This week, we’re looking back at 2016’s Panorama photography exhibition in Kirkby Gallery, combining two sets of images: all entries to the Spaces 2 Wellbeing Photography Competition celebrating the faces and places of Knowsley, alongside a selection of classic photos from Prescot Museum’s collection and a few from Knowsley Archives too. It was a huge-scale […]

Family Friday – Get creative and boost your mental health wellbeing!

Family Friendly Activities

Inspired by this week’s focus exhibition, Held, we thought it would be good to signpost you to some of the lovely simple activities for all ages available through the Start website, encouraging creativity as a way towards improved mental health wellbeing for the whole family. Explore different ways of drawing and mark-making using different materials… […]

Bid in our Online Silent Auction for an Anthony Ratcliffe original!

Anthony Ratcliffe’s Revisioning the Rhino free online art observation classes begin on Tuesday 2 February at 10am as part of our Art in the Park virtual learning sessions. You also have the chance to own one of Anthony’s original prints and help a good cause at the same time! In support of the community and […]


Back in 2011, Huyton Gallery hosted Held, a fabulous exhibition of mixed media pieces by 40 artists who attended or worked at Start, a Manchester service passionate about the healing power of art. Each artwork illustrates a way that the artist looks after their wellbeing, exploring the idea that the key to our health may […]

Meet the Artists in the Park – Patricia McDonald-Holmes

It’s time to meet the last (but not least) of our Artists in the Park – Patricia McDonald-Holmes: a Knowsley based multi-disciplinary artist, with printmaking, collage and digital manipulation key elements of her work. She also teaches A Level art, media and graphic design at Cardinal Heenan Catholic High School & Sixth Form, and is […]

Meet the Artists in the Park – Johanna Robinson

Johanna Robinson, the only creative writer commissioned as part of Art in the Park, will lead the four weekly Safari Scribblers sessions for schools, aimed at Key Stage 2 and Key Stage 3 classes, on Monday 8th, 15th & 22nd March and 12th April at 10am or 2pm. Safari Scribblers will consist of a series […]

Meet the Artists in the Park – Anthony Ratcliffe

This week, we’re “meeting” the four fabulous artists and writers who will be leading our online Art in the Park sessions in partnership with Knowsley Safari. Anthony Ratcliffe is a printmaker and former lecturer who will be leading Revisioning the Rhino (starting on 2nd February at 10am). Over the four weekly sessions, inspired by 16th […]

Meet the Artists in the Park – Julia Midgley

This week, we’re focusing on our four fabulous artists and writers who will be leading our online Art in the Park sessions in partnership with Knowsley Safari. First up is Julia Midgley, a documentary artist and printmaker who will be leading the Staffin’ the Safari sessions (starting on 1st February at 10am). Over the four […]

Family Friday – Be inspired by Cherie Grist!

Cherie Grist’s dazzling canvases combine bright colours, intricate patterns, shapes and splashes of paint. “When I paint, I can express all the thoughts that are swirling around my mind. My process is always automatic, from the paint used to the method in which I apply the marks” Cherie Grist. Get some paper and a pencil […]