Arts and exhibitions around Cheshire

PUBLISHED: 17:32 29 April 2010 | UPDATED: 17:07 20 February 2013

Northwich in the 1950s

Northwich in the 1950s

Gallery Guide

Stockports Lowry artist
Now until May 31st
Alan Lowndes: A Retrospective

An exhibition of prolific Stockport-born artist Alan Lowndes at Stockport Art Gallery takes in nearly 40 years of the artists work. It also marks the 750th anniversary this year of Stockport Market where he rented a studio for much of his early career.
Lowndes was born in Heaton Norris and Stockport always provided much of the inspiration, even after he moved to St Ives in 1959.
He is famous for his depictions of Stockport streets, mills, parks and the viaduct. Lowndes work reflects a movement in the mid-1950s which wrote about, photographed and painted working class people. He depicted their hopes and daily lives. His painting 'Coronation Street, Stockport' inspired Tony Warren to call his new TV drama Coronation Street in 1960. In 1998, painter Sir Terry Frost declared, Alan Lowndes is a greater painter than Lowry.
Stockport Art Gallery
0161 474 4453

May 15th - June 17th
A Celebration of Rag Rugs

Explore the diversity of style, design and technique in this exhibition of rag rugs from the traditional to the contemporary. It features the work of numerous UK artists, including the stunning designs of Cheshires Lynne Stein and York-based Louis and Lewis Creed.
Nantwich Museum, Nantwich.
01270 627104

Varied and versatile
May 15th - June 15th

The main artist in this exhibition of experimental art is Trevor Neal whose work cannot be pigeonholed into specific genres and is not confined to the bounds of plain canvas. He opts for varied means of expression. Therell be pieces from the past four decades to show Neals unusual artistic techniques.
Raw Sienna, Knutsford.
01565 650689

Characters on canvas
Now until May 9th
Face Value: Portraits in Public and Private
This exhibition will concentrate on portraits created for two very different audiences: the public at large and for private viewers consisting of friends and family. The pieces are mainly drawn from the gallery's own collection and will focus on how portraiture perpetuates social ideals and how the character of a subject is captured.
Grosvenor Museum, Chester.
01244 402033

Movement manifested
Now until May 24th
Halima Cassell: 'Dreams Made Manifest'

A showcase of the work of Halima Cassell, an artist whose multi-cultural background spills out onto her work. She includes strong geometric elements and architectural principles. She uses heavily grogged clay that allows her to work on a large scale. This exhibition shows pieces that focus on her Asian roots but combine with her fascination for African patterns.
Bluecoat Display Centre, Liverpool.
0151 709 4014

Nostalgia in Northwich
Now until June 16th
Never Had It So Good?

The Salt Museum creates a nostalgic atmosphere while looking at the 1950's with original artefacts, images and music from the 50s era.
Salt Museum, Northwich.
01606 271640

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