Ellesmere Set to Host National Arts Exhibition

The Ellesmere National Art Exhibition and Sale of Works 2013 will be hosted once again in the Big School Hall at Ellesmere College. Over 60 artists and sculptors from all over the UK have now been confirmed to exhibit up to 200 pieces of art for sale.

This year sees two installation pieces by Karen Heald called an experience in light, film and sound. One piece will be designed specifically for the exhibition and will feature the mighty Schulze Organ which is housed in the Big School Hall and will provide the canvas for the projected piece. Also new for this year will be the artist workshops on Saturday 1st June with Andrew Vaughan, a visual landscape artist from Chester. Andrew is also an arts consultant and works 3 days a week at the Whitworth Art Gallery in Manchester as their Learning Manager.

With over 600 visitors last year, the aim of the arts exhibition is the raise the profile of the arts in the region and this year will also be a first for young up and coming artists to exhibit, many of whom have never exhibited before. Nick Pettingale, Director of External Relations at Ellesmere said "We have always been passionate about the Arts at Ellesmere College and after our inaugural exhibition last year, we are even more excited about this year's event. Our goal is to see the artistic talent, both local and national, celebrated and given a higher profile in the region. This isn't a display of our students work, great though that is, but rather that of professional artists and sculptors. However, since last year's exhibition, we have one Sixth Form student winning a place at St Martin's College of Art and another on her way to the New York School of Visual Arts, the gathering of talent on display has that effect on our students. There will be something for every taste and pocket, you can buy for your home, seek an investment piece for the future or simply enjoy the stimulation of seeing some of the nation's most outstanding professional artists exhibiting in the splendor of the Big School Hall at Ellesmere. All the profits from the sale of works will create an Arts Scholarship enabling a talented youngster to follow their own dream of becoming an artist too".

The exhibition will also feature a preview evening hosted by its Patron Mr Algy Heber-Percy, the Lord Lieutenant of Shropshire on Wednesday 29 May from 7.30 to 9.00pm. Normal opening hours will be Thursday 30th May to Saturday 1st June from 11.00am to 9.00pm and Sunday 2nd June 11.00am to 4.00pm

15th April 2013  Back to News