'Make It ! In Libraries' is an exciting new project financed mainly by Arts Council England, with additional support from Wirral Council and the Friends of Wirral Libraries.

Wirral Libraries aims to bring art and creativity to Wirral residents and Make It! In Libraries is a great way for participants to develop and nurture creative skills under the guidance of a professional artist.

Bebington, Birkenhead, Wallasey and West Kirby libraries will soon host our professional artists and makers in residence, with workshops open to individuals and community groups.

The workshops are varied and aimed at people who love making things but may not usually see a library as a creative space. Whatever your interests, we believe there will be something to inspire you! In addition, research has also shown that taking part in arts activities can help to alleviate anxiety, depression and stress.

Workshops will be free and no previous experience is required just a creative spark, a love of making and a willingness to be part of a creative experience. Places are limited and must be booked in advance.

The workshops will also focus on designing and creating some exciting and unique Wirral-themed merchandise perhaps something iconic!

Finally all this creativity will culminate in a very special exhibition, which will be launched at the Williamson Art Gallery and Museum on Saturday 17 November and then move around some of Wirral’s libraries.

Work in progress!

You can read about our workshops, including photos (and more to follow) after workshops held at Birkenhead, Wallasey and Bebington libraries:

Exhibition

The project has produced some fantastic work in partnership with our artists in residence and a number of pop-up exhibitions will take place during November and December 2018.

  • Saturday 17 November at 11am until Sunday 18 November at 5pm
    The Williamson Art Gallery and Museum (CH43 4UE)

There will be a special launch at 11am where the public will have a chance to meet our artists in residence and some of the participants, with prototypes of the merchandise.

We do ask if you are intending to visit the gallery for the launch at 11am please RSVP to [email protected] or tel 0151 606 2117.

  • Friday 7 December to Friday 21 December 2018
    Bebington Central, Birkenhead Central, Wallasey Central and West Kirby Library

The exhibition then moves to the four central libraries, where each library will exhibit their workshops curated work, with merchandise available.

Workshop details

Bebington Central Library (Adults 18+)

Bebington Central Library Make It

Join us at Bebington Central Library for artist-led creative workshops where you will be recreating the wonderful buildings of Port Sunlight Village.

The workshops will take place on Tuesdays and Wednesdays - 18, 19, 25, 26 September 10.30am to 12.30pm and 1.30pm to 3.30pm and Tuesday 2 October 10.30am to 12.30pm.

Over the course of 4.5 days we will explore aspects of the village through conventional drawing, doodling freehand with wire and incorporating pattern, paper and collage.

You will also make 2d imagery and 3d paper models and lanterns. A large collaborative framed piece will be also be produced from the sessions for the exhibition.

Sessions will be led by artist Peter and Kate from Bonker*s Clutterbucks and all abilities are very welcome and it’s a great chance to have fun whilst learning new skills in a relaxed environment.

Participants must commit to all sessions.

Birkenhead Central Library (Adults 18+)

Birkenhead library, Brewseter Wright workshop

Join us at Birkenhead Central Library for photographic artist-led workshops.

The workshops are standalone sessions of 3 hours and take place on following dates:

Tuesday 11 September 10.00am to 1.00pm
Thursday 13 September 12.00pm to 3.00pm
Thursday 20 September 10.00am to 1.00pm
Tuesday 25 September 12.00pm to 3.00pm 
Saturday 29 September 10.00am to 1.00pm

During the workshop you will explore a traditional Victorian photographic process, discovering how to capture shadows using a combination of light, chemistry and water.

You will learn how to mix chemistry, expose and create prints which will become part of a group exhibition at the Williamson Art Gallery and Museum and you will also produce your own piece of artwork to take away.

Workshops will be led by Rachel Brewster-Wright of Little Vintage Photography and no previous experience is required, just a willingness to be creative in an informal setting.

Wallasey Central Library (Adults 18+)

Wallasey library, McGovern workshop

Join us at Wallasey Central Library for an artist-led creative map making project.

The workshops will take place on Mondays 10, 17, 24 September and 1, 8 October 10.00am - 12.30pm.

Over the 5 creative sessions we will be taking inspiration from the local area and participants’ personal stories and experiences to develop individual and collaborative maps using a variety of drawing and painting techniques.

A selection of artwork produced will form part of an exhibition at the Williamson Art Gallery and Museum and printed onto merchandise.

Sessions will be led by artist Nicola McGovern from Imagine Attic and no previous experience is required, just a spark of creativity.

Participants must commit to all sessions.

West Kirby Library (for 16-24 year olds only)

West Kirby library, Kate Hodgson workshop

Join us at West Kirby Library for an artist-led series of print workshops for 16-24 year olds.

Workshops take place over 2 days and participants can choose from:

Monday 22 and Tuesday 23 October 10am to 4.00pm OR Wednesday 24 and Thursday 25 October 10am to 4pm (with a break for lunch), with Saturday 27 October 10am to 1pm as a group session for all participants.

Focusing on the process of screen-printing, the workshops will explore a range of different printing and stencil making techniques.

Participants will be asked to reflect on the community and culture of West Kirby and use this as a starting point to create unique and exciting designs.

The designs will be used to make prints on posters, t-shirts and tote bags that will be shown in an exhibition at the Williamson Art Gallery and Museum.

Kate Hodgson is an artist based in the North West. Her practice explores the nature of print and it’s role as a ‘democratic art form’ that can be used to spread and share information. No previous experience is required just imagination and a love of art.

Participants must commit to attend all sessions from their chosen 2 day workshops.

Booking is via Eventbrite.

Contact details and bookings

If you are an individual or a community group interested in booking a place or would like more information please contact:

Email: [email protected]
Phone: 0151 606 2117

Reasonable public transport travel expenses may be eligible to be reclaimed – please ask for details.