William George Mitchell: Public Art, Kirkby 1964

This very important piece of public art was created especially for the original Kirkby Library, inspired by Kirkby’s landscape viewed from above. Sculptor William George Mitchell was commissioned in 1964 to craft an enormous fibre-glass and cast resin panel. It is actually a series of pieces which fit together like a glorious jigsaw puzzle. The […]

Family Friday – Create a Cityscape!

Be inspired by artist Patricia McDonald’s multi-layered vibrant artworks – can you figure out which city they represent? Capture your own favourite town or city, but draw it the way you remember it rather than exactly how it looks – link bits of your memory of buildings or details that you have seen to create […]

Kirkby Gallery Summer Art School

Explore Impressionism with our free online Kirkby Gallery Summer Art School. It ran every Wednesday over the Summer holidays, 22 July to 26 August, with weekly Impressionism-themed activities and information packs. You can still enjoy the course, which is in six modules below. There are no deadlines, external assessments or qualifications awarded, this is purely […]

Patricia McDonald: Latitude and Longitude

This week, we are looking back fondly at Latitude and Longitude, artist Patricia McDonald’s fabulous solo show in Huyton Gallery in 2015. Rather than us explain Patricia’s work to you, here are her own words on the subject: “The inspiration for the exhibition in Huyton Gallery was based on travels and experiences from around the […]

Artist Call-out: Freelance Creative Facilitators needed!

Kirkby Gallery & Prescot Museum: Artist Call Out WHO: Visual artists, craftspeople, makers, designers, photographers and writers. WHAT: Kirkby Gallery is looking to expand its pool of Freelance Creative Facilitators, covering all aspects of the visual arts (particularly drawing, painting and printmaking), crafts, sculpture, photography and creative writing. We are additionally looking for artists who […]

Drawn from Life: People on Paper

This week, we are looking at 2016’s Drawn From Life: People on Paper. the image above is Reconstruction, by Barbara Hepworth, 1947. This exhibition brought together some of the finest drawings in the Arts Council Collection (with loans from the British Council Collection), including work from Henry Moore, Barbara Hepworth and David Hockney. It was […]

Family Friday – Be inspired by Lear’s Alphabet!

For this week’s #FamilyFriday, we’re inviting you to use Edward Lear as your inspiration – it’s as easy as ABC! Lear was a talented artist, and is well known for his painting and drawing animals and birds, but he is probably best known for his wild imagination. In 1846, he published A Book of Nonsense which […]

For the Love of Books

For the Love of Books, our 2012 exhibition, was the first time our focus was on the exploration into artists’ books. The image above is of Elizabeth Willow’s Minor Elizabethan Drama, Volume II. Artists’ books, artist books or book art is a broad definition which has developed from an early idea of works illustrated by […]

Family Friday – News from Home!

Write a news story about your experiences in your house, and create an illustration to go with it. You’ll need to think of a headline too! We’d love to see what you create – you can share photos of your creations in the comments of our Home Is Where The Art Is pinned post on […]