Summer holidays and Summer Serenades

Dear all

I hope you are all enjoying the summer so far. In this newsletter, I will be sharing information about activities mostly relevant for young people and families as well as an update for the Summer Serenades. Please go to the Williamson's website for current exhibitions

The Friends have had confirmation of forthcoming Summer Serenades at Williamson Art Gallery. The concerts are every Sunday at 2pm and are free but donations welcomed. This Sunday at 2pm, we will have the pleasure of the company of Chris Sullivan on classical saxophone and Stephanie Howard on piano playing Duke Ellington, Chopin and Rachmaninoff.
  • 09.08 Richard Casey, piano
  • 16.08 Perri & Neil, voice & guitar
  • 23.08 Tom Verity, clarinet
  • 30.08 Heather Heighway, soprano

Next week, the Summer Art Workshops will be taking over the newly tidied artroom at the Williamson Art Gallery from Tuesdays to Sundays throughout August. The classes for 8-15 year olds are virtually full but anyone who is interested, should email to see if we can squeeze you in.

For those already signed up for the classes...good luck and enjoy the experience.

Made possible througha successful application by Wirral Methodist Housing Association to Arts Council England.
If you can cast your mind back to last year when the Friends ran a Pop Up Shop in the centre of Birkenhead opposite Waterstones? In August, this space will be used for a new Pop Up Shop - Nautical Waves in Birkenhead - with The Stronger Communities Initiative Assembly and Wirral Methodist Housing.

Adults and accompanied children are welcome from 1.30 - 4pm from Tuesday to Fridays to join professional artists to design, make and paint boats and all things nautical.

For more information call Wirral Methodist Housing on 0151 647 5471.

Join them on their boat parade through the Town Centre at 3.30pm every Friday in August.

Many thanks to Big Lottery Fund and The Pyramids Shopping Centre....helping to keep all the events free.

At Birkenhead Priory, there are two weekly free workshops every Friday throughout the school holidays for children funded by SureStart, National Lottery and Heritage Lottery Funding.
  • Blockstories on Friday mornings between 11am and 1pm, are for young people to build papercraft Minecraft models and invent stories.
  • Puppet making on Friday afternoons between 2pm and 4pm.
Contact Aimee Perry  0151 652 1916
Please spread the word to families who may not have visited the Priory before. Visit the website for information on parking and directions from train, ferry and on foot
Saturday Drop-In Family Art workshops at the Williamson will on the
  • 8th of August 11am until 4pm
  • 22nd of August 11am until 4pm
  • 12th of September11am until 4pm
  • 26th of September 11am until 4pm.
On the 8th of August, young volunteers along with  our artist in residence, Pamela Sullivan will be exploring accidental animals created in clay...sounds strange? The results are strange and quirky.

  • And finally, something for after the school holidays and something for adults...
  • Art Classes are £50 for ten weeks and some materials are supplied within the fee. Materials list will be supplied. Free parking, free wifi, cafe on site and fully accessible with a friendly inspiring atmosphere.

Best wishes


Press officer for the Williamson Art Gallery and Birkenhead Priory (Thursdays in termtime)
Volunteer community relations officer for the Friends of the Williamson Art Gallery and Wirral Museums.

Update from Davy and Kristin McGuire

"After touring to Perth International Arts Festival in Australia with The Paper Architect this year we have now won the Helpmann Award for Best Visual Theatre Production!".

MANY CONGRATULATIONS FROM US and remember save the 30th of October for the unveiling of their tailored made presentation in the Williamson
Wallasey Youth Hub exhibition appeared this week, more info to come.
Come into the Williamson to pick up our current flyers and share.