College Visual Arts returns to its Chester Roots

Cheshire College – South & West’s Visual Arts department is coming home when it relocates back to Chester in September 2018 to maximise on the thriving opportunities for young budding artists in the region.

The city has creativity in abundance with festivals, parades and events scheduled throughout the year that bring together the local community.

Former student and now Art and Design Tutor at Cheshire College – South & West, Louise Condon said: “I studied Art at the College when it was originally based in Chester. The benefit of the City’s heritage, culture and visual arts, as well as creative learning opportunities created wide appeal.

“I have worked at the College for 17 years and I am delighted to be returning to our roots as there are amazing opportunities for learners to experience and grow here. Our tutors and students are immensely passionate for art, therefore to have Chester on our doorstep, a city known for its culture and creativity, will be fantastic.”

Russell Kirk, the Artistic Director of a number of North West events including Chester’s Midsummer and Winter Watch Parades, regularly works with Cheshire College – South & West. Each year this partnership offers students the chance to work alongside a professional creative team within the industry, enabling them to develop their skills and experience.

Russell commented: “Chester is a great place for Art and Design students. If you’re motivated and willing to make the effort, the opportunities for meaningful involvement in the local art scene are wide and varied.

“Cheshire College – South & West has a forward-thinking approach to teaching, enabling students to get a real feel for their subject and it’s place within society. I’m really pleased that they are moving back to Chester, it will benefit the students greatly.”

Art and Design tutors at Cheshire College – South & West are also successful artists in their own right. This enables them to provide practical advice to the students, providing a more mature environment and access to all aspects of art, including research, design through to selling their work.

Art and Design tutor Ian Prewitt works as a street artist on public events and festivals across Britain and Europe. He is also the organiser of Street Level 2018 – Chester’s first Visual Arts Festival that will feature some of the most successful artists in the North West.

Louise is a ceramist who is currently exhibiting at Mostyn Gallery. This year her work will feature at the RHS Tatton Park Flower Show and at the Cold Wax and Clay exhibition at the Seagrass Gallery. Louise will also be exhibiting in Swindon as part of the Fifty Bees project, alongside 49 other Artists.

Louise added: “Our knowledge, experience and current work in the art world is added value to the services we provide at the College. It helps students with all areas of visual arts, real life experiences and support with industry links to further their career.”

For more information on studying Visual Arts at Cheshire College – South & West, or for details on how to enrol on the Level 1, Level 2 and Level 3 BTEC, Arts Foundation and part-time and night courses available in September, visit or call the College hotline on 01244 656555.