Chainlinks Arts Opportunities
Welcome to the latest Chainlinks Extra, that’s packed with all sorts of creative opportunities. This precedes the main issue for March/April, which I plan to send out next week and promises to be another bumper issue! Happily, there are still plenty of things going on in the art world, in spite of the doom and gloom elsewhere.
Chainlinks + Chainlinks Extra are edited by Maria Owen at Cheshire West & Chester Council.
Wirral Open Studio Tour 2021
Saturday 11 - Sunday 12 September 2021
Various Artists' Studios Across Wirral
The popular Wirral Open Studio Tour is set to return on Saturday 11th and Sunday 12th September.
Now in its 11th year of celebrating visual arts across the peninsula, this free event will see around 70 artists and makers open the doors to their houses or studio spaces.
The Tour gives visitors an exciting opportunity to talk first-hand to the artists and to view their work in the environment in which it is created, or to just enjoy wandering through the various studios to answer that eternal question ‘What do artists do all day?’.
There will be a hugely diverse selection of artworks on show, from original paintings, prints, glass and textiles to photography, sculpture, ceramics and jewellery.
Studios will be open from 10am-5pm on Saturday 11th September and Sunday 12th September. All venues will have Covid measures in place to ensure a safe and enjoyable experience, and will follow the latest Government guidelines.
To download the full tour guide with venue details, visit www.wirralarts.com
Thursday 16 September 2021
Chester Art Centre
Have you ever wondered what being a woman entails? This is Brigitte Watkinson’s main question and driving force.
While thinking about the psycholinguistic manifestation of femininity and misogyny, Watkinson masterfully develops an artistic movement aimed to overcome binary and patriarchal categories. Basing her philosophy on feminist concepts elaborated by Donna J Haraway, Watkinson comes up with a new expression of human beings called “Dunkwonhami” that are to live in a new, utopian and equalitarian system called Cluechenthu.
Starting with a reflection on the popular, highly symbolic, testosterone-inflated toy ActionMan©, the artist proceeds to rethink gender norms and history itself. Anagrams, metaphors, methods and materials twist and turn like a Rubik's cube, offering and creating new narratives. Rather than cancelling, Watkinson opts to recycle and reuse, to transform and readapt.
Finally, she delivers a non-binary utopia where patriarchy makes room for equality and testosterone is replaced with something broader: the Dunkwonhami.
The exhibition will open on September 16th at the Chester Art Centre, 132 Northgate St, Chester CH1 2HT.
The artist will also lead three Meet-the-Artist sessions on Saturdays, 18th and 25th September as well as 2nd October.
New Exhibitions At Castle Park Arts Centre
22 September - 2 November 2021
Off Fountain Lane, Frodsham WA6 6SE
Our next exhibitions will be showing from 22 September until 2 November 2021, the Meet the Artists/Open Evening will be held on Friday 24 September, 7 – 9 pm, everyone welcome.
In Gallery 1 we have Paul Brotherton’s new exhibition of abstract paintings - "Restricted Perspectives"
Weaver Vale Art Society from Acton Bridge are in Gallery 2 and the Link Gallery
And in Gallery 3 we have the Wednesday Painters from Northwich – “We kept going”.