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.


The Liverpool & Knowsley Book Art exhibition: Frankenstein 2018Liverpool and Knowsley Book Art Exhibition

Kirkby Gallery
17 September 2018 - 26 January 2019

Liverpool Book Art is delighted to present Frankenstein 2018, in partnership with Liverpool Central Library and Kirkby Gallery, Knowsley. The theme of the exhibition marks 200 years since the first edition of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus was published.

Frankenstein is a classic work for a variety of reasons. Not only is it arguably the very first work of science fiction, but it is also a core text of Gothic literature. Its themes of ambition and hubris, ethics and morality, responsibility for the consequence of one’s actions, free will and empathy have been important since the book was first published. They also appear hugely relevant today, whether considering genetic manipulation and synthetic biology, artificial intelligence and machine learning, or Silicon Valley’s ‘disruptive technologies’. This is reflected in recent television series such as Humans.

Book artists from around the world have responded to Frankenstein with a hugely creative range of ideas. Some have been stimulated by the themes in the book; others have been inspired by the way the story is told; others have made links between Frankenstein and other classic stories such as Dracula and The Golem.

Some of the works have been made in small editions; some are unique works. Many of them are available to buy. New works will be on show in Kirkby Gallery by invited artists and by Knowsley residents in response to seeing the exhibition in Liverpool.

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Byron’s Bear exhibition at Kirkby Gallery

Kirkby Gallery

17 September 2018 - 26 January 2019

Steve Talbot’s unique exhibition Byron’s Bears & Other Fables supports The Liverpool & Knowsley Book Art exhibition: Frankenstein 2018 which is currently on display at Kirkby Gallery.

Steve Talbot welcomes a new way of thinking about boxes and has said he has always had a fascination with them, particularly the kind his gifts and toys were packaged in as a child. He describes how boxes serve a purpose most us take for granted and don’t think twice about; preserving and protecting our beloved objects.

Like the Frankenstein 2018 exhibition which is inspired by the legendary Mary Shelley novel, much of the work in Steve’s ‘Byron’s Bears’ is inspired by literature. The interaction of literature and art will always encourage questions about interpretation, influence and originality – if you take a visit, remember to think ‘outside of the box’!

The exhibition also features work with a historical element from when it was created, particularly the 18th and 19th century. The pieces of art include illustrations of literary works, memorial boxes to writers and souvenirs of a certain time.

The boxes and other collections Steve keeps are presented as treasured collections and fossils of memories – see them for yourself at Kirkby Gallery now.

If you haven’t heard about ‘The Liverpool and Knowsley Book Art Exhibition’, inspired by Frankenstein which Kirkby Gallery is also home to, read about it here.

Children's drawing and sculpture classes

Kirkby Gallery

child drawing with a pencilSaturdays, 10.30am - 12.30pm

These fun and creative courses provide fun and structured introductions to drawings and sculpture using a wide range of media and methods.

The gallery's friendly tutors will demonstrate a new task each week and will be on hand to answer any questions, and provide support and guidance. The tutors will encourage children to look at things in a selective way and improve their skills to record their observations.

These workshops are suitable for children aged eight to 13.

Drawing courses are £30 per child and sculpture courses are £40 which is payable at the first of the eight workshops.
The cost includes all of the materials the children need and entry into the annual Knowsley Open Art Exhibition, should they wish to enter. This could be their first experience of a public exhibition.

There is a rolling programme of art courses so get in touch to find out the upcoming dates and to book.

To enquire or book, please contact Tina Ball on tina.ball@knowsley.gov.uk or call 443 5617

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.