A crowd of over 400 enthusiastic visitors were the first to experience the Warrington Contemporary Arts Festival 2015 when it was officially launched.
This year’s festival opened with a special event on Friday evening (2 October), during which the Contemporary Open art and photography winners were also announced.
The launch saw guests embark on a cultural crawl, which featured a guided tour of the WCAF15 exhibitions. During the evening, guests viewed the Photography Open at The Gallery at Bank Quay House; the Business As Usual exhibition at Pyramid arts centre; and The Dream of Modern Living: Contemporary Artists Explore IKEA at Warrington Museum & Art Gallery.
The winners of the WCAF15 Contemporary Open were also announced during the launch event, with artists from Wigan, Liverpool and Wirral taking the honours.
Katie Murray, from Wigan, is the WCAF15 Contemporary Open winner for her ink on paper piece entitled, Expressions of the Dawn Chorus. Katie created her artwork by wearing a blindfold and responding to the sounds of the dawn chorus.
The WCAF15 Contemporary Open runner-up is Arthur Roberts, from Liverpool, for his piece entitled, Spring 2015 (cadmium red medium), which he created with acrylic and graphite on wood.
The winner of the WCAF15 Photography Open is Andrew Wilson, from Liverpool, for his piece entitled, The Library Van.
While the WCAF15 Photography Open runner-up is Steve Deer, from Wirral, for his work entitled, Lowry’s Walk.
Warrington Contemporary Arts Festival 2015 spans a number of supporting venues and public spaces across the town. These include Pyramid arts centre, The Gallery at Bank Quay House and Warrington Museum & Art Gallery – which have become festival hubs and are hosting pavilions, exhibitions and events.
The festival features an extensive programme of activities spanning the contemporary arts spectrum, and also includes installations, live performance, film screenings, workshops, placement opportunities and talks from industry professionals.
NORTH is a new initiative aiming to build strength for contemporary art in the North of England. Together they will highlight the breadth of talent within the region, as well as attracting national and international artists with support from Arts Council England. Specially commissioned to present the festival’s headline visual arts exhibition, NORTH presents The Dream Of Modern Living? – Contemporary Artists Explore IKEA.
Full programme details for WCAF15 are available at www.warringtonartsfestival.co.uk