If you appreciate ART in any form, Northgate Studio in the heart of Chester is the place to be.
With regular fine art exhibitions, a number of fantastic creative workshops, art lectures and creative talks, theatrical performances and musical events, there is always something exciting going on here.
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!
This monogramming class is taught by Stephanie Bonneau, a Senior Embroidery Designer and Tutor based in Cheshire, who will show you how to beautifully customise your items. Monograms are very delicate and precise and add a personal touch. They have been used throughout British history for thousands of years to personalise garments.
Stephanie always wanted to be an embroiderer and since graduating from embroidery school she worked for design houses in Paris Fashion shows.
Throughout her career she has worked for embroidery houses such as Atelier Lesage, Atelier Cecile Henry, Atelier Hurel and many others. She has represented multinational design houses such as Chanel, Christian Dior, Valentino, Burberry and Alexander McQueen.
Stephanie still works with fashion houses for Haute Couture collections during Paris fashion weeks. In 2010 she moved to London to work for the world-renowned Atelier Hand & Lock. Through dedication and hard work she soon progressed to Head Embroiderer managing a team to deliver bespoke embroidery pieces. At Hand & Lock she had the opportunity to represent both the Diamond Jubilee and London 2012 Olympic Games by delivering embroidery pieces for both events.
Stephanie has experience in teaching where she has lead classes in London and New York to demonstrate embroidery techniques including gold work and tambour beading. In 2017 she taught at the National Seminar Embroider’s Association of Canada.
Following five years at Hand & Lock Stephanie moved to the position of Embroidery Designer at Ralph & Russo in Mayfair. At the same time Stephanie wanted to create her own Atelier and in 2015 Atelier Saint Clare was formed.
“The transmission of embroidery art has always been my priority” Stephanie
Stephanie now develops swatches for clients, private commissions and represents Design Houses at London and Paris fashion weeks and teaches embroidery techniques Internationally during National Seminars.
This class will allow students to learn the skills in drawing their own initials and transferring them into the fabric. They will learn the stem stitch and satin stitch which are used to embroider a monogram. They will also have the opportunity to apply the technique onto a personal item at the end of the session if they desire.
The aim of this class is to provide an introduction to monogramming and to learn how to apply it to your own item.
This class includes a kit with cotton fabric, needles and embroidery threads.
*Cancellations must be made at least 7 days in advance*
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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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Dear artists and friends of Chester Art Centre,
Thank you for participating in Chester Art Centre’s Open Exhibition this year! Our apologies for not being in touch – we have had a busy year, filled with many creative projects, but now all of the votes for the competition have been counted and we are pleased to announce the winners!
The ceremony will take place on the 23rd November, 2017 at 6.30pm – 8.30pm.
The party – to which all are invited – will start at 6.30pm, with the awards presented to the winners at 7.30pm.
The prints that were on display, but have not sold, are available to purchase by the artists at a discounted price of:
£5 per print, unframed or £12 per print, framed. (This is to cover some of our costs involved in organising and running the exhibition.) Alternatively, We are happy to keep displaying the work on rotation as and when possible. However, We cannot guarantee that the work will regularly be on display, as we have a lot of exhibition bookings.
Here are our winners for the Watercolour category:
Sarah Adams – ‘Don’t Look Back’
Lisa Jayne Holmes – Stag
Susan Welsby – Bromeliad
The winners for the Oils/Acrylics category are:
Mark Funge – Koi
Christopher Furminger – Two Men Kissing
Kathrine Geoghegan – Rosebay Willowherb
The winners for our Photography category are:
John Cockshaw – York Minster Interior
Kim Keogh – Yellow
Matthew Martin – Paradise
Here are our winners for the Digital Art category:
Philip McKay – Time That Never Was
Jenny Meehan – Leap of Faith
Jacob Skeldon – Scan 1
A huge congratulations to all of the winners, and another massive thank you to everyone who participated. We are planning to run another open exhibition like this next year, but on a smaller scale and only with proven venues, in order to achieve the best experience for everyone involved.
We are looking forward to seeing everybody at Chester Art Centre to celebrate the success of our Open Exhibition and meet the winners and all of the participating artists!
‘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
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…! :))
A little party to celebrate the end of decorating works!…:)
We’ve had a lot of art exhibitions, art classes and a lot going on in the past few months, however, we were still not a 100% ready to say that everything was how we wanted it to be… Well, now we ARE! And we’ve realised that we’ve never had an Official Opening – NorthgateStudio just became Chester Art Centre and we’ve been readjusting the business since, making improvements to existing structures and implementing new ideas. The transition has been rather smooth, yet incredibly difficult. We’ve worked hard and will keep doing so, but a little celebration is a must, we believe.
We are happy to invite you to our opening party this Friday, it is going to be a great one!
On the night we will have a preview for a new exhibition downstairs themed around Performance – Art, enjoy a little theatrical performance, have a glass of wine (or two!), talk about art, exchange ideas and simply have a lot of FUN!
And on top of it all… to celebrate Black Friday Chester Art Centre will be offering 20% OFF all of our art on display!