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Chester Visual Arts reveals exciting events programme
bringing prominent digital artists and curators to the city

PRESS RELEASE 8 August 2019

Chester Visual Arts today announced a stimulating programme of artist-led workshops and events alongside its acclaimed V&A touring exhibition Chance and Control: Art in the Age of Computers. With the majority of events being free, or at low-cost, it represents one of the most ambitious programmes of artist-led workshops and activities in Chester in recent memory.

The charity is bringing some of the most innovative digital artists working in the North West to the Old Library, offering unique new opportunities for creatives, families, art history lovers and music fans to engage with the exhibition on a deeper level.

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Liz West Exhibition - Chester Visual Arts
Lord Cholmondeley Hosts Castle Reception
Backing Chester Visual Arts

PRESS RELEASE 2 August 2019

International art lover, Lord David Cholmondeley recently opened Cholmondeley Castle to support local charity Chester Visual Arts and its mission to establish a permanent contemporary arts centre and gallery in Chester.

Over 100 prominent National and NW cultural leaders and “movers and shakers” attended the champagne reception at the castle, which aimed to raise awareness of the charity’s work in the region at a crucial moment in its development and to garner individual and corporate ‘Friends and Patrons’ in the coming months and years.

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Liz West Exhibition - Chester Visual Arts
Chester Visual Arts bring major V&A exhibition to the city
for first showing outside London


Chance and Control: Art in the Age of Computers

The Old Library, Chester
Friday 7 June – Sunday 8 September 2019

Chester Visual Arts (CVA) brings the major V&A exhibition Chance and Control: Art in the Age of Computers to Chester this summer. Featuring key artworks from the pioneers of digital art over the last 50 years, this groundbreaking exhibition is being held in the city – its first touring venue following the V&A – and is another significant milestone towards the organisation’s objective to establish a permanent contemporary art gallery in Chester.

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Liz West Exhibition - Chester Visual Arts

Ben Laposky, Oscillon 40, c-type photographic print, USA, 1952. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London/Sanford Museum

The best in contemporary craft comes to Chester

PRESS RELEASE 6 November 2018


Chester Visual Arts are proud to present the Woman’s Hour Craft Prize, marking the launch of a new year-long exhibition programme at The Old Library in Chester. This exhibition follows the hugely successful V&A Pop Art in Print exhibition and Liz West’s Our Colour Reflection at Chester Cathedral, further cementing the organisation’s ambition to bring great art to Chester.

Showcasing the most innovative and exciting craft practice in the UK today, this V&A exhibition at the Old Library 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.


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International Artist Liz West comes to Chester - Our Colour Reflection

PRESS RELEASE 26 January 2018

Our Colour Reflection will be presented by Chester Cathedral and Chester Visual Arts, and follows the award-winning ARK modern and contemporary sculpture exhibition. The installation, which will be located in the Chapter House of the cathedral, creates a conversation between the viewer and the setting using hundreds of mirrors made of coloured acrylic.

West, who outlines that ‘colour and light became my voice’ creates vivid environments that mix luminous colour and radiant light. Working across a variety of mediums, she aims to provoke a heightened sensory awareness in the viewer through her works.

Speaking of bringing Our Colour Reflection to Chester Cathedral, West outlines “I really feel honoured to be bringing a piece to Chester. The exhibition in the Chapter House came about because I loved the space first and foremost - it really lent itself to the scale of work. Our Colour Reflection coming to Chester Cathedral feels like, for me, it’s coming home.”

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Liz West Exhibition - Chester Visual Arts
Chester Visual Arts & Grosvenor Estate host Cathedral Reception to celebrate Chester’s cultural successes

PRESS RELEASE 1 November 2017


Chester Visual Arts, the independent, company aiming to put the City on the national and international stage for the visual arts, and Grosvenor Estate hosted a Reception at Chester Cathedral last week to celebrate the Ark Sculpture and the Victoria & Albert Museum Pop Art in Print Exhibitions, in the City.

The Reception for over 200 guests was attended by the Trustees of the Grosvenor Estate, including the Duke of Westminster, and key people representing the arts and culture in Chester, local and national government, alongside the region’s business leaders, to celebrate the City as a cultural destination and these hugely popular exhibitions.


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BBC’s Jonathan Ross backs call for City Gallery

PRESS RELEASE 1 September 2017

After an invitation onto his BBC Radio 2 Art Show on Thursday, Chester Visual Arts founders, Ian & Cynthia Short, secured the support of Wossy, Jonathan Ross, for the V&A Pop Art in Print exhibition, now running at the former Chester Library and their ambitions for a permanent contemporary art gallery in the City.

During a lengthy and typically unpredictable interview, Wossy, a Pop Art fan, expressed amazement that there is no public contemporary art gallery in a City of Chester’s size and stature, and was impressed at how, without public funding, Chester Visual Arts had been established and has managed to secure this iconic 70 piece V&A exhibition of Pop graphics.

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Renowned Pop Art collections to go on show in Chester


One of the pre-eminent national collections of Pop Art prints, primarily from the 1960s, will go on show at Chester’s former Library Building from 28th July – 22nd October, featuring some of the most famous works from the genre.

The Victoria & Albert Museum’s ‘Pop Art in Print' exhibition, presented by Chester Visual Arts and curated by the V & A, brings together, for the first time, an international collection of Pop graphics featuring artists Andy Warhol, Patrick Caulfield, Richard Hamilton, Allen Jones, Roy Lichtenstein and Ed Ruscha. The exhibition is free to enter. 


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