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The Destruction of Anything Familiar

The Destruction of Anything Familiar
FREE
Friday, 24 July, 2015 to Monday, 28 September, 2015
The Gallery At Bank Quay House

Ian Rayer-Smith

WCAF2014 winner Ian Rayer-Smith opens his winning solo exhibition at The Gallery at Bank Quay House.

Ian first picked up a brush at the age of 38 because 'I was bored'.  He works alone, completely isolated, creating sometimes surreal images that on first glance to some are difficult, yet there is an underlying sensitivity. It’s important for Ian that a painting has emotional impact, if not it’s erased or rejected. When things get heavy he likes to lighten it up with a whimsical mark or gesture.


Birmingham Pavilion

Birmingham Pavilion
Friday, 2 October, 2015 to Saturday, 31 October, 2015
16-18 Sankey Street
Open: Wed-Sat 12-6pm

Curated by Ikon with Cathy Wade and Kevin Ryan

The Pavilions for the North of England are curated by institutions and individuals who shape the arts in the North.

Ikon presents The Shaun Ryder Beermat Show by Midlands-based artists Kevin Ryan and Cathy Wade for the Birmingham Pavilion. The Shaun Ryder Beermat Show is an open and collaborative project for which artists are asked to reimagine, amend and distribute a customised beer mat bearing the face of Shaun Ryder. #ShaunRyderBeermat

There is also a free workshop on 31 October.


Business as Usual

Business as Usual
FREE
Friday, 2 October, 2015 to Saturday, 31 October, 2015
Pyramid arts centre

Marketing and networking are often thought to be dirty practises within certain areas of the arts. With many believing commercial success is akin to selling out and a lack of conceptual rigour, in that an artists practise having been compromised due to being solely focused on monetary gain or fame. The romantic notion of the poor artist slaving away in the garret is still applicable today, poverty and struggle equating to realness and sincerity.


Leeds Pavilion (part 1)

Leeds Pavilion (part 1)
FREE
Friday, 2 October, 2015 to Saturday, 31 October, 2015
Pyramid arts centre
Open: Mon-Wed 10am-9pm, Thurs-Fri 10am-5pm, Sat 10am-2pm

Curated by EAST STREET ARTS

For the Leeds Pavilion, East Street Arts have invited three Leeds artists to be in residence for the duration of the festival. The artists will respond to the idea of ‘the local’, exploring the urban and the position of the festival itself in the city of Warrington.

The artists Lydia Catterall, Josh Gibbs and Bess Martin, will bring a fresh and exciting new perspective to the concept of a Leeds Pavilion and the artistic challenges of creating work in response to a new place.


Leeds Pavilion (part 2)

Leeds Pavilion (part 2)
FREE
Friday, 2 October, 2015 to Saturday, 31 October, 2015
Hatters Row
Open: Wed-Sat 12-6pm

Curated by Set the Controls for the Heart of the Sun

Established in 2014, Set The Controls For The Heart Of The Sun is a not-for-profit artist-run organisation in Leeds city centre. The Gallery, alongside the newly acquired project space, provides an annual programme of contemporary art exhibitions, events, residencies and commissions, predominately focusing on emerging artists. Set The Controls For The Heart Of The Sun also presents a permanent collection of art works throughout the building as well as providing onsite studios for 20 emerging artists. 


Liverpool Pavilion

Liverpool Pavilion
FREE
Friday, 2 October, 2015 to Saturday, 31 October, 2015
Platform 2, Warrington Bank Quay Station
Open Wed-Sat 12-6pm

Curated by MODEL

Lurking inside a semi-derelict former first class lounge on platform 2 of Warrington Bank Quay train station is an exhibition of boss artists, born and bred in the Liverpool city region, like.

Dave Evans
James Unsworth
Joe Fletcher Orr
Kevin Hunt
Nicki McCubbing
Peter Martin

SCOUSE HOUSE Volume II – A Liverpool Pavilion is presented as part of Warrington Contemporary Arts Festival in partnership with NORTH and curated by MODEL


Middlesbrough Pavilion

Middlesbrough Pavilion
FREE
Friday, 2 October, 2015 to Saturday, 31 October, 2015
12-14 Horsemarket Street
Open: Wed-Sat 12-6pm

Curated by PLATFORM A

Platform A is a gallery dedicated to innovative developments in contemporary art through its diverse programme of exhibitions. 
Located in the railway station of central Middlesbrough, Platform A represents emerging and established artists. 


Newcastle Pavilion

Newcastle Pavilion
FREE
Friday, 2 October, 2015 to Saturday, 31 October, 2015
12-14 Horsemarket Street
Open: Wed-Sat 12-6pm

Curated by VANE

The Pavilions for the North of England are curated by institutions and individuals who shape the arts in the North. Vane have curated the Newcastle Pavilion at 12-14 Horsemarket Street, showing the work of Michael Mulvihill, Narbi Price and Alison Unsworth.


Sheffield Pavilion

Sheffield Pavilion
FREE
Friday, 2 October, 2015 to Saturday, 31 October, 2015
Pyramid arts centre
Open: Mon-Wed 10am-9pm, Thurs-Fri 10am-5pm, Sat 10am-2pm

Curated by S1 Artspace Studios

S1 ARTSPACE presents 'Bear With Me'

For the Sheffield Pavilion, S1 artists have proposed a virtual exhibition space in Pyramid arts centre, which will house hypothetical artworks from studio holders. Created by Ashley Holmes, the space will enable artists to envisage works of an ambitious nature that would otherwise be impossible to realise. 

Artists exhibiting: Ashley Holmes, Natalie Finnemore, Anna McQuillin, Lizzie Feather, Mark Riddington, Peter Martin, Lucy Vann, Emily Musgrave, Paul Barlow and Vicky Hayward.


WCAF15 Open Exhibition

WCAF15 Open Exhibition
FREE
Friday, 2 October, 2015 to Saturday, 31 October, 2015
Warrington Museum & Art Gallery

The fifth Contemporary Open Exhibition is a selection of work by local and regional artists. Regular judges Derek Dick from Culture Warrington and Emma Kelly from The Gallery at Bank Quay House will be joined by a guest judge and lead curator for NORTH, William Lunn.

Image: detail from last year's winning entry, Ian Rayner-Smith's Time Waiting


WCAF15 Photography Open Exhibition

WCAF15 Photography Open Exhibition
FREE
Friday, 2 October, 2015 to Saturday, 31 October, 2015
The Gallery At Bank Quay House
Open: Monday-Friday, 9-5pm and Saturdays by appointment

On show in the fifth Photography Open Exhibition is a selection of work by local and regional artists.

Regular judges Derek Dick from Culture Warrington and Emma Kelly from The Gallery at Bank Quay House will be joined by guest judge Nina Agnew.

Image: Last year's winning entry, Pauline Rigby's Time Travel


Curators' Talk and Tour

Curators' Talk and Tour
FREE
Saturday, 3 October, 2015 -
14:00 to 16:00
Pyramid arts centre

Talk 2pm – 2:45pm
Tour 2:45 - 4:00pm

NORTH curator William Lunn and focus exhibition curator Paul Carey-Kent will introduce the inspirations, ideas and vision that has created the festival. The event will provide the opportunity for visitors to the festival to ask questions. Further details to be announced.

The talk will be followed by a tour of the festival led by William Lunn. 


Tmesis: That’s Amore

Tmesis: That’s Amore
£8.00
Thursday, 8 October, 2015 - 19:30
Pyramid arts centre

“That’s Amore” examines the excitement and risks of submitting ourselves to the capriciousness of love….

Four extraordinary performers play out a series of scenes of misremembered tropes from old movies, great pop songs and mesmerising projection to investigate the culture, science and myths of desire and heartbreak, ecstasy and despair.


Mik Artistik’s Ego Trip

Mik Artistik’s Ego Trip
£11.00
£12 on the door
Friday, 9 October, 2015 - 20:00
Pyramid arts centre

Mik Artistik’s Ego Trip are a strange and wonderful beast of a band, effortlessly juggling stand up, rock, and performance art.

It’s an incredibly daft, joyful and sometimes poignant affair, as Mik tumbles around the stage, spluttering lyrics, occasionally tripping over leads, and sprinkling straws over the audience, while the elegant engine of Benson Walker on bass and Jonny Flockton on guitar hold down the melodies.

For one night only, the show lands in Warrington. Check these guys out, you won’t regret it – they’re a life changing experience.


Group Career Development Workshop

Group Career Development Workshop
FREE
Saturday, 10 October, 2015 -
10:30 to 11:45
Pyramid arts centre

For Artists Living and Working in the North

How do I build my career as an artist living in Northern England? What practical steps can I take to get my work seen? How can I develop my commercial practice whilst maintaining my credibility?


Creating a Cultural Corridor

Creating a Cultural Corridor
FREE
Saturday, 10 October, 2015 -
13:00 to 14:15
Pyramid arts centre

The future of the arts in the North of England?

Speakers include:

Eleanor Clayton - Curator, the Hepworth, Wakefield 
Laurence Lane - Director, International 3 and The Manchester Contemporary 
Stephen Snoddy -  Director, New Art Gallery Walsall
Tony Charles - Platform A 


Longshot Micro Film Festival

Longshot Micro Film Festival
£6.00
Saturday, 10 October, 2015 - 18:00
Pyramid arts centre

A 90 minute micro-festival of film screenings created by artists across the country with a connection to Warrington.

The Long Shot Film Festival is a showcase for the film making talent of Warrington. Every October, as the dark nights draw in, we gather to show a selection of short films.

For information about submitting a film check out the Long Shot Film Festival website.


Capriccio Experimental Music Workshop

Capriccio Experimental Music Workshop
FREE
Saturday, 17 October, 2015 -
12:00 to 18:00
Pyramid arts centre

Capriccio has been conceived as a workshop and performance for any number of musicians and artists, comprising live graphic scoring and semi-improvised playing.  There’s a strong emphasis on developing skills in improvised playing as part of a group, with a strong focus on both watching and responding to a live score, and listening and responding to fellow players. There is no ‘skill’ level to being a performer, just the desire to work well with others and be open to new ideas.

The workshop is delivered by Shaun Blezard.


Arts Hub meetup

Arts Hub meetup
FREE
Tuesday, 27 October, 2015 -
17:30 to 19:30
Pyramid arts centre
1st floor

With Bess Martin and Lydia Catterall

Artists Bess Martin and Lydia Catterall invite creative people, and those who are interested, to their temporary studio to meet each other (and them.)

Drop in for tea, cake and chat on topics such as:

What do you do with a residency in Warrington?

What does it mean to be an artist living and working in the North?

Is Warrington the least cultural place in England?

We look forward to meeting you!


The Ted Bundy Project

The Ted Bundy Project
£13.00
Thursday, 29 October, 2015 - 19:30
Pyramid arts centre

The Ted Bundy Project is a solo performance that sprung from an experience that contemporary artist Greg Woehead had in November 2012. He stumbled upon the confession tapes of Ted Bundy, the American serial killer, rapist and necrophile. He couldn’t stop listening.

The performance was born from a curiosity about the nature of charm, the label of ‘monster’ and the tension between attraction and repulsion.

Please note, this performance contains extreme images and graphic, violent subject matter and has an age guidance of 16+


Shaun Ryder Beermat Workshop

Shaun Ryder Beermat Workshop
No booking required, just drop in
FREE
Saturday, 31 October, 2015 -
12:00 to 18:00
16-18 Sankey Street

Ikon have commissioned a new edition of beer mats for The Shaun Ryder Beermat Show at the Birmingham Pavilion, a project by Midlands-based artists Kevin Ryan and Cathy Wade. These beer mats have been distributed across various venues at the festival, with the invitation to rework and reimagine them. The Birmingham Pavilion is open 12 – 6pm on 31 October for a public workshop – drop in and amend our mats. 


WCAF15 Closing Party

WCAF15 Closing Party
FREE
Saturday, 31 October, 2015 -
18:00 to 21:00
Warrington Museum & Art Gallery

Witness magic and horror at Warrington Museum & Art Gallery as we play host to a haunted silent disco. Spooky characters will guide you round the museum where you can have your face painted and take part in an eerie silent boogie. Blackwood Events will be hosting special interactive ghost talks called Smoke and Mirrors.


Betty's Hotpot

Betty's Hotpot
FREE
Friday, 30 September, 2016 to Saturday, 29 October, 2016
Warrington Museum & Art Gallery

by Womanstanley

***** (3 Ratings)

The very best from three years of Womanstanley, served up in a warm bowl of Betty’s hearty goodness. Enjoy!

  • prep time: 3 years
  • suitable for: all diets
  • serves: everyone

Ingredients

A handful of the finest Womanstanley artists (fresh from 3 years of pop-up exhibitions in Warrington)


Long After Tonight

Long After Tonight
FREE
Friday, 30 September, 2016 to Saturday, 29 October, 2016
Pyramid arts centre

Matt Stokes

'Long After Tonight' documented a specially constructed event staged in St Salvador’s Church, Dundee, Scotland, parts of which were used during the 1970s as a venue for some of the city’s first Northern Soul sessions. (Northern Soul is, simply put, African American Soul music that was transferred to the north of England during the 1960s, thereby dislocating it from its original context and establishing this distinct genre).


Roots Between the Tides

Roots Between the Tides
FREE
Friday, 30 September, 2016 to Sunday, 31 December, 2017
Warrington Museum & Art Gallery

JAM remixes Warrington Museum

The John Affey Museum (JAM) is a speculative museum project led by artist and researcher Clair Le Couteur, reimagining museum histories from the perspective of the outsider. JAM is named after John Affey (1904–1969), an amateur collector and folklorist who worked in the British Antarctic whaling industry in the first half of the 20th century. Affey’s methods and ideas shared features of magical thinking, fringe academia and conspiracy theories, in particular in the habit of finding unexpected and unlikely associative links between unusual things.


The Making of Muriel

The Making of Muriel
FREE
Friday, 30 September, 2016 to Saturday, 29 October, 2016
Pyramid arts centre

by Womanstanley

Womanstanley are a group of volunteers who are passionate about their roots and hometown and call for a more inclusive, accessible and exciting art scene in Warrington. 

Their exhibitions express the belief that if someone has a piece of art to show, they should be given a platform to show it. Womanstanley’s existence encourages others to have the confidence to make something happen in the places they grew up or live in.


21,000 Miles of Rail

21,000 Miles of Rail
£10 (£11.75 inc online booking fee)
Friday, 14 October, 2016 - 19:30
Pyramid arts centre

A daily journey. A brief encounter. A thousand stories.

There is a picture in my head. It looks like an old photograph. I am a Romanticist.
And in this picture, this image, I look just like Celia Johnson. I look just like Sophia Loren. I am a black and white image. I am standing on the platform. I am standing in the rain.
And I say something like…
“Kiss me as though you might never see my face again.”


The Violators

The Violators
£7 (£8 inc online booking fee)
Saturday, 15 October, 2016 - 19:30
Pyramid arts centre

Followed by Q&A with director Helen Walsh

A powerful and engaging British drama, THE VIOLATORS is the directorial debut of acclaimed writer Helen Walsh, who also wrote the film, following her award-winning work on novels including best-sellers The Lemon Grove, Once Upon A Time In England and Brass. The cast is led by rising stars Lauren McQueen (The Mill, Ordinary Lies) and Brogan Ellis (Waterloo Road) alongside Stephen Lord (Penny Dreadful, Shameless, Route Irish), Liam Ainsworth (Kajaki), Derek Barr (Pride) and newcomer Callum King Chadwick.


WCAF16 Closing Party

WCAF16 Closing Party
FREE
Friday, 28 October, 2016 -
18:00 to 21:00
Pyramid arts centre

The festival is almost over but it wouldn’t be the end unless we had a party!

This is your chance to come and see what Womanstanley have been making whilst in residence at Pyramid throughout October. Womanstanley have been using the open studio as a place to create and prepare work ready for their next exhibition, Muriel that opens at Assembly House, Leeds on Friday 11 November 2016.


A Throw to the Side

A Throw to the Side
FREE
Saturday, 6 May, 2017 to Wednesday, 5 July, 2017
Warrington Museum & Art Gallery

Louise Giovanelli

Featured as “one to watch” by Saatchi Art, Louise Giovanelli is an emerging artist whose haunting yet beautiful work is an examination of the sensorial possibilities of paint. Over the past 3-4 years Giovanelli’s practice in the broadest sense has examined alternative ways of looking and perceiving within the rich tradition of painting. Her interest in historic paintings is longstanding but recent trips to international collections have suggested new ways of working with them.


Emotional Processing

Emotional Processing
FREE
Saturday, 29 July, 2017 to Saturday, 28 October, 2017
Warrington Museum & Art Gallery
Open: Mon-Fri 10am-4:30pm, Sat 10am-4pm, last admission 15min before closing. Closed Sundays

Bex Ilsley

As the winner of the Warrington Contemporary Arts Festival Open 2016, Bex Ilsley will present a new body of work which explores the performance of the self, particularly in the digital realm. Ilsley combines a variety of fabricated and appropriated objects, props and locations to construct surreal, sci-fi portraits and video works; primarily disseminated via social media and her website.


A New Perspective

A New Perspective
FREE
Monday, 31 July, 2017 to Monday, 25 September, 2017
The Gallery At Bank Quay House

Steve Deer

Based in the North West, Steve Deer is a fine art photographer who shoots powerful landscapes with a graphic narrative. Capturing simplicity, mood and depth, his striking signature photography often explores social documentary, sports action, candid street moments and plenty of water.
 


A Strange Reality

A Strange Reality
FREE
Saturday, 19 August, 2017 to Saturday, 16 September, 2017
Warrington Museum & Art Gallery

Featuring over thirty canvases ranging in size and featuring several large scale works, this exhibition brings together the work of three leading local artists - John Elcock, Josie Jenkins and Paul Mellor. Each of the artists has a distinct and individual style but they share a common interest in exploring the exciting possibilities of paint and the enduring importance of the landscape tradition.


Echo

Echo
FREE
Friday, 29 September, 2017 to Saturday, 27 January, 2018
Pyramid arts centre

Holly Rowan Hesson

Echo is a new site-specific installation by Holly Rowan Hesson commissioned by Warrington Contemporary Arts Festival. The projection and sculptural work creates dialogues with materials, memory and the physical space. 

Holly Rowan Hesson's work explores the gap between and interplay within purely sensory feeling and experience and more literal, rational thought-based experience and an interest in the validity of uncertainty when approaching, experiencing and decoding the visual.


WCAF17 Open Exhibition

WCAF17 Open Exhibition
FREE
Friday, 29 September, 2017 to Saturday, 28 October, 2017
Warrington Museum & Art Gallery
Open: Mon-Fri 10am-4:30pm, Sat 10am-4pm, last admission 15min before closing. Closed Sundays

The seventh Warrington Contemporary Open exhibition celebrates the talents of local contemporary artists, whether professional, amateur or student.

Details on how to enter and this year's guest judges will be announced on the Warrington Contemporary Arts Festival website in August 2017. To ensure you don't miss the announcement sign up to the WCAF mailing list.

Image from last year's winning entry, by Bex Ilsley


WCAF17 Photography Open

WCAF17 Photography Open
FREE
Friday, 29 September, 2017 to Friday, 27 October, 2017
The Gallery At Bank Quay House
Open: Monday - Friday 8.30 - 5:00pm Closed Saturdays and Sundays

The seventh Warrington Contemporary Photography Open exhibition celebrates the talents of local contemporary artists, whether professional, amateur or student.

Details on how to enter and this year's guest judges will be announced on the Warrington Contemporary Arts Festival website in August 2017. To ensure you don't miss the announcement sign up to the WCAF mailing list.

Image from last year's winning entry, by Steve Deer


Worn

Worn
FREE
Friday, 29 September, 2017 to Saturday, 27 January, 2018
Warrington Museum & Art Gallery

Footwear, attachment and affective experience

This exhibition explores our relationship with and attachment to shoes. Focusing upon the shoe as an everyday object, it explores the ways that the worn shoe may act upon us, examining how garments and people may become entwined. It suggests that our particular attachment to footwear is located in our intimate and tactile relationship to it; that attachment is created through touch and wear. Through use and wear shoes become, both a record of the wearer’s lived experience, and also an extended part of themselves - a distributed aspect of the self.


WCAF17 Launch Night

WCAF17 Launch Night
FREE
Friday, 29 September, 2017 -
18:00 to 21:00
The Gallery At Bank Quay House
followed by a trail around the exhibitions and venues

This year’s Warrington Contemporary Arts Festival will launch on Friday 29 September with the announcement of the Open competition winners and a ‘cultural crawl’ tour of the venues.

This exciting event will give the public a first glimpse of entries to the Art and Photography Open competitions, which will be displayed at Warrington Museum & Art Gallery and The Gallery at Bank Quay House respectively from the launch night until the end of October.


Slant

Slant
FREE
Thursday, 19 October, 2017 -
14:00 to 16:30
Warrington Museum & Art Gallery

Marketing Cheshire networking event

Join us for this next Slant networking at Warrington Museum & Art Gallery to celebrate Warrington Contemporary Arts Festival.

Open to all cultural and tourism partners who are already engaging with Slant and those who want to find out more.

This session will include a short presentation about the release of the product development fund for 2018 /19 and how you would go about applying for the fund.


Think Ink

Think Ink
FREE
Saturday, 11 November, 2017 to Saturday, 24 February, 2018
Warrington Museum & Art Gallery

Hot Bed Press

An exhibition of contemporary prints by some of the 270 members of Hot Bed Press Printmakers’ Studio in Salford. This diverse selection of original screenprints, etchings, relief prints, monoprints and collagraphs give an insight into why more and more artists are turning to printmaking. The subject matter and styles range from interpretations of landscapes to figurative work and onto more abstract and ethereal responses to colour and composition.


Artists’ talk and tour

Artists’ talk and tour
FREE
Wednesday, 24 January, 2018 -
15:00 to 17:30
Warrington Museum & Art Gallery

With Holly Rowan Hesson and Ellen Sampson

Join us for this special artists’ talk and guided tour of two exhibitions by artists Holly Rowan Hesson and Ellen Sampson in association with CVAN and Warrington Contemporary Arts Festival.


Zeitgeist

Zeitgeist
FREE
Saturday, 10 February, 2018 to Saturday, 28 April, 2018
Warrington Museum & Art Gallery

Peter Davis

Peter Davis is a prize-winning contemporary figurative painter whose meticulous work explores the subject of humanity and our relationship with technology.  In this exhibition Davis aims to capture society’s zeitgeist, or spirit of the time, by creating contemporary portraiture which belongs in the here and now.

By documenting our digital and social mediated world, Davis’ work can be read as a social documentary which poses questions about our digital epoch and the alienation of the human being within contemporary society.


Haecceity

Haecceity
FREE
Saturday, 10 March, 2018 to Saturday, 16 June, 2018
Warrington Museum & Art Gallery

Tracy Hill

This solo show from Warrington Contemporary Arts Festival Open winner Tracy Hill offers an opportunity to connect with unique wetland locations around Warrington. Contrary to popular belief wetlands offer geological and archaeological heritage dating back thousands of years whilst at the same time offering solutions to many future ecological and environmental challenges.


Like It. Lump It. We Are All Connected.

Like It. Lump It. We Are All Connected.
FREE
Sunday, 8 April, 2018 to Friday, 25 May, 2018
The Gallery At Bank Quay House

Beth Barlow

An ever growing conceptual yarn work, video and drawing. Crocheting the news. Exploring ideas around connection.

Opening Saturday 7 April, 2-4pm, with a talk by the artist.

For more information on the project, and how you can get involved, visit 

http://likeitlumpitweareallconnected.blogspot.co.uk

Supported by Arts Council England and Cheshire Community Foundation


Tracy Hill: Artist talk

Tracy Hill: Artist talk
Thursday, 19 April, 2018 -
14:00 to 15:30
Warrington Museum & Art Gallery

Join us for an informal gallery talk and Q&A with artist Tracy Hill at Warrington Museum & Art Gallery.

Haecceity is an exhibition commissioned by Warrington Contemporary Arts Festival with funding from Arts Council England. Inspired by the remnant mosslands around Warrington, Hill uses commercial mapping equipment to capture the essence of these unique places. Recorded via a portable 3D laser scanner she applies the data from 360 degree scans to create multi-layered images.


WOW Boys' Dance Expo!

WOW Boys' Dance Expo!
£5.00
(£6 inc online booking fee)
Saturday, 28 April, 2018 -
17:00 to 19:00
Pyramid arts centre

The Wolves Foundation, Rugby League Cares and Culture Warrington are delighted to present Warrington’s first boys' dance expo! 

The event will see male dance groups from throughout the North West join together for a day of dance workshops and performances  to celebrate and inspire each other! 


How to Dust the Surface

How to Dust the Surface
FREE
Saturday, 12 May, 2018 to Saturday, 15 September, 2018
Warrington Museum & Art Gallery

Juan Covelli & Neale Willis

Wikipedia defines data as “any sequence of one or more symbols given meaning by specific act of interpretation”.

Let us think for a moment about a photograph.

No longer the result of a series of chemical reactions in a darkened room but an interpretation of data, today a photograph is only a photograph because a computer says it is – it could just as easily be a sound, video or 3D model.


Visualised

Visualised
FREE
Saturday, 26 May, 2018 to Saturday, 7 July, 2018
Pyramid arts centre

Cheshire Artists' Network

A group exhibition by members of the Cheshire Artists' Network (CAN), responding to the theme The History of The Future.

CAN is a not-for-profit, artist led organisation currently with forty-one selected, professional members.

More information to be added soon.

Image: Allisdhair McNaull 


History History History

History History History
£10.00
(£11.75 inc online booking fee)
Friday, 1 June, 2018 -
19:30 to 21:00
Pyramid arts centre

Deborah Pearson

At the centre of Deborah Pearson’s show is a Soviet-sponsored sports comedy. Released in the 1950s, it became tied to a political uprising that made a mark on world history. Using the film as material, Pearson creates a live documentary onstage. Her words form a counterpoint to the movie, fusing the political, the historical and the achingly personal. Riveting, haunting and ultimately inspiring, this performance has toured to ten countries on three continents. 


Your History of the Future

Your History of the Future
FREE
Saturday, 7 July, 2018 to Friday, 31 August, 2018
Golden Square shopping centre

Gill Hobson

Warrington Contemporary Arts Festival has teamed up with contemporary artist Gillian Hobson and Golden Square shopping centre to create a unique and personal piece celebrating the town of Warrington.


Celebration Florida

Celebration Florida
£10.00
(£11.75 inc online booking fee)
Friday, 13 July, 2018 -
20:00 to 21:00
Pyramid arts centre

Greg Wohead

Featuring two unrehearsed performers who have never met, Celebration, Florida is a quietly surreal show for anyone who has ever missed anyone or anything.

Veering between reality and simulation, Celebration, Florida orbits around ideas of surrogacy; a stand-in to replace a person you miss, a re-creation of an experience you can’t stop thinking about, nostalgia for a place that never existed.

Greg will speak to you through two performers using pre-recorded audio and headphones. They will know almost nothing about the show when they walk on stage.


Night Edge

Night Edge
FREE
Saturday, 21 July, 2018 to Saturday, 15 September, 2018
Warrington Museum & Art Gallery

“I often think that the night is more alive and more richly coloured than the day.”
 – Vincent van Gogh

At night, street lighting, partial darkness and moonlight transform otherwise every day, dull surroundings into exciting and otherworldly places full of atmosphere and dynamism.

Photography and long exposures (opening the shutter for seconds or even half a minute at a time) facilitate this transformative process and moving objects become blurred and alluring.


Interactive arts workshops

Interactive arts workshops
FREE
Friday, 3 August, 2018 to Friday, 31 August, 2018
Warrington Museum & Art Gallery

Free family-friendly events

As part of this year's Festival we have organised some fantastic interactive workshops for families throughout August. All the events are free but places are limited - so book now to avoid disappointment!

All the events take place at Warrington Museum & Art Gallery unless otherwise specified, and all children must be accompanied by an adult.


Data workshop with Willis & Covelli

Data workshop with Willis & Covelli
Booking required
FREE
Saturday, 18 August, 2018 -
13:00 to 16:00
Warrington Museum & Art Gallery

Wikipedia defines data as “any sequence of one or more symbols given meaning by specific act of interpretation”.

Let us think for a moment that today a photograph is only a photograph because a computer says it is – it could just as easily be a sound, video or 3D model if the file were decoded that way. How the decoding is handled therefore determines what the data contains.

So, if data is an interpretation of patterns, what does data hidden around Warrington tell us? 


WCAF18 Open Exhibition

WCAF18 Open Exhibition
FREE
Friday, 28 September, 2018 to Sunday, 11 November, 2018
Warrington Museum & Art Gallery

The eighth Warrington Contemporary Open exhibition celebrates the talents of local contemporary artists, whether professional, amateur or student.

Details on how to enter and this year's guest judges will be announced on the Warrington Contemporary Arts Festival website in August 2018. To ensure you don't miss the announcement sign up to the WCAF mailing list.

Image from last year's winning entry, by Tracy Hill


WCAF18 Photography Open

WCAF18 Photography Open
FREE
Friday, 28 September, 2018 to Sunday, 11 November, 2018
Venue TBC

The eighth Warrington Contemporary Photography Open exhibition celebrates the talents of local contemporary photographers, whether professional, amateur or student.

Details on how to enter and this year's guest judges will be announced on the Warrington Contemporary Arts Festival website in August 2018. To ensure you don't miss the announcement sign up to the WCAF mailing list.

Photo: Mike Elshaw


WCAF18 Launch Night

WCAF18 Launch Night
FREE
Friday, 28 September, 2018 -
18:00 to 21:00
Warrington Museum & Art Gallery

This year’s Warrington Contemporary Arts Festival will launch on Friday 28 September 2018 with the announcement of the Open competition winners and a ‘cultural crawl’ tour of the venues.

This exciting event will give the public a first glimpse of entries to the Art and Photography Open competitions, as well as Hannah Leighton-Boyce's solo exhibition, plus more to be announced soon.


Ventoux

Ventoux
£12/£14 (£15.75/£13.75 inc online booking fee)
Saturday, 13 October, 2018 -
19:30 to 20:30
Pyramid arts centre

2MagpiesTheatre

Ventoux is the most fearsome mountain encountered on the Tour de France.

It is also the story of Lance Armstrong and Marco Pantani – whose drug-fuelled race there in 2000 was the greatest cycling had ever seen. Ventoux charts the parallel lives of these champions who overcame great adversity in tandem, and the mountain that cast them in opposing directions.

Join 2Magpies as they restage the race using breathtaking video accompaniment and a pair of road bikes, asking the question – how far will we go to succeed?

“The performance is a true Tour de Force”