Banksy at the Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool

Bust of a priest (defaced) Banksy

Bust of a priest (defaced) Banksy

We swung by the Walker Art Gallery yesterday to see the David Hockney: Early Reflections exhibition. As we lazily ambled through the 17th Century European Art room I spotted this interesting bust sat next to the grand old paintings and sculptures. It’s a Banksy.

Geisha by Kate Blacker

Geisha by Kate Blacker

Unfortunately we didn’t spend much time in the Hockney exhibition as my eight year old son couldn’t contain his mirth at the sight of naked men, so we continued our stroll around the gallery. I’ve always wanted to visit the Walker Art Gallery and for some reason always ended up elsewhere, Liverpool has a lot of attractions! Anyway it didn’t disappoint, we loved exploring it’s many rooms containing art from the 13th century to the present day. In fact my son was taken by many of the older paintings, he loved the gigantic portrait of Napoleon that hangs on the stairwell and bought a postcard of ‘The Ruins of Holyroad Chapel’.

The Ruins of Holyrood Chapel by Louis Jacques Mande Daguerre

The Ruins of Holyrood Chapel by Louis Jacques Mande Daguerre

And of course there were more modern works that surprised, like Kate Blacker’s ‘Geisha’, a sculpture of a geisha girl fashioned from corrugated iron. My son was also intrigued by an unusual video installation of an artist dressed as a stag entitled ‘Journey to the Lower World’. Artist Marcus Coates dresses up as a stag and calls up animal spirits in a shamanic ritual, performed in front of residents of a tower block in Edinburgh. The piece records Coates’ actions as well as the bemused reactions from the audience.

Hirst's Shark Tank by Little Artists

Hirst’s Shark Tank by Little Artists

This recreation of Damien Hirst’s Shark Tank by Little Artists also appealed to my son, he loves Lego and I took him to see the Damien Hirst retrospective at the Tate Modern a couple of years ago. It’s an exhibition he still talks about now. We left the calm of the Walker Art Gallery to squeeze in a visit to the World Museum two doors down. We both wished we could have stayed longer.

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Walker Art Gallery, William Brown Street, Liverpool, L3 8EL

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