• Drawing: Looking and thinking: Marks and meaning

      Renshaw, John; University of Chester (University of Chester Press, 2005)
      The catalogue of an exhibition that was the result of an invitation from the Grosvenor Museum, Chester, to John Renshaw to make a personal selection from the Museum's permanent collection of drawings and to offer his own interpretation of the range of images that he chose. The exhibition was timed to coincide with Drawing Power, a national campaign to promote the skill of drawing, which took place during October 2005. However, it is the author's belief that the significance of an image and its potential meanings reside in the mind of the person looking at it, and are not fixed. Visitors to the exhibition were therefore offered the opportunity, not only to look at the images and reflect upon them, but also to record their own impressions, and so the catalogue contains, in addition to images of the 30 chosen drawings and the author's own interpretations, dedicated spaces to accomodate personal notes and drawings.
    • Stephen Clarke: End of the Season

      Clarke, Stephen; University of Chester
      A solo exhibition of an ongoing project that focused on family holidays at Rhyl, the seaside resort in North Wales. The exhibition at the Grosvenor Museum, Chester (25 July – 18 October 2015) comprised black & white digital photographic prints, vintage silver gelatin prints, and colour digital photomontages; a wall-mounted hand-drawn map and a DVD transfer of cine film footage; four themed vitrines that displayed photobooks, postcards and print ephemera from Clarke’s personal archive. The exhibition hinged on the artist’s photobooks of Rhyl published by the independent publisher Café Royal Books: Ocean Beach, Rhyl (2014); Rhyl Seafront (2015); and Rhyl Caravan Parks (2015). Accompanying the exhibition were two public lectures given by Stephen Clarke ‘Picturing the British Holiday’ (17 Aug. 2015) and ‘Holiday-ed in North Wales’ (17 Sept. 2015); and a public drawing performance titled ‘Drawing the End of the Season’ (25 and 26 July, 2015).