Liverpool Biennial at the Walker Art Gallery- press announcement

The Walker Art Gallery’s programme for the Liverpool Biennial launches Friday 14 September.

The winner of John Moores Painting Prize 2012 and £25,000 first prize is announced by Sir Peter Blake, patron and winner of the junior prize in 1961. In alphabetical order: Biggs & Collings, Ian Law, Stephen Nicholas, Sarah Pickstone and Narbi Price are in the running for the UK’s biggest painting prize.

Belonging by Patrick Murphy brings almost 200 life-size brightly coloured pigeons to the exterior of the gallery. Banished from city centres, branded a nuisance and especially unwelcome on historic architecture, the common pigeon is much-maligned. However the vibrant pigeons of Belonging are made welcome guests, even on the grand Victorian frontage of the Walker Art Gallery.

The Arts Council Collection presents Enrico David’s Madreperlage (2003), at the Walker Art Gallery. Five new drawings and the piece, Untitled: puppets we are the mods, accompany the installation, which draws upon many aspects of Enrico’s work. This will be the first solo presentation of his work in England outside London.

All three projects open to the public on Saturday 15 September.

Please see attached for press releases and images.

You are invited to the press announcement of the John Moores Painting Prize 2012 at 1pm on Friday 14 September 2012.

The 2012 winner, prize winners and judges, as well as patron Sir Peter Blake, will be available for interview and photographs.

There will also be an opportunity to preview Belonging by Patrick Murphy and Madreperlage by Enrico David.

Patrick Murphy and Caroline Douglas, Head of the Arts Council Collection will be available for interview and photographs.

A light lunch will be provided.

Please RSVP to Laura Johnson at: / 0151 478 4752.

About National Museums Liverpool

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 International Slavery Museum, Lady Lever Art Gallery, Merseyside Maritime Museum, Museum of Liverpool, Sudley House, UK Border Agency National Museum, Walker Art Gallery and World Museum.                    

One of the finest art galleries in Europe, the Walker Art Gallery is home to renaissance masterpieces, Tudor portraits and one of the best collections of Victorian and Pre-Raphaelite art in the country. An outstanding collection of contemporary art includes work by David Hockney, Lucian Freud and Banksy.


Walker Art Gallery William Brown Street, Liverpool            Admission FREE
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About the Arts Council Collection Partnerships supported by Christie’s

The Arts Council Partnerships supported by Christie’s is a new partnership with four regional museums. During the four year scheme, the partner museums – Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery, Leeds Museums and Galleries, Manchester Art Gallery and the Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool – will create a dynamic programme of displays and exhibitions based on loans from the Arts Council Collection combined with their own collections.

Over the course of the scheme, the Arts Council Collection will also provide sustained curatorial and technical support in developing displays and exhibitions of works from the Collection, as well as offering a place on the Acquisitions Committee each year for one curator from a regional museum partner. The support from Christie’s for an initial period of two years will go directly to the museums towards curatorial research, transport, display and education.

The Arts Council Collection

The Arts Council Collection, which is run by Southbank Centre on behalf of Arts Council England, is one of Britain’s foremost national collections of post-war British Art. As a collection 'without walls', it has no permanent gallery; it can be seen on long term loan to museums, galleries, schools, hospitals, colleges and charitable associations and in touring exhibitions and displays at home and abroad. It is also, importantly, the most widely circulated and easily accessible collection of its kind, with nearly 8000 works available for loan. Established in 1946 to promote and enrich knowledge of contemporary art, the Collection continues to acquire works by artists, many at an early stage of their career, living and working in Britain and to foster the widest possible access to modern and contemporary across the UK. For further information please visit

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.