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.
Fancy painting your own masterpiece?! Have you ever tried painting in oil paints or wanted to get back into oils? Or, even if you want to find and refine your skills, then this is the workshop for you.
Take advantage of this amazing Impressionist Style oil painting class with Marc A Turner, a professional artist and tutor who exhibits with us regularly!
The workshop will run on Tuesday, 26th of February 2019 from 6.30 pm till 9 pm and all equipment is supplied. Marc uses his own special branded oil paints and brushes to create his fascinating art. All you need is to bring is yourself and ideally some old clothes or an apron.
This workshop is designed to give you an insight into the style of one the most famous Russian impressionists Konstantin Korovin (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Konstantin_Korovin) and is ideal for all levels.
The masterpiece you create you get to take home.
The cost of the workshop is £35 ONLY
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Next Beginners Acrylic Painting Workshop with Bryn Sutcliffe!
This time we will be painting animals. Yet again:)
The tiger last time was absolutely gorgeous yet turned out to be a little challenging, however,even our students managed extremely well! This time we will go for a slightly easier image to reduce the amount of concentration dedicated to the painting after a long day!:)
£22 per person ONLY. All materials as well as tea and coffee provided as usual.
This class intends to teach you the skills of painting in acrylics – from the very basics to advanced little tricks. Exciting? We can’t wait!
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A relaxing, fun workshop for all levels. If you are looking for a new challenge or looking to improve your drawing skills then come along and put some time aside for yourself, to play with different materials and techniques in an informal class.
Denise Dooley has been a practicing artist for many years, living and working in Cheshire. She works mainly with graphite and coloured pencils.
Denise has been commissioned for many pet portraits as well as drawing wild animals photographed at Chester Zoo which were then exhibited and sold at the annual National Exhibition of Wildlife Art (NEWA) held at Gordale Garden Centre, Wirral.
Although primarily drawing animals in graphite and coloured pencil, she also produces still life and large abstract oil canvases.
She has a passion for passing her knowledge onto others who are eager to learn to draw and sketch. “People learn differently but practise is the most positive and productive way, playing with marks and pressure, different materials and papers”.
You will learn about tone, shading, mark making and texture using graphite. Working on different surfaces and coloured papers. Also dealing with positive and negative shapes.
Following some simple exercises to warm up, you will draw a simple still life composition or work from a photo. Please feel free to bring a favourite photo or item to work from, although it’s not necessary as some will also be provided for you to choose from. Finally please bring a sketch of a cup or mug that you have recently completed so that tuition may be tailored to your current level. Handouts will be provided along with examples and exercises for you to take away and try at home.
Working in collaboration with Laura from Adanac Art, Chester Art Centre is privileged to exhibit and reveal a selection of Original Oil and Acrylics from Geoff’s very own Private collection.
Geoff was one of the most collectable artists in the UK, with his paintings now almost impossible to come by, until now!
He captured vibrancy, movement and light beautifully by painting the swift, collective movement of horses and their rider’s crouched pose.
Geoff also produced bold and brightly coloured abstracts, using the classic impressionistic impasto technique of thickly textured paint, that is almost three-dimensional in appearance. These extremely rare and sought after Originals were created on canvas using both oil and acrylic.
History of Geoff Price
It was in the 1960s and 70s that Geoff enjoyed a career as a jockey, where he used to exercise horses at the stables of the late Donald ‘Ginger’ McCain.
Geoff then trained at the Mid-Cheshire College and went on to study at as a mature student and graduated in Fine Art from Liverpool Polytechnic in 1977. He once said of his artwork, “As a result of my association with horse racing I try to capture its pageantry – jockey’s colours, crowds, but more importantly it’s the movement, the physical power of jockey and horse; that I want to convey through my work.”
Speaking about his art work, Labour Cllr Martyn Delaney said; “He had this way of capturing movement in his paintings, bringing them alive. There was so much energy in his paintings.”
Geoff exhibited in galleries across the UK; his work is still featured in the collection at University of Liverpool, as well as private collections in the UK, Ireland, USA and Colombia.
Racehorse trainer Ed Dunlop, TV racing presenter and journalist Brough Scott and TV horse racing pundit John McCririck were among the many admirers and collectors of his work.
The private event will take place on Thursday, July 26 between 6 PM and 9 PM. Join us for some fantastic art, a glass of fizz (or two) and fascinating stories about Geoff and his work. Laura and friends from the Garden Quarter, will be there to share stories and raise a toast to Geoff.
We look forward to seeing you!
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You are invited to the private view of an art exhibition by Sue Walsh! An exhibition of astonishing paintings by Sue this summer is an event we are really looking forward to.
Floating and fresh, Sue’s paintings will bring a bit of breeze to Chester Art Centre this summer.
A beautiful combination of the Coastal theme, People theme and Net Loft Interior will showcase some of Sue’s finest pieces. Water, air, sand and rocks mixed with Figurative and slightly surreal paintings celebrating the miracle of existence… The Net Loft under St Ives School of Art, where fishermen and artists used to coexist… The taking of the images to pure abstraction. One of Sue’s paintings from the series was even shortlisted for the 2018 John Moore’s Painting Prize!
A MUST SEE!
The exhibition will then run until 14 August.
Calling all horror fans!
Come splatter blood and guts and create an incredibly creepy piece of art in our horror themed portraiture class taught by our internationally recognised fine artist Bryn Sutcliffe, who specialises in drawing and painting dark art as well as figurative art.
This class will focus on everyone’s favourite scary clown, Pennywise from Stephen King’s ‘IT’.
All art equipment and refreshments will be provided.
Price for 2 ½ hour class – only £22! Saturday 14th April (4:30 pm – 7pm)
THIS IS GOING TO BE EPIC!!!
New Life Drawing and Painting Class: Come and learn or practise your life drawing skills in our newly launched professionally taught life drawing class!
Taught by our internationally recognised fine artist Bryn Sutcliffe, who specialises in figurative drawing and painting.
You will have the flexibility to work without input if you wish or learn Bryn’s unorthodox approaches to his art.
All art equipment, a beautiful, young female model and refreshments will be provided.
Price for 3 hour long class – only £22!
Saturday 14th April (12pm – 3pm)
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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‘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!