Williamson Talks: three new talks to tie in with the current exhibitions

Saturday the 27th of June at 11.30am
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’.

Saturday the 11th July at 11.30am
Speaker: Sylvia Hikins
Title: Guided Tour of her solo exhibition

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.

Saturday the 18th July at 11.30am
Speaker: Marian McCarthy
Title: Thomas Burke, Artist and Prisoner of War
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