Welcome to Objects in Focus at the VG&M

This Blog will focus on individual objects from our extensive fine and decorative art collections and the museum heritage collections. You will be regulary treated to an in-depth look into both familiar and unfamiliar artworks and objects, discovering some of the secrets and stories behind them.

You might recognise some objects from display, but others from departmental teaching collections will be seen publicly for the first time.

ConGRADulations–Graduations at The University of Liverpool

Posted on: 18 July 2022 | Category: 2022

VG&M Graduation Artwork by Michael White

It’s July which can mean only one thing – Graduation! In this blog we take a closer look at some of the Graduation ceremonies over the past 130 years.

Queen Elizabeth II Coronation Medal

Posted on: 1 July 2022 | Category: 2022

Queen Elizabeth II on her Coronation Day with the Coronation Medal

Despite being named after a queen, the Victoria Gallery and Museum doesn’t have many Royal commemoratives in its collection, but it does have this medal minted for Queen Elizabeth’s Coronation in 1953. We celebrate the Queen’s historic Platinum Jubilee year by looking closer at this small memento.

How to make Digital art: A tool of unending possibilities.

Posted on: 14 June 2022 | Category: 2022

Artwork by Michael White created for the VGM blog

For Museum Week, I was asked to write a blog on the creation of digital art for the Victoria Gallery and Museum, as I have previously created various artworks for them. I am happy to use this opportunity to write something that would be of some worth to people wishing to learn more about the thought processes in the creation of digital artwork. All images within this blog will be my own and specifically digital art pieces. And I’ll be pointing you to places you can go to learn more.

Jubilee Jubilations

Posted on: 3 June 2022 | Category: 2022

Jubilee Artwork by Michael White

To celebrate the Platinum Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II, this blog looks at the various jubilee celebrations held at the university over the past 130 years.

A Snippet of India

Posted on: 3 May 2022 | Category: 2022

Alwar City Palace

Pictured above is one of a series of thirty photographs depicting Indian landscapes and buildings within the collection at the VG&M. This collection, previously unresearched, demonstrates a snapshot into Indian architecture and landscapes in the late Victorian period.

Richard Ansdell: Painter of Fur, Feathers and Woolliness

Posted on: 15 April 2022 | Category: 2022

Richard Ansdell: The Anxious Mother (detail), Collection of the Victoria Gallery & Museum.

Liverpool-born artist Richard Ansdell rose to the top of his profession on the strength of his ability to paint animals, but one creature was his absolute favourite: sheep.

The Wartime Watch

Posted on: 18 March 2022 | Category: 2022

Illustration by Michael White showing parachute Bomb and the Victoria Building, 2022

Our clock tower played an important role during World War Two and this blog takes a closer look at what happened 81 years ago, in March 1941.

“Unclouded Skies of Brilliant Azure”: The work of Caroline Emily Gray Hill

Posted on: 8 March 2022 | Category: 2022

“Landscape with a Lake Surrounded by Mountains at Sunset” Caroline Emily Gray Hill Oil on Canvas. VG&M Collection

Pictured above is the artwork that captured my imagination and led me to write this article and find out the story of the artist. It’s subtle and economic brush marks placed against the vivid colours and simple composition produces a wonderful effect. The capturing of a moment, without over or underworking the image is what I find inherently enthralling. Being a Victorian woman, her story is also a fascinating look into women’s rights of the era.

Linda Stein: Gender and Sexuality in Art

Posted on: 25 February 2022 | Category: 2022

‘Profile Collage 443.010’ from Stein’s Profiles series. (Image used with permission from the artist).

To celebrate LGBTQ+ History Month in February, this blog recognises the work of the American artist Linda Stein, and the influences upon her art having grown up during the time of LGBTQ+ struggles.

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