Warrington showcase for Priestley alumnae

A YOUNG artist is to stage her first exhibition in a museum she used to visit as a child.

The work of Alice Cornelia will be displayed at Warrington Museum & Art Gallery from 13th April to 22nd June.

“It’s an exciting prospect for me as an emerging artist,” said Alice, who studied BTEC Art and Design and Art Foundation at Priestley College.

“It feels great to be making new work and to be able to install it in a Warrington museum. I remember primary school and college trips to the museum so to be exhibiting my own work there feels rather strange.”

Roger Jeffery, exhibitions and interpretation officer at Culture Warrington, said he was delighted to be welcoming Alice back to present her own exhibition.

“Helping emerging artists forge successful careers in the arts is a huge part of our work here at Culture Warrington, so it’s always a great pleasure to see young, local talent displaying their work at Warrington Museum and Art Gallery,” he said.

“We’re very excited to open Alice’s exhibition in April and are confident that visitors are in for a real treat.”

Alice’s exhibition – Alice Cornelia: Back Now – will feature a projection of a short film shot on the East coast of Scotland alongside a selection of photographic prints.

The installation will question boundaries between documentary and fiction, with a playful relationship between representation and abstraction, moving image and the still image.

“I was inspired by our social relationship with images and moving image under the genre of documentary, particularly our tendency to save images which has become part of the human condition,” said Alice.

After studying at Priestley College, Alice went on to Glasgow School of Art and left with a 2:1 in Fine Art, Painting & Printmaking (BA Hons).

Her first solo exhibition has been supported by Priestley College, which has provided her with a projector.

Alice also praised Warrington Museum & Art Gallery for supporting her showcase and its ambition to display other local artists.

“I entered the Warrington Contemporary Arts Festival open exhibition and was offered this opportunity off the back of that,” she said.

“Warrington town centre is experiencing a period of regeneration and that provides a point to reconsider the role of art and artists in contributing to such growth.

“A local art scene can sometimes become lost in regional towns between big cities, but the museum is keen to tackle this and I’m grateful to be a part of it.”