Chester Art Beat launches this week , with 16 talented artists set to “invade” and occupy strategic locations across the city. The Art Beat 2018 is a pilot instigated by Canon Brooke and managed by local artist, and town crier, Julie Mitchell. It is a free,  family-friendly walking trail which will allow visitors to see artists creating works on site and who will happily chat about what they do and how they are inspired. Expect to see art, craft and design work covering sculpture, textile art, painting, drawing, printmaking, processional puppet work and digital fractal design.

Julie Mitchell, artist Russell Kirk and Canon Jane Brooke. Pic Ashleigh Ann photography

The best order in which take in all the venues is to start at Chester Racecourse, then move along Watergate Street to Stanley Palace, carry on up Watergate to the Cartoon Gallery and to Bishop Lloyd’s Palace. Then head further into the city for the Grosvenor Shopping Centre (central atrium), Marks and Spencer, Chester Cathedral, and Storyhouse. There is a free competition for children and adults to win £25 vouchers for art materials as they walk the trail.

The trail runs from 11.00 til 3.30 on the 25th/26th and 11.00 til 4.30 on the 27th. A trail map can be downloaded from

This commununit project, designed to appeal to visitors and residents is completely free with .artists, craft makers and designers donating their time alongside the venues, which have been also offered for free.  The event has been made possible by generous financial support from HRH Duke of Westminster’s Grosvenor Estates, Cheshire High Sheriff’s Cheshire Community Foundation, 11 CWaC Councillors, and private donors, as well as practical support from Chester BID, CWaC, Councillor Jill Houlbrook, and Tracy French, Head of Art at Upton High School.

For more details see

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: