Wednesday Art Challenge – Home / Family

For Gill’s Wednesday Art Challenge this week, create something that represents home/family – pick either or combine the two, it’s up to you! Here are some of our team’s favourite home/family artworks: Vicky has chosen One of the Family by Frederick George Cotman – the light is captured so beautifully and everything on the table […]

Your Valentine

This week’s exhibition was chosen by our longest-serving volunteer, Pam. Your Valentine at Kirkby Gallery back in 2012 was one of her favourites, two collections of Valentine cards brought together in one gorgeous extravaganza. Half of the objects on display came from the Shell Heritage Art Collection, the other from MMU’s Special Collections. From Manchester […]

Gill’s Art Challenge – Dogs

This week’s Wednesday Art Challenge is to create a dog-themed artwork – here is a fabulous portrait Gill has done of Lola, her nephew’s dog. When you’ve finished your creation, take a photo of it and post it on our Facebook page in the comments of our Home Is Where The Art Is pinned post […]

Leslie Briggs: Faces and Places

This week’s focus is Leslie Briggs’s solo show (you will recognise his name from featuring in last week’s FIVE exhibition!) Les is a self-taught artist from Kirkby who had his first solo exhibition with us back in 2016 after entering the Knowsley Open for years and even representing Knowsley in the Pan Merseyside Open Exhibition. […]

FIVE Family Friday Art Activities

For Family Friday this week, here are 5 activities from Kirkby Gallery’s FIVE exhibition, inspired by each of our featured artists living or working in Knowsley: Leslie Briggs, Gill Cowley, Nick Daly, Mike Kirby and Gary McGillivray. Gill, Kirkby Gallery volunteer and leader of our Wednesday art courses, says: “I was delighted to have had […]

Gill’s Art Challenge – Clothing & Fashion

For Gill’s Wednesday Art Challenge this week, be inspired by depictions of clothing and fashion. You could even capture a favourite item of clothing that you have, or a dream garment that you long for. Share your finished work with us! Here are three paintings of clothing that Emily, Vicky and Tina have chosen: Emily […]


This week we have chosen to feature Kirkby Gallery’s 2018’s FIVE exhibition, which showcased five of the best painters working or living in the borough of Knowsley: Leslie Briggs, Gill Cowley, Nick Daly, Mike Kirby and Gary McGillivray. Curator Tina says: “I invited these artists to exhibit together as a show of force in representing […]

VE Day Craft Activity

ARP Wardens marching down High Street

As today is a bank holiday and a special day in history, we have an extra Family Friday activity! 8 May 2020 is 75 years since Victory in Europe Day (VE Day), when the Second World War came to an end in Europe. When the news broke there were spontaneous celebrations across the nation and […]

Gill’s Art Challenge – Springtime

For this week’s Wednesday Art Challenge, Gill is taking inspiration from Art UK‘s Online Art Exchange – each week, museums and galleries are encouraged to choose their favourite artwork from another UK museum or gallery’s collection on a certain theme… Below are Tina, Vicky and Emily’s choices for Springtime – have a look at the different […]