• The Dinner Party logo for the Williamson Art Gallery exhibition

About the Artist/Exhibition

The Dinner Party celebrates the work of five Liverpool painters as instigators of a distinctive art practice from the early 1960s to the late 1970s: local, international and seldom metropolitan.

The exhibition at Birkenhead’s Williamson Art Gallery and Museum this summer focuses on the achievements and relationships of five friends depicted in Sam Walsh’s 1980 painting The Dinner Party: Walsh, Don McKinlay, Arthur Ballard, Adrian Henri and Maurice Cockrill.

The show comprises a slice of Liverpool’s post-War cultural history, and will be the first time in more than forty years that all five will have featured in the same show; indeed the first chance ever to see examples of their collective outputs in the same space.

Recently gifted to the Walker Art Gallery, The Dinner Party acts as a fulcrum that helps introduce the visitor to members of Walsh’s fictional soirée and their roles in the area’s artistic at that time. The exhibition will also encompass the identity and development of the city’s “bohemian” Liverpool 8, within which the artists were part of a loose knit community, and the nature of the exchange between the artists themselves and their relationship with the city.

The curators have adopted an approach that treats the exhibition as an event, for which those who either knew the artists or bought their work are pivotal, and of interest to an audience of all ages.

Download our WAG WM Marc Apr 2017 Newsletter for more information about other exhibitions on show and coming. Please note that the gallery is closed on Mondays and Tuesdays.



Dates : 24 June - 3 September 2017
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