Decorative Art At The Walker

While the Walker Art Gallery is renowned for its beautiful collection of paintings and sculptures, it also houses a unique collection of British and European decorative art including pieces dating back to 1300. There are around 100,000 items in the Gallery’s collection, including ceramics, glass, metalwork, jewellery, furniture and musical instruments.

Apart from works by major UK and international makers and designers, the collection also features objects commissioned by local patrons, commemorative pieces, and other items designed, made or decorated in and around Liverpool.

Highlights include a collection of 10,000 British and European ceramics, featuring medieval pieces and a comprehensive collection of Liverpool-made ceramics from the period 1700-1850. 18th century wine glasses and stained glass windows dating from the medieval period are represented in the vessel glass collection, while the metalwork collection comprises around 1,300 precious metal, silver and gold objects, including a collection of silver items crafted by Liverpool silversmiths.

The jewellery collection features a large number of finger rings, some dating back 700 years, as well as a growing assortment of modern jewellery dating from the 1980s to the present. Items of furniture by acclaimed Liverpool-based designers and makers such as George Bullock and Herbert Macnair are among the roughly 300 pieces displayed in the Walker Art Gallery and Sudley House. The textile collection, meanwhile, numbers around 10,000 items, including embroideries, lace, woolwork, quilts and household furnishings.

This brief overview gives an idea of the vast range of unique, quirky and special objects on display in the Walker Art Gallery’s decorative art collection. Beauty and functionality are the essence of decorative art, and the Walker’s stunning collection, now open to the public once again, offers an excellent introduction to this important and historical art form.

Reopening Excitement Builds

Excitement is building ahead of next Tuesday 18th May, when most of National Museums Liverpool’s venues will reopen in line with the government’s easing of lockdown restrictions.

The Walker Art Gallery, World Museum, Museum of Liverpool, Maritime Museum, International Slavery Museum, Lady Lever Art Gallery and Sudley House will all be open from next Tuesday, while the Planetarium is due to reopen in June, and the Aquarium is expected to reopen in time for the summer holidays.

Opening hours for NML’s museums and galleries are Tuesday to Sunday from 10am – 6pm (all venues will be closed on Mondays, except bank holidays). Free e-tickets for timed entry slots must be pre-booked on NML’s website:

Visitors to the Walker Art Gallery will be able to view the 67 artworks shortlisted for the John Moores Painting Prize 2020, including the first-prize winner, Kathryn Maple’s stunning large-scale work The Common.

While Kathryn was the jurors’ winning choice, we can all still place our votes for the Visitor’s Choice Prize, sponsored by Rathbones. Voting has now been extended until 13th June, allowing people to vote after seeing the exhibition in person. A virtual tour is also available:

We are all looking forward to the reopening of the Walker Art Gallery and all of NML’s other venues, and wish these great national institutions and their wonderful staff all the very best for the weeks and months ahead!

Wallasey Property Boom

At the start of this month, property portal Rightmove revealed Wallasey to be the location in the UK that has seen the sharpest increase in property prices over the past 12 months (the year to April). The average asking price for a home in the Merseyside town rose by 15.6% to reach £176,707, an annual increase of £24,000. Meanwhile, Birkenhead was ranked fourth on the list, having seen an increase of 12.4% over the course of the year.

One in three properties in Wallasey sold within a week, compared to the national average of around one in four, and Rightmove predicts that the strong rise in house prices will continue for at least the rest of the year, partly because the average asking price in both Wallasey and Birkenhead is well below the national average of £327,797, and partly due to the recent temporary stamp duty holiday extension.

Rightmove also reported that in the current red hot market, estate agents are increasingly prioritizing property viewings for buyers who are ready to proceed with a purchase straight away, with half of the surveyed estate agents requiring prospective buyers to already have a buyer in place for their current home before being allowed to view properties. First-time buyers need to have a mortgage already agreed in principle by many agents before viewings.

Wallasey residents may be unsurprised by the popularity of their town on the mouth of the River Mersey, which has experienced something of a boom in recent years, along with many areas of Merseyside. The seaside resort of New Brighton, with its famous lighthouse, Victorian District and £60 million Marine Point shopping and leisure complex, continues to draw thousands of visitors every year, while the clean and sandy beach offers spectacular views of both the Liverpool city skyline and ships sailing out into the Irish Sea.

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