Toys Through Time


This week, we’re looking at our Toys Through Time display at Prescot Museum – the toys range in date from the 1890s through to the 1990s. They help demonstrate how childhood, consumerism and technology has changed over the years, but most of all they are fun! The toys in the image above date from the […]

Gill’s Wednesday Art Challenge – Elevate the Everyday

For Gill’s lockdown art challenge this week, create a piece of art from a usually mundane, unnoticed item. For example, it could be a brush and pan, kettle, paper clip, washing machine, or an item of cutlery – it’s up to you! It can be a sketch, painting, collage any media you fancy – maybe […]

Willy Russell: Behind the Scenes

We thought that this week would be the perfect time to remind everyone of 2015’s Willy Russell: Behind the Scenes at Kirkby Gallery. The exhibition looked back over his incredible life and work; he spent most of his childhood in Knowsley Village, then moved to Kirkby in his late teens and had a hair salon […]

Family Friday – Make your own Covid-19 Capsule

Family Friendly Activities

We’re in the middle of a very strange period in time – normal life has changed while we’re on lockdown to try and stop the coronavirus (Covid-19) from spreading. In years to come when we’re older, we’ll look back on these strange times and realise that we have lived through an important historic event. By […]

Gill’s Wednesday Art Challenge – Home / Family

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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 Wednesday 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. […]

Family Friday – FIVE 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 […]