Date: 22nd October 2020

LAST week saw the holding of an exciting new art exhibition in Winsford which showed off some of the great artwork produced by residents and schools in the town capturing their experiences of lockdown during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The exhibition itself was organised by Winsford Town Council, following a decision taken by the Council’s Community Committee on 1st October 2020 and was part of an international festival in conjunction with Winsford’s twin town of Deuil-La-Barre in France.

The exhibition took place on Thursday 15th October 2020 in the town centre and featured over 400 pieces of art hung on a clothesline to create a huge display of art for the town to enjoy.

The theme of the exhibition was ‘Inventing Our History’ – a theme which has great relevance to us all as we struggle to cope with the impact of the pandemic.

The event, whilst organised by the Town Council, could not have happened without the involvement of local schools (Willow Wood Primary School; High Street Primary School; Hebden Green Community School; Overhall Community School; St Chads Primary School; Darnhall Primary School; and the Winsford Academy); the assistance of local artists including the Cross-Hatch Gallery; local residents and Town Councillors/Town Council staff.

Winsford Town Mayor, Cllr Don Beckett commented, “this was a tremendous event and one which we really needed during these difficult times. The amount of artwork produced was incredible and the standard was excellent. I am very proud of our people and the talent we have in the town is phenomenal”.

His comments were echoed by the chair of the WTC Community Committee, Cllr Damon Horrill, who said that “it was so nice to be able to hold this event when so much has had to be cancelled because of the restrictions around the pandemic. The Committee was unanimous in supporting the venture and we hope to be able to hold similar events in the near future”.

Cllr Lyndsay Barwell commented that “the event was a great success and showed what can be achieved when people work together”.

Town Clerk Mark Bailey said “we had so many schools and artists wanting to be a part of this. It just shows how much enthusiasm and ability we have in the town. Let’s all hope we can get back to normal soon and allow this talent to really flourish once again”.

The Town Council would also like to thank Winsford Cross Shopping Centre and Cheshire West and Chester Council for their support and hopes that, within restrictions, more events can be held in conjunction with local and international partners.