The art gallery has a varied collection reflecting the history and identity of the university since its foundation in 1881. The gallery is home to the Sydney Jones collection of early English watercolours, including paintings by Turner and a unique collection of works by the American wildlife artist, John James Audubon.
The collection includes an extensive selection of 20th century prints from the post-war period including the artists Gillian Ayres, Peter Blake, Patrick Caulfield, Lynn Chadwick, Patrick Heron, David Hockney, Howard Hodgkin, RB Kitaj and Elizabeth Frink. The temporary exhibition programme focuses on artists who have links to Liverpool.
Housed in an impressive building, the walls are lined with patterned ceramic tiles and organic motifs; this is a great architectural experience. A number of works from the permanent collection line the hallways with contemporary prints giving a new perspective against the ornate designs framing the works on show. The galleries are much more simple, well-lit spaces — a lovely place to visit.