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Art Galleries in Liverpool Liverpool has a wealth of renowned galleries and arts centres on its doorstep, making it an ideal place to expand your mind through the wonder of art.

As well as being home to the north’s Tate Gallery, there is also a wealth of modern, contemporary and somewhat unusual art on display at the city’s many galleries.

But if it’s classic fine art you’re after, then where better to start than the famous Tate Gallery [map], which takes pride of place on the newly renovated Albert Dock. The gallery boasts the city's largest contemporary art collection, plus many temporary exhibitions aiming to challenge aspects of social or personal thought. And in addition to art, the gallery also has a restaurant, and offers guided tours, lectures and study days.

For more displays of fine art then get along to Sudley House [map], a Victorian merchants’ home that is now open to the public to show off the family’s private art collection. Among the extensive display are works by Corot, Gainsborough, Landsser and the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood.

Also situated outside the city centre is the Lady Lever Art Gallery [map], which has a superb collection of paintings, including works by Millais, Ford Madox Brown, Rossetti and Burne-Jones. The gallery, which is located six miles from the city centre in the picturesque village of Port Sunlight also displays Wedgwood, Chippendale and Chinese porcelain.

Back in the city centre, the Walker Art Gallery [map] has a magnificent collection of paintings, sculpture and fine arts from the 14th to 20th century. Situated next to the Liverpool Museum, this Victorian building holds works by the likes of Rembrandt, Monet and Matisse. It also has world famous collections by William Frederick Yeames and Rossetti, and in the Sculpture Gallery the centrepiece is John Gibson’s marble statue, The Tinted Venus.

To view a unique collection of paintings, ceramics and textiles head to the University of Liverpool Art Gallery [map], which was first established in 1891. Sculpture by John Foley, stained glass cartoons by Edward Burn-Jones and paintings by Joseph Wright are just a few of the treasures on show. There are also a number of temporary exhibitions held throughout the year in the nearby Senate House [map] in Oxford Street.

Very few of Liverpool’s attractions have escaped Beatles-mania and the art galleries are no exception. So for a glimpse of John Lennon’s art, get along to the Mathew Street Art Gallery [map], which displays an interesting collection of prints that are available for sale.

Being home to the first photographic magazine it is only right that Liverpool should do its best to maintain the development of media arts. This is achieved through the Open Eye Gallery [map] on Wood Street, which displays collections of work from regional, national and international photographers and media artists. Here you’ll also find regular workshops and seminars exploring different aspects of photography and how it affects our world.

For high-tech art, pay a visit to Liverpool’s new kid on the artistic block, FACT [map], which is a specialist venue for the display and development of digital art and new media. The gallery on Wood Street also has an art-house cinema showing popular, contemporary and art films.

When you prefer to get involved in art rather than look at someone else’s achievements, then the innovative Bluecoat Arts Centre [map] is well worth a visit. As well as housing exhibitions, the gallery also holds educational and community events, adult art classes and a children’s art club. The 18th century building started life as a school but for the last century it has been a centre for arts and a meeting place. It has elegant architecture, a cobbled front courtyard, and a beautiful 'secret garden', which makes it hard to believe that it actually stands less than 100 yards from the shops on Church Street.

If you’re heading out of town, you’ll find more superb visual arts venues, including Blackthorn Galleries and Cajobah Gallery.

Situated on Hamilton Square, Blackthorn Galleries [map] is just a short drive from the city centre and can be found on the Birkenhead side of the Mersey tunnel. This delightful gallery is set in the old Della Robbia Potteries and aims promote the work of UK artists by displaying an exquisite selection of paintings, jewellery and ceramics.

Nearby you’ll also find Cajobah Gallery [map], which is a vision of Georgian splendour and is home to an array of textile, embroidery, collage and paper based art works.

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