Tuesday, 28 February 2017

Short notice: Wirral Tourism Awards

Please nominate the Williamson and Priory Friends ASAP for the People's Choice Award
Introduction. The Wirral Tourism Awards recognise and reward the outstanding contributions made by individuals, groups and businesses across the peninsula.

Take a look...it made such a difference when the Williamson Art Gallery won Tourism Team of the year a few years ago.


Press Officer for the Williamson Art Gallery & Museum and Birkenhead Priory

T:Direct Line: 0151 666 3665

Voluntary Community Relations Officer for the Williamson and Priory Friends

Part of Tourism Team of the Year 2015 Wirral Tourism Awards

and the Wirral Museums team that was awarded the Certificate of excellence for Williamson Art Gallery and Birkenhead Priory in 2016

For more information on the Williamson, go to www.williamsonartgallery.org
For more information on The Birkenhead Priory, go to www.thebirkenheadpriory.org

Friday, 27 January 2017

Bugsy Malone: The Friendly Gala

Bugsy Malone: The Friendly Gala

10th of February 2017 7pm to 10pm

Have you got your ticket yet to step out in style at the Williamson Art Gallery for our FRIENDLY GALA on Friday the 10th of February. The Williamson and Priory Friends "Gala gals" team have been working away to build on the success of their gala  in 2015 for the BAFTA Behind the Mask exhibition and create a special night to remember.

There will be themed canapes (from Cheeki Chilli Events) and a welcome drink included in the ticket price (£20) as well as a pay bar available (a percentage of sales from the bar will be given to the charity).
Guests should arrive at 7pm to take a charleston lesson within the Bugsy Malone exhibition with Mersey Swing or relax and look at all the exhibitions whilst Wirral School of Music staff entertain us on the piano until it is showtime with the Speakeasy Bootleg Band and The Night and Days 
The 1920s theme for the evening suits both the setting of the film and the surroundings. The Williamson was built in 1928 with lovely plaster details throughout the building and the gala guys and gals have been putting their creative skills to good use to add to the Art Deco style so dress up as a flapper or a gangster or whatever makes you happy and comfortable.

Tickets are available to purchase in person from the gallery by cash or cheque only and will not incur a booking fee.

Tickets are also available through the Floral Pavilion online, in their box office and by phone  with a small booking fee of £1.50. Click here to purchase tickets BUGSY MALONE

Any profits raised from the gala will be "ploughed" back into the development of The Quad* to extend the exhibition space and cafe outside and provide a garden for all.

Williamson Talk with Stephen Whittle 4 February 2017 11 am

We are delighted that Stephen Whittle of The Atkinson has agreed to give our next Williamson Talk about our exhibition – Tinted Steam and Liquid Light.

Please note that The Birkenhead Priory will be closed throughout January and will re-open on February 1st.

Sadly, we were unsuccessful in winning the AVIVA Community Fund for The Quad development but we were awarded £500 as finalists. 
Contact details:

Mail address:
Williamson and Priory Friends
C/o Williamson Art Gallery
Slatey Road
CH43 4UE

Email: williamsonandprioryfriends@gmail.com
Blog: https://williamsonandprioryfriends.blogspot.co.uk/
Twitter: @WAGandBPFriends
Tel: 0151 652 4177

Charity Number: 1166363


Friday, 21 October 2016

Aviva Community Fund - we need your votes

We are delighted to have been accepted to go forward for a public vote to secure some community funding from AVIVA. Please register and vote up to ten times for our application for developing The Quad at The Williamson Art Gallery, in the heart of the building to provide and outdoor community space which can be used by all.


Voting will happen for 28 days from today until the 22nd of November, it will be reduced to finalists and by 10th of January, the winners will be announced. Some people are reporting back that they find the registration process a little slow, please bear with it or try a different computer or even a different time of day to vote. I expect there is quite a bit of traffic on the site at the moment.

I took this photo below during the early stages of planning and looking at Peter Gommon and David Ainsley's design for the space with the Friends of the Williamson Art Gallery and Wirral Museums committee. The charity has designated £10,000 towards the project and have been grateful to individual donors for donating through Just Giving. We will ramp up the JUST GIVING page after we have officially changed our name to WILLIAMSON AND PRIORY FRIENDS on the 1st of November. 

David and Peter's design is a clever use of a small space that is a little sun trap and they have designed the area to be useable by people of many different abilities. It will be a great addition to the building for weddings, for social occasions as well as providing a space for people in nearby houses to have a safe and tranquil space to use five days a week.

Peter and David's design

How it was in the early spring before the bee hives left.

Sunday, 25 September 2016

Guest blogger: Journalist student Jennifer Jones on Making Spaces Special

An art exhibition, Making Places Special, displaying work by young people aged 8 – 15 who attended a series of summer workshops was launched at the Williamson Art Gallery in Birkenhead on Thursday. It celebrates the fifteenth year of summer workshops offered to young people at the Birkenhead gallery.

The artists who ran the workshops, the young people who participated in the sessions and their families all came to opening of the exhibition, which will be open to the public throughout October.  Cathy Warren, Community Arts Facilitator said: “The gallery looks so colourful, and there was a real buzz as it filled up with the young artists, their families and guests.”

The exhibition was opened by the Deputy Mayor of Wirral, Councillor Ann McLachlan, and Wirral Principal Museums Officer Colin Simpson. Pamela Sullivan, Artist in residence also spoke about the project. Artist Christine O’Reilly Wilson has been involved in the summer workshops since they started in 2001 and said every year the theme is completely different. James Bowman, assisted local artist Marie Louise Williams in leading a workshop which included making ‘dens’ out of willow and paper to create a physical ‘special place’. He described some of the structures made by the young people as “architectural masterpieces!”

Four sets of workshops were held during August and funded by the Wirral Methodist Housing Association and the Friends of the Williamson Art Gallery and Wirral Museums. Everyone who took part was offered the chance to develop skills in paint, print, textiles and construction. Francesca Salvatore, 11, from Oxton said the whole workshop was not only great fun, she also learned new skills. She said: “My group used mono-printing to make flags of places that were special to us, and I chose Chester Zoo.”

More than 60 students from 25 schools contributed to the exhibition, which George Davies, Councillor for Claughton believes is a brilliant way for them to gain confidence thanks to the opportunity provided every year by the gallery. He said: “The people who work here are truly a wonder to the community.” Deputy Mayor Councillor Ann McLachlan, said: “This exhibition and similar projects must inspire many of the young people involved to follow an artistic path in the future. It is yet another great example of collaborative work in the borough.”