National Museums Liverpool launches new events and 100th birthday celebrations

National Museums Liverpool has today unveiled its new autumn and winter program.

Venues under the National Museums Liverpool umbrella include Museum of Liverpool, World Museum, Walker Art Gallery, Maritime Museum, International Slavery Museum, Sudley House and Lady Lever Art Gallery. The upcoming new program includes centenary celebrations in honor of Lady Lever Art Gallery, as well as tales of myth and legend at the World Museum, and insight into the unique culture of Liverpool’s football terraces at the Walker Art Gallery.

National Museums Liverpool director, Laura Pye, said: “We’re really excited to present this program bursting with beauty, passion and pride. It’s a very special year for the Lady Lever Art Gallery as we mark 100 years since the gallery opened with an exquisite exhibition, developed in partnership with a legendary local jewelery brand. ‘Pure Brilliance: The Boodles Story’ opens at the Lady Lever this October.

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“William Brown Street is, as always, the place for fascinating new exhibitions, with ‘Art of the Terraces’ opening at the Walker Art Gallery in November and ‘Return of the Gods: Zeus, Athena, Hercules’ launching at the World Museum in February. Don’t miss the Freedom Quilt at the International Slavery Museum from October. Produced in partnership with Sophie Hayes Foundation and Liberty Fabrics, the quilt represents powerful messages of strength and unity and reflects our vision for the development of the museum within the Waterfront Transformation Project.

“And as the nights draw in, we’re really looking forward to our next two NML Xtra events. These unique experiences, which reimagine our venues after dark, provide beautifully curated entertainment and quality food and drinks.”

Autumn / winter at National Museums Liverpool

Lady Lever Art Gallery

‘Pure Brilliance: The Boodles Story’, at Lady Lever Art Gallery from October 22, 2022 to March 5, 2023 kicks off the new exhibition season. An exploration of Boodles ’200-year story shows how Liverpool has helped shape the company’s growth, from a family jewelery business to purveyors of some of the most stunning jewels in the world. The breath-taking skill, creativity and craftsmanship of the pieces on display resonates with the collections of the Lady Lever Art Gallery, which celebrates its 100-year anniversary in December 2022.

Walker Art Gallery

Combining fashion, football and art, as told from the terraces of the stadiums, ‘Art of the Terraces’, opens at the Walker Art Gallery on November 5 2022, where it will remain until March 12 2023. It’s the first major exhibition about a movement that defined sports culture during the 1970s, 80s and 90s.

A fusion of art, fashion, and popular culture, it explores the work of a generation of contemporary artists and designers who have been influenced by this movement over the last 40 years. Led by National Museums Liverpool, the exhibition is a collaboration with four external partners: Dave Hewitson, creator of the 80s Casuals website and clothing brand; Hamburg-based artist Jens Wagner; illustrator Peter O’Toole, and graphic designer Adam Gill of Grammar Studio, Huddersfield.

Early next year, a display of new works by 2020 John Moores Painting Prize winner Kathryn Maple will open at the gallery. The display will begin on February 11 2023, alongside the public call for entries for the 62nd edition of the prize. The display will feature Maple’s largest work to date and will show a combination of drawings and oil paintings exploring her ongoing themes of figures in familiar urban and rural spaces. Prospective entrants for the next John Moores Painting Prize will be able to submit their work for consideration for the prize from February 13 2023.

World Museum

Featuring a stunning collection of sculpture and antiquities, ‘Return of the Gods: Zeus, Athena, Hercules’ will be at the museum from February 10, 2023 until July 16, 2023. It aims to immerse visitors in the ancient world and is told through the words of poets and writers, encompassing the sounds of mystery cults, rituals and festivals, and the public and private worship of gods.

International Slavery Museum

The second in a series of pop-up displays, Khaleb Brooks’ ‘Jupiter’s Song’ opens at the Dr Martin Luther King Jr Building from July 15 to October 30, 2022. The international interdisciplinary artist will deliver a powerful intervention, exploring perspectives and experiences inspired by the Earle collection of documents at the International Slavery Museum.

On display from October 14, the International Slavery Museum has joined with the Sophie Hayes Foundation and Liberty in a creative collaboration as part of the Freedom Quilt campaign. Bringing together current and past participants, and graduates of Sophie Hayes Foundation employability programs in the traditional craft of quilting, each square will embody their past and future hopes and dreams. Created using Liberty’s Fabrics, every square made by participating women in London, Birmingham and Manchester, is sewn together to form one large quilt.

Museum of Liverpool

This autumn / winter will offer the opportunity for people to have their own night at the museum. ‘NML Xtra’ events are exciting chances to experience museums and galleries like never before, seeing what the buildings are like once the lights go down.

The unique events are curated in partnership with local organizations. The Museum of Liverpool will come to life at night on October 21, inspired by the city-wide River of Light celebrations, followed by a romantic Valentine’s with a difference at the Walker Art Gallery on February 14. Tickets are £ 20 each, and places are limited.

September marks the start of House of Memories’ 10 year anniversary. Created in 2012 by National Museums Liverpool, House of Memories is now the world’s leading museum innovation for the dementia community and has trained 13,500 health and social care professionals, supported 100,000 people living with dementia, and digitally connected with 36,000 users of its My House of Memories app.

This season, National Museums Liverpool’s temporary exhibitions are under the Pay What You Think scheme, allowing visitors to decide how much they would like to contribute to the cost of putting on ambitious and memorable exhibitions. For more information, click here.

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