and runs 6 September 2015. Through striking large-scale photographs and interactive digital media, the exhibition explores themes of race, culture and identity in Britain today. It will reveal the hidden histories of diverse families of the Liverpool 8 area. This exhibition has HLF funding. More details at www.liverpoolmuseums.org.uk/l8unseen
Poppies: Women and War opens on 24 July and runs into early 2016. This is an exhibition by Lee Karen Stow, remembering women in times of war from the First World War to the present day. It combines a portrait series of women whose lives have been affected by war, with a botanical series of the poppy flower in its national environment.
Despite its delicate appearance, the poppy is able to generate new life when everything else has been destroyed. The exhibition includes not only red but orange, yellow, pink, burgundy and the rare white poppy, to represent women worldwide caught up in war.
Poppies has Arts Council England funding to develop the content. More details: www.liverpoolmuseums.org.uk/poppies
Walker Art Gallery 2015
William Brown Street, Liverpool, L3 8EL
*NEW FOR 2015 *
Only in England: Photographs by Tony Ray-Jones and Martin Parr,
(13 February to 7 June 2015)
This exhibition explores the lasting influence of the British photographer Tony Ray-Jones on the development of British photography from the 1970s to the present day.
Organised and Toured by National Media Museum and Science Museum’s Media Space. www.liverpoolmuseums.org.uk/onlyinengland
*NEW FOR 2015 *
REALITY: Modern and Contemporary British Painting.
(10 July to 29 November 2015)
This will focus on the role of painting within contemporary art and feature works from artists including Walter Sickert, Francis Bacon, Lucian Freud, David Hockney, George Shaw, Alison Watt and Jenny Saville. A touring exhibition from the Sainsbury Centre for the Visual Arts, University of East Anglia.
Lady Lever Art Gallery:
Port Sunlight Village, Wirral, CH62 5EQ
*NEW FOR 2015*
(1 May 2015 to 27 September 2015)
This exhibition looks at the stylistic developments of European art between the mid 17th century and 20th century through images of this remarkable city.
William Brown Street, Liverpool, L3 8EN.
(runs until 22 February 2015)
Slither into a secretive life of snakes and bring to light the bringing to light the beauty and mystery surrounding these extraordinary animals..
*NEW FOR 2015*
Maya: the revelation of an endless time
(opening June 2015)
Visitors will discover the powerful and revealing world of Maya. The ancient Maya was a Mesoamerican civilisation that left a far-reaching legacy of architectural, cultural and artistic achievements.
Museum of Liverpool Pier Head,
Liverpool Waterfront, Liverpool, L3 1DG
April Ashley: Portrait of a lady
(until 1 March 2015)
Born in Liverpool in 1935, April Ashley, a former Vogue model, was one of the first people in the world to undergo pioneering gender reassignment surgery. Learn about her remarkable life.
*NEW FOR 2015*
Poppies: Women and War
(24 July 2015 to Feb 2016)
This is an exhibition by photographer Lee Karen Stow, remembering women in times of war from the First World War to the present day. It combines a portrait series of women whose lives have been affected by war, with a botanical series of the poppy flower in its national environment.
*NEW FOR 2015*
(3 April 2015 to 6 September 2015).
Through striking large-scale photographs and interactive digital media, the exhibition explores themes of race, culture and identity in Britain today.
Reflecting on Liverpool’s Home Front
(until 12 July 2015)
This exhibition explores some of the lesser-known stories of the First World War. Did everyone rush to support the war effort? Was every woman empowered by her war-time experience? Just how generous were Liverpool citizens? A special display features the experience of Black servicemen and their families. The Heritage Lottery Fund supported a recent museum collecting project to uncover this untold story.
International Slavery Museum
Albert Dock, Liverpool, L3 4AQ
Liberty Bound: Slavery and St Helena
(until 5 April 2015)
This exhibition focuses on one of the most important archaeological finds of recent times in one of the most remote places on earth. This is the first ever exhibition to look at the recently re-discovered burial ground containing the remains of 'liberated' Africans in Rupert's Valley, St Helena, in the South Atlantic
Brutal Exposure: the Congo
(until 7 June 2015)
An exhibition of photographs taken by missionary Alice Seeley Harris which document the exploitation and brutality in the Congo Free State in the early 1900s. This exhibition is a partnership project between Autograph ABP, National Museums Liverpool and Anti-Slavery International.
Merseyside Maritime Museum
Albert Dock, Liverpool, L3 4AQ
Titanic and Liverpool: the untold story
One of our most successful exhibitions ever. The exhibition explores Liverpool’s links to the most famous and ill-fated ocean liner sunk on its maiden voyage in 1912. New items were added in November 2014 to make this hugely popular exhibition even better.
*NEW FOR 2015*
Lusitania: life, loss, legacy
(opens 27 March 2015)
This exhibition tells the story of the city’s most loved ship and the passengers and crew who sailed aboard on the tragic last voyage. The exhibition opens in time for the 100th anniversary of the sinking.
(until May 2015)
A collection of beautiful shipping posters used to promote transatlantic travel from the first decade of the 20th century to the more glamorous and luxurious posters of the 1950s.
Mossley Hill Road, Mossley Hill, Liverpool, L18 8BX
A 1990s shell suit and a 1960s 'Beatles dress' are just two of the highlights of this small exhibition looking at how man-made fibres have revolutionised textile manufacture.
Merseyside Maritime Museum:
Titanic and Liverpool: the untold story is part of the National Museums Liverpool’s Liverpool and the World exhibition series part-funded by the European Union - the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).
Lusitania: life, loss and legacy is part funded by the European Union - the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF)
Walker Art Gallery:
Only in England is Organised and Toured by National Media Museum and Science Museum’s Media Space. It is part funded by the European Union - the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF)
REALITY: Modern and Contemporary British Painting is a touring exhibition from Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts, University of East Anglia. It is part funded by the European Union - the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF)
Maya: Time without end has been produced by the Instituto Nacional de Antropología e Historia (INAH) and is part of the 2015 ‘Year of Mexico in the United Kingdom’ and ‘Year of the United Kingdom in Mexico’.
Museum of Liverpool:
The Museum of Liverpool is the largest newly-built national museum in Britain for more than a century, demonstrating Liverpool’s unique contribution to the world. As the first national museum devoted to the history of a regional city, it showcases popular culture while tackling social, historical and contemporary issues and is a fantastic, free family day out. The prestigious Council of Europe Museum Prize for 2013 was awarded to the Museum for its commitment to human rights as well as its work with children and families from all backgrounds.
The Museum has received generous support from several major funders, along with grants from trusts and foundations, corporate support and individual donations. Major funders include the Northwest Regional Development Agency (NWDA), The European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF), the Department for Culture Media and Sport (DCMS),Garfield Weston Foundation and the Clore Duffield Foundation.
The Northwest Regional Development Agency (NWDA) was responsible for the sustainable economic development and regeneration of England’s Northwest and had five key priorities: Business, Skills and Education, People and Jobs, Infrastructure and Quality of Life.
The European Development Fund (ERDF) is making a real difference to people and businesses in the North West. With €755 million to invest between 2007 and 2013, ERDF is enhancing the competitiveness of the region’s economy by supporting growth in enterprise and employment. ERDF in the North West is managed by the Department for Communities and Local Government – for further information visit https://www.gov.uk/erdf-regional-guidance-north-west
Using money raised through the National Lottery, the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) sustains and transforms a wide range of heritage for present and future generations to take part in, learn from and enjoy. From museums, parks and historic places to archaeology, natural environment and cultural traditions, we invest in every part of our diverse heritage. HLF has supported more than 30,000 projects allocating £4.5billion across the UK. www.hlf.org.uk
About National Museums Liverpool
National Museums Liverpool comprises eight venues. Our collections are among the most important and varied in Europe and contain everything from Impressionist paintings and rare beetles to a lifejacket from the Titanic. We attract more than 2.7 million visitors every year. Our venues are the Museum of Liverpool, World Museum, the Walker Art Gallery, Merseyside Maritime Museum, International Slavery Museum, Border Force National Museum, Sudley House and the Lady Lever Art Gallery.