Exhibitions
 

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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Approaching Thunder
29 January  - 7 April 2018
Kirkby GalleryFour Grey Sleepers, Herny Moore, 1941

Kirkby Gallery is delighted to present Approaching Thunder, as the first gallery on its national tour.
This exhibition draws from The Hepworth Wakefield’s outstanding collection of 1940s British works on paper, revisiting a decade of anxiety, austerity and idealism that resonates strongly with our lives today. With materials strictly rationed and the art market in crisis, leading artists such as John Piper, Graham Sutherland and Edward Bawden turned to the inexpensive medium of paper.

Although a substantial number of works in the show were produced under the patronage of Kenneth Clark’s War Artists Advisory Committee, these images are in marked contrast to the idealised state propaganda embodied in the art of Nazi Germany. Though government-regulated, the works exhibited here convey individual and subjective experience, exploring ordinary lives under extraordinary shared circumstances. Figures are lost in thought or absorbed in their labours; intricately described landscapes reveal devastation but also the lingering vitality of the natural world.

Perhaps reflecting this move to a renewed social engagement, public interest in modern art soared across the country.

A small group of Henry Moore’s shelter drawings form a particular highlight, while a selection of illustrated books show modernist artists using low-cost lithography to circulate their work across a broad social spectrum.

Teacher First event: Thursday 25 January, 3.45-4.30pm
Private View: Thursday 25 January, 4.30-6.30pm
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. Light refreshments available.

Download Approaching Thunder exhibition flyer.

 

Winds of Changeelderly ladies sitting down next to a vase of flowers and tea cups
18 September 2017 - 13 January 2018
Kirkby Gallery

Liverpool based photographic artist Tony Mallon has been working in collaboration with a group of older women from Northwood in Kirkby, who are part of the Golden Years group. The project acts as a welcome return home for Tony, who grew up in the area the women are based.

A number of women from the Golden Years group are known for breaking down stereotypes of being an older resident despite age, health and mobility. As testimony to this, as volunteers, they recently took on a soon to be closed centre in Northwood to keep a community hub alive. These women, some of which have lived in Kirkby for over 50 years, moved to the area on the promise of fresh air, outdoor space and a cleaner, better life away from the Liverpool city 'slums'.

Winds of Change brings together a series of collaboratively devised and produced photographs, which reflects these women's lives and activism for their local area.The exhibition and project is part of a larger project called Culture Shifts. This is a new socially engaged photography programme, working with 12 national and international photographers embedded in communities across seven areas of Liverpool City Region. The aim of the project is to work with communities to explore their stories in a way that is meaningful to them.

Collaborating with photographers, communities will co-author a series of photo stories, reflecting on their identity, interests or lives. The photo stories form the basis of eight exhibitions across seven venues in Liverpool City Region. There is also a new open online platform, Photostories, that anyone is welcome to contribute to.

There is an exhibition launch event on Thursday 14 September between 4.30pm and 6.30pm. If you would like to attend, please RSVP to Tina Ball on 443 5617 or tina.ball@knowsley.gov.uk
You can enjoy tea, coffee and a bowl of scouse on the evening.

Download the Winds of Change flyer.

Teacher First Preview for Schools - Thursday 14 September 2017, 3.45pm – 4.30pm
(immediately followed by the exhibition launch, 4.30 – 6.30pm) at Kirkby Gallery
Kirkby Centre, Norwich Way, Kirkby, Knowsley L32 8XY
 
An opportunity for teaching and school staff to see the Winds of Change exhibition before it opens to the public – and to meet Liverpool based photographic artist Tony Mallon who has been working in collaboration with a group of older women from Northwood in Kirkby, to bring together a series of collaboratively devised and produced photographs, which reflects these women’s lives and activism for their local area.

The exhibition is part of a larger project called Culture Shifts, led by The Open Eye Gallery. This event will allow teachers to see behind the scenes and the opportunity for class visits. It is a great opportunity to view what’s on offer for schools and find out how to book a free place for your school group to visit the exhibition.

To book a free place on the ‘Teacher First’ Preview
Email: tina.ball@knowsley.gov.uk / 0151 443 5617


Knowsley Open Art Exhibition
13 November 2017 - 3 February 2018

Knowsley Council presents '17th Knowsley Open Art Exhibition' which showcases 2D visual art created by people over 18 years who live, work, volunteer or study in the borough of Knowsley. The 'Young Artists Open' exhibition will also be on display to celebrate the work of young and emerging artists of all ages up to 17 years.

Visitor Choice prizes and Special Awards
These prizes will be awarded to each of the Open Exhibitions (the 'Main Open' and 'Young Artists Open'), to the most popular artworks on display, as voted for by the visiting public.

There can only be one vote for each Open Art Exhibition, per person.
These prizes are awarded at the end of the exhibition.

The prizes
Knowsley Open - 1st prize: £150, 2nd prize: £75, 3rd prize: £40
Young Artiststs Open - 1st prize: £50, 2nd prize: £25, 3rd prize: £15
The Reg Robinson Award - £50
The Adult Disability Service Award - £50
(All prizes awarded will be in the form of 'Rennies Art Shop' vouchers)

If you would like to attend the private view on Tuesday 14 November 2017 between 4pm and 6pm, you can RSVP to the galleries team on 443 5617 or galleries@knowsley.gov.uk

You can submit an online entry for the 17th Knowsley Open Art Exhibition online here

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Children's Drawing Classes at Kirkby Gallery
child drawing with a pencilSaturdays, 10.30am-12.30pm


Our drawing course (8 workshops in each course) provides a fun and structured
introduction to drawing using a wide range of media and methods. It will encourage children to look at things in a selective way and improve the skills to record their observations. Our friendly tutor will demonstrate a new task each week and be on hand to answer questions and provide support and guidance.

These are tutor-led drawing workshops for young people (8-13 years). Places are limited, so booking is essential. A course fee of £30 per child is payable at the first workshop. Included within this are all materials and entry into the annual Knowsley Open Art exhibition should they wish to submit work. This could be their first experience of a public exhibition.

The next course starts on September 23rd, please get in touch for more details.
Please contact Tina Ball: tina.ball@knowsley.gov.uk / 0151 443 5617 to book on.
 


Art classes at Kirkby Gallery
woman standing in front of an artist's easelWednesdays & Saturdays, 10.30am-12.30pm


Do you enjoy drawing and painting?
Would you like to take it up as a new hobby or improve your artistic skills?


These tutor-led series of drawing and watercolour painting courses for adults are suitable for all abilities, from absolute beginners to those with advanced skills. Due to popular demand, Kirkby Gallery in partnership with Knowsley FACE, are extending the number of arts based workshops on offer.

The courses (8 workshops in each course) provide a structured introduction to drawing and watercolour painting using a wide range of media and methods and encourages you to look at things in a selective way, giving you the skills to record your observations. Our friendly tutor will demonstrate a new task each week and be on hand to answer questions and provide support and guidance.

Places are limited, so booking is essential. 

All you need to bring is your own basic art materials – paper, paints, pencils etc.

There is a venue administration fee of £35 per course (payable at the first workshop).

New courses start mid September, please get in touch for more details and to book.
Please contact Tina Ball: tina.ball@knowsley.gov.uk / 0151 443 5617 to book on.
 


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.
 

Huyton Gallery is open Mondays, Tuesdays and Fridays from 10am – 5pm, closed on Wednesdays, open Thursdays from 10am –1pm and Saturdays 10am – 1pm.

You will find it within Huyton Library, on Civic Way, Huyton, L36 9GD.