Walker Art Gallery to showcase Liverpool talent in artist-led exhibition


Local artists will showcase their work in a new Walker Art Gallery exhibition celebrating the diversity of painting.

The Walker Art Gallery will showcase the work of some of Liverpool’s most exciting contemporary painters. Refractive Pool: Contemporary Painting in Liverpool, which runs from April 29, 2022 to January 8, 2023, features 21 artists who currently live and work in and around the city.

The exhibition is curated by Liverpool-based artists Josie Jenkins and Brendan Lyons, who approached the Walker in response to what they saw as a disconnect between many current artists and art galleries. In particular, many artists early in their career do not see themselves or their work represented in major public galleries.

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Co-curator Josie Jenkins said: “Liverpool’s contemporary painting community represents a diverse mix of individuals and artistic practices, perhaps unified only in their use of the medium of paint and a shared current place. All the exhibiting artists were not born here, but they were able to develop their practice within the flourishing and united network of this city.

“We hope this exhibition will give visitors a glimpse of the varied and exciting range of art made in Liverpool’s many studios, which is too often hidden from public view.”

Katherine Lloyd, Project Officer at National Museums Liverpool, said: “It has been wonderful to work alongside Josie and Brendan to create this important and timely exhibition. To be able to celebrate the incredible painting produced here in Liverpool is very special, especially after what has been a challenge over the past couple of years for many practicing creatives.

“Visitors can expect to see a diverse range of subjects and an interesting choice of materials used, as well as groundbreaking ways of presenting and hanging the works. In many ways, the exhibition pushes the boundaries of what is painting, challenging our traditional preconceptions.”

Artwork by co-curator and exhibiting artist Brendan Lyons

The exhibition follows the publication of a book compiled by Jenkins and Lyons and funded with support from a crowdfunding campaign and Arts Council England. Titled Refractive Pool, it features excerpts from interviews with 38 Liverpool-based artists, displayed alongside their photographic portraits and images of their work.

As part of the exhibition, the Walker will also feature poetry by Paul Farley. Farley was commissioned to write a poem for the publication Refractive Pool.

Refractive Pool: Contemporary Painting in Liverpool is a ‘pay what you think’ exhibition, for more information you can visit the website here.


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