Walker Art Gallery announces 2018-19 programme

Sean Scully with Diagonal Light, 1972. Image courtesy the artist © Sean Scully

THE Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool, has announced its upcoming exhibition programme for the next 12 months. Highlights for early 2019 include a major showcase of work by Charles Rennie Mackintosh as well as a display of drawings by Leonardo da Vinci from the Royal Collection Trust.

The John Moores Painting Prize will take centre stage in summer 2018, celebrating 60 years of the Prize. It opens in line with an exhibition of early works by Sean Scully, who is a former John Moores prize winner. The exhibitions run from 14 July, coinciding with the opening of Liverpool Biennial 2018.

The Walker continues to work with contemporary artists as part of the Arts Council Collection’s National Partners Programme and will present works selected by Leo Fitzmaurice from its own collection as well as the Arts Council Collection in a new display opening on 29 September 2018.

Upcoming exhibitions at the Walker Art Gallery, July 2018 – June 2019:

John Moores Painting Prize 2018

14 July to 18 November 2018

Free entry

The Walker will celebrate the 60th year of the John Moores Painting Prize in 2018. Showcasing work by some of the most talented painters working in Britain today, the John Moores Painting Prize is Britain’s longest-established prize for painting, with a first prize of £25,000. An esteemed panel of jurors will consider more than 2,700 entries this year, from which the final selection of exhibiting artists will be chosen, including the prize winners. The 2018 jury comprises the artists Marvin Gaye Chetwynd, Lubaina Himid MBE, Bruce McLean and Liu Xiaodong, alongside curator Jenni Lomax.

liverpoolmuseums.org.uk/johnmoores

Sean Scully: 1970

14 July – 14 October 2018

Free entry

Sean Scully is widely regarded as the master of post-minimalist abstraction. Revolutionising abstract painting with his grid systems of intersecting bands and lines, his artwork uses the shapes and forms of concrete geometry, infused with a lyrical emotion. In this retrospective exhibition, Scully revisits his early works which reveal the origin of his continued fascination with stripes and the spaces in between. Scully was a prize winner in the John Moores Painting Prize in 1972 and again in 1974. The opening of the exhibition coincides with the opening of the John Moores Painting Prize 2018 and Liverpool Biennial 2018.

liverpoolmuseums.org.uk/seanscully

 Leo Fitzmaurice: Between You and Me and Everything Else

29 September 2018 – March 2019

Free entry

As part of the Arts Council Collection National Partners Programme, Liverpool-based artist Leo Fitzmaurice will curate an immersive exhibition of portraiture within Room 9 at the Gallery. 

The artist will select artworks from both the Arts Council Collection and National Museums Liverpool’s own collections, with a painting from the Lady Lever Art Gallery called Psamathe (1879-80) by Frederic Leighton as the focus of the exhibition. This image shows a female nude from behind and the subject appears to be looking out to the sea in front of her. In forming the display, Fitzmaurice will aim to expand upon this “tone of inquisitiveness in the world beyond.” 

The selection of works will be dictated by the direction of the sitters’ gazes, as will their arrangement in the room, creating the illusion that the subjects of the portraits are all looking towards the same subject of Psamathe

liverpoolmuseums.org.uk/leofitzmaurice

Leonardo da Vinci: A Life in Drawing

1 February – 6 May 2019

Free entry

In February 2019, to mark the 500th anniversary of the death of Leonardo da Vinci, 144 of the Renaissance master’s greatest drawings in the Royal Collection will go on display in
12 simultaneous exhibitions across the UK. Leonardo da Vinci: A Life in Drawing, a nationwide event, will give the widest-ever UK audience the opportunity to see the work of this extraordinary artist. The Walker will be looking at the diversity of subjects that inspired Leonardo’s creativity across 12 drawings, from botanical and anatomical studies to the design of theatrical costumes, hairstyles and ferry-boat plans.

liverpoolmuseums.org.uk/leonardo500

Charles Rennie Mackintosh

15 March – 26 August 2019

Ticketed exhibition (details to follow)

This exhibition will span the lifetime of Charles Rennie Mackintosh (1868–1928) and his contemporaries, exploring the movement that became known as The Glasgow Style. The Glasgow Style refers to the design and decorative arts centred around the work by teachers, students and graduates of the Glasgow School of Art produced between about 1890 and 1920. Glasgow was the birthplace of the only Art Nouveau ‘movement’ in the UK and its style made ripples internationally. The exhibition will present objects from Glasgow Museums and the Mitchell Library and Archives as well as loans from private and public collections. About 200 objects will be on display across the full spectrum of media, including stained glass, ceramics, mosaic, metalwork, furniture, stencilling, embroidery, graphics, books, interiors and architecture.

liverpoolmuseums.org.uk/mackintosh

Ongoing exhibitions at the Walker Art Gallery

Slaves of Fashion: New Works by The Singh Twins

Until 20 May 2018

Free entry

liverpoolmuseums.org.uk/singhtwins

Kaleidoscope: Colour and Sequence in 1960s British Art

Until 3 June 2018

Free entry

liverpoolmuseums.org.uk/kaleidoscope