Exhibitions

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.


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.


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.


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


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 


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.


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 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