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Current exhibitions featuring Arts Council Collection loans in Liverpool

ZOO LOGIC by Mark Leckey

WALKER ART GALLERY

The Walker Art Gallery presents two installations by Turner Prize-winning artist Mark Leckey. The installations represent the artist’s long-standing interest in moving image and broadcast technology, and specifically in Felix the Cat.

A Felix doll on a gramophone turntable was the first picture transmitted on TV in America in 1928. Visitors are invited to see Birkenhead-born Leckey’s Inflatable Felix, a huge, blow-up version of the cartoon cat.

The gallery will also display 'FEELINTHECAT', a 70th anniversary Arts Council Collection commission. This immersive installation consists of a large dome, shaped to resemble Felix’s head. Inside the dome, two screens play a film which shows Mark Leckey transforming into Felix.

This exhibition is the first in a series of exhibitions at Walker Art Gallery as part of the National Partners Programme.  Launched alongside the Arts Council Collection's 70th Anniversary celebrations, the programme will see four Partners, Birmingham Museums Trust, Liverpool’s Walker Art Gallery, Yorkshire Sculpture Park and Towner host and curate a series of exciting and innovative exhibitions drawn from the Arts Council Collection increasing nationwide access to the very best of modern and contemporary British art. This is a three year programme supported by Arts Council England and Southbank Centre, London.

09 September 2016 - 26 February 2017

KAPUT

Benedict Drew: KAPUT

WALKER ART GALLERY

A large,fluorescent image of Richard Branson, with orange cables protruding from his eyes, takes centre stage in Benedict Drew: KAPUT.  Using a combination of video, audio and sculptural elements, artist Benedict Drew reflects on society’s uncertain relationship with technology. Beneath the image of Branson – who founded Virgin Galactic, the first company dedicated to civilian space travel - Virgin spacecrafts soar across two screens, a foil backdrop flickers and the room buzzes with the sound of feedback, accompanied by the ecstatic sound of a saxophone.

Psychedelic colours and music combine to create an environment that appears to be straight from the artist’s imagination. KAPUT presents a dark, dystopian response to what Drew describes as ‘the horrors of the modern world’.

This exhibition forms part of a series of exhibitions at Walker Art Gallery as part of the National Partners Programme.  Launched alongside the Arts Council Collection's 70th Anniversary celebrations, the programme will see four Partners, Birmingham Museums Trust, Liverpool’s Walker Art Gallery, Yorkshire Sculpture Park and Towner host and curate a series of exciting and innovative exhibitions drawn from the Arts Council Collection increasing nationwide access to the very best of modern and contemporary British art. This is a three year programme supported by Arts Council England and Southbank Centre, London.

28 October 2016 - 26 February 2017

AFTER THE LIFE MASK OF WILLIAM BLAKE

Looking North

WALKER ART GALLERY

Looking North is a new exhibition that presents work by artists from the North-West of England and highlights many exciting recent additions to the Arts Council Collection. The display includes drawings, paintings, video and sculpture by the artists Mary Griffiths, Joe Fletcher Orr, Paul Rooney, Jason Thompson and Jesse Wine. 

This exhibition forms part of a series of exhibitions at Walker Art Gallery as part of the National Partners Programme.  Launched alongside the Arts Council Collection's 70th Anniversary celebrations, the programme will see four Partners, Birmingham Museums Trust, Liverpool’s Walker Art Gallery, Yorkshire Sculpture Park and Towner host and curate a series of exciting and innovative exhibitions drawn from the Arts Council Collection increasing nationwide access to the very best of modern and contemporary British art. This is a three year programme supported by Arts Council England and Southbank Centre, London.

28 October 2016 - 26 February 2017

Unearthing the Bankers Bones

Keith Piper: Unearthing the Bankers Bones

THE BLUECOAT

Renowned British artist Keith Piper’s new solo show presented by Bluecoat and Iniva (Institute of International Visual Arts) comprises three new large-scale works spanning installation, digital works and drawings that address current anxieties about the impacts of globalisation. It is the most substantial presentation of the artist’s work in nearly two decades and celebrates the longstanding relationship between Piper, Bluecoat and Iniva which began over three decades ago.

Lending its title to the exhibition, the centrepiece of the show is a new Arts Council Collection 70th Anniversary commission comprising of three synchronised high definition video projections, which depict a narrative of economic and social collapse - Unearthing the Banker’s Bones (2016).

28 October 2016 - 22 January 2017