Free events inspired by ground-breaking artwork

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The distinctive trill of Spanish guitar will echo around the rooms of Lady Lever Art Gallery this summer as it celebrates its hit new exhibition, Picasso Linocuts from the British Museum with a programme of free events.

From Flamenco guitar and dance performances, to linocut demonstrations and family activities, the new exhibition is the inspiration behind a packed programme which aims to share the influences behind Picasso’s genius and introduce his innovative approach to linocut prints.

Xanthe Brooke, Curator of European Fine Art said: “Picasso was the most influential European artist of the 20thcentury and his work continues to inspire and astonish audiences more than 40 years after his death.

“This programme of talks, tours, performances, demonstrations and workshops will enable our visitors to get a better understanding of the artist, including his boundless invention and creativity, even in the later years of his life.”

Picasso Linocuts from the British Museum is on display at the Lady Lever Art Gallery, Port Sunlight until 8 January 2017



Exhibition Talk       

Thursday 14 July


Join Jenny Ramkalawon, Curator of Western Modern and Contemporary Graphic Works from the British Museum for a fascinating talk about the exhibition.

Linocut demonstration                

Monday 18 July & Monday 12 September

1.30 – 3.30pm

Frances Disley from the Bluecoat Print Studios leads a fascinating demonstration of linocut techniques.

Adult linocut workshop   

Thursday 13 October & Thursday 17 November

1 - 4pm

Have a go at linocutting with Frances Disley from the Bluecoat Print Studios.  Suitable for adults of all artistic abilities, workshop materials will be provided.

Tickets are limited and pre booking is essential.

Exhibition Curator talk

Thursday 8 September, Thursday 20 October & Thursday 10 November            


Join Xanthe Brooke, Curator of European Fine Art for a talk about Picasso’s fascination with printmaking, with a particular focus on the linocuts created in the early 1960s.

Flamenco guitar performance and flamenco dance performance

Saturday 16 July

1.30 – 2.30pm (solo guitar performance)                            

3 – 3.30pm (duo performance - guitar and flamenco dancer)

Saturday 20 August                                                                                

1.15 - 2pm and 2:30 – 3.15pm (solo guitar performance)                            

Hear the music which so inspired Picasso with Flamenco and Spanish guitarist, Glenn Sharp. Glenn has worked extensively in the European world music scene for more than 20 years and has studied with flamenco guitarists including Juan Martin, Paco Peña and Francisco Morales. Glenn will play a mixture of improvised flamenco and traditional Spanish classical guitar. He will be joined by a flamenco dancer for his second set.

Picasso Linocuts See, make, do

Wednesday 3, 10, 17, 24 and 31 August                                                                                                 


Bring the family and make your own print inspired by the exhibition.

Suitable for accompanied children aged 10 years and under.

Picasso Linocuts from the British Museum was developed in partnership with the British Museum and generously funded by the Dorset Foundation.


Free entry
Open daily 10am-5pm
Lady Lever Art Gallery

Port Sunlight Village, Wirral, CH62 5EQ
Telephone 0151 478 4136



Notes to editors:

About British Museum

The British Museum was founded in 1753; the first national public museum in the world. From the outset its mission was to be a “museum of the world for the world”. This ambition still lies at the heart of the Museum today. The collection tells the story of cultural achievement throughout the world, from the dawn of human history over two million years ago, until the present day. The Museum is committed to lending its collection as widely as possible across the UK and internationally. www.britishmuseum.org.

This tour is organised through the British Museum’s National Programmes. The BM’s National Programmes are the strategic framework for the Museum’s programme of engagement with audiences throughout the country. It includes single loans, touring exhibitions, Partnership Galleries and skills exchange. The Museum works with venues of all sizes to share its collection and expertise as widely as possible across the UK. In 2015/16 over 6 million people across Britain saw a loan, exhibition or participated in an activity at their local museum which was organised under the British Museums National Programmes scheme.

The Art Fund

The Art Fund is the national fundraising charity for art. In the past five years alone the Art Fund has given £34 million to help museums and galleries acquire works of art for their collections. It also helps museums share their collections with wider audiences by supporting a range of tours and exhibitions, including ARTIST ROOMS and the 2013-18 Aspire tour of Tate’s Salisbury Cathedral from the Meadows by John Constable, and makes additional grants to support the training and professional development of curators.


The Art Fund is independently funded, with the core of its income provided by 122,000 members who receive the National Art Pass and enjoy free entry to over 230 museums, galleries and historic places across the UK, as well as 50% off entry to major exhibitions. In addition to grant-giving, the Art Fund’s support for museums includes the annual Art Fund Prize for Museum of the Year (won by The Whitworth, Manchester, in 2015), a publications programme and a range of digital platforms.

Find out more about the Art Fund and the National Art Pass at www.artfund.org 

For further information please contact Madeline Adeane, Press Relations Manager, madeane@artfund.org / 0207 225 4804 

About the Lady Lever Art Gallery

The Lady Lever Art Gallery houses one of the UK’s greatest collections of fine and decorative art.

An extensive programme of restoration and improvement has been completed at the South End of the Gallery. The £2.8m project enabled 500 square metres of gallery space to be transformed.

The galleries have been returned to their original architectural design and more than 1,500 objects have been redisplayed, including the best collection of Wedgwood jasperware in the world, one of the finest collections of Chinese porcelain in Europe and outstanding 18th century paintings, furniture and sculpture.

The scheme was funded through donations, corporate sponsorship and major grants. This includes generous grants from the following donors:

The Heritage Lottery Fund

Lord Leverhulme Charitable Trust

DCMS/Wolfson Museums & Galleries Improvement Fund

Garfield Weston Foundation

Headley Trust

J Paul Getty Jr Charitable Trust

Granada Foundation

The Henry Moore Foundation

Sir Siegmund Warburg’s Voluntary Settlement

29th May 1961 Charitable Trust

Charles Hayward Foundation

For more information on the project, visit www.liverpoolmuseums.org.uk/leverplans

About the Heritage Lottery Fund

Thanks to National Lottery players, we invest money to help people across the UK explore, enjoy and protect the heritage they care about - from the archaeology under our feet to the historic parks and buildings we love, from precious memories and collections to rare wildlife. www.hlf.org.uk @heritagelottery

About National Museums Liverpool 

National Museums Liverpool comprises eight venues, including some of the most visited museums in England outside of London. Our collections are among the most important and varied in Europe and contain everything from Impressionist paintings and rare beetles to a lifejacket from the Titanic. We attract more than 2.8 million visitors every year. Our venues are the Museum of Liverpool, World Museum, the Walker Art Gallery, Merseyside Maritime Museum, International Slavery Museum, Border Force National Museum, Sudley House and the Lady Lever Art Gallery. 

About Us

National Museums Liverpool comprises eight venues. Our collections are among the most important and varied in Europe and contain everything from Impressionist paintings and rare beetles to a lifejacket from the Titanic. We attract more than three million visitors every year. Our venues are the Museum of Liverpool, World Museum, the Walker Art Gallery, Merseyside Maritime Museum, International Slavery Museum, UK Border Agency National Museum, Sudley House and the Lady Lever Art Gallery.




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