Summer Heritage Tours 2016

York
Saturday 25 June
Coach leaves Winsford @ 8.30am through to 
Northwich Memorial Court @ 9.00am
Full list of pickup points and times here - schedule (c).
£22 (entry fees extra) - click here to book online
or phone Carol on 07932927694 to reserve your ticket

York is a walled city that was founded by the ancient Romans. Its huge 13th-century Gothic cathedral, York Minster, has medieval stained glass and 2 functioning bell towers. The City Walls form a walkway on both sides of the River Ouse. The Monk Bar gate houses an exhibition tracing the life of 15th-century Plantagenet King Richard III. 

There are many places to visit including York Minster, Treasurer's House (NT), National Railway Museum (Free) and the Shambles Shopping area. 

York Art Gallery reopened in Summer 2015 following major redevelopment, and is a finalist in the Art Fund Museum of the Year 2016. The current exhibition is Truth and Memory: British Art of the First World War, the largest exhibition of First World War art for nearly 100 years. York Art Gallery is the only venue outside London to display this collection of more than 60 artworks produced during the war and in its immediate aftermath. Many are by artists who themselves served on the front line and have helped to define how we understand the conflict. Working either privately or as official war artists, they wanted to give a true sense of the horror, human sacrifice and tragic consequences of ‘total war’. They reflected this in their fragmented depictions of soldiers, trenches, artillery, and in images of a torn and violated landscape. Modern artistic movements stressed the mechanised nature of the war and the new destruction this brought.

Download Maps of York City Centre here and York Visitor Guides here


Warwick & Baddesley Clinton
Saturday 23 July
Coach leaves Winsford @ 8.30am through to 
Northwich Memorial Court @ 9.00am
Full list of pickup points and times here - schedule (c).
£22 (entry fees extra) - click here to book online
or phone Carol on 07932927694 to reserve your ticket

We start the day at Warwick where there is old and the new, from gift shops, antique centres and traditional tea rooms to fashion shops, art galleries and fine restaurants. Market Place is the heart of the town, hosting a variety of cafes, pubs and shops and a thriving market every Saturday. Swan Street is always a hive of activity and the town’s busiest shopping street, Smith Street is the oldest shopping street in Warwick and boasts a unique mix of independent shops and restaurants. Museums include Lord Leycester's Hospital, St John's House, Hill Close Gardens and The Court House.

After lunch we proceed to Baddesley Clinton (National Trust) located just north of  Warwick. Baddesley Clinton ia a remarkable survival of a medieval moated manor house and was home of the Ferrers family for 500 years. At one time an artists' retreat, at another a haven for the persecuted, the house nevertheless passed from father to son for 12 generations before finally being sold in 1940. The Gatehouse entrance makes Baddesley one of the most visually pleasing architectural ensembles in England, with its combination of bridge, moat and crenelated gatehouse and with its stonework and windows of several different periods.

Once you’ve passed through the gatehouse you’ll enter the courtyard, with its yews, lawns and brick paths. It was created in 1889 by Edward Heneage Derring and has changed little since. The main charge of the Ferrers arms (seven mascles, or lozenges) is laid out on the lawn and is planted in its gold and red heraldic colours. The Great Hall was constructed in the 1570s and is dominated by a magnificent stone chimneypiece, which was originally elsewhere in the house. From here you can visit all the other rooms such as the drawing room, the chapel, library, Henry Ferrers’ bedroom and more.

Warwick Tourism Website here and Visitor Guide here.


Leicester & Richard III
Saturday 13 August
Coach leaves Winsford @ 8.30am through to 
Northwich Memorial Court @ 9.00am
Full list of pickup points and times here - schedule (c).
£22 (entry fees extra) - click here to book online
or phone Carol on 07932927694 to reserve your ticket


We visit possibly the most talked about city of the past couple of years - Leicester - made famous by Richard III and Jamie Vardy!

We start the story at the Battle of Bosworth Battlefield site where, on 22 August 1485, the Plantagenet reign ended and the Tudor dynasty began when Richard III lost his life and crown on the battlefield at the hands of Henry Tudor’s army.

Listen to BBC Radio4 In Out Time programme on the Battle here.

We then move into the City Centre.The King Richard III Visitor Centre in the former Alderman Newton’s School, located right next to the spot where the king’s remains were found, is now complete, and tells the fascinating and moving story of the king’s life and death, and reveals one of the greatest archaeological detective stories ever told. Leicester Cathedral has the tomb of the recently reburied Richard III.

Other Leicester attractions include the Jewry Wall Roman Museum, New Walk Museum and Art Gallery and Leicester Market, one of the largest covered markets in the country.

Leicester Tourism Website here.
Listen to BBC Radio4 Profile of Jamie Vardy here.



Hepworth Gallery &
Yorkshire Sculpture Park 
Saturday 10 September
Coach leaves Winsford @ 8.30am through to 
Northwich Memorial Court @ 9.00am
Full list of pickup points and times here - schedule (c).
£22 (entry fees extra) - click here to book online
or phone Carol on 07932927694 to reserve your ticket



The Hepworth Gallery has a permanent collection of  44 full size, rarely seen working models - surviving prototypes in plaster and aluminium made in preparation for the works in bronze Hepworth executed from the mid-1950s to the end of her career. It also includes drawings and a large group of lithographs and screen prints by Barbara Hepworth.

The Hepworth marks its 5th Anniversary with an exhibition that celebrates the artistic heritage of Wakefield and Yorkshire with a major display of paintings from the Wakefield Permanent Art Collection, and key works by Barbara Hepworth and Henry Moore. These great British sculptors grew up in Yorkshire and were both famously influenced by local landscapes. 

Stanley Spencer: Of Angels & Dirt is the first major survey in 15 years of the work of one of Britain’s best loved painters, Stanley Spencer. Presented during the 125th anniversary of Spencer’s birth, the exhibition brings together over 70 works spanning his entire career, including rarely-seen self-portraits and extracts from his diaries and writings offering a unique insight into his life and work.

The exhibition explores the seemingly conflicting themes that Spencer fused together in his richly detailed paintings, of religion and sexuality, work and leisure, nature and industry, highlighting Spencer’s distinctive view of everyday life. As Spencer himself put it, ‘I am on the side of angels and dirt’.


The Tim Sayer Exhibition celebrates a collection donated to the City, and includes work by artists such as Alexander Calder, Prunella Clough, Sonia Delaunay, Naum Gabo, David Hockney, Paul Nash, Gerhard Richter and Bridget Riley among many others.

The Yorkshire Sculpture Park is an open-air gallery in West Bretton near Wakefield in West Yorkshire, England, showing work by British and international artists, including Henry Moore and Barbara Hepworth. The park's collection of works by Moore is one of the largest open-air displays of his bronzes in Europe. Open Air exhibitions include work by the renowned American artist KAWS, whose wide ranging practice includes painting, sculpture, graphic design, toys and prints. In partnership with St Jude’s, YSP presents a unique group exhibition showcasing the best of contemporary UK art and design. Featuring the work of 13 artists including Mark Hearld, Peter Green OBE and Angie Lewin.

Adrian Sumner will be with us to guide us around both collections.

Hepworth Wakefield Website here and Yorkshire Sculpture Park Website here.

Click here to download/print the poster.

Northwich Art trail 2016

Visual Arts Cheshire will again be organising the Northwich Art trail.

See the Art Trail from 2nd - 31st July in the Gallery in Brunner Court and throughout Northwich Town Centre.



 
 
 


Painting and Prints by local artists will be on show in shop windows throughout Northwich Town Centre from 2nd - 31st July.

If you would like to submit an entry, full details can be found here.