Emma Rodgers: Wunderkammer

21st July – 1st October 2022

composite image featuring the Williamson Art Gallery building surrounded by sculptures or birds, animals and people against the backdrop of a bright blue sky with some clouds. Underneath is the address of Williamson Art GalleryWe are delighted to host a special exhibition of the work of Wirral-based sculptor Emma Rodgers.

“Wunderkammer” is a mini-retrospective of Emma’s practice. It gives visitors a chance to step into the artist’s studio and see how her work has developed over time – from the young art student awestruck by the collections in her local Williamson Art Gallery, to one of the country’s foremost sculptors in ceramic and bronze. “Wunderkammer” explores the objects, people and places that have fascinated and inspired Emma throughout her career.

Alongside the exhibition, the Williamson Art Gallery will be unveiling a specially commissioned new sculpture by Emma for the Gallery’s outdoor courtyard. The ‘Garden of Artemis’ is a life-size ornamental oak tree sculpture in steel and bronze – a nod to both the oak tree in Birkenhead’s coat of arms, and the trees that feature in the Gallery’s collection of Della Robbia decorative ceramics. The sculpture has been made possible by funding from the estate of Fanchon Frohlich, through the Williamson and Priory Friends.

“Wunderkammer” is open Thursday 21st July – Saturday 1st October, in Gallery 13 and the Green Gallery courtyard. Entry is free, check here for latest opening times.

Events:

Join Niall Hodson for talks about the exhibition on Saturday 10th September at 2:30pm and Thursday 22nd September at 11am. Guarantee your place by booking on Eventbrite or just turn up on the day.

About The Artist:

Emma Rodgers is one of the most celebrated sculptors working in ceramic and bronze. Her work, acclaimed for its vibrancy, strength and flexibility has been exhibited at the V&A, the Royal Academy, SOFA Chicago, and in New York and Miami. Emma Rodgers has undertaken several significant public sculpture commissions, including the famous Cilla Black statue on Mathew Street in Liverpool, and – most recently – a statue celebrating the pioneering Welsh writer and feminist Elaine Morgan in Mountain Ash, South Wales. This is however her first creation for her home town of Birkenhead.

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Williamson Art Gallery, Oxton, Birkenhead, Wirral