Learning at Chester Visual Arts

Chester Visual Arts is pleased to offer free learning opportunities at the Woman’s Hour Craft Prize Exhibition for Students studying GCSE & A Level at Secondary Schools as well as College and University Students.

The Learning Programme aims to encourage students to engage and participate with the best in contemporary craft through guided tours, workshops, special events and school visits, allowing students to visit and respond to the exhibition and artworks.

Showcasing the most innovative and exciting craft practice in the UK today, this V&A exhibition at the Old Library in Chester marks the 70th anniversary of BBC Woman’s Hour. Traditional materials and historic skills meet new techniques in an exhibition that combines beauty and precise detail with challenging ideas.

The twelve finalists featured in the exhibition display a wide array of approaches to contemporary craft practice, with works made from woven willow and darned jumpers to a bespoke bicycle and intricate jewellery. Visitors to the exhibition will be encouraged to delve deeper, view closer to unearth challenging ideas including the decline of UK manufacturing, advances in medicine and stories of memory and loss.

The artists in the exhibition are: Laura Ellen Bacon (willow weaving), Alison Britton (ceramics), Neil Brownsword (ceramics and installation), Lin Cheung (jewellery), Phoebe Cummings (clay sculpture), Caren Hartley (metalwork), Peter Marigold (furniture), Celia Pym (textiles), Romillly Saumarez Smith (jewellery), Andrea Walsh (ceramics), Emma Woffenden (glass) and Laura Youngson Coll (vellum/sculpture).

The Learning Programme at Chester Visual Arts, Woman’s Hour Craft Prize Exhibition
  • Suitable for students studying GCSE & A Level at secondary schools as well as college and university students.
  • Private guided tours to provide specialist insight into the issues of the exhibition from the decline of UK manufacturing to stories of memory and loss; encouraging discussion and debate regarding contemporary craft today.
  • Practical artist-supported workshops inspired by the work of featured artists, such as Phoebe Cummings’ ephemeral clay flora.
    (Schools must supply and transport their own materials. Workshop space is provided.)

  • Provide support for teacher planning to address specific education requirements such as:
  • Drawing
  • Creative Writing
  • Responding to work and discussions
  • Practical sessions with materials (Schools must supply and transport their own materials. Workshop space is provided.)
  • Opportunity for self-guided tours. (Please book any group visit in advance.)

If you are interested in booking an education tour or workshop, please contact Melissa Dilworth, Learning Programme Manager at learning@chestervisualarts.org.uk to discuss further. Space is limited so please book early. Please note – submitting a request does not guarantee your booking.

Important Details

  • We can accommodate groups of up to 18 students and two staff members. We may combine smaller groups of students but will inform you ahead of time. (The number will not exceed 18 students.)
  • Whilst it may be most appropriate for Art and Design & Technology students it is open to all students studying GCSE & A Level at secondary schools as well as college and university students.
  • The venue is fully accessible.
  • We are able to accommodate on-site parking for up to one coach.
  • Our address is The Old Library, Northgate Street, Chester, CH1 2EF
  • We are able to accommodate workshops and tours Monday to Friday, 11am – 5pm. We are also open to the public from Wednesday to Saturday, 11am – 5pm.
  • The exhibition runs from Friday 30 November 2018 to Saturday 16 March 2019.

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