Artists’ talk and tour

Artists’ talk and tour
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.

The event will start at Warrington Museum & Art Gallery, where artist Ellen Sampson (RCA, 2016) will present her exhibition Worn: Footwear, attachment and affective experience. Sampson’s exhibition uses film, photography and installation to investigate the relationships between bodily experience, memory and footwear, highlighting the ways this relationship is made apparent in the creases, folds and scuffs, which are the inevitable outcomes of use.

Next, at Pyramid, artist Holly Rowan Hesson will present a guided tour of Echo, a site-specific installation. Hesson’s projection and sculptural work navigates the gap between purely sensory feeling and more literal, rational thought-based experience. The floating and projected elements of Echo are constantly changing, the interplay between the moving and static elements tapping into notions of permanence and transience.

Afterwards, Hesson and Sampson will lead a discussion and Q&A session, exploring dialogues around their bodies of work. Festival organiser Roger Jeffery will present an overview of the extended Contemporary Art programme, including details of forthcoming commissions, and in addition there will be a networking opportunity for local artists, curators and writers. Don't miss this opportunity to find out more about these two exhibitions, both of which close on 27 January.

Please note, this free event starts at Warrington Museum & Art Gallery at 3pm and concludes at Pyramid. The two venues are separated by a short 2-3 minute walk. Limited free parking is available at Pyramid - please ask for a parking pass at Box Office. Visitors are welcome to attend all or part of the event. The schedule is listed below.


At Warrington Museum & Art Gallery:

  • 3pm – Welcome and introductions
  • 3:15pm – Guided tour of Worn by Ellen Sampson

At Pyramid arts centre:

  • 3:45pm – Guided tour of Echo by Holly Rowan Hesson
  • 4:15pm – WCAF / Arts Hub presentation - Roger Jeffery
  • 4:30pm – Discussion and Q&A - Ellen Sampson & Holly Rowan Hesson
  • 5:00pm – Networking and refreshments
Holly Rowan Hesson, Echo (partial view), 2017, projection (looped series of 140 stills for each of six projectors), scaffold sheet, steel structure, webbing, lighting gels, dimensions variable (image credit: Jules Lister)


Warrington Museum & Art Gallery

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01925 442399
Opening Hours: 
Open: Mon-Fri 10am-4:30pm, Sat 10am-4pm, last admission 15min before closing. Closed Sundays