Tuesday 4th of August 2015
Liverpool is a city that is famous for its culture. Recipient of the coveted European Capital of Culture 2008, it’s very easy to get lost in the city’s cultural heritage, whether that be music, architecture or art. Here at Easirent, we have compiled the definitive list of must-visit art galleries in Liverpool and its surrounding areas.
1. Open Eye Gallery
Founded in 1977, the Open Eye Gallery has steadily built up its reputation over the years to become one of the UK’s leading photography spaces. As the only gallery dedicated to photography and related media in the North West, the Open Eye Gallery is definitely worth a visit. Park up your Easirent hire car and explore the Open Eye Gallery in its new home on the iconic Liverpool waterfront. Peruse the artwork on display in this independently run, not-for-profit business; take a look at Open 1, the gallery’s main exhibition, an exploration of social portraiture that will be on display until 23 August 2015. Other exhibitions are also free to explore, including the Wall Works gallery, which displays large scale graphic art installations throughout the gallery.
2. Walker Art Gallery
Nestled in between the Liverpool World Museum and the Liverpool Central Library, the Walker Art Gallery is set inside a stunning sandstone building and is home to one of Europe’s finest collections of paintings, drawings, sculptures and decorative artwork. Visitors to the gallery can find the exhibition Picasso on Paper, which is running until 31 October 2015; the gallery also houses Renaissance masterpieces and some iconic Victorian and Pre-Raphaelite art work. The Walker Art Gallery is a must visit for anyone wishing to explore Liverpool’s galleries, and the nearby parking facilities mean that you can park up your Easirent hire car and enjoy it at your own pace.
3. Bluecoat Chambers
The Bluecoat Chambers is housed in Liverpool’s oldest surviving building; built in 1716 as a charity school, the UNESCO Grade I listed building is now home to the Bluecoat Chambers, Liverpool’s premier hub of creativity and the city’s centre for contemporary arts. Famously the venue where Yoko One presented her first paid performance in 1967 to the people of Liverpool, the Bluecoat Chambers now has a busy events schedule that is sure to appeal to a broad range of tastes. Take a break from exploring the local area in your Easirent hire car and head to the Bluecoat Chambers and immerse yourself in a literary walk, a screen-printing workshop of one of the many book fairs that take place inside its historic walls.
4. Tate Liverpool
Part of the iconic Tate gallery family, Tate Liverpool is located on the stunning Liverpool waterfront in the converted Albert Dock. The gallery, which is free except for special exhibitions, is open daily from 10:00 to 17:00 and is a must-see for art lovers visiting Liverpool. Currently home to the Jackson Pollock: Blind Spots exhibition and Barbara Hepworth’s Sculpture for a Modern World, visitors to the gallery can relax in the Tate cafe, which overlooks the famous Albert Dock.
5. Sudley House
Take a short drive in your Easirent hire car from Liverpool City Centre and you’ll find Sudley House; nestled in the heart of Aigburth, this superb gallery is home to a vast collection of original George Holt artwork and pieces from Thomas Gainsborough, John Everett Millais and J.M.W Turner. Make sure to catch the special George Romney exhibition, which is on display until 29 September 2015.