National Museums Liverpool (NML) have launched their out of this world programme for 2023 with exhibitions all definitely worth adding to your diary. 

Learn about the myth and legends of the Greek and Roman gods at World Museum, discover the history of the famous Boodles Jewellery store at the Lady Lever Art Gallery, explore the connection between football and fashion at the Walker Art Gallery and enjoy a bit of Happiness at the Museum of Liverpool.

Have a look at the exhibitions below and see which ones you’ll be heading to Liverpool for. 

Refractive Pool: Contemporary Painting in Liverpool 

Walker Art Gallery

29 April 2022 - 8 January 2023

Enjoy work by local artists in Refractive Pool: Contemporary Painting in Liverpool, a new exhibition borne from a project called Refractive Pool, celebrating the diversity of painting in the city today.

The exhibition is the culmination of events, a book and online resources, researching and highlighting Liverpool’s diverse range of artists and contemporary painting. Led by Liverpool-based artists Josie Jenkins and Brendan Lyons, the exhibition will feature 20 local artists, selected and curated by Josie and Brendan to give an overview of the dynamic community of painters based in the city.  

The Refractive Pool book will feature 40 Liverpool-based artists who work with paint, as well as including exclusive new poetry by Paul Farley. The project has been supported by funding from Arts Council England.

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Inspired by Lady Lever

Lady Lever Art Gallery

24 June 2022 - 29 January 2023

A fabulous gown created for Lady Lever will go on display for the first time, celebrating 100 years of history at the Lady Lever Art Gallery and the life of the woman it’s named after.

Elizabeth Lever was a support and inspiration to her husband throughout the development of the business and the village of Port Sunlight. Although Lord Leverhulme named the gallery after his wife, who died in 1913, there is very little in the gallery about Elizabeth herself. A recent rediscovery in the gallery store of a court dress, which belonged to Elizabeth, has provided the opportunity to exhibit this personal piece of history of Elizabeth Lever and shed more light on her story. 

As part of the celebrations for the gallery’s centenary year, the Inspired by Lady Lever display will also include the thoughts of visitors past and present, to help build a picture of what the gallery has meant to people throughout its history. Working with the Port Sunlight Village Trust and Unilever, this event will also encourage local residents and visitors to share their recollections and reflections through the display and hear about the future vision for this much-loved venue.

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Free entry, contributions welcome

Sophie Hayes Foundation Freedom Quilt

International Slavery Museum

14 October 2022 - 31 March 2023

On display from 14 October, the International Slavery Museum has joined with Sophie Hayes Foundation and Liberty in a creative collaboration as part of the Freedom Quilt campaign. Bringing together current and past participants and graduates of Sophie Hayes Foundation employability programmes in the traditional craft of quilting, each square will embody their past and future hopes and dreams.

Created using Liberty’s Fabrics, every square made by participating women in London, Birmingham and Manchester, is sewn together to form one large quilt.

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Pure Brilliance: The Boodles Story

Lady Lever Art Gallery

22 October 2022 - 5 March 2023

Pure Brilliant: The Boodles Story marks the glittering start of the new exhibition season.

An exploration of Boodles’ 200 year story shows how Liverpool has helped shape the company’s growth, from a family jewellery business to purveyors of some of the most stunning jewels in the world. The breathtaking skill, creativity and craftsmanship of the pieces on display resonates with the collections of the Lady Lever Art Gallery, which celebrates its 100-year anniversary in December 2022.

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Art of The Terraces

Walker Art Gallery

5 November 2022 - 12 March 2023

Combining fashion, football and art, as told from the terraces of the stadiums, Art of the Terraces is the first major exhibition about a movement that defined sports culture of the 1970s, 80s and 90s.

A fusion of art, fashion, and popular culture, it explores the work of a generation of contemporary artists and designers who have been influenced by this movement over the last 40 years. Led by National Museums Liverpool, this ground-breaking exhibition is a collaboration with four external partners: Dave Hewitson, creator of the 80sCasuals website and clothing brand; Hamburg-based artist Jens Wagner; illustrator Peter O’Toole, and graphic designer Adam Gill of Grammar Studio, Huddersfield.

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Kathryn Maple

Walker Art Gallery

11 February - 30 April 2023

A display of new works by 2020 John Moores Painting Prize winner Kathryn Maple will open at Walker Art Gallery alongside the public call for entries for the 62nd edition of the prize.

The display will feature Maple’s largest work to date and will show a combination of drawings and oil paintings that explore her ongoing themes of figures in familiar urban and rural spaces. Prospective entrants for the next John Moores Painting Prize will be able to submit their work for consideration for the prize from 13 February 2023.

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Flower Fairies ™

Lady Lever Art Gallery

15 April 2023 – 5 November 2023

Flower Fairies will feature around 45 original illustrations from the Flower Fairies books by Cicely Mary Barker (1895 – 1973), owned by the Warne Archive. Marking the 100-year anniversary of her first book, Flower Fairies of the Spring, the show will immerse visitors into the enchanted worlds created by Barker. 

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Return of the Gods: Zeus, Athena, Hercules

World Museum

28 April - 25 February 2024

Enter the world of myth and legend told through the stories of ancient Greek and Roman gods in an intriguing new exhibition at World Museum. Featuring a stunning collection of sculpture and antiquities, Return of the Gods: Zeus, Athena, Hercules will immerse you in the ancient world, told through the words of ancient poets and writers, the sounds of mystery cults, rituals and festivals and the public and private worship of gods. 

Photie Man: 50 years of Tom Wood

Walker Art Gallery

20 May 2023 – 7 January 2024

A new major photographic exhibition from Tom Wood will open at the Walker Art Gallery, showcasing 50 years of the artist’s work. Photie Man celebrates the internationally-acclaimed Irish artist Tom Wood with a comprehensive survey of work spanning 50 years since the start of his career. 

The exhibition will bring together work from across all decades, displayed chronologically and for the first time in Liverpool – where many of Wood’s iconic photographs were taken.

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Adults - £9

Concession - £8

Children 6-17 - £2

Children 0-5 - FREE

Renaissance Rediscovered

Walker Art Gallery

Re-opens July 2023

Featuring some of the finest paintings and decorative arts in Europe, Renaissance Rediscovered marks the re-opening of the Walker Art Gallery’s Medieval, Renaissance and Baroque rooms.

The transformation and restoration of around 600 square metres of gallery, the first redevelopment of the space in more than 30 years, is supported by funding from the Department for Culture, Media and Sport.


Museum of Liverpool

14 July 2023 – 3 March 2024

Happiness! is an exhibition filled with fun and humour. Celebrating one of Liverpool’s iconic comedians, the legendary Sir Ken Dodd, this exhibition charts the life and career of Ken, and his connection to today’s comedic stars.

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Adults - £5

Children 6-17 - FREE

Children 0-5 - FREE

John Moores Painting Prize 2023

Walker Art Gallery

16 September 2023 – 25 February 2024

Call for entries open 13 February to 24 March 2023.

The UK's most well-known painting competition, the John Moores Painting Prize returns to Walker Art Gallery in 2023. Bringing together the best of contemporary painting from across the UK to Liverpool, the painting prize is over 60 years old.

Liverpool Wonderous Place

Museum of Liverpool

Wonderous Place celebrates the city’s staggering roll call of trailblazing entertainers, musicians, sports people, writers, poets, visual artists and comedians. The gallery continues to showcase Liverpool’s internationally recognised creative expression and influence through exciting new displays and immersive experiences.

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