Venue: Williamson Art Gallery & Museum
Dates: 01/01/18 - 01/01/20
NOT AN EXHIBITION BUT A NEW SPACE. NURTURING ROOTS & SHOOTS TO GROW THE GREEN GALLERY AT THE WILLIAMSON.
At the centre of the Williamson Art Gallery is an enclosed courtyard, currently known as The Quad. Did you know the space was there?
For almost 90 years, this outside/inside heart of the gallery was derelict and without purpose. The building lacked a secure outdoor area and the planned garden offered the potential for a usable and adaptable outdoor space, considerably increasing the attractiveness of the gallery. The new space will offer a green haven to visitors, local residents and anyone who needs a moment of quiet, as well as providing a venue for family celebrations and corporate events.
Our aim is to bring this space, ‘The Quad“, into use as The Green Gallery, where all visitors can sit freely to enjoy the plants and sculpture, or even to take inspiration from the surroundings for their own artwork. Designed by Ainsley Gommon Architects, the hard landscaping has been installed by the Landstruction team to create a secure outdoor space for celebrations, events and exhibitions. The Green Gallery continues to evolve and the next phase of fundraising is focussed on raising monies for a planted and landscaped ‘Secret Garden’ which will commence next spring and be undertaken by Landstruction.
The Wirral Museums Service, fully supported by the Friends, provides summer courses for children and also works with disadvantaged groups including people with mental, sensory and physical difficulties so an outside “break-out space” will be a major and essential asset.
We need your support to turn this idea into a growing, living, blooming wonderful space. We have been very successful in getting local sponsorship and grants but we have also attracted individual donations from the public. So far The Williamson and Priory Friends have received funds through gallery donations, JustGiving, BAFTA gala ticket sales and charitable donations from Aviva Charities Trust, Bathgate Trust, Camden Trust, Duchy of Lancaster and Postcode Lottery fund as well as financial support from Wirral Borough Council.
To donate to The Quad Appeal personally, please donate through our Just Giving account;-
or donate within the gallery, using one of our special envelopes. Please don’t forget to fill in the requested
details for GIFTaid and posting them into our donation boxes around the gallery.
To organise a corporate fundraising event within the gallery to raise money for the Quad or to sponsor a specific part of the development please contact the charity:- Williamsonandprioryfriends@gmail.com or ring and leave a voice message on 0151 666 3665
Your contribution will be acknowleged on our ever growing vine in the cafe, with hand made leaves made by Friends and instigated by our membership secretary, Pat Foden. The leafy structure will hopefully be updated soon but we are concious of making demands on curatorial staff’s time to assist with frequent updates so please bear with any delays.
STOP PRESS: PHASE ONE has been completed with hard landscaping …paths and raised
beds created and hard stand for seating area.
FURTHER STOP PRESS: Phase Two fundraising has been completed: We have now raised enough money for the planting and now looking for funding for benches and lighting.
FURTHER Further STOP PRESS: Phase three underway with a great donation from a private fund….more needed but many thanks…
Follow the signs in the gallery to view and admire the hard landscaping.
To download our information flyer about the project which will allow you to share this fabulous opportunity for friends, colleagues and businesses to get involved, please click Flyer about The Green Gallery