A Trick Of The Light is an exhibition of Chester Photography exhibition by Sid Turner, who specialises in black and white photography and captures those magical moments of life turning them into unforgettable memories.
‘As Lennon sang, “There are places I’ll remember…”
I have been visiting Chester and taking photographs for a long time, consider for a moment the act of taking a photograph, to capture the fleeting moment .
Freezing images from reality is not reality , it is an abstraction that echoes the reality we experience. We see in colour, it is a dominant dimension which can over-ride what lies beneath, no colour is one more level of abstraction allowing us to see with new eyes
B&W photography lends itself to abstract realism—the emphasis on pure form, pure shape, line and contour, then contrast, tone and texture, images can be strong, high contrast and powerful – or they can be so soft, gentle and subtle, it lends a certain timeless quality to the images. Black and white images are paradoxically more evocative than colour, they stimulate a faster onrush of memories because less has been given, more has been left out…you have to fill in the blanks yourself
Where better to practice this art than Chester, the black & white city?’
The exhibition will run between 22 March and 9 April.
Join us for some amazing Chester Photography, a glass of wine and meet the artist on 23 March between 6.30 and 8.30 PM!
Turn the ordinary into the extraordinary! Using a jug of spring flowers for inspiration, paint, cut up, stick, and paint some more. Create a beautiful Jug of Spring Flowers. A suitable session for beginners and the more advanced students.
Let your creativity flow and celebrate Spring with this beautiful class. Our experienced teacher Liz Taylor (who now has got a studio right here at Chester Art Centre!) will walk you through all the stages of creation and share her extensive knowledge to ensure you fully enjoy the process and get a beautiful piece of your own art to take home with you!
Have fun and CREATE!
£30 each including all materials as well as tea and coffee!
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Confused about colour mixing?…
Can you tell the difference between a hot red and a cold red? Can you portray any colour as it looks on either a sunny morning or a wintry afternoon? Do you mix up tertiary colours with ease? Do you know how to create light and shade, depth and perspective using colour rather than line?
If you don’t or you’re not yet confident about using colour in your paintings, this class is for you. Whatever your chosen medium, you will find out how to get the colours and effects you want, how to create the right mood and how to get there without leaving a muddy trail or producing a series of unplanned clashes. During the class, a range of exercises will first sharpen your awareness, then your new knowledge will be applied in a number of quick sketches in colours of your choice. Paper and paints can be supplied, but it is better to use the materials you already have.
Anna Cosslett has been exhibiting her artworks since 2003 and has taught numerous art classes in her role as a tutor for the Open College. She has worked as a professional cartoonist, and won prizes for her art in national competitions. A range of her paintings and mixed media works can be viewed at akoz.co.uk and on her Facebook gallery wall.
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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?”
A wildlife art class taught by a multi award winning artist Clare Shaughnessy who has drawn and painted animals since childhood. Her reputation has grown until she is now one of the U.K’s top wildlife artists. She exhibits widely both in Britain and internationally. She began tutoring in the early 1990s and her loyal clients love her easy style.
She can relax the most terrified of beginners or push the more accomplished to the next level, all the time keeping the atmosphere fun and friendly. No matter what you think of your abilities as an artist, you’ll be amazed how much you’ll learn and just how much you’ll enjoy learning it. There will be an hour break for lunch in the middle of the day.
Enjoy a day filled with various art mediums and animals! Bring your own photos to use for inspiration or use Clare’s extensive collection of images to draw/paint from!
Suitable for all levels, all materials provided, as well as tea and coffee!
Bring yourself and your friends!
Here is what one of our students said about the class:
‘Had a lot of fun today drawing the Birds and the Bees (and a Seal eye) at Chester Art Centre with the amazing Clare Shaughnessy. Thank you for a wonderful day of drawing and I look forward to the next class!’
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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.
Dragons, griffins, a unicorn, wild men, green men, an imp, an elephant with hooves and stone carved heads. These are just some of the wonders of the medieval world that can be found in Chester Cathedral and the Church of St John the Baptist, formerly Chester Cathedral.
Gordon Emery’s new book is a must for anyone interested in the history of Chester, the cathedral, or myths, legends and fantasies of medieval England. Local artist Jay Hurst has depicted the author as the green man on the cover.
During the late 14th century an intricate wooden quire was carved in the former St Werburgh’s Abbey church. Monks had to pray for long hours standing up, so a system of ‘misericords’ or mercy seats was made with armrests and small ledges to rest on. The underneath of the seats, usually used in an upright position, were carved with illustrated scenes.
When the church was restored in the last quarter of the 19th century the seats were taken out and photographed outside in natural light. However, by the time of the photographs, five of the interesting medieval carved seats had been destroyed because the themes were too indecent for the Victorian morals of Dean Howson, who had them destroyed and replaced them with blanks. These five were later carved with Christian scenes and Aesop’s fables.
Now, for the first time the almost complete set of unique photographs of the medieval carvings under the monks’ seats in the old abbey church quire are available to the public along with a plan of the 112 carved corbels, marvels of the 14th century carvers’ art. One of these represents the green man, a figure found in churches countrywide with leaves growing out of his face.
Don’t be late for Gordon’s talk at 6.45 PM!!
Wild Heart is the first photographic work by Andre Bielecki. His personal footprints give us an insight into the emotional and often solitary journey of a modern day pilgrim.
An incredibly rich and meaningful photo exhibition will be spread throughout the whole gallery on the opening day and Andre will be here to tell you everything about his work and share his experiences.
(…and shhhhh…. it is going to be Andre’s Birthday party as well…! :))