We’re taking art and creativity outside this summer with five fantastic days of free arty activity for young people and aspiring adult artists right in the heart of Chester. Use textiles, sculpture, crafts, writing and illustration to create your own amazing artworks. The pieces you produce will be taken by the professional artists and turned into a fabulous, collaborative larger work to be displayed at Storyhouse.

Six talented professional artists will lead the Create Art With an Artist open air sessions in Town Hall Square on Thursdays and Sundays during July and August, with each session based on the idea of looking forward after the pandemic.

Thursday, 29 July
Join graphic designer and animator Carol Hanson to create a collaged flower or fruit for a front room made from paper products.

Sunday, 8 August
Illustrator Nikki Pinder will guide you to draw your feelings about the pandemic to decorate a giant robot face.

Thursday, 12 August
Textile artist and printmaker Clare Owens will be creating an enormous pair of hospital scrubs alongside pomander bags.

Sunday, 22 August
Make and decorate your own bugs with arts collective Art in the Place.

Thursday, 26 August
Express your lockdown emotions in a piece of art guided by community art Neuza Morais.

All sessions are free and run from 11am to 5pm

This project has been funded by Destination Chester – a local network led by Chester’s top attractions and businesses – which is supported by the European Regional Development Fund, and will enable Chester and the wider area to be taken forward and grow its status as a ‘go-to’ tourist destination throughout the summer and autumn.

On Stage Lunchtime Lectures – The Future of Events Will Be Hybrid
Online

The past 18 months have witnessed a seismic shift in working and social practices. This session will examine how the future of events will be ‘hybrid’ in nature to capitalise on technology to develop new experiences.

On Stage In Conversation with Stacey Dooley – Are You Really OK? Understanding Britain’s Mental Health Emergency
Storyhouse Theatre

Join Stacey Dooley for a thought-provoking, inspiring and informative evening as she celebrates the publication of her new book.

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On Stage Childlessness in Literature
Garret Theatre

A panel discussion event on childlessness (not by choice) in literature. Hear from four guests talking about a book which could be factual, a memoir, or fiction.

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On Stage 10 Minute Talks – Kaleidoscope Editon
Garret Theatre

A panel of real people telling their story. Each person on the panel is living with a disability. Their story…

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On Stage 10 Minute Talks – Unpaid Carers
Garret Theatre

In this event you will hear some short, engaging stories from unpaid carers telling you their own stories’ including Welsh television and radio broadcaster Beti George.

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Cinema Never Gonna Snow Again (Cert. TBC)

1hr 53 | When a mysterious stranger arrives in a gated community on the outskirts of a large city, he is welcomed by the wealthy residents who embrace his talents as a masseur.

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Exercise in Pregnancy and New Motherhood
Garret Theatre

Join Chester based author, speaker and health physiologist, Dr. Rehana Jawadwala as she dives deep into the benefits of maternal physical activity.

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On Stage Silver Rainbows in Conversation
Garret Theatre

Body Positive Community Development Worker, Colin Avery talks to fellow members of Silver Rainbows on the theme of ‘What does it take to be your authentic self?’

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On Stage The Midnight Library – A Panel Discussion
Garret Theatre

A fly-on-the-wall type event inspired by Matt Haig’s The Midnight Library with Emi Howe (Sociologist, Body Therapist and TEDx speaker), Leana Hughes (Councellor, major accident survivor), and Gregory Starbuck (Integrative Counsellor).

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Activities Storyhouse Women Ideas Session
Thu 7pm
Online

An opportunity to be involved in what sort of events take place at Storyhouse as part of Storyhouse Women Weekend which will take place next year.

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