Exhibitions at Kirkby Gallery

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.


Northern Stone and Peat Smoke

20 May to 31 August 2019

Please note, Kirkby Gallery will be closed to the public all day on Thursday 8 August 2019 for a private event.

Kirkby Gallery is delighted to present this new and never-before-seen exhibition, Northern Stone and Peat Smoke, by artist Anthony Ratcliffe.

Anthony is now a full-time printmaker afer many years lecturing at Manchester School of Art. He has prints in many public and private collections including The British Council, the Parliamentary Art Collection, Manchester Airport, Manchester Royal Infirmary and MMU Special Collections.

Anthony works from drawings and material collected on-site, and has travelled extensively around Britain documenting remote landscape - particularly the way it shows evidence of past and usage, geology, and archaeology. He also researches literary descriptions and historical associations. All the woodcut prints are hand printed in small editions and the artist works from a studio in Mossley overlooking the Dark Peak National Park.

Recent projects across the North of England have included 'Broken Ground', 'Rain Stone and Rust' and 'Shoreline and Watershed'. have included book art, watercolours and poetry as well as large woodcut prints. This is the second exhibition by Anthony in Knowsley, having shown his 'Shoreline and Watershed' exhibition in Huyton Gallery in 2013.

This exhibition and collection of recent work has involved the artist exploring remote landscape, in many cases using contemporary poetry and text as a way of focusing on specific locations and features in more hidden parts of Northern Britain. 

The work records physical landscape and its relationship with flora, fauna and seasonal elements including the recent moorland fire damage. The show will contain large woodcut prints, watercolours, drawings and sketchbooks as well as material illustrating the technical print process used.

The woodcut prints are complex compositions in many colours and each one takes weeks of work to complete.

For this collection of work, the artist has explored the North West coast of Scotland, the Scottish island of Rum, the North Yorkshire Moors, the Yorkshire Dales, Coniston slate mines and the Pennine hills near where he lives and has a studio. 

View the flyer.

Made on Merseyside

23 September to 16 November 2019

Made on Merseyside celebrates and showcases industry in Knowsley, the goods produced here and the people who made them. This exhibition will share the stories of businesses large and small, past and present.

At the heart of the exhibition are objects, photos and footage of staff, factories and products, loaned from a variety of individuals and organisations, as well drawing upon Prescot Museum’s collection. A specially commissioned montage of film and audio clips from various local history projects, promotional footage and personal interviews will bring the displays to life. Some of these interviews have been conducted in the months leading up to the exhibition, capturing more recent experiences and memories not previously documented, preserving them for the future.

Businesses and companies featuring in the exhibition include: Amazon Studios, BICC, Cronton and Whiston Collieries, English Electric, Hornby Meccano, Huntley and Palmer, Kirkby Tyres, Lancashire Watch Company, Leather Satchel Company, Royal Ordnance Factory, Tinling’s and many more.

Accompanying the exhibition will be a range of talks - information is available on request.

There is a 'Teacher First' event happening at Kirkby Gallery on Thursday 19 September from 3.45pm to 4.30pm.
There is also a private view straight after from 4.30pm to 6.30pm

if you'd like to attend either one of the events, please RSVP to Tina Ball by calling 0151 443 4936 or emailing tina.ball@knowsley.gov.uk 

View the flyer.


2 December 2019 to 11 January 2020

‘Crafted’ is a biennial exhibition, presenting the work of contemporary makers from across the North West of England, in areas of contemporary craft, design and fine art.

As with all of our Crafted exhibitions, all artworks are for sale and offer a range of priced works - from more affordable works through to major pieces, just in time to purchase an original item as a Christmas gift.

The exhibiting artists include: Gray, Helen Jones, Julie Dodd, Kate Hills, Kathrine Anderson, Kelly Loughlin, Kirsti Brown, Mandy Hills, Sarah Ryan and Steve Talbot.

In addition to these events, there will be a series of ‘Meet the Maker’ sessions and workshops (for schools and adults) as part of the exhibition, so if you would like to find out more about what it’s like to be an artist and learn the skills firsthand, contact the gallery for more information.

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

There is a 'Teacher First' event happening at Kirkby Gallery on Thursday 28 November from 3.45pm to 4.30pm.
There is also a private view straight after from 4.30pm to 6.30pm.

if you'd like to attend either one of these events, please RSVP to Tina Ball by calling 0151 443 4936 or emailing tina.ball@knowsley.gov.uk

View the flyer.

Opening tim​es

Kirkby Gallery is open Monday to Friday from 9am – 5pm. 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.