Exhibitions

Kirkby Gallery (free admittance) is one of the best contemporary art galleries in Merseyside and the North West of England.  The gallery presents a broad and ambitious programme of exhibitions, which draws upon collections from the Arts Council Collection, Hayward Touring, National Trust and multiple regional partner and galleries.  Knowsley’s Annual Open Exhibitions, schools, and community arts projects are additionally core to much of what the gallery offers also, along with a varied offer of art courses. Knowsley Council also works in partnership with other arts agencies to deliver exhibitions such as Liverpool Biennial and pan-Merseyside projects, as part of the City Region.

 

Five
14 May - 1 September 2018
Kirkby Gallery

Kirkby Gallery is delighted to present 'Five', an exhibition showcasing five of the best painters currently living or working in Knowsley. These artists are Gary McGillivray, Leslie Briggs, Gill Cowley, Mike Kirby and Nick Daly.

The exhibition explores the practice of each artist and shows a rare insight into how they develop their ideas from sketches through to fully accomplished paintings. Complimenting this and taking a central position within the gallery will be 'The Artist's Studio' and as its name suggests, on certain days of the week, the exhibiting artists will take residency within the studio. This enables the public to observe and engage with them about their work.

Five budding artists from Knowsley schools will be showing some of their artwork for the first time in the corridor and stairwell by the main exhibition.

If you would like to attend the private view on 10 May 2018 from 4.30pm to 6.30pm or have a group or class you would like to bring to the gallery, please book by emailing Tina Ball tina.ball@knowsley.gov.uk or calling 443 5617.

'Teacher First' previews for schools (behind the scenes walk and talk)
10 May 2018, 3.45pm - 4.30pm

This is an opportunity for teaching staff to see the exhibition before it opens to the public.

The artists will be there during there during the event so you will be able to talk to them about their creative practice.

To book a free place on the 'Teacher First' preview, email tina.ball@knowsley.gov.uk or call 443 5617


The Liverpool & Knowsley Book Art exhibition: Frankenstein 2018Liverpool and Knowsley Book Art Exhibition

Central Library, Liverpool: 14 May - 9 August 2018
Kirkby Gallery, Knowsley: 17 September 2018 - 26 January 2019

Liverpool Book Art is delighted to present Frankenstein 2018, in partnership with Liverpool Central Library and Kirkby Gallery, Knowsley. The theme of the exhibition marks 200 years since the first edition of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus was published.

Frankenstein is a classic work for a variety of reasons. Not only is it arguably the very first work of science fiction, but it is also a core text of Gothic literature. Its themes of ambition and hubris, ethics and morality, responsibility for the consequence of one’s actions, free will and empathy have been important since the book was first published. They also appear hugely relevant today, whether considering genetic manipulation and synthetic biology, artificial intelligence and machine learning, or Silicon Valley’s ‘disruptive technologies’. This is reflected in recent television series such as Humans.

Book artists from around the world have responded to Frankenstein with a hugely creative range of ideas. Some have been stimulated by the themes in the book; others have been inspired by the way the story is told; others have made links between Frankenstein and other classic stories such as Dracula and The Golem.

Some of the works have been made in small editions; some are unique works. Many of them are available to buy. New works will
be on show in Kirkby Gallery by invited artists and by Knowsley residents in response to seeing the exhibition in Liverpool.

Dates for your diary

Private View
Liverpool Central Library: Wednesday 16 May, 5.30-7.30pm
(RSVP to liverpoolbookart@gmail.com)

Book Art Fair
Liverpool Central Library: Saturday 7 July, 10am-5pm and
Sunday 8 July, 10.30am-4.30pm

Teacher First event
Kirkby Gallery, Knowsley: Thursday 13 September, 3.45-4.30pm
(RSVP to tina.ball@knowsley.gov.uk)

Private View
Kirkby Gallery, Knowsley: Thursday 13 September, 4.30-6.30pm
(RSVP to tina.ball@knowsley.gov.uk)

Download exhibition flyer


Children's drawing and sculpture classes
Kirkby Gallery
child drawing with a pencilSaturdays, 10.30am - 12.30pm

These fun and creative courses provide fun and structured introductions to drawings and sculpture using a wide range of media and methods.

The gallery's friendly tutors will demonstrate a new task each week and will be on hand to answer any questions, and provide support and guidance. The tutors will encourage children to look at things in a selective way and improve their skills to record their observations.

These workshops are suitable for children aged eight to 13.

Drawing courses are £30 per child and sculpture courses are £40 which is payable at the first of the eight workshops.
The cost includes all of the materials the children need and entry into the annual Knowsley Open Art Exhibition, should they wish to enter. This could be their first experience of a public exhibition.

There is a rolling programme of art courses so get in touch to find out the upcoming dates and to book.

To enquire or book, please contact Tina Ball on tina.ball@knowsley.gov.uk or call 443 5617


Art classes for adults
Kirkby Gallery

woman standing in front of an artist's easel

Drawing course: Starting Saturday 14 April 2018, 10.30am to 12.30pm (for eight weeks)
Introduction to watercolours: Starting Wednesday 18 April 2018, 10.30am to 12.30pm (for eight weeks)
Intermediate watercolours: Starting  Thursday 19 April 2018, 2pm to 4pm (for eight weeks)

These artist-led Drawing, Watercolour and Sculpture courses are suitable for adults of all abilities.

Each course provides structured lessons in either drawing, watercolour painting or sculpture, using a wide range of media and methods, encouraging you to look at things in a selective way, giving you the skills to record your observations.

Places still available for the next 7 week basic course which starts on Saturday 5 May 2018

All you need to bring are basic art materials – paper, pencils, paints, brushes etc.

You can book your place by contacting Tina Ball on tina.ball@knowsley.gov.uk or 443 5617

Download course flyer


Opening tim​es

Kirkby Gallery is open Monday to Friday from 9am – 5pm (closed for lunch between 12.30 - 1pm). On Saturdays is it open 10am – 1pm. 

You will find it on the first floor of The Kirkby Centre, Norwich Way, Kirkby, Knowsley, L32 8XY.