Very grand list of exhibitions and events for the summer

 
Summer Exhibitions
Exhibition: Albert Richards (19 December 1919 - 5 March 1945) was born in Liverpool but moved to Wallasey as a small boy and attended Wallasey School of Art 1935-39 when he won a scholarship to the Royal College of Art. After only 3 months, he was called up into the army where he served in the Royal Engineers before transferring to a Parachute Brigade and in 1944, he was appointed an Official War Artist. He was the youngest of the three British official war artists killed during the conflict.  On March 5th 1945 he drove his jeep into a minefield and was killed, aged only 25. This is a small selection of work by Richards, both from student days and during the Second World War.
Dates: 5/3/15 – 5/7/15
Venue: Williamson Art Gallery and Wirral Museum

ENDING SOON Exhibition: The Alumni Portrait Project celebrates the work of nine photographers aged between 12 and 19 years. Building on skills learnt from New Elements I and II the young people embarked on an ambitious process to photograph and interview over 50 Alumni, all former members of Wirral Youth Theatre (WYT), recording their stories and reflecting the influence of WYT on their adult lives. The group were outstanding in their dedication and creative input into this programme, rising to the challenge of using a 40 year old film camera, light meter, tripod and manually setting the aperture and shutter speed to control the light to create the shot they had planned.

Over a 3 month period these young photographers improved their technical skills through classroom based study and hands on practical sessions using digital and film cameras and experimenting with different lighting techniques. They received talks from guest speakers who enlightened them on various artists and photographers and their different interpretations of portraiture. They learnt interviewing techniques from a journalist, which helped form the questions they were to ask.

The final prints not only reflect their level of technical skill and understanding of light and exposure, they also show the group’s ability to capture the essence of an individual’s personality. The Alumni photographers were involved in all aspects of the image making and production process from the initial technical learning and mastering of a medium format camera, to developing skills in critical and creative reflection to narrow down the final set of images.

The exhibition reflects their commitment to the project, willingness to learn, hard work and creative flair. Through the quirks and charm of film photography young people have created an impressive body of work that celebrates the impact that WYT, now known as Wirral Creative Youth Development, has had in shaping the lives of young people.
Dates: 5/3/15- 28/6/15 ENDING ON SUNDAY
Venue: Williamson Art Gallery and Wirral Museum

Exhibition: Waterloo Lives: To commemorate the bicentenary of Waterloo, the National Army Museum have partnered with The Williamson Art Gallery and Museum on a temporary exhibition which looks at how the Battle was fought and won. Rarely seen objects from NAM will feature alongside The Williamson's permanent collections to tell the stories of the regiments, the soldiers, their families and the legacy they left behind.
Dates: 6/6/15 – 25/10/15
Venue: Williamson Art Gallery and Wirral Museum

NEW Exhibition: Sylvia Hikins: Cold Coastlines – Iceland, Norway, Viking Wirral Exhibition
Sylvia Hikins is a poet, painter, author and music maker. She first visited Iceland in 2009 and was blown over (once quite literally) by the cold, empty, dangerous and extra-ordinary landscape. Drawn back many times since, part of the fascination is the tangible link with Viking Wirral, a shared common heritage where we all once spoke Old Norse, the same language as the Icelanders. Her exhibition, Cold Coastlines...Iceland, Norway, Viking Wirral combines nearly sixty paintings, many created especially for this event, plus poetry and a short DVD she made after flying over the erupting volcano  Eyjafjallajokull in a tiny Cessna airplane. Sylvia writes: ‘Painting, writing, poetry is one way I respond to the world around me. Listen. Look. Feel. Nature is at the heart of all abstraction. When I stare out into the Mersey Estuary I can still see those wild expanses of ice, fire, mountain, sea, and a sky full of dancing Northern Lights.’
Dates: 20/6/15 –19/7/15
Venue: Williamson Art Gallery and Wirral Museum

NEW Exhibition: Peter Philip Retrospective.

Born in Liverpool, Peter Philip began his working life as a Lithographic Artist, while studying part time at Liverpool College of Art, eventually returning, full-time to formal art studies, graduating with an honours degree in Fine Art from Liverpool John Moores University. He now regularly exhibits his work around the North West of England.

He is a representational painter working mainly in oils depicting subjects that are part of everyday life. Inspired by traditional classical paintings he paints contemporary subjects firmly establishing his compositions in the present day. An adept draughtsman preliminary studies forming an important element in the execution of his paintings, he also makes bold and articulate finished drawings.
Dates: 27//6/15 – 30/8/15
Venue: Williamson Art Gallery and Wirral Museum

Coming Soon Exhibition: Thomas Burke was born in 1906 in Liverpool. During the 1920s and 30s he studied art at Liverpool College of Art and the Royal College of Art, London.

In 1941 he joined the Merchant Navy as 3rd Radio Officer on the ship the Dalesman. In May that year, the Dalesman was bombed and sunk by enemy aircraft off the coast of Crete. Burke, along with other Merchant Navy personnel, was transferred to Milag (Marine Internierten Lager, or Marine Internment Camp) at Westertimke, north west Germany. Whilst imprisoned, he produced many drawings and watercolours. These included images of camp life, portraits and set designs for theatrical productions. In 1945, Burke was repatriated to Britain and  died the same year.
Dates: 15/7/15 – 27/9/15
Venue: Williamson Art Gallery and Wirral Museum

Coming Soon Exhibition: Year 3 children from Bidston Ave Primary School have created zentangles, inspired by artist Paul Klee. ‘A drawing is like taking a dot for a walk’. A zentangle is an image made up of several patterns. The children chose the theme of marine life & linked it into the local area & the River Mersey, creating individual & collaborative patterned fish in the style of a zentangle. The 2nd part of the exhibition is based on the oldest standing building in Merseyside: Birkenhead Priory, with “stained glass” windows, inspired by the Priory Chapter House and the story of the Birkenhead.  There is a stark contrast between the zentangle fish - using black & white and the windows - using bright, bold colours. They selected some works from the Williamson Art Gallery catalogue to enhance the exhibition.
Dates: 30/6/15 – 27/9/15
Venue: Williamson Art Gallery and Wirral Museum

Coming Soon – Tomorrow Williamson Talk:
Speaker: Paul O’Keefe
Title: Waterloo & Walter Scott

To mark the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo, and to accompany the Williamson’s current exhibition, Paul O’Keefe, author of the critically acclaimed ‘Waterloo: the aftermath’, will talk about the battle and the effect it had on contemporaries. Tourists flocked from Britain to witness the scene of the most important conflict of their generation. Walter Scott was among them, with commissions for a travel book and a long poem under his belt.  The talk will include a recitation of Scott’s ‘The Field of Waterloo’.
Date: 27/6/15 11.30 am free
Venue: Williamson Art Gallery and Wirral Museum

Coming Soon Williamson Talks: A tour around Sylvia’s exhibition talking about her inspirations, including poems and reminiscences of travelling in Iceland.  Sylvia Hikins is a poet, painter, author and music maker. She first visited Iceland in 2009 and was blown over (once quite literally) by the cold, empty, dangerous and extra-ordinary landscape. Drawn back many times since, part of the fascination is the tangible link with Viking Wirral, a shared common heritage where we all once spoke Old Norse, the same language as the Icelanders. Her exhibition, Cold Coastlines...Iceland, Norway, Viking Wirral combines nearly sixty paintings, many created especially for this event, plus poetry and a short DVD she made after flying over the erupting volcano  Eyjafjallajokull in a tiny Cessna airplane.
Date:   11/7/15   11.30 am free
Venue: Williamson Art Gallery and Wirral Museum

Coming Soon Williamson Talks:
Speaker: Marian McCarthy

The Williamson opens on 15th July a small display in tribute to Liverpool artist Thomas Burke
to mark the 70th anniversary of his death. A Liverpool-born artist with a building reputation in London before 1939 he joined the Merchant Navy and served as a radio operator in the Mediterranean. He was captured in Cyprus and became a prisoner of war for 5 years in several camps but died shortly after his release in 1945. He never married but had friends and family who treasured memories of him and who have made this display possible including paintings from before the war (one borrowed from the Houses of Parliament), drawings of the camps and fellow prisoners and the watercolour set of 14 Stations of the Cross he painted for the chapel of Stalag Luft4
Dates: 18/7/15 11.30 am free
Venue: Williamson Art Gallery and Wirral Museum


Saturday Morning Family Drop in Workshops

We will be running family workshops so come, have fun and get messy with Pamela Sullivan, our artist in residence. 11am –4pm in the Art Room at the Williamson 27/6/15, 11/7/15 and 25/7/15 FREE

Summer Art Workshops with Wirral Methodist Housing and the Friends of the Williamson will return to the Williamson Art Gallery  in August for a fourteenth year, four lead artists will present a different take on the theme for 4 mornings throughout August. Booking necessary call 0151 652 4177 but please wait to pick up a flyer with all the information on – coming soon. MORE DETAILS TO COME VERY SOON.More information on the bigger project


Coming Soon Birkenhead Priory

Event: Picnic in the Priory


Birkenhead Priory will be hosting a day of summer celebration from 10 am - 4pm.

This is a FREE family fun day that will include showcasing all the new renovations and developments on site, as well as live music, local vintage cars and buses, family picnic area, lawn activities, vintage tea room, stalls and sensational summer raffle.

Bring a picnic and come and enjoy the fun. Charity abseil/ live music/ vintage tea room/ sensational summer raffle/ ballon launch/ vintage vehicles from Wirral Transport Museum/ Bring a picnic

Date: 4/7/15

Venue: Birkenhead Priory


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.
Dates:

Friday 26th June, 1-3pm 


Friday 31st July, 1-3pm

Friday 28th August, 1-3pm

Friday 25th Sept, 1-3pm

Friday 30th October, 1-3pm

Venue: Birkenhead Priory

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