Watergate Street Art Gallery

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Watergate Street Art Gallery

... is a multi award-winning haven for wellbeing and an oasis of contemporary and classical art

It feels like The Watergate Street Gallery has been with us here in Chester for ever. This is a true family-run business in every sense – and part of the very fabric of the city.

Alan Sharp created this haven of fabulous art twenty five years ago and now it is son Alex who, for the past ten years has curated the collections which have made this local business so successful for so long. Awarded Best Independent Retailer in Chester for customer service and the coveted Tripadvisor Certificate of Excellence, visitors have also had their say.

And WOW has Alex seriously mixed it up recently! There’s no two ways about it – Alex Sharp is crazy about art! His passion for the unexpected and contemporary has taken us to many unusual places, but what he has in store for us as we come out of lockdown really is nothing short of exceptional, and the work I know he has put in behind the scenes is epic.

I have always loved Alex’s left-of-centre approach. We have known each other for years and shared so many of the same passions – particularly of music – so it’s pretty easy for me to get super-excited about the wonderful things he has planned over the Spring and into the Chester Summer of Love …

‘Meet the Artist’ Exhibitions 2021

Kicking off on Saturday 26th June, ‘Never Mind the Badges’ by Tony Dennis isn’t what you’d call a conventional art exhibition. Appealing to pop-art lovers, pop-culture and music enthusiasts alike, the first event of the year celebrates past music eras in the form of Giant Pin Badges!  Vintage recreations of the Better Badges range from the years 1976 to 1984, this is an inspiring journey of nostalgia for all music lovers.

On Saturday 17th July, you can feast your eyes on ‘Urban Geisha’ by Gareth Tristan Evans, featuring rare new pieces from this emerging artist’s much sought-after Urban Geisha series,  Gareth combines digital and traditional design to create unique contemporary artwork with vintage influences; a fantastic juxtaposition of the old and the new.

Scan the QR code and head to the ‘Meet the Artist’ Exhibitions 2021 blog for the full schedule of events.

Art For Wellbeing – Courses, Workshops & Paint Nights

The last 12 months has been really hard on all of us. I speak from personal experience – so when Alex told me about his new creative workshops, courses and paint nights, I was all ears!

This program starts with a four-week course on Mondays throughout July  – ‘Introducing Creative Mindfulness’ is a creative course which offers a kind and supportive environment to immerse yourself in art and craft activities that help focus the mind, whilst introducing a range of techniques that can be developed at home.

There are many other one-day courses in the program. ‘Create your own Seascape’ is perfect for those who are inspired by the sea, and want to capture its energy and beauty in your own piece of art.

‘Show me the Monet’ takes inspiration from Claude Monet’s painting of Waterlilies. You create a canvas painting which captures movement, light and colour using acrylic paints and a variety of expressive techniques.

There are many more events like this to choose from. You can buy a ticket just for yourself, or take friends and family along depending on what restrictions may be in place at the time.

Scan the QR code and head to the ‘Art For Wellbeing’ courses blog for the full schedule of events.

And if you simply love looking at beautiful paintings, then Watergate Street Gallery will be open again on April 12th, and you’re more than welcome. With thought-provoking collections, Meet the Artist events and a full program of activity workshops, there really is something for everyone.