Liverpool is a lively city that is home to a rich history mixed with modern shopping and sporting facilities. Although it is probably best known for being the birthplace of The Beatles, the city also boasts plenty of Liverpool museums and galleries offering both some amazing art collections as well as a number of workshops and interactive activities to get involved in.
The Victoria Gallery & Museum is one of Liverpool’s favourite museums, with so much to offer visitors of all ages. The museum is home to a wide range of curiosities, from the odd selection of false teeth to the spine tingling nightmares in a bottle collection – items that have been collected over the 130 year history of the University of Liverpool, which enjoys close links to the museum. A stroll around the museum will let you discover everything from x-rays and skeletons to fossils and antique calculators, with the real excitement being that you just won’t know what’s coming next.
The art gallery here is bright and modern and holds an impressive collection of paintings, sculptures, silverware and ceramics and includes a number of permanent displays such as that from 19th Century American wildlife artist, John James Audubon. The collection held here is one of the largest outside America. The gallery also hosts visiting artists throughout the year, with the latest guest exhibition from contemporary artist, J.Chuhan. The ‘Recent Paintings’ exhibition focuses on the human form in interior spaces and shows the artists fascination for observing the human figure.
The Victoria Gallery & Museum believes art should be an interactive experience and holds a number of activities and workshops to interest visitors of all ages and abilities. From painting life size self-portraits and modelling 3D mini beasts for the kids to learning the basics of Chinese ink painting and calligraphy for the adults, the majority of their workshops are free to join and promise to be great fun.
To find out what’s on in Liverpool throughout 2013 and discover more about the latest workshop events, visit http://vgm.liverpool.ac.uk.