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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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.

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.

David Holmes: Werewolf in a Jet Pack
14 August - 28 October 2017
Huyton Gallery

Huyton Gallery presents this exciting, first solo exhibition of work by artist David Holmes.
His work has previously been exhbited throughout Merseyside and the UK as part of group shows. He likes to move between different mediums and processes, mainly through digital imaging, traditional printmaking and papermaking.

The main subject of his work is focused on visual culture. We all have access to images everywhere, and David uses this access as a source of inspiration, whether it be digital or from his collection of resource images and photographs.
These visual references can become ideas for artworks which present narratives that depict a past, present or even conjured-up events constructed from the acquired imagery. Artefacts, sketches, graphics and personal photographs are brought together and manipulated to create an imagined work.

The images or elements act as pictorial or vague representations with symbolic meaning to develop and illustrate the narrative. Through constant additions and layering, his digital prints evolve from the construction and organisation of elements utilising digital techniques that are sometimes akin to effects he uses in traditional printmaking.

Download the David Holmes: Werewolf in a Jet Pack flyer.

Winds of Change
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.

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 are:
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

Download the Knowsley Open Art Exhibition flyer.

Download the entry form.

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.