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
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
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
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
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
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
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