VAC Gallery Open Exhibitions

Friday 1 March - Thursday 14 March
"20 x 20" MINI-EXHIBITION - open to all abilities and ages.
See your mini-masterpiece displayed on the wall and maybe it will sell!

  • The small 20cm square canvasses are widely available (try The Works who have been selling them at 99p). We have a small number in the VAC gallery if you can't get hold of them elsewhere
  • What you put on your canvas is up to you - prints, collage and photos are allowed - not everyone can paint!.
  • As long as it isn't offensive we will display everything that is submitted. You may submit as many as you like - we will just take an admin fee of £2 per submission. If you sell your canvas we will not take any commission.
  • Entry forms available soon (check here) or call in at VAC gallery. You can also complete the form when you bring your work.
  • Submissions from 18th Feb onwards
If any queries email us or call in.

Friday 22 March - Friday 12 April  

  • all accepted submissions will be charged at £4 (this is an admin fee)
  • 3 submissions max per person  - at least 1 of which must be for sale.
  • Paintings, prints, textiles, ceramics, photography sculpture are all eligible.
  • Exhibits must be covered by your own insurance.
  • Work must be original and produced by the entrant.
  • A luggage label must be attached to the backof your submission by string.  The label must show your name, your artwork's medium and selling price (if applicable). Please also write your name onto a sticky label attached to the back of your work.
  • VAC will charge 25% commission for each sold item. Please bear this in mind when pricing your exhibit.
  • Mirror plates must be attached to your work - no clip frames, string, wires or hooks will be allowed.
  • Secure cabinets are available for small and medium sized artwork.
  • We have a couple of plinths - contact us if you think you will need one.
  • For large pieces (over 1 metre square) check with us for space availability.
  • The exhibits selected for display will  chosen by a selection panel. 
  • All work to be submitted on Mon 18th March (the gallery will be open from 10:30am to 7:30pm
  • Please contact us if this is a problem.-
All exhibited work to be collected on Sat 13th or Sun 14th April.

VAC Website 

    The Lightfoot Letters Exhibition

    New Gallery Space Opens 

    in Northwich 

     The Lightfoot Letters 

    Sat 9 Feb to Fri 15 March 2013
    VAC Gallery, 97 Witton Street, Northwich CW9 5DR
    Next to Northwich Library in Brunner Court.
    11.00am - 4.00pm daily (closed Wednesdays and Sundays). Admission is free.

    An unusual and thought-provoking exhibition, featuring recently unearthed, personal letters. The exhibition, a fusion of textile art, poetry and social history by Warrington artist Maria Walker and Northwich poet Angela Topping, has been inspired by a bundle of old letters which were discovered by chance in a Cheshire antiques shop.

    Maria Walker purchased the letters on a whim and five years later she met the poet Angela Topping, only to discover the strangest of coincidences - the letters were written by Angela’s grandparents. Inspired by this amazing coincidence Maria and Angela decided to collaborate artistically and stage an exciting exhibition of textiles, art and poetry.

    The letters were written during 1923/4 by members of the Lightfoot family, living near Widnes, to their daughter, Frances, who had gone to live in Manchester with an Aunt. The letters portray an intimate picture of the life of a working class family.

    Maria Walker’s textile artwork explores the narrative contained in these letters, using a combination of ephemera, photographs, letters, books, garments and drawings. Each of her pieces tells a story, using lines from the letters or lines from Angela’s poetry. Angela used her own childhood memories in her poetry, along with the new stories she has discovered in the letters.

    the artists
    Maria Walker is a textile artist living in Warrington. She has been exhibiting regularly both as a member of Textile 21 and as a solo artist. Her work has been published in books and magazines and some of her work is on permanent display in galleries across the country.

    Angela Topping is a widely published poet living in Northwich. She has performed and been poet in residence in a wide range of venues and is the author of five full length poetry collections and four chapbooks, one of which accompanies the exhibition.

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