What’s on

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.

On show is a selection of work drawn from nearly 300 applications from across the region. The work spans a wide range of mediums, from painting, sculpture, photography, film and digital. 

The standard of work featured in this year’s exhibition is very strong and many of the pieces are available to purchase – please speak to staff at the Museum for more details.

Winner - Marie Jones


WCAF18 Preview

WCAF18 Preview
FREE
Friday, 28 September, 2018 -
18:00 to 20:00
Warrington Museum & Art Gallery

Join us at the preview of the Warrington Contemporary Arts Festival Open exhibition 2018 at Warrington Museum & Art Gallery - Friday 28 September 2018, 6-8pm

Now in its eighth edition, the Open celebrates the talents of local and regional contemporary artists. Chosen from over 200 region-wide applications, this exhibition is one not to be missed!


Dreaming of Dead Fish

Dreaming of Dead Fish
FREE
Saturday, 29 September, 2018 to Saturday, 27 October, 2018
Warrington Museum & Art Gallery
Please note this exhibition is only open during selected times: Wednesday - Saturday, 12noon - 4pm

Hannah Leighton-Boyce

Dreaming of Dead Fish is a solo exhibition of new artworks by Hannah Leighton-Boyce commissioned by Warrington Contemporary Arts Festival and informed by research in Warrington Museum & Art Gallery stores and archives. For the exhibition, Leighton-Boyce presents un-accessioned items in the museum collection alongside glass, soot, and slide film and projection. Encounters and conversations with the collection led Leighton-Boyce to explore themes of visibility and reflection in her research and studio practice.


Black

Black
£10 (£11.75 inc online booking fee)
Saturday, 29 September, 2018 -
14:00 to 15:00
Pyramid arts centre

20 Stories High

Nikki doesn’t think that her Dad is a racist, he just cares deeply about his community.

But when a Zimbabwean family move in over the road, the dog won’t stop barking, the local kids start lobbing stones, and her Dad starts laying down the law.

This provocative and engaging show from digs deep at the heart of racial tensions in the UK today.

Written by award winning writer Keith Saha, with lyricism and live DJ soundscapes from Chunky and the raw talent of Abby Melia – this is a vital and challenging piece of theatre.

 


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”


Mik Artistik's Ego Trip

Mik Artistik's Ego Trip
From £12.50 excl. booking fee
Friday, 2 November, 2018 -
20:00 to 22:00
Pyramid arts centre

“The best live band I have seen all Summer” - BBC 6music presenter Gideon Coe
"As mad as a wasp trapped under a pint glass" - BBC 6music presenter Saun Keaveny
 

How do you describe Mik Artistik’s Ego Trip? You simply don’t, it’s impossible to sum up the live Ego Trip experience, it has to be witnessed first hand for you to ‘get’ it... there’s nothing quite like it.


To Be Me

To Be Me
From £8 (exl booking fee)
Friday, 16 November, 2018 -
19:30 to 21:00
Pyramid arts centre

Julie Cunningham & Company

‘An intimate, intriguing show from a choreographer who’s definitely one to watch’
Lyndsey Winship, Evening Standard

Set to the poetry of spoken word artist and rapper Kate Tempest, To Be Me explores the themes of gender, identity and the changing body. Based on the Greek myth of Tiresias – the blind prophet, born a man and transformed into a woman by the gods –Tempest’s verse becomes the accompaniment to a striking and uncompromising choreographic work exemplifying the extraordinary technical ability of Cunningham and the dancers.