Chester Celebrates Contemporary Art

A largescale art initiative recently launched in Chester, which will bring contemporary artworks, installations, and a wide range of art mediums to various respected sites around the city.

The major visual arts event is curated by Ryan Gander, a Chester-born artist, and will feature work from contemporary creatives and emerging talents both from Chester and around the world. It is also connected to schools and communities in and around the city.

Leader of Cheshire West and Chester Council, Councillor Louise Gittins, described the event:

“Chester once more steps onto the international stage this autumn with a glittering list of artists bringing their work to both established and new venues and locations across the city.”

The cross-city arts event will see a diverse range of contemporary art forms on display. For example, British writer and artist John Akomfrah will present his ground-breaking film entitled “Mnemosyne”, at the Grosvenor Museum, which depicts a haunting exploration of migration, memory, and myth.

Elizabeth Price, the Turner Prize-winning artist known for her video installations, will present her new choral and spoken word work dubbed “HORSETAILS” at Chester Cathedral, maximising the potential of the grade listed building’s renowned acoustics. Nearby, on the Deans field, William Lang will present performance work accompanied by wind chimes.

Emerging Cardiff gallery artist Nick Davies has also created a new piece especially for Chester Racecourse that is inspired by an ancient football match, a grudge and questioning whether “the public” is an existing concept.

All these installations and more will be on show in Chester throughout the autumn.

Return to the News