Coinciding with the member’s exhibition of recent work, there will be a small exhibition celebrating the history of the WSA and will include newly framed works from a folio of artwork presented in 1951 to the then retiring curator of the Lady Lever Gallery in Port Sunlight. These works by the WSA artists were donated to the Williamson Art Gallery & Museum earlier this year.
Come and see the creative, inspiring work, beautifully displayed in the fabulous setting of one of the North West’s premier galleries and join the growing trend to acquire affordable, original art works!
To give some context for The Wirral Society of Arts and it’s long connection with the Williamson, the WSA was formed in 1948 as an exhibiting society for professional and semi-professional artists in the North West of England. A number of names were involved in the early days but it was truly the concept of Tom Howard and John Marshall who approached the Lady Lever’s curator Sidney Davison. Davison in turn spoke to Will C Penn, Vice Principal of Liverpool School of Art, and he embraced it with enthusiasm. . A preliminary meeting was held on 5 June 1948 in the Lady Lever Art Gallery where their first exhibition was held in 1949. The second exhibition was held in 1951 at the Williamson Art Gallery & Museum in Birkenhead where the Society has been based ever since. Will C. Penn became their first President and his work will be featured in an exhibition later this year to coincide with the 90th birthday celebrations for the Williamson (founded in 1928).
Please spread the word that the Wirral Society of Arts Exhibition will be closed on the afternoon of Thursday the 11th of October, due to a large meeting being held in Gallery 2. Apologies for the inconvenience.
Please note that the gallery is closed to the public on Mondays and Tuesdays. As the building is quite large and we are short-staffed, financial transactions for purchases must be made before 4.30pm and there may be some limited availability of some of the galleries in the lead up to the building closing for the day. We apologise for the inconvenience.
15 Sept - 21 October 2018