"watercolour" blog posts

Dionne Sparks: Diaspora ConversationsLeft image - Conversations, acrylic and collage on paper, 1990. Right Image - Study of Washing at the Water, watercolour on paper, 1990

Dionne Sparks: Diaspora Conversations

Artist Dionne Sparks revisits her collage-based work on paper, Conversations, acquired for the University of Liverpool’s collection in 1990 and traces the trajectory of her work from then to her current practice. Learn about the artist and what inspired her work over the years.

Posted on: 15 October 2021

Away with the FairiesTwo adult fairies are shown from the waist up plus two boy fairies follow. They fly towards the left.

Away with the Fairies

Outside, Winter’s long, dark nights are bringing frost-tipped chills, so far nicer to stay inside and curl up with a book about mystical enchantments, magical creatures and monstrous beasts. And who better to illustrate our story but Arthur Rackham? Here is the bewitching tale of one of our visitors’ favourite paintings: Twilight Dreams.

Posted on: 18 December 2020

Metropolitan Cathedral Precinct, 1952 by Allan P. Tankard (1897 – 1964)A view looking west from the Victoria building roof

Metropolitan Cathedral Precinct, 1952 by Allan P. Tankard (1897 – 1964)

Amanda Draper, Curator of Art & Exhibitions writes... We’ve been surprised by the popularity of a small display of local watercolours in our tiny Gallery 4. All the paintings are by Allan P. Tankard and show the University of Liverpool campus in the post-war years. This evocative glimpse into the relatively recent past of our neighbourhood has really resonated with visitors. From the exhibition I’ve chosen to show you this vista of a big empty space where the Metropolitan Cathedral now stands.

Posted on: 15 May 2020