Education at the Williamson Art Gallery and at Birkenhead Priory

Education: Workshops and courses:-

Lantern workshops 7th, 14th and 21st of March: 11-4. work with willow and tissue paper to make a lantern for the Lantern Parade, on Saturday 28 March 2015 in Hoylake (part of Wirral Festival of Firsts)

Details of new art classes with Pamela Sullivan will be released soon and will start on the 23rd of April

One Day courses:-
March 7: Women As Creators. 11am -4pm, £20 lunch included. Led by Shelagh Cullity.  In gallery 11 at the Williamson Art Gallery and Museum CANCELLED

March 15: Art History Mothers , Day Course,  A Sentimental Journey.  11am to 4pm, £20, lunch included. Led by Jane Morrow.  In gallery 11 at the Williamson Art Gallery and Museum  CANCELLED

March 21st: Inspire to Write. 11am to 4pm, £20, lunch included. Unique creative writing workshop with professional writer, Marc Gee. Be inspired by selected paintings and artefacts from our collections.

Self Led textile group:-
Every Wednesday between 10.30 and 2.30 there is a self led textile group for people working on projects such as sewing, felting and knitting. Free.  In gallery 11 at the Williamson Art Gallery and Museum

Stitching at the Priory:-
This Friday welcomes the start of the Birkenhead Priory stitch group, drawing on the rich history of the priory, participants will be taught various embroidery techniques which will be brought together in a collaborative exhibition at the end of the year. The course consist of ten workshops which will take place once a month at Birkenhead priory, these workshops are free and all materials are provided. Our first session this Friday will take place at the Williamson gallery due to the harsh weather conditions we are expecting, please see the list of dates, times and locations for further information, or you can contact Claire on 07504479440.

List of course dates :
Friday 27th Feb, 1-3 Birkenhead Priory
Friday 27th march, 1-3  Birkenhead Priory
Friday 24th april, 1-3 Birkenhead Priory
Friday 29th may, 1-3 Birkenhead Priory
Friday 26th june, 1-3  Birkenhead Priory

Friday 31st july, 1-3  Birkenhead Priory
Friday 28th august, 1-3  Birkenhead Priory
Friday 25th sept, 1-3 Birkenhead Priory
Friday 30th october, 1-3  Birkenhead Priory

Birkenhead Priory calligraphy courses.
Birkenhead priory is holding a monthly calligraphy workshop. We will portray the history of Monks Ferry and the Priory via calligraphy and illuminated lettering. You will learn different techniques and styles and try a variety of writing implements. Beginning Sunday 1st of march  1-3pm
And then the last Sunday of every month.
Free to all but booking is required. Please book your place either at the Priory or via email (FULL)

Williamson Talks :-

Free, donations welcome. Programme to be announced.  The talks are scheduled for 11.30am on Saturdays and are free and in Gallery Four at the Williamson Art Gallery and Museum in Birkenhead.
Book through:  

28 Feb: Colin Simpson, ‘Watercolours at the Williamson’

Colin Simpson, Principal Museums Officer, will tell us how he developed an interest in watercolour painting, and share with us how this interest informs his very personal relationship with of the Williamson’s watercolour collection. He will select some favourite pictures and discuss what he considers to be highlights from a huge collection. The collection was mostly put together in the 1920’s and 1930’s in attempt to compile a comprehensive spread of British watercolours and drawings, but it also boasts a good number of local artists’ works. Colin has made sustained efforts to maintain that same spirit and continue collecting for the future.

Saturday March 14th 11.30am
The Friends of the Williamson will be hosting their final talk in the current series of cultural explorations with speaker, Rhiannon Evans who will give an illustrated talk about her first book about ‘Joyce’s War’ as part of Get Creative - a year-long celebration of British arts, culture and creativity.

Get Creative aims to boost creativity in the UK, as well as celebrating the millions of people already doing something artistic and creative everyday. The campaign was launched 19 February 2015, by BBC Arts in partnership with cultural movement What Next? and leading arts and cultural organisations across the country, including Culture at King’s, Voluntary Arts, 64 Million Artists, Fun Palaces, Cultural Learning Alliance and Arts Council England.  The Friends of the Williamson have joined hundreds of organisations nationwide to become a Get Creative Champion.

The event, organised by Friends of the Williamson will be held on Saturday the 14th of March at 11.30am and is free but donations welcomed to the charity to keep the gallery alive and lively. Joyce’s War: From the Mersey to the Middle East: words and images 1939-44 is the recently published wartime journal of Joyce Thomas (née Parry) who lived in Oxton, Birkenhead in the last six years of her life. Joyce was an Australian nurse who came to the UK in 1937 to find her roots in Wales and Liverpool. On the outbreak of war she signed up as a Queen Alexandra nurse working as a Sister on hospital ships, in India and the Middle East. The talk by Joyce’s daughter, Rhiannon Evans who is the editor of the book, will be illustrated with photographs and illustrations as well as with images by war artists, including the local artist, Albert Richards. There will be a small exhibition of Albert Richards art work on display in the Williamson from the 5th of March.

Get Creative has its digital home on BBC Arts online and through the use of #bbcgetcreative on social media sites. Visit for more details

The next series starting 18 April is called ‘Timelines’