We Are Opening!

Visitors returning to the Williamson Art Gallery & Museum can experience a new exhibition as the building’s doors officially reopen on 9 June.

The gallery was closed in March 2020 due to coronavirus with art enthusiasts encouraged to view art collections online and follow the gallery’s social media channels to stay involved.

When the doors reopen to visitors on Wednesday 9 June 2021, a new exhibition, Your Williamson, will be on display. This has been curated using some of the favourites from artwork that was enjoyed by online visitors and the collection includes a whole range of pieces from Dawn to Dusk and from Spain to Tranmere. Most of the paintings are by artists with local connections, including two by the recently deceased Geoff Yeomans in his detailed photo-realist style.

The artwork in this new exhibition will be the first gallery you visit as you enter using the one-way system, along with a whole host of both new and favourite collections to enjoy. To find out more about these, please visit The Williamson Art Gallery & Museum website and follow them on Facebook and Twitter. To make for an enhanced viewing experience the building has been improved with a new lighting system, and the walls and floors refreshed.

Other facilities available at the gallery include the café, book shop and gallery shop supporting a wide range of local artists and craftspeople. The café will be open with limited service from 9 June offering hot drinks and cake.

Opening times will be from Wednesday to Saturday, 12noon – 5pm, each week from 9 June.

Cllr. Helen Cameron, Chair of the Tourism, Communities, Culture & Leisure Committee at Wirral Council, said: “It will be fantastic to see people enjoying the collections on display at the Williamson once again.

“While the doors had to close, the ability to access art in different ways was important for many people during the pandemic – art offered a way to experience some creativity, some inspiration and some calm. I’d like to thank all of the volunteers that helped make our social media channels a hub for amazing art, collections and crafts over the last year.

“Being able to return and view the artworks of creatives is a great way to celebrate both our local and international artists and craftspeople as well as enjoy the many benefits of art – whether that be sharing it with friends and family, meeting like-minded people or taking inspiration from the pieces on display.”

 

When visiting, things are going to look a little different. To ensure that the gallery could open safely to the public, a one-way system has been installed around the building and hand sanitising stations are available. Toilets will also be open for visitors to use.

Visitors should note that due to the new layout, some of their favourite artworks may be located in different areas of the building. When visiting the gallery, residents are asked to adhere to the safety measures in place to help protect themselves, staff, and other visitors to the gallery.

No booking system will be in place at Williamson Art Gallery & Museum but the team of staff will be monitoring how many people are entering and leaving the building so residents may have to queue before entering at busy times.

To find out more about the systems which will be in place within the gallery, watch our video.

Key Points:

  • You must check in using the NHS Covid-19 app on your phone or by signing our register.
  • Unless you are exempt, you must wear a mask at all times during your visit.
  • There will be a one-way system operating around the building, though you can move freely around each individual gallery
  • If you would like to visit the Cafe, please wait in Gallery Four to be seated.

 

Williamson Art Gallery, Oxton, Birkenhead, Wirral