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Between Two Rivers

Celebrating all things Wirral with seven local artists who all draw inspiration from our beautiful peninsula.

Anna Clark • Marianthi Lainas
Helen Smith • Amanda Oliphant
Sue Meyerhoff Sharples
Clare Flinn • Fiona Philipps

Thursday 22nd June – Sunday 23rd July
Thursday – Saturday 10am – 4pm


Amanda Oliphant

Amanda’s collection of paintings are a direct response to walking among the long reed-beds and marshes at ‘Red Rock’ a SSSI reserve that lies on the edge of the extensive Dee Estuary, looking out towards Hilbre Island… She is often found outdoors painting ‘plein air’ but also back in her West Kirby studio, a stones throw from the picturesque Marine Lake. 

Anna Clark

Anna’s pieces in this exhibition represent ‘snapshots’ of her wanderings around Wirral – capturing fleeting glimpses of moments in time. Each piece is multilayered and combines a range of processes which can include photography, print, collage, drawing and paint. 

Clare Flinn

This collection of paintings is a result of Clare’s rambles around Hoylake.  She is trying to abandon photography as a reference tool for her painting, and embrace sketchbooks as an aide memoire. This enables her work to be more of an immediate response to the landscape, looser and more interpretive.  It’s a work in progress.

Fiona Philipps

Fiona’s inspiration for this series of paintings has been drawn, not only from her daily walks beside the estuary with views of the Welsh coastline and through woodlands and fields, but also from her childhood memories and experiences. As always her work is a documentation of her emotional response to this landscape, a landscape that has become so familiar to her throughout her life.

Helen Smith

Helen works with kiln formed glass in her Wirral studio. Her work evolves from her fascination with the play of light on the ever-changing surfaces of the tidal landscape, resulting in pieces which convey the essence of our coastal location.

Marianthi Lainas

Having spent most of her life living at the coastal edges of the land, Marianthi’s work is greatly informed by a sense of place and by her deep connection with the littoral landscape and its cycles of ebb and flow. Her abstract mixed media works are an emotional and expressive response to the dynamic, natural environment found on the Hilbre tidal islands and Dee Estuary sands close to her Wirral home.

Sue Meyerhoff Sharples

Sue’s work begins as a response to place and relates to her physical and emotional experience of location, social and industrial histories and events of place… Often her work evokes romantic notions of far off lands, space and freedom but it may also evoke images of edges and boundaries.