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Mythical creatures, comedy legends and more celebrated in the National Museums Liverpool Spring/Summer 2023 season

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Mythical creatures, comedy legends and more celebrated in the National Museums Liverpool Spring/Summer 2023 season

National Museums Liverpool has announced a bustling programme across its venues for Spring/Summer.

Real-life stories of close-knit communities feature alongside mythical creatures, comedy legends and fantastical fairies in a busy Spring/Summer 2023 across its museums and galleries.

Laura Pye, director of National Museums Liverpool, said: “Our spring 2023 programme brings together fantastical creatures and ancient gods alongside the real stories of people from our city and beyond.

“We are honoured to present 50 years of Tom Wood’s iconic photography in Photie Man at the Walker Art Gallery, while at the same time showcasing the myth and wonder of Return of the Gods: Zeus, Athena and Hercules, just down the road at World Museum.

“As we head out of winter, Happiness!, our exhibition on one of Liverpool’s greatest sons Sir Ken Dodd, will put a spring in the step of visitors to the Museum of Liverpool. Then from Ken Dodd’s Diddymen to a fantastical feast of fairies, Cicely Mary Barker’s Flower Fairies fly into the Lady Lever Art Gallery.

“Opening in spring is the submission period for the prestigious John Moores Painting Prize on 13 February 2023. Our Medieval, Renaissance and Baroque permanent collection at the Walker Art Gallery also makes a welcome return as Renaissance Rediscovered, following a major redevelopment project.

“A season as varied as this is only possible with the support of our members, which also helps us provide projects like House of Memories, our dementia awareness programme that celebrates ten years of connecting and helping people across the globe.

“If you’re looking for a different way to support us, why not take a seat among the stars and dedicate a seat in our Planetarium at World Museum? Leave a lasting legacy in the oldest working planetarium in the UK, all while helping us produce exciting exhibitions and helping preserve our venues for the future.”

Spring 2023 listings

Flower Fairies ™ (Lady Lever Art Gallery, 15 April 2023 – 5 November 2023)

Flower Fairies will feature around 45 original illustrations from the Flower Fairies books by Cicely Mary Barker (1895 – 1973), owned by the Warne Archive. Marking the 100-year anniversary of her first book, Flower Fairies of the Spring, the show will immerse visitors into the enchanted worlds created by Barker.

More info here. 

Return of the Gods: Zeus, Athena, Hercules (World Museum, 28 April – 25 February 2024)

Enter the world of myth and legend told through the stories of ancient Greek and Roman gods in an intriguing new exhibition at World Museum. Featuring a stunning collection of sculpture and antiquities, Return of the Gods: Zeus, Athena, Hercules will immerse you in the ancient world, told through the words of ancient poets and writers, the sounds of mystery cults, rituals and festivals and the public and private worship of gods.

More info here.

Photie Man: 50 years of Tom Wood (Walker Art Gallery, 20 May 2023 – 7 January 2024)

A new major photographic exhibition from Tom Wood will open at the Walker Art Gallery, showcasing 50 years of the artist’s work. Photie Man celebrates the internationally-acclaimed Irish artist Tom Wood with a comprehensive survey of work spanning 50 years since the start of his career.

The exhibition will bring together work from across all decades, displayed chronologically and for the first time in Liverpool – where many of Wood’s iconic photographs were taken.

More info here.

Renaissance Rediscovered (Walker Art Gallery, Re-opens July 2023)

National Museums Liverpool Wedding

Featuring some of the finest paintings and decorative arts in Europe, Renaissance Rediscovered marks the re-opening of the Walker Art Gallery’s Medieval, Renaissance and Baroque rooms.

The transformation and restoration of around 600 square metres of gallery, the first redevelopment of the space in more than 30 years, is supported by funding from the Department for Culture, Media and Sport.

More info here.

Happiness! (Museum of Liverpool, 14 July 2023 – 3 March 2024)

Happiness! is an exhibition filled with fun and humour. Celebrating one of Liverpool’s iconic comedians, the legendary Sir Ken Dodd, this exhibition charts the life and career of Ken, and his connection to today’s comedic stars.

More info here.

John Moores Painting Prize 2023 (Walker Art Gallery, 16 September 2023 – 25 February 2024)

Call for entries open 13 February to 24 March 2023.

The UK’s most well-known painting competition returns to Walker Art Gallery in 2023. Bringing together the best of contemporary painting from across the UK to Liverpool, the painting prize is over 60 years old.

More info here.

Take a seat among the stars

National Museums Liverpool

Credit: Pete Carr

Get your name on a seat at the UK’s oldest working planetarium with a brand new dedication opportunity at World Museum. Whether you want to celebrate someone’s passion for science or mark fond memories of past visits to World Museum’s planetarium, you can now recognise the occasion by naming a seat in our world-famous planetarium for all to see.

You can name your seat with a minimum donation of ÂŁ200.

More info here.


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