Artists keep public in the Loop with new exhibition

Posted on 8th September 2014

An exhibition of contemporary art by two University of Chester Master’s students opens at Chester Film Coop’s Studio 2 today (August 19).

Estelle Woolley and Maria Walker.
Estelle Woolley and Maria Walker.

Entitled Loop, the show features the work of Fine Art students Maria Walker and Estelle Woolley, who create contemporary art through sculpture and installation, incorporating media such as textiles and sound art.

The pair met during their postgraduate studies and after exhibiting their work alongside each other as part of their course, became aware of the visual similarities of their art and decided to exhibit together to explore this overlap.

The Chester Film Co-op (part of RE:NEW –Transforming The Odeon project) is providing the exhibition venue for Loop as part of its programme of pop up art shows in Studio 2, which will coincide with their graduate film screenings in Studio 1.

The exhibition title refers to both the physical form and conceptual ideas informing their respective practices.

Maria works primarily with textiles to create large scale organic sculptures that explore concepts such as memory, flow and barriers. She has exhibited widely as a solo artist for a number of years. Her work has been published in books and magazines and some of her work is on permanent display in galleries across the country.

Since completing her undergraduate degree at the University in 2010, Estelle has exhibited at many venues across the country and has developed a particular passion for raising the profile of contemporary art in Chester.

Her work often explores the physicality of nature using fragile materials in sculptural installations but also spans the mediums of performance, video, site-specific intervention, and sound art. 

Contemporary Art Space Chester (CASC), based within the University of Chester's Art and Design Department at the University’s Kingsway Buildings, is supporting the show as an ‘off site’ event.

Maxine Bristow, Programme Leader for the MA Fine Art, said: “Over the course of their Master’s, Estelle and Maria have been particularly proactive in seeking external opportunities to exhibit their work. It is good to them take advantage of this new town centre venue and for the University to be involved with Chester’s RE:NEW Development project.”

Loop, at Chester Film Coop Studio 2, 47 Northgate Street, opens daily between 12pm and 4pm and runs until Friday, August 23. Admission is free.