Chester Artist Collective hold their first exhibition

Posted on 11th August 2011

A Fine Art graduate from the University of Chester is looking forward to curating a unique contemporary art exhibition and open-mic night, with Chester Artist Collective, a local art group she has co- founded.

Artists Sandra Christie, Philip Elbourne, Estelle Woolley, Jo Marsh and Nigel Morris with some of their art works for the show at Telford’s Warehouse
Artists Sandra Christie, Philip Elbourne, Estelle Woolley, Jo Marsh and Nigel Morris with some of their art works for the show at Telford’s Warehouse
Bringing contemporary art to a wider audience in Chester requires this inventiveness and responsiveness to venue and this group of artists are leading the way in exploring this potential.
Neil Grant, Head of Art and Design at the University of Chester

Estelle Woolley, 25, from Nantwich, established the Collective with fellow graduate Caroline Backhouse, 23, from Manley in Cheshire, in order to bring more artists from Cheshire together. Meeting once a month, the group holds informal discussions for anyone interested in the arts and provides an opportunity to share ideas.

Following on from the success of a group show entitled The Conversation in November, which was organised by Estelle and Caroline, the not-for-profit organisation has been working on ideas towards its first event, Expo! – an exhibition and open-mic night which will run for just one evening at Telford’s Warehouse in Chester on Sunday, August 21.

Estelle, who will also be curating the exhibition said: “It will be a really unique exhibition as all works in the show will be site specific to Telford’s Warehouse, be it the materials used, the context, or the placement within the space. The exhibition will encompass many different art mediums, from sculpture and installation, to painting, mixed media and photography, textiles, drawing, performance art and music.”

Featuring the work of 15 local artists, Expo! promises to showcase an eclectic mix of art and music including a ghost painting of Thomas Telford by artist Phil Elbourne, curious objects found on a walk along the canal by Michael Borkowsky, rag rugging installations by Caroline Backhouse, and an interactive performance piece on the clarinet by Estelle.

The evening will also play host to an open-mic evening where members of the public will be invited onto the stage to perform.

Mike Devoy from Telford’s Warehouse said: “We are looking forward to having work featured from Chester's young art community. They seem to have embraced the history of the building and its location beside the canal basin to bring an evening of interesting, unusual and interactive art pieces. Along with the open-mic, hosted by Baby Brave and the Lovebites, it’s sure to be an expressive occasion.”

Neil Grant, Head of Art and Design at the University of Chester, added: "The Conversation presented by Chester Artist Collective showed how this group of artists have a talent for integrating their work into challenging environments and spaces. The Conversation showed great sensitivity to the exhibition environment but exploited it with surprising and sensitive pieces that encouraged a curiosity about the work and the influence of the space upon it.

“Bringing contemporary art to a wider audience in Chester requires this inventiveness and responsiveness to venue and this group of artists are leading the way in exploring this potential."

The evening will start at 5pm and entrance is free. For more information contact Estelle Woolley by e-mailing: info@chesterartistcollective.co.uk