AN OPEN EXHIBITION THAT HAS BEEN PART OF THE LOCAL ARTS SCENE FOR AS LONG AS MOST OF US CAN REMEMBER, THE WILLIAMSON OPEN AIMS TO REFLECT PART OF THE CURRENT ACTIVE VISUAL ARTS SCENE IN WIRRAL.
The Williamson Open continues a tradition stretching back to 1913, when Birkenhead’s first Museum and Art Gallery in 1913 held the Birkenhead Spring exhibition. It was open to local artists, amateur and professional alike, to enter work on an equal footing and from that event some of the earliest pictures in the gallery’s collection were selected.
The present exhibition is run on the same footing but is now also open to photographers as well as to artists in paint, pencil, collage, print, textiles, digital media, ceramics and various materials for sculpture.
The Williamson Open is open to artists and photographers who have connections with Wirral through birth, education, residency or occupation.
Last year’s Art Prize was won by Janine Pinion and Dennis Spicer, and the Photography Prize by Rose Mair, with the winning works becoming part of the Williamson’s art collection for the Wirral. Visitors may also nominate their favourite entries for the Kriterion Prize.
Handing in for the exhibition will take place from Friday 8th until Sunday 10th March, 10.30am – 4.30pm.
The exhibition will run from Saturday 30th March until Sunday 5th May. The gallery is open Wednesday – Sunday, but will be closed on Good Friday 19th April.