WELLBEING AND ART - March 2022 Gallery Events Calendar

Watergate Street Gallery are delighted to be hosting a series of exhibitions to support the Refresh Projects which relates directly to our art for wellbeing activities and events.

We strongly believe in the power art plays in bringing communities together and the benefits to mental wellbeing and are working to promote this further in 2022 

5th and 6th March

Workshops for children to create artwork for secret garden and mural

12th to 28th March 

As part of the Refresh Project and our support for Art for Wellbeing we are pleased to be hosting an exhibition by Simone Cobbald and Mary Hill. 

12th March

Meet the Artist Simone Cobbald and chat about her community work and the stories behind it.

Simone Cobbald project uses clay, creativity and food to bring people together.  Research has shown that people living alone miss eating with others.  Food is an effective way of bringing communities together to gain confidence, learn a new skill and make new friendships.  Simone will also exhibit a range of her own work that is for sale.


12th March

Meet the Artist Mary Hill between 11 am and 4pm

Mary Hill exhibition is a joyous and celebratory look at food;  growing and sharing, exploring heritage recipes and memories connected to food.  Thinking about sustainability and where our food comes from. Mary creates a range of images celebrating local food culture.  This will involve talking to people in local business and creating still life photography which would tell the rich story of food in Chester.  Marys stunning prints are available for sale from £95

12th March

Saturday Girl about Town POP UP Photography studio in our Creative Cavern at the Watergate Street Gallery between 11am and 4pm.  Casey Orr will be photographing a selection of people as part of her national project

Casey Orr – Saturday Girl About Town

Saturday Girl About Town is the award-winning pop-up portrait studio of international photographer Casey Orr.  In 2021/22 young women and all fashionable folk in Northern towns are invited to show off their style and be photographed. The project explores fashion, identity, bodily self-expression, and the high streets and public spaces of towns across Northern England.

The project includes a creative programme designed with local input and knowledge by youth interns, educators, local creatives and local authorities.

The finished portraits will be part of an important national body of work developed across England between 2014 and 2024 with Open Eye Gallery.

12th    March 

Lonely Arts Club hosted in the cavern.  First of a series of networking events for local artists aiming to combat isolation and support professional development in partnership with The University of Chester and The Hamilton Project.


Throughout March

We open up our drop by and draw ‘On the Cobbles’ in our uniquely creative Alfresco area where you can sit by the gallery and sketch what nature means to you.

These doodles, sketches and statements will be curated into a large piece of artwork displayed in the Cavern Area.

13th   March

An exhibition of unique and new artwork from students and staff at the University of Chester and staff based around the theme of florals.  These works will also later be displayed on our website throughout April.

19th  March

Exhibition of leading household names focusing on  the theme of nature, artists include Kerry Darlington, Bernhard Vogel, Alison Johnson and many more.

10% of sales revenue from this exhibition will be donated to charity to support refugees fleeing Ukraine


19th March

Launch of our Secret Garden where nature takes over and we allow plants and the elements to reign free over a range of artwork by local school children and artists.  The effects of the outdoor elements will be recorded to see how it changes the art to become a living installation.    

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 27th March 

Mother’s Day Paint like Van Gogh *** 2 TICKETS REMAINING ***

Come and join us for this ticketed event and learn how to paint like the Masters.  Elizabeth Macdonald, artist, will lead you step by step in how to paint a fabulous vase of sunflowers. 

You will be introduced to working with acrylic paints, mark making and using a palette knife to create an original and expressive masterpiece.

This is a sociable and fun event and no previous experience necessary just a sense of humour.  We will provide a glass of champagne on arrival and you are welcome to bring your own bottle to enhance creative motivation 

Profits  fund our Art for Wellbeing programme supporting people affect by dementia or cancer. 


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