The Walker Art Gallery is one of Liverpool’s leading art galleries and showcases paintings and sculptures from as far back as the 13th century. Home to Renaissance masterpieces and a leading selection of Victorian and pre-Raphaelite art, this gallery has housed some of the oldest art pieces in the city for 130 years.
Okay, so it’s not strictly in Liverpool, but the Wirral is close enough. Founded by William Hesketh Lever (1851-1925), the Lady Lever Art Gallery is dedicated to his wife Elizabeth and still features a large offering from his personal art collection, including the best collection of Wedgwood Jasperware in the world.
Sudley House is a stunning 19th century Victorian house in the Mossley Hill area of Liverpool. The free-to-enter gallery and museum features a wonderful collection of Victorian period furniture and exquisite paintings, including some by Turner and Rossetti.
Another of the city’s lesser-known gallery gems is the aptly named The Gallery, situated in The Baltic Triangle. Set on the first floor of John O’Keefe and Son Ltd, The Gallery aims to support local artists with regular exhibitions and featured artists. The Gallery is also in fine company with the likes of Ghetto Golf and Red Brick Vintage just a stone’s throw away.
Situated around the corner from The Cavern Club is arguably the most unique gallery in the city: dot-art. With the clear aim of supporting local artists, dot-art exhibits in its city centre store and externally, sells local art at affordable prices, runs regular workshops and supports school art initiatives.
With a focus on lenses rather than paint, Open Eye Gallery is a not-for-profit contemporary photography gallery on Liverpool Waterfront. Proudly independent and the only gallery in the north west dedicated to photography, Open Eye hosts regular exhibitions and houses a wonderful collection of photography dating back as far as the 1930s.
Needing no introduction, Tate Liverpool is one of the country’s leading galleries of contemporary art. Situated in a former docking warehouse on Albert Dock, Tate’s calendar includes a regularly revolving, versatile run of exhibitions, with a lot of them offering free entry.