'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 hosted 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 were free and no previous experience was required just a creative spark, a love of making and a willingness to be part of a creative experience.
The workshops also focused on designing and creating some exciting and unique Wirral-themed merchandise perhaps something iconic!
Finally all this creativity culminated in a very special exhibition, which was launched at the Williamson Art Gallery and Museum on Saturday 17 November and then moving around some of Wirral’s libraries.
Work in progress!
You can read about our workshops, including photos held at Birkenhead, Wallasey, West Kirby and Bebington libraries:
- Birkenhead Central Library blog
- Bebington Central Library blog
- Wallasey Central Library blog
- West Kirby Library blog
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 was a special launch at 11am where the public had a chance to meet our artists in residence and some of the participants, with prototypes of the merchandise.
- 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.
Bebington Central Library (Adults 18+)
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+)
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+)
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)
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.
If you are an individual or a community group and would like more information please contact: