announced at 9pm on Saturday that the Williamson Art Gallery and Wirral Museums
gained the public vote during a contest with 4 other national venues to win the
opportunity to host a major exhibition in October working with internationally
known artists, Davy and Kristin McGuire.
The Williamson Art Gallery and Museum, Birkenhead winning bid to was to
invite the McGuires to use two marble statues, ‘Pauline’ and ‘Love’ to
create a series of grottos. Using projections, lighting, textures, sound
and print, the gallery will be transformed
into an enchanted garden animating a narrative imagined and developed
with staff and visitors. As well as the exhibition, the Williamson team
and Friends of the Williamson will create a special ticketed gala
evening around the theme of the McGuire’s artwork
and hope it will be as successful as the BAFTA gala held earlier this
The competition was part of the Museums
at Night festival in Friday 30 – Saturday 31 October 2015, the recent
Light Night in Liverpool is the spring offering in the scheme. The
bi-annual UK-wide festival attracts visitors into
museums, galleries and heritage sites by throwing their doors open
after hours and putting on special evening events.
Co-ordinated by non-profit cultural publishing organisation
Culture24, Museums at Night is an opportunity for the cultural and
heritage sector to come together around a single, simple campaign that
is attractive to venues, audiences and the media.
Jo McGuire, development manager at the Williamson Art Gallery said of the news:
“This is so exciting for
the Williamson and will give us a great opportunity to show two of our
wonderful marble statues in an original setting. Thank you to everyone
for your support”.