Chester Visual Arts announce events programme

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Chester Visual Arts have announced a programme of events and artist led workshops in support of their V&A touring exhibition Chance and Control: Art in the Age of Computers currently on show in the old library building.

The charity is bringing some of the most innovative digital artists working in the North West to the Old Library, offering unique new opportunities for creatives, families, art history lovers and music fans to engage with the exhibition on a deeper level. Meanwhile CVA continue in their quest to create a permanent public gallery in Chester fafter succesfully bringing the Woman’s Hour Craft Prize and Pop Art in Print to the old library.

The programme of events includes:

Douglas Dodds, Senior Curator in the V&A’s Word and Image Department, will give a lecture on the history of digital art and design on Wednesday 21 August. A digital art specialist, Dodds curated Chance and Control: Art in the Age of Computers and the talk is a must for anyone fascinated by the exhibition or art history.

Artist collective the Owl Project invites families to join them on Saturday 31 August to make analogue crawling robots that respond to light. Alongside constructing the robots, participants will be tracking the movement of these artificial life forms and make a series plotted drawings that participants will be able to take away.

Artist Emily Tizley will lead a digital drawing workshop on Friday 6 September. Tilzey will also teach digital drawing and painting techniques for those who want to learn about digital art. No previous experience necessary. A must for artists and budding creatives over 14.

On Saturday 7 September, artist Sam Meech, who has just been long listed for the Lumen Arts Prize, presents Strange Loops. Using a variety of video cameras, monitors, projections, analogue mixers and digital video software, Meech invites visitors to drop-in and explore the wonderful world of feedback systems in video art: strange loops.

After a highly popular first set in July, we welcome back Chester-based Nexus Collective to close the exhibition on Sunday 8 September. Drop-in and view the exhibition sound tracked by glitchy, mechanical and downtempo music.

Ian Short, Chairman of Chester Visual Arts, outlined  “We are delighted to bring such exciting artists to Chester and support new developments in digital art being made today. These artist-led events complement the exhibition and showcase our ambition to place participation and learning at the core of what we do.”

Event details

Wednesday 21 August | 5 – 6pm | £3 | Booking required Chance and Control: Douglas Dodds Lecture Booking link:

Saturday 31 August | 12 – 4pm | £5 | Booking required Light Seeking Stickbots Workshop  Booking link:

Friday 6 September | 1 – 3pm | £5 | Booking required Making a Dimension: Digital Image-Making Workshop Booking link:

Saturday 7 September | 1 – 3pm | Free | drop-in Strange Loops

Sunday 8 September | 1 – 4pm | Free | drop-in Closing event: Nexus collective

All events take place at The Old Library, Northgate Street, Chester, CH1 2EF

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