Place For the Arts in Chester Community Interest Company

The objective is to identify exhibition, educational, performance and studio space in Chester for visual and performing artists and to publicise exhibitions, performances and related events to relevant businesses and the wider public.

We are mega excited about our New Pop-Up at 35 Northgate street in Chester!!! It’s been a long time but it has finally happened! 

This is a large space, so we have 8 artists working there! Something for everyone!

We’ve got gorgeous paintings, beautiful ceramics and glass, art photography and all things arty for all tastes and budgets! 

Take a look at our artists’ websites:

Sue Farrington 

Denise Dooley 

Liz Taylor 

Brigitte Watkinson 

Sophia Shaw 

Liz Webb 

Mary Pilkington 

Gary Sheridan

 

Our window has been painted by a Chester based artist and illustrator Mark Wigan, who exhibits at galleries internationally. Mark has been a professional visual artist for almost 40 years and is the author of five books on the subject of Illustration published by Bloomsbury Publishing. He has led degree programmes in Illustration and Graphic Design at art schools around the UK including Camberwell College of Arts in London and Salford University.

‘The window painting is a vibrant and uplifting freestyle artwork drawn in my signature style. It is inspired by a sense of place here, in the heart of the beautiful city of Chester, and is the latest in a series of window paintings I have created over the last few years in Tokyo, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Vancouver, Seattle, Seoul and London’s Oxford St, for various clients including Dr Martens and Fairwhale.’
 
Check out Mark’s website: www.markwigan.com

The wider purpose of the project is to promote the economic well-being of Chester by making it a more attractive and interesting place to work in and to visit.

These were 2 of our Pop-Ups last year – and more coming soon!

If you are an artist and are interested in the possibility of taking over yet another empty shop (and the idea is to have many!), send us your info via the form above or via email to placeforartinchester@gmail.com . Your information will then be processed and stored and we will add you to our waiting list. Once another shop becomes available the board of directors will go through the suggested teams of artists and a new gallery will be formed. Everything usually happens very spontaneously, so be prepared to move in quickly if the opportunity becomes available. We also have to move out with a 2 weeks notice if the landlords want us out, so we must be prepared and expect the unexpected.

Also, please keep in mind that you can’t just bring us your work to sell in the existing shops, the artists have to be involved in staffing the PLACES 🙂

The ‘rent’ you pay is £12 per week and the commission on sales is 20% + VAT.

Pop-UP Gallery 118 on Northgate street in 2018

PACh is a Community Interest Company that negotiates with landlords to secure suitable spaces and maintain a register of artists and art groups with an interest in using those spaces. Landlords are generally expected to agree short term zero rent leases in return for their premises being well looked after and available for re-letting with the minimum of notice.

Pop-up Gallery 124 on Northgate street in 2018

A channel will be established that publicises events through a ‘what’s on in Chester’ facility and publicity material will be circulated through existing businesses and with the help of BID and the local authority. Effective marketing strategies are being developed and implemented to ensure that a constant ‘buzz’ is created about all the exciting things that are happening, so both citizens and visitors are always kept up to date.  

Pop-Up Gallery 104 on Northgate street in 2018

The project is funded through commissions charged to artists for sales or fees from performances and classes. The project managed by  Chester Art Centre  as the contractor.  Donations are welcome as well as mutually beneficial collaborations with local businesses and entrepreneurs. Do not hesitate to get in touch  via the form above if you have questions or would like to collaborate!

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