A MAJOR exhibition of early work by David Hockney will take place at the Walker Art Gallery next Autumn.
Featuring prints, drawings and paintings it follows the Yorkshire-born painter’s Royal Academy show, which attracted more than 600,000 visitors to the London venue.
One of Britain’s most popular artists, Hockney has had a long association with the Walker after winning its John Moores Painting Prize in 1967.
His winning work Peter getting out of Nick’s pool will be on display alongside We Two Boys Together Clinging and other works on paper.
Running from October 2013 to March 2014 the exhibition is a collaboration between the Walker and Arts Council Collection Partnership supported by Christies.
A show of photographs of Ken Dodd taken by former Liverpool Post picture editor Stephen Shakeshaft is also being announced by National Museums Liverpool today.
Chronicling the 85-year-old comedian’s remarkable career, it will take place at the Museum of Liverpool from November 2013 to March 2014.
Fiona Philpott, NML’s director of exhibitions, said: “We’ve some exciting exhibitions lined up for 2013 so it should be a very busy year for all our museums and galleries.
“The calibre of the artists we are featuring is particularly strong.
“The exhibitions across all our venues are varied and provide something for everyone.”
The Walker’s 2013 programme will launch in January with work by British artist Nicola Green, who followed Barack Obama and his 2008 presidential campaign team across America.