• George Evans Dawn on Llyn Dinas

About the Artist/Exhibition

The Wirral Open Studio Tour returns to the Williamson with five local artists showing their work and their practice within the gallery.

9th Wirral Open Studio Tour in 2018


  • 65+ artists
  • 35+ venues
  • 1 weekend….
  • to answer the question: ‘What do artists do all day?’
    Joseph Venning Planet Anfield

    Joseph Venning: Planet Anfield

For almost a decade, WOST has been welcoming 100s of visitors to its open studio week-end to see local professional and semi-professional artists from across the peninsula showcase their work.

This relaxed, informal and rapidly expanding event means art lovers have the opportunity to mooch through studios, homes, gardens and exhibition spaces to chat and engage with artists and makers of almost every discipline.

The tour’s aim is to encourage to visitors to understand the artists’ inspirations and creative techniques. You are invited to share in their passion for creative arts and celebrate this culture-filled weekend. The Williamson (STUDIO 5 on the Wirral Studio Tour map) are delighted to host five artists to set up their “studio” within the gallery for the weekend –  artist –Joseph Venning who produced our wonderful mural in Gallery Six and shown previously in both WOST at WAG and the Oxton Art Fair, award winning photographer – George Evans who supplies his prints and cards for our gift shop, LiWei Chen who has exhibited during WOST at WAG  and led classes in the art of chinese brush painting for our adults art classes, David Jones whose intricate and detailed drawings and models reflects our maritime gallery and newcomer to the WOST at WAG photographer – Karen Lawrence.

Each studio has its own way of welcoming visitors, whether it’s a live workshop or an arty chat and explanation of the working processes. Every studio is unique – as is every artist or maker who takes part.

It is almost impossible to visit every studio over the course of the event, so why not down-load a copy of the brochure and plan your visit around the artists who most interest you.

Where: across Wirral. You can download a map via www.wirralarts.com or pick up a brochure from the gallery.

When: June 9th & 10th. 10-5pm.

The tour was initially set up in 2009 in the Hoylake/Meols area by Canadian artist Micheline Robinson as ‘Artists in Our Midst’ and quickly evolved into a Wirral-wide event, with over 60 artists participating in 2017.

With more than 1500 people visiting the event from across the North West in 2016 and 2017,  the tour is continually growing in popularity and reputation since its inception in 2009.

As most work is for sale, visitors will also have the opportunity to take away a piece of original art, if they choose. The event is listed as part of Children’s Art Week and children are more than welcome to come and take a closer look or have a chat with the artists.

Entrance is free to the Williamson Art Gallery & Museum and the building is open to the public from Wednesday to Sunday from 10 am until 5pm. To find out more download the latest newsletter.