‘New Worlds’ exhibition is a first for Kirkby Gallery

Published on: Thursday, 14-January-2016

An exhibition of work inspired by the era that Kirkby as a New Town was built opens at the town’s Gallery next month.

New Worlds, which features some of the most significant works of the 60s and 70s by British artists, is the first Select exhibition from the Arts Council Collection that Kirkby Gallery has curated. It places the Kirkby Gallery, which was purpose built as part of the new Kirkby Centre in 2014, firmly on the regional and national map for arts venues. News worlds exhibition at Kirkby Gallery

The 60s was an exciting period in time for town planning and local building projects, as it set out idealised visions on how people should live, play and travel around the town that they live, informed by the physical architecture and geography around them.

This optimism and dynamic thinking is reflected within the array of artworks which was being made by leading artists of that time. New Worlds is based around work from 1964, the year when the original Kirkby Library, home of Kirkby Gallery, was built. It includes work by a number of leading British artists who best represent that energetic period of creativity.

It is yet another opportunity for local people to see major artworks in Kirkby, made possible by the provision of the new gallery, which is now considered by artists, galleries and museums as an ideal venue to exhibit big-name works.  It follows on from the success of the Willy Russell: Behind the Scenes exhibition which was also curated by the Gallery team at Knowsley Council.

Cllr Eddie Connor, Knowsley Council’s Cabinet Member for Public Health and Wellbeing, said: “It is great that Kirkby Gallery is being considered as a top-class place to exhibit some really important art, making it easy for local people to see and enjoy them right here in Knowsley.

“When we opened the Kirkby Gallery as part of the new Kirkby Centre, we were always ambitious to develop a nationally important exhibitions programme here, and it is great that that is exactly what has happened. Exhibitions like New Worlds are fantastic for local people, they offer cultural and educational experiences for local schools and attract visitors from the region to Kirkby.”

New Worlds includes 19 stunning and varied artworks, which collectively demonstrate the importance of British art from the time.

Featured artists include Frank Auerbach, Gillian Ayres, Peter Blake, Boyle Family, Patrick Caulfield, Garth Evans, Elisabeth Frink, Terry Frost, Richard Hamilton, Barbara Hepworth, David Hockney, John Hoyland, Albert Irvin, Bryan Kneale, Margaret Lovell, Mary Martin, Henry Moore, Eduardo Paolozzi and Bridget Riley.

New Worlds runs from Monday 15 February until Saturday 7 May 2016 at Kirkby Gallery, on the first floor of the Kirkby Centre, Norwich Way, Kirkby, L32 8XY. The Gallery is open Monday - Friday from 9am - 5pm and Saturdays from 10am - 1pm.

Schools wishing to bring classes to the exhibition should contact the gallery in advance using the same contact details, to ensure availability. Call 0151 443 5617 to make arrangements.