Wednesday, 15 May 2013

I am awaiting the arrival of night

I am awaiting the arrival of the night
An exhibition of stories at the Gallery at Bank Quay House by Markmakers

Exhibition opening night: Thursday 23rd May 6 – 8pm
Exhibition continues until 12th July

It's all back to front, telling stories with pictures and making sculptures with words, but that is what you'll find in Warrington from May to July as the Halton-based group of artists Markmakers bring their latest exhibition to The Gallery at Bank Quay House on Sankey Street, Warrington.

Over the past two years, artists from Markmakers have been reading and sharing stories, choosing authors and books that interest and inspire them before going back to their studios to create beautiful interpretations of the narratives that they have read.  One of the books, Mark Cocker's Crow Country, the opening line from which the exhibition takes its title, features descriptions of nature and the natural environment.  It has stimulated artworks and research visits in the landscape of Warrington and the North West, resulting in many of the artists making work featuring Crows and their habitats. 

Not all of the artworks use published stories as their reference point, many of the artists have touched on their own personal accounts of life, showing how even the smallest events in our lives have significance and consequences.  

Sculptures, painting, drawing, prints and collage all appear in the bright, spacious Gallery at Bank Quay house, which has a reputation for showing the very best examples of creativity from the North West and beyond.  These diverse artworks will also be shown alongside a number of artworks that take the form of a book, which visitors will be able to handle, plus a small library of the books that inspired the works will be available for visitors to read whilst they have a cappuccino at the Coffee Shop cafe within the gallery.

Markmakers is a group of artists who have been established for over 10 years.  They meet monthly in Halton and regularly exhibit in arts venues across the North West.  Past exhibitions have included The Brindley Arts Centre, Runcorn; Warrington Museum and Art Gallery; Castle Park Arts Centre, Frodsham; The Albert Dock, Liverpool.

Exhibiting artists
Sue Archer, Cath Ball, Jacqui Chapman, Jane Copeman, Judith Ferns, Carys Anne Hughes, Val Jackson, Rachel James, Allison John, Tony Jones, Jennifer Kenworthy, Jeni McConnell, Amanda Oliphant, Fiona Phillips, Cliff Richards, Cathy Rounthwaite, Angela Sidwell, Claire Weetman.

Sankey Street
01925 418 064

Artists talk: 12 June 2013, 6-8pm

Open to all, Admission free
Mon-Fri 8.30-5.00, Sat 9.00-4.00
Fully accessible with friendly onsite bistro