‘Different Horizons’ is an exhibition of fine art by North Wales 5, who are a group of talented artists all living in North Wales whose work is in some way influenced by the land and the sky. They are mid career and upcoming artists who normally exhibit in solo exhibitions and are showing at Chester Art Centre for the first time. The exhibition ‘Different Horizons’ is an exciting and inspiring exhibition which shows work ranging from; the mountainous and colourful images of Malcolm JONES, the paintings of glorious skies of Angie HOOPERT, the atmospheric abstract landscapes of Catherine TAYLOR PARRY, the bold and emotional images of Susan WILLIAMS and the interesting and experimental paintings by Helen TAYLOR.
The group has been brought together for this exhibition by Catherine. Their initial successful group show was at Theatr Clwyd in April 2017, followed by a show at Castle Park Arts Centre, Frodsham June/July 2017.
The exhibition will run between 26 May and 5 June with the launch event taking place on 26 May at 6 PM. We look forward to seeing you!
In Summer 2017 Chester Art Centre organised an Open Exhibition and exhibited over 150 framed Giclee prints across the beautiful city of Chester whilst encouraging the public to purchase the prints and vote for the artists whose work they liked the most… We had 4 categories under which we listed the submissions and Sarah Adams won the 1st prize in Watercolours! She is now going to exhibit her beautiful paintings as well as a range of limited edition Giclee prints in our gallery and we can’t wait to see them on the walls!
Born and raised in the North West, Sarah Adams is a self-taught local artist whose primary interest is in experimenting with acrylic brush work with free-flowing water colour to create art that captures different aspects of human anatomy, from the natural beauty and expressiveness of the human form to the complexity and emotion of the human eye.
The exhibition will run from February 7 until February 21 with the private view taking place on Wednesday, the 7th of February at 7 PM.
We look forward to seeing you then!
You are cordially invited to attend a Private Viewing event for the art show: ‘Fracturing Reality’ featuring a selection of works by artist Mark Edmonds. The event will take place on the 9th of December from 7pm o
The show will feature a range of artworks designed to challenge the nature of the viewer’s awareness and personal relationship with their reality. There will be a mixture of styles but with this common theme tying each work together.
The Dress code is Smart Casual and there will be refreshments provided including wine and canopies.
Please feel free to bring guests along with you if you wish to do so. (could you please notify us in advance if you wish to bring more than 2 guests with you as there are a limited number of places).
Mark Edmonds is an established artist who channels his life’s experience and knowledge into creating work that highlights the issues he is passionate about. So far he has participated in numerous shows all over the UK and abroad.
The themes of Mark’s paintings are often premeditated and decided prior to the application of paint. Imagery will be conjured at the base layer in the form of various shapes and textures. Paint is subsequently applied in an expressive manner, using meditative techniques, some documented by those who practice ‘automatic drawing’. A combination of paint and varnish is then used to reveal the hidden esoteric patterns within.
“My portfolio tends to consist of mixed media paintings incorporating a heavy material element; by this, I mean textual elements, found objects and sometimes photography embedded into the surface. I use a variety of painting techniques depending on the context and theme of the painting. I incorporate elements from differing historical art movements, the idea behind this is to embrace absolute freedom in painting and not limiting oneself to a particular genre or medium.”
“The themes in my work relate to mass production, in that, I often use manufactured canvases and industrial paints. I am currently working on a project where I ‘reclaim’ mass produced commercial prints’ turning them into individual works of art by painting over them but keeping the ‘original’ design. To me this is a reply to the ‘throw-away’ nature of modern western society, by ‘reclaiming’ a mass produced article and presenting it as an object of value. I’m trying to question the acceptance of artworks within differing strata’s of society. Who values what and why?”
In August 1967 the acclaimed British author, Alan Garner OBE, published the classic children’s book The Owl Service. This supernatural thriller tells the story of Alison, Roger and Gwyn and their unwilling involvement in the recurring curse of Blodeuwedd, Lleu and Gronw.
It is a tale of love, supernatural possession, murder and eventual redemption, all played out in a remote valley in rural North Wales. The story revolves around the ancient tale of Blodeuwedd, from the Welsh chronicles of mythology The Mabinogion. In The Owl Service, this tragic story is replayed generation after generation, reliving the cursed love triangle that ensnared Blodeuwedd, Lleu and Gronw.
Photographer, David Heke, has been collaborating with Alan and Griselda Garner on a number of projects. Following a conversation around the kitchen table in their 15th-century farmhouse, about the forthcoming fiftieth anniversary of The Owl Service, the germ of the idea for this project was born.
Bringing together a multi-disciplinary group of artists from either side of the Welsh/English border, this collaboration explores and celebrates this ground-breaking story and it’s origins in Welsh myth.
The multimedia project includes photography, video, painting, sculpture, music/soundscape, poetry and a fine art upholstery installation. To complement the exhibition, there will be a collaboration with a choreographer to produce dance-based work for video and performance plus contributions from writers working in the fields of folklore and archaeology.
The participating artists are Liz Ellis (sculpture), Jenny Ryrie (painting), David Heke (photography and video), Chris Tally Evans (music/soundscape), Bettina Langlois (fine art upholstery), Anna Wigley (poetry and prose) and Jacqueline McCormick (dance).
All the artists have been selected due to their interest in the story of Blodeuwedd from the Mabinogion and The Owl Service by Alan Garner.
Professor Sioned Davies, Head of the School of Welsh at Cardiff University and writer of the most recent translation of The Mabinogion, has agreed to provide a series of readings from the medieval Welsh text ‘Math fab Mathonwy’ and talks on the Fourth Branch of The Mabinogion.
The exhibition will tour venues across the UK from April 2017 to September 2018 and be site-specific for each gallery location. Workshops by some of the contributing artists can be arranged on request to accompany the exhibition.
David Heke – photography and video
David is a Chester-based photographer, artist, printmaker and videographer. He has over twenty years experience of working in television and the performing arts, with disability and community groups, for advertising and marketing companies, for museum trusts, and local authority heritage and arts services.
David had a background in science before retraining in photography and darkroom techniques. He is interested in using art to interpret science in a creative way, making it more accessible to a wider audience. As an artist, he produces original limited-edition prints for sale and exhibition. He also creates videos for installations, exhibitions and commissions. Many of his images are derived from personal interests, such as archaeology, landscape, architecture, natural science, folklore and mythology. He uses traditional, digital and alternative photographic processes to achieve the final results.
David has worked with musicians, writers and choreographers, producing photography and video installations for use in performance. He has run, and participated in, a number of community-based arts programmes, including the Lache Arts Project, Cheshire Year of Gardens and Number 63, a pop-up gallery, studio and workshop, based in an empty retail space in Chester. He has worked on a range of site-specific projects, including photographer-in-residence for the Chester Amphitheatre Beacon Project.
David is a founder member of Cheshire Artists Network and arts collective CHART and has exhibited extensively, both nationally and internationally. In 2005 he was commissioned by the European funded Cultmark UK to produce an exhibition, book and workshop, profiling the historic canal system between Chester and Ellesmere Port. The resulting exhibition toured several venues in north-west England.
He recently contributed photographic artwork and a video collaboration (with musician i Luker Koenig) to the The Wing Assignment exhibition at Red Bull Studios, London and The Wing Asylum at Caroline Gardens Chapel, London.
Liz Ellis – sculpture
Born in Cheshire, Liz was educated in the arts and sciences and has practised professionally in both disciplines. She now works full time in her studio in Chester, working mainly on ceramic sculpture.
Finding connections in the external and internal geography of my own landscapes and drawing from the creative legacy of pre history, my work is sometimes figurative, sometimes abstract, but always being given up to the intense heat of the kiln for its final transformation.
Liz exhibits nationally and internationally in fine art galleries (including Medici, London and Roger Billcliffe, Glasgow) and public galleries (including The Brindley, Runcorn with ‘Slow Turning’). Her work is held in private collections in the UK, USA, Australia and Europe.
Liz is an experienced collaborator and workshop facilitator and has lectured to degree level (Oxford Brookes University). She has run clay life modelling workshops for West Cheshire College and has designed and run community workshops funded by the Arts Council.
Jenny Ryrie – painting
Jenny Ryrie R.B.S.A has specialised in watercolour and acrylics since graduating with an M.A. in Fine Art from Edinburgh in 1980. She uses expressionistic colour and a variety of techniques to push the boundaries of the watercolour medium, exploiting its fluidity and translucency.
After Edinburgh Jenny lived on the edge of the Brecon National Park which inspired her love of waterfalls, a recurring theme throughout her career. She had exhibitions in London and Edinburgh in the 1990’s and a two-person show at Oriel Gallery, Theatr Clwyd. From 1994 onwards she exhibited at Canyon Road Contemporary Art in Santa Fe, U.S.A. with an annual solo show, her paintings exploring the American wilderness, effects of light and weather, and Native American iconography.
From 2004 Jenny exhibited with the Castle Street Gallery in Hay-on-Wye as main artist-in-residence during the Hay Literature Festival. As well as landscape forms she explored themes of music, dance and poetry. In 2005 she had a solo show of ‘musical abstracts’ at the Mermaid Theatre, London in conjunction with the BBC Jazz Awards and C2 Gallery.
Jenny has exhibited in Switzerland (‘Songs of the Elements’ at Galerie Englische Kirche, Meiringen, 2009) and in group exhibitions in France, Italy, Germany, and Russia (Ekaterinburg Museum Of Fine Art).
Her work appears in several publications including ‘Twelve Women Artists From The NorthWest’ and ‘Miller’s Picture Price Guide 2005’. She won the Kate Fryer prize at the Royal Birmingham Society of Artists in 2010 and was elected a member of the R.B.S.A. in 2011.
I work in an expressionistic, intuitive way, often exploring the energy of the landscape and its underlying spirituality. My paintings vary in their degree of abstraction and explore both the physical and metaphysical. Many are inspired by music and sound.
Chris Tally Evans – music and soundscape
Chris Tally Evans is a performance/media artist, writer and equalities activist. His work has been featured internationally and on UK and international media. As well as broadcasting on BBC 2W, BBC Wales, ITV, BBC Radio Wales, BBC Radio 4, and BBC Radio 3, Chris’s work has been shown in the UK, USA, Canada, New
Zealand, Qatar, Poland and Finland. He has received a Major Creative Wales Award and a major commission for the London 2012 Festival.
Bettina Langlois – fine art furniture/upholstery
Bettina trained as a theatrical costumier and, latterly, as an upholsterer. Both disciplines wrap materials around a three-dimensional foundation, be it a body or a chair, to create illusion, surprise, dissonance, character. She is interested in the places where art and upholstery meet.
In 2013 she won a prize for her work awarded by Heico and the Association of Master Upholsterers and Soft Furnishers. The chair was exhibited at the Interiors UK exhibition at the NEC, Birmingham. In the same year, she was awarded a prize for advanced upholstery skills by the Worshipful Company of Upholders and accepted their invitation to become a Yeoman.
Bettina came to Alan Garner’s The Owl Service at Girl Guide camp in Wales, read to each other at night by torchlight. This fostered a life-long friendship with the book’s owner, for which she owes Alan Garner a debt of gratitude!
Anna Wigley – poetry and prose
Anna Wigley is a Welsh poet living in Cardiff. She has had four collections of poetry published by Gomer Press, the most recent being Ghosts (March 2016). Her work is largely concerned with the natural world (birds, beasts and flowers) and she is most honoured to be asked to contribute to this celebration of Alan Garner, an author she has long admired.
Jacqueline McCormick USA/UK – Dance Artist
Jacqueline has been teaching, performing and making dances for over thirty years, directing and perform- ing in her company DanceAbout works that take a dancing journey through the outback of the self. She is fascinated by creating movement from sensation, especially in natural environments, as captured in her dance films; Settle, Spiral and most recently The Walk, shot in Joshua Tree, California USA.
Jacqueline’s work is greatly influenced by her research into improvisation, especially Contact Improvisation. Since 1990 she has taught Contact Improvisation at numerous Contact Festivals and workshops throughout the USA and Europe, most recently at Italy Contact Festival 2016, Los Angeles USA, and Bristol UK.
As Artistic Director for Cheshire Dance 2004-2016 Jacqueline created small to large-scale site-based works involving professional artists and communities. The Moment When… 2012 involved over 900 performers, across 3 sites, as part of the NW Cultural Olympiad celebrations. Jacqueline has an M.A degree in Dance from Mills College, California, and was Associate Professor in Dance at Connecticut College, USA 2000- 2004, and Western Oregon University 1985-1996.
The exhibition will run until the 1st of December.
By Sam Minshall
‘Time equals life – Life equals art – Art equals walk – Walk equals time.’
(Hamish Fulton, 2001, pg.8-12)
A project which involves walking, pushing, picking, placing, more walking, traversing, seeing, being, cleaning.
The walks will be on the 14th and 15th October 2017. They can be viewed LIVE on Twitter.
On the 17th October, a Live Art installation will be created using litter the artist has collected around Chester City Centre.
See artist’s website at https://sminshall2.wixsite.com/purusambulo
Twitter – @Purus_Ambulo
What’s behind your couch?
By Zoe Lee
They say a picture speaks a thousand words but does it speak them all?
Join Zoe in the celebration of Dawn McCrohan’s life, as she shares memories of their family home.
The interactive durational installation will involve the artist performing everyday rituals, which bring back memories of her past family life. The music from her childhood, the tastes of tea and coffee, and the acts of family living.
RED BOX STORY
By Debra Deakin
“Red, bitch red, blood red, true red, crimson, blush, flush, glower, lost cherry, scarlet, rose, smoulder, flame – these are the colours of our shame.”
(Donkin & Clements, 1993, p. 153)
This installation is the culmination of a year’s work researching auto biographical performance theory and feminist performance techniques.
The work will consist of a large red box, the artist contained in the box, will be naked with a camera on her face. The image from the camera then projected on to a screen. The red box will have apertures. The audience are invited to place their hands into the box. The responding effect thus projected onto the screen.
This performance is restricted to 18+ ages for audience members.
Visit Debra’s website for more info: https://dct2407.wixsite.com/redboxstory
‘Light & Sound’ will be featuring pieces ranging from those taken at Clonter Opera Theatre ( https://www.clonter.org/ ), such as some of the UK and Europe’s finest emerging opera stars, or of London’s internationally celebrated Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club’s House Band & Friends; to those at Jazz & Blues Festivals; or intimate settings with musicians and friends gathering to share songs, stories, and poems at folk sessions and sing-a-rounds; or those which capture audience members and their very personal dialogue with music and life – the ‘Light & Sound’ exhibition showcases the diversity & richness of Jack’s musical portraiture, in which there is such movement throughout, and at the same time, a beautiful sense of stillness, love, tenderness, light, joy, and above all, humanity within.
Jack Thompson is an emerging, largely self-taught photographer and painter, based in Cheshire.
As a portraitist first and foremost, exploring the space in which interaction, dialogue and exchange takes place; the relation and interplay between, is primarily the inspiration and intentionality behind his work.
Not being able to afford expensive equipment, tools and materials, his practice; the way he makes art has necessarily required simplicity in approach. He responds to, captures and represents something of the essence of an experience; what is seen and felt, with honesty and sincerity.
Late 2016 saw Jack being offered what, for him, was a ‘chance of a lifetime’ opportunity by Clonter Opera Theatre, to take up a Photographer-In-Residence appointment. This has been a wonderfully suited and fitting role in which to further explore the human condition, to hone his skills, and develop his practice situated in the context of music performance and theatre.
In this role he has photographed, or is due to photograph, amongst others, internationally celebrated musicians such as London’s Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club’s House Band & Friends; Colum Sands featuring special guests Brennan and Buchanan; and some of the UK and Europe’s finest emerging opera stars at the outset of their professional careers. He has also had the honour and privilege to photograph far more intimate music events at Clonter Opera Theatre. For example, those at which residents of local care homes, those living with severe health conditions, and carers were invited to enjoy afternoon tea with live music by Flossie Malavialle and Friends.
With Jack’s strong humanitarian, respectful and holistic approach, and passion for nurturing and enabling independence and growth in others, he is thoroughly embracing and enjoying this opportunity at Clonter Opera Theatre, who, both as an organisation and charity, also passionately believes in the development and education of young people, and in enabling them to realise their potential.
The exhibition will run from October 24 until November 14 with the preview night taking place on Thursday the 26th of October at 6.30 PM!
Join us for some amazing photography, meet Jack and many of those amazing people, whose stories Jack tells us with his pictures.
All proceeds from the sales will be donated to the following charities / non-profit charitable organisations:
Clonter Farm Music Trust ( https://www.clonter.org/about-clonter/clonter-opera/ )
Cheshire Arts For Health ( http://cheshireartsforhealth.org.uk/ )
Marie Curie Cance Care ( https://www.mariecurie.org.uk/ )
Pretty much everyone who has ever visited Chester Art Centre will have met me – I am usually the one hosting art exhibitions, organizing stuff, running around and figuring things out. Most of you will have asked me at some point if I did any art myself and I will have answered, “I do a bit of art photography, but I don’t have much time to do my own art because I’m always so busy”.
Well, actually, I have been doing quite a lot of art photography in the past couple of years as it turned out! In between the exhibitions, my 2 businesses and everyday life I have managed to snap away somehow. I have been doing some group shows now and again but not solos. And now this is finally happening! I have decided to celebrate my Birthday in style, with my art exhibition preview, to which you are of course invited! It’s hard to believe that the gallery will be filled with my own pictures next month as I honestly couldn’t imagine that I’d have time to plan everything and to do it properly. As a matter of fact, I don’t… :). But I’m doing my best with the time given…
‘Labyrinth’ is an exhibition showcasing some of my favourite pictures. I tend to dislike a lot of my photography and always think that I could have done better. I will let you know if I ever do – but for now, you are welcome to come and see my crazy world captured through a lens of a camera and printed on the finest quality Giclee printer (which we’ve got right here!) as I see it every day. I hope you will like it or at least find it interesting! My exhibition will run from the 10th until the 19th of October.
A special THANK YOU goes to Bryn Sutcliffe and Mark Edmonds, who have been encouraging me to keep doing art (sometimes even forcing me slightly – Bryn! Naughty!). You most probably have met them too – Bryn is our artist in residence and master framer and Mark exhibits his beautiful art with us, sometimes helps around the gallery and paints our walls from time to time! They have been incredibly supportive and enthusiastic about my pictures and without them two, I probably wouldn’t have had taken that many photos and definitely wouldn’t have been exhibiting now. Love you guys! The rest of Chester Art Centre crew have been fantastic too – cheers everyone for your support and for believing in me! 🙂
So, yes, it is happening. Save the date and join us all at Chester Art Centre for a few Birthday drinks, Italian nibbles and some arty photos on the 14th of October between 5 PM and 9.30 PM! I really look forward to seeing you there.
Artist David L Scholes left school at 16 and became a Carpenter. In 2012, some twenty seven years after leaving school, his wife bought him some paint and canvas from a local art shop and from then on David began to paint. He has sold prints of his work globally and exhibited in the UK and Europe, which has merited interviews and praise alike with international art publications.
David is going to exhibit his Abstract and the Heart collection in Chester for 1 week only – do not miss the preview on the 25th of August!
Come along and bring your friends to meet David and see his incredible art! A nice glass of wine and great arty company guaranteed!
“During our lives we will experience a moment or situation when emotion takes over, showing our vulnerability or strength. These paintings portray joy, grief, fortitude, anxiety, fear and love on a level where the protagonist visibly reminds us that:- sometimes we wear our hearts on our sleeves”— David L Scholes
“He reaches the audience with his messages without using imposing or dramatic artworks, which is common for today’s society, instead he relies purely on the reactions of others to objectify his artwork”— Charlotte Tiebosch
A path is a good starting point both physically and mentally for anyone.
As a collaboration of artists; Natalie, John and Keith, working in different media we feel that this is also a good starting point for our first joint project.
The subject also allows us to go off on other tangents to explore how we can each portray our own responses.
We feel that this collaboration of emotion, expression and observation is more than the sum of it’s parts and that Fine Art and Photography have influenced and involved us together throughout the project.
Natalie McGahan – Fine Art
I am a lover of Art and the Arts. Painting and generally creating are very important to me and when I’m not creating for long periods of time it gets to me.
My work, whether it be my own work or commissions, is all emotion based. I like to feel what my senses are feeling and put it into my work.
I am a single mother of one – my daughter being my greatest creation to date.
My work is mostly murals and portraits and human interest is always important to me.
I don’t like to talk too much about my work. I like people to make of it what they wish.
John Petch – Fine Art
I began painting in the mid-1960s. Moving from Op Art to Geometrical Abstraction. Trained to teach art in Liverpool working in a number of Merseyside schools until retiring, my work is characterised by boldness of colour and shape, painting in acrylic mainly on canvas. I paint what interests me.
My previous work investigates the relationship between line and space in the urban landscape with a series of hard edge paintings in a minimalist abstracted purist form having recognisable architectural elements. It is the exploration of how light reflects and interacts from the viewer’s perspective.
I was recently commissioned by the band ‘Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark’ to produce paintings to be used on the sleeve of their forthcoming studio album ‘Punishment of Luxury’ to be released 1st September 2017 and single releases from the album.
At present I have four paintings being exhibited in the Liverpool Art Fair, on display until 10th September at the Pier Head Village, Liverpool.
To view my portfolio, find out more or contact visit www.johnpetch.com
Keith Wilkinson – Photography
I have always loved photography and use it to express my interpretation of the world around me.
It is fascinating to me that a photograph has content informed by a point of view, but is, in itself, a slice of time, and a managed slice of time at that.
From the aspect of the photograph there is no before, no after, and nothing outside the boundaries of the frame.
My ‘point of view’ in this project was to record within this frame, peoples’ relationship with paths, from their physical presence to the evidence of their prior passage coupled with a feeling of the geometry of the built environment.
The exhibition will run for 3 weeks in total until the 24th of August, do not miss!