A STUNNING image of one of Cheshire’s cathedrals of industry appears in a fascinating exhibition at Chester’s Grosvenor Museum.
Welcome to Winnington, an award- winning painting by Northwich- based Richard Edmunds, who specialises in industrial landscapes and portraits, is included in 29 pictures by 20 artists, drawn from the museum’s collection of local contemporary art.
It was acquired by the museum after winning last year’s Open Art exhibition.
Dating back to the late 19th century, the Winnington Works were built by John Brunner and Ludwig Mond whose business eventually became ICI. The factory was the first of three chemical works around the town.
“I moved to Northwich six years ago and since then I’ve been fascinated by the industrial areas that surround the town,” says Richard, an art director who has only recently started painting regularly.
“Over time these factories have been changed, neglected or demolished, leaving a fascinating jigsaw of shapes, colours and textures.
“I’m interested to see how nature and people cope with living in close proximity to these cathedrals of industry.”
He has depicted the factory and townscape in sombre tones “to give an idea of how polluting these places can be and to evoke the dirty, industrial age”.
The exhibition runs until Sunday, November 16. Accompanying events include half-term workshops for children and families from October 27-31, a lecture by Adrian Sumner on Driven to Abstraction on Nov 5, a botanical illustration workshop with Moira Rae Carter on Nov 8, a guided tour of the exhibition on Nov 12 and a pen and ink drawing workshop with Claire and Loren Somerville on Nov 15.
The museum is open Monday-Saturday 10.30am-5pm and Sunday 1-4pm. Admission is free.