Linda McCartney exhibition helps Liverpool gallery go meat free

Meat is off the menu every Wednesday at the Walker Art Gallery while Linda’s photography retrospective is on show

Exterior of the Walker Art Gallery and Part of the Linda McCartney Retrospective exhibition

To appreciate the art of eating with people and planet in mind, get yourself to Liverpool, where you can wander round rooms filled with Linda McCartney’s wonderful photographs and tuck into some meat free grub.

Every Wednesday, the Walker Art Gallery, currently hosting the Linda McCartney Retrospective, will also be hosting a Meat Free Wednesday at its ground floor cafe. As well as hot specials, the cafe will be serving up a selection of vegan and vegetarian sandwiches and wraps over the coming weeks. That means those who are new to the campaign to reduce meat consumption can discover what all the excitement is about, while MFMers can enjoy a mid-week slice of greener eating to top up their regular Monday fix.

The retrospective, which had been scheduled to appear at the gallery before the coronavirus pandemic struck, opened last month and will run until November 1. It has been curated by Linda’s husband and daughters, MFM founders Paul, Mary and Stella McCartney, and will introduce visitors to the work of the world-famous photographer, as well as to the meat free lifestyle of which she was such a pioneer.

There will be more than 250 images to peruse, with shots of the Beatles and other stars and the family’s time on the Mull of Kintyre – as well as a selection of images taken in Liverpool and the Wirral that have not been on public display before. Mary McCartney said: “What makes this exhibition unique and special is the Liverpool room … with pictures that Mum took in Liverpool through the years as I was growing up. Liverpool holds a really special place for all of us.”

As well as fantastic photographs and delicious meat free food to digest, visitors to the gallery can tune into a Linda McCartney Retrospective Spotify playlist, which features songs by the musicians Linda photographed. You can listen to the playlist even if you aren’t able to make it to Liverpool, of course, but be sure to cook yourself a meat free meal to get the full Walker Art Gallery experience!

Remember that new Covid-19 restrictions will be in place across Merseyside from Tuesday, meaning visitors are encouraged not to use public transport to get to the gallery, and food and drink will be table service only. Facemasks will also need to be worn.

Tickets cost £9, concessions £8, under-5s free. To buy tickets click here.