Artist Talk

Published 23/01/23

Saturday 25th February 2023, 10.30am.

Meet at The Williamson Art Gallery & Museum, Birkenhead at the cafe for coffee at 10.30am for the tour to begin at 11am.

Tickets: £14 each (£12 BDC Members), includes a hot drink and exhibition tour by the artist. Payment can be made via cash or card in advance (please see booking details below).

We are delighted to announce our trip to The Williamson for a guided tour with Michael Brennand-Wood. This is a unique opportunity to hear Michael speak about a selection of the key pieces featured in his major new exhibition: The Encirclement of Space.

This new exhibition features three glorious galleries of the artist’s lace research, from some of its earliest examples made in the 1970s to his newest commission. The resulting display presents the largest collection of the artist’s lace works ever shown together. The show includes pieces rarely seen on public display which have been specially loaned for this show from major collections including The Crafts Council, Nottingham Museums Trust and Calderdale Museums Trust. The show includes Return to Origin – Musical Chairs – a brand new commission for The Williamson based on the gallery’s archive and fabric samples from the once local Arthur H. Lee & Sons fabrics company, which started off in Bolton, before moving to Warrington and finally, Birkenhead. This is also the first piece to be made by Michael at his new studio in Birkenhead.

There will be an opportunity to buy the new catalogue which accompanies this exhibition featuring commissioned texts by the independent writer and curator June Hill as well as Michael. Michael will be available to sign copies of his catalogue at the end of the tour.

A selection of Michael’s work can also be viewed and bought here at Bluecoat Display Centre and via our online shop.

Getting to The Williamson:

Click here to see the location and full address of The Williamson.

Parking: There is a free on site car park, accessible via Mather Road. For Sat-Nav, use postcode CH43 4UE (Slatey Road).

Bus: There are bus stops on Slatey Road, Balls Road and Borough Road. From Liverpool, 471, 472 and 464 buses stop on Borough Road, approximately a 15 minute walk away.

Train: the nearest station in Birkenhead Central, approximately a 25 minute walk away.

Please contact us in advance of the day if you think you may have any trouble in getting to The Williamson and we will do our best to assist you.


Book your place in person at the gallery; by emailing us at; or call us on 0151 709 4014.

Event & Workshop Cancellation Policy

If you are unable to attend an event or workshop that you have booked with us, please contact the team as soon as possible via or on 0151 709 4014.

We will endeavour to resell your ticket, if time allows, and if successful we will be able to issue a refund.  If we are unable to resell the ticket, the value can be transferred to another event or redeemed against a purchase in the gallery.

Please note that while the team will do their best to resell your ticket, we cannot guarantee that this will be possible or ensure a refund. Thank you for your understanding.