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06 August 2013 The internationally renowned Methodist modern art collection is coming to Ellesmere Port in 2014.

Spread across four venues in the town centre, 50 fabulous paintings will be on public display from March 5 to April 29, 2014 as part of a six-week arts festival in the town.

Throughout the festival residents will be able to view the collection, which will be housed within Trinity Church Ellesmere Port, West Cheshire College, University Church of England Academy School and the Paperboat Gallery.

Trinity Ellesmere Port’s Christine Jones said: “The booking for the Methodist Art Collection to come to Ellesmere Port was made five years ago and the hope was that this stunning collection of modern art would act as a catalyst for active participation in a town, where there is a wealth of creative interest and expertise.

“2014 marks the centenary year for the beginning of the First World War and also the centenary year for Trinity. I am really hoping the whole community will engage with the Festival and create a legacy in the town.”

Organisers of the festival are currently looking to create as many opportunities for the public to engage with the modern art collection as possible.

The Port Arts Festival 2014 will be an opportunity to showcase all of arts in the town, from music events and community arts activities to theatre productions and poetry and plans are now underway to finalise the number of ideas and proposals for events put forward for the six-week celebration.

Chair of The Port Arts Festival Steering Group, Councillor Pat Merrick, said: “I was delighted to be invited to chair the committee organising next year’s art festival in our town. The work in the collection is by some of the most interesting artists of the past century as well as living artists inspired by the rich imagery of the life, death and resurrection of Christ.

“I hope everyone will take the opportunity to view these original works and that local artists of all disciplines will submit ideas of their own to take part in Ellesmere Port’s first art festival.”

Programme Leader for Arts and Design at West Cheshire College, John Lansley: “We are extremely excited about the opportunity the art collection in town will give our students. It is very important for Art and Design students to see original pieces of work and this give then this opportunity on their own doorstep.

“Michael Holden, a Foundation Art and Design Diploma student at the College recently won a competition to design the Arts Festival Logo which I’m pleased to say will start to be seen all around the town very soon.”

If you have a specific project you would like to see included in the Festival please submit a proposal with details of the activity including where you would like the event to take place, the proposed date, what will be involved, contact details for the lead person and any funding implications.

The deadline for submission of fringe activities for The Port Arts Festival is Monday, September 30, 2013. For further information, or to submit a proposal please contact Town Centre Improvement Manager Jochem Hollestelle by emailing