Knowsley has two of the best contemporary art galleries in Merseyside and the North West of England. The first floor of The Kirkby Centre (L32 8XY) is home to the stunning Kirkby Gallery and Huyton Gallery is located within the Huyton Library building (L36 9GD). In addition to the galleries, Prescot Museum is located within The Prescot Centre building in Prescot’s Indoor Shopping Centre (L34 5GA) and focuses on the local history of the area including the important clock and watch making industry.


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The galleries display work by local, regional, national and international artists including touring exhibitions from the Hayward Gallery, Knowsley’s Annual Open Exhibitions, schools, and community arts projects. Knowsley council also works in partnership with other arts agencies to deliver exhibitions such as Liverpool Biennial and pan-Merseyside projects.

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Cherie Grist: PeopleCherie Grist exhibition
23 January - 20 May 2017
Huyton Gallery

We are delighted to present this solo exhibition of paintings by Liverpool based artist, Cherie Grist.

Cherie studied Fashion Styling and Photography at the University of Arts London before returning to her home town to explore her creative practise and to be part of the Liverpool art scene. She is a full-time artist and co-founder of ‘104 Duke Street Studios’ which is an artist studio/gallery space in Liverpool city centre.

My main objective as an artist is to document my journey through our ever-changing world, observing, growing and learning with every situation life presents. My paintings are records of my existence. They illustrate my day to day, my ups and downs, my madness and my calm. When I paint, I can express all the thoughts that are swirling around my mind. My process is always automatic, from the paint used to the method in which I apply the marks.

I combine abstract expression and focused graphical marks and I see all my paintings as self-portraits.

Download the Cherie Grist: People exhibition flyer.

Pirates, Pants and WellyphantsAn promotional image for the Pirates, Pants and Wellyphants exhibition
4 February - 22 April 2017
Kirkby Gallery

Opening on Saturday 4 February is a stunning, fun-packed exhibition exploring the life and work of children's illustrator Nick Sharratt.

Occupying all of the gallery, are lots of creative activities for all the family and on the opening day, Saturday 4 February, Nick will be in the gallery all day - so come along and meet the author and maybe get a book signed!

Download the Pirates, Pants and Wellyphants flyer.

Willy Russell: Another Aspect                    
9 May - 2 September 2017                              
Kirkby Gallery


Following his immensely successful exhibition in Kirkby Gallery in 2015, Willy Russell is returning this time to show an entirely new side to his creative portfolio.

For this, his first solo exhibition as a visual artist, we present a gallery packed with a stunning range of paintings and works on paper inspired by the places and people in his life and whilst the exhibition doesn’t seek to tell a story, it does go some way to tell the artistic journey that Willy is on with his painting.

Private View - Monday 8 May, 6.30 - 8.30pm

If you would like to attend, please RSVP to Tina Ball on 0151 443 5617 or tina.ball@knowsley.gov.uk
Please note that this is a RSVP event only and guest numbers are limited.

Schools and groups

If you are a school or group wishing to visit the gallery, please book in advance via the contact details as below.

There will be a self-led teachers pack of activity sheets available in the gallery and for you to print at school so you can get the most out of your visit to the exhibition.

Don’t forget, your visit to our exhibition can be used towards an Arts Award accreditation!

Teacher First Preview for Schools

An opportunity for teaching staff to meet Willy Russell and have a preview of his exhibition before it opens
to the public.

This is a RSVP only event for teaching staff of Key Stage 1 through to College level students.  It allows teachers to see behind the scenes, learn about the offer for schools/colleges visiting the exhibition and the opportunity to chat to Willy about his artwork.
If you would like to attend this event please book your place via the details below.

For further information on the exhibition and to attend the Private View and Teacher First Preview please contact Tina Ball on 0151 443 5617 or email galleries@knowsley.gov.uk

Download the Willy Russell: Another Aspect flyer.

Paul Romano: The Beginning of a Great Adventure
5 June - 29 July 2017                                                    
Huyton Gallery

Huyton Gallery presents this colourful solo exhibition of work by Liverpool-based artist, Paul Romano, as his first exhibition in Knowsley.

Paul's studio is in Liverpool's Duke Street Studios and he is very much part of the Liverpool Art Scene. His work has reached private collections globally, from New York to the Far East. At one of his recent exhibitions at Editions Gallery, Liverpool, his work almost sold out on the opening night!

Paul sites his main inspirations as graffitti art and things that "just spill out of my head". HIs work doesn't have any specific intentions, nor does it try to depict literal scenes, so if when you look and see faces or other objects emerging from the vibrant colours and shapes, then it could be deliberate or just a happy accident. in Paul's own words, "Every time I come back to them I see something different."

Download the Paul Romano: The Beginning of a Great Adventure flyer.