This exhibition of paintings is inspired by the beautiful British coastline, and captures the relationship between the land and the sea with its ever-changing colours, light and atmosphere.
Equally as evident in these works is the emotional response to the landscape.
“I aim to capture the essence of a scene through the abstraction of colour and light. The colours work in harmony to capture a moment in time.
Whilst the moment is transitory, the mood evokes elemental connections we have with places that feel eternal – this [ our relationship with coastal landscapes] is an aspect of Mike’s poetry that impresses me”.
A chance meeting between the artist Sue Walsh with the poet, Mike Penney, led to this exhibition, a collaboration between artist and poet.
The exhibition will run between 13 July and 3 August 2021
You can view some of Sue’s work here in our online gallery, but no new pieces have been revealed yet! 🙂
We are looking forward to seeing you at Chester Art Centre for the private view of this magical exhibition on the 15th of July from 6:30 PM!
‘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/ )
We are incredibly proud to be a part of Lord David Lo Russo’s 2017 world tour which begins in the UK!
EXHIBITION EXTENDED due to popular demand!
Born in Italy, David Lo Russo grew up in Belgium eventually settling in the Jura in 2007. Son of an Italian Royal, David discovered his passion for drawing at a tender age mastering a pastel technique using only his hands. Throughout his creative career, David has had an unwavering devotion to his art. Inspired by his travels across borders, David’s art continues to evolve mirroring his free spirit. In 2015, David unveiled his first collection: “The kingdom of the Jura”, after a successful reception the artist unveiled a second edition, “Circus is an art” in exhibitions across Europe. David is the owner of a hotel/restaurant in France and a pasta restaurant in Switzerland, where all the interior decoration was painted by hand by the artist himself!
With his new collection ‘The kingdom of the Jura Volume II’ David starts his 2017 world tour in the UK.
DO NOT MISS!!!
Take a look at David’s website to see more of his work!
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!