about CAN

About Cheshire Artists Network

CAN is a legally constituted, not-for-profit, artist led organisation currently with forty–one selected, professional members. The organisation has been in existence for over twenty years and has a diverse range of visual artists. We aim to develop good practice, make high quality work, run workshops and exhibit three or four times a year. We have painters, printmakers, sculptors, jewellers, ceramicists, textile artists and photographers.

We endeavour to engage with the community, providing individuals and groups with an opportunity to access and enjoy their own creativity, as well as increased access to view and enjoy our members work.

Members and Committee

The organisation is run by a committee of ten voluntary members who meet regularly to plan projects, select new members and disseminate information to the wider group.

Members are selected on the basis that they are professional, contemporary, visual artists living or working in Cheshire, with a track record of quality practice in the visual arts.

CAN Membership

There is a joining fee of £35, then a subscription fee of £35 per year which is due at the time of the AGM. Honorary members do not pay either of these charges. Any member can apply to sit on the committee.

CAN members are entitled to exhibit in all exhibitions organised by us or choose which they would like to participate in. Projects are often within Cheshire, but are also outside of the county, sometimes sharing space with artists from different counties and countries.

Since 2013 we have received two grants from Arts Council England which have enabled us to take our work into communities within Cheshire and further afield.

Exhibitions this year are:

Aspects of Cheshire at Nantwich Museum from 24th January to 14th April.

Visualised at Warrington Pyramid 26th May to 7th July as part of the Warrington Arts Festival.

The War & Peace Exhibition was at Chester Cathedral during September and is at the Williamson, Birkenhead until the 18th November. It includes work from German and Spanish artists, and an installation of paper doves made by Cheshire junior school children. This is the last event of our WW1 Commemorative Project which started in 2014.

The last exhibition for this year is at Abbeywood Gardens, in the glasshouse, and is from Sunday 9th - Thursday 13th December, with an Art Fair on Sunday 9th.

The first exhibition in 2019 will be part of our ongoing Cheshire Mansion House Project and will be at Arley Hall, Northwich CW9 6NA. The theme is the house and gardens of Arley.

We are currently seeking venues for our new project which is based on the anniversaries coming up in 2019.