• Mark Moynihan's award winning painting

About the Artist/Exhibition


An open exhibition has been part of the local art scene for as long as most of us can remember. The Williamson Open aims to reflect part of the active  current visual arts scene in Wirral.

After Birkenhead opened its first Museum and Art Gallery in 1912 there were two Spring Exhibitions but the First World War stopped them and the initiative was not picked up in the town afterwards.

The Borough of Wallasey, however, did take it up and from 1962, a Spring Exhibition was held each year at Earlston Library. Following the creation of Wirral Borough Council the exhibition became open to all in Wirral but continued to be shown in Wallasey until 1983 when the first Wirral Spring Exhibition was held at the Williamson.

In 1989, the exhibition was opened to photographers, with the support of Birkenhead Photographic Association who continued that support for 25 years.

The exhibition has gone from strength to strength over those years and it has been a consistent factor that prize winners are purchased for the gallery collections. In this way, the Williamson has acquired some fantastic work to maintain its representation of local artists that stretches back over 200 years. Long may it continue.

Colin Simpson
Principal Museums Officer


Williamson Art Gallery & Museum
Slatey Road, Birkenhead, Wirral, CH43 4UE Telephone 0151 666 3537
e-mail williamsonartgallery@wirral.gov.uk

Community Services
Andrew Elkington, Assistant Director

For information to exhibit, please download our  Entry Form 2018

The exhibition is open to artists/photographers who have connections with Wirral through birth, education, residency or occupation


Friday 16th February 10.30a.m. – 4.30p.m.

Saturday 17th February 10.30a.m. – 4.30p.m

Sunday18th February 10.30a.m. – 4.30p.m.

Entrance fee is £5 per work

Cheques made payable to Wirral Borough Council We apologise there are no card facilities for this payment.


(for artists and their guests and the Williamson and Priory Friends)

Thursday 22nd March 6.00p.m. – 8.00p.m.


Friday 23rd March – Sunday 6th May 2018

Wednesday – Sunday 10.00a.m. – 5.00p.m.

Closed Good Friday 30th March


Collection of any work must be accompanied by the appropriate paperwork and possible I.D.
If someone is collecting your work on your behalf, please make sure they have the correct paperwork; otherwise work may not be returned.


The Williamson Open private view and prizes supported by Williamson & Priory Friends

Last year for the first time ever in the history of the Williamson Open (previously called The Wirral open) the People’s Choice has chosen the same painting as the judges to Mark Moynihan for his painting “The Final Flutter” winning the Kriterion Award 2017.

Mark Moynihan was born in Birkenhead and initially trained as an industrial mechanic and after a stint in the army has worked in and around the offshore industry for most of his working life. Two years ago, and after a downturn in the offshore industry he returned to Birkenhead to focus on his art.


The prize winner last year in photography was Gill Wyche for “Let’s go”. Many thanks to the Williamson and Priory Friends for funding this award.


Dates : 23 March - 6 May 2018
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