New Northwich exhibition and calendar captures town’s vibrancy and beauty from 30 November at the Lion Salt Works Museum

On 30 November, a pop-up exhibition of the twelve pictures featured in this year’s Visual Arts Cheshire 2020 calendar will go on display at the award-winning Lion Salt Works Museum in Northwich, until 5 January.  The calendar, featuring Northwich scenes by locally-based artists, will be located in the Museum’s café and members of the public are welcome to see the pictures, free of charge, during the Museum’s opening hours. For more information about the exhibition call 01606 275066 or visit www.westcheshiremuseums.co.uk or www.danarts.co.uk

The 2020 calendar, which is the seventh in the series, costs £5 and will be available to buy at the Museum’s shop as well as from Northwich Art Shop, Weaver Hall Museum and Work House, Northwich Library and Northwich Information Centre. Alternatively, online orders can be made at www.danarts.co.uk

The exhibition, being held in conjunction with the DAN Community and Northwich Art Shop, reproduces 12 original paintings from artists who live and work in Northwich and the surrounding area. The images capture the vibrancy of the town centre, some of its historical sites, such as the Anderton Boat Lift, Wallerscote Island, Saltersford Tunnel and images of the canal and River Weaver. The twelve artists comprise professional artists and highly talented amateurs whose work shows their love of Northwich.

Alan Carr, Chairman, Visual Arts Cheshire, said: “Northwich has so much to offer and the paintings are a lovely way to show off our town. Each year, the calendar – which represents great value at only £5 – becomes more popular. It is a great present for friends and family living locally as well as those who have moved away from the area. We are delighted that the paintings will be shown as large prints at the historic Lion Salt Works Museum and hope that as in previous years, the calendar will be a sell-out.”

Lisa Harris, Director of Place Strategy, Cheshire West and Chester Council, said; “There is so much to celebrate in Northwich and this calendar is an imaginative and creative way of showcasing the town. The passion for their subject shines out in these original works, which have all been produced by local artists. I’m delighted that after seven years, this calendar is still going strong.”

The Lion Salt Works Museum tells the story of salt through interactive displays, including a sound and light show, automaton and ‘subsiding house’. It has won nine prestigious awards since re-opening after a four-year £10m restoration in June 2015.

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