Holly Rowan Hesson, Assembly, 2016, projection (looped series of 147 stills for each of three projectors), chairs, dimensions variable Photo credit: Jules Lister
Worn, Holly Rowan Hesson
Emotional Processing, Bex Ilsley
WCAF17 Open exhibition (image Bex Ilsley)

The seventh Warrington Contemporary Arts Festival launched on Friday 29 September 2017 with the announcement of the Open competition winners and a tour of the venues.

Open exhibitions

The annual Art and Photography Open competitions are on display at Warrington Museum & Art Gallery and The Gallery at Bank Quay House respectively from the launch night until the end of October.

A record number of artists submitted work, with the festival team supported by guest judge Paulette Terry Brian and Louise Giovanelli. Well done to everyone who entered and congratulations to the winners of the 2017 Open:

Art Open

Winner: Tracy Hill - Cognitive Surveillance II and Matrix of Movement II

Runner Up: Francesca Neal - Perfformiad.

Photography Open

Winner: Robert Watson - Bamburgh

Runner up: Harry Horton - Girls on Bicycle, Vietnam

Visitors to the exhibitions can help choose the winner of the Python Oakley People’s Choice prize by nominating their favourite entries; voting slips are available at both venues and the winner will be announced at the close of the exhibition

The History of the Future

For the first time, Warrington Contemporary Art Festival will consist of a 12 month programme of exhibitions, installations and events. The theme for this edition of the Festival is The History of the Future.

Three exhibitions - EchoWorn and Emotional Processing - are currently on show, with more to be added to the programme in the coming months.

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