Inspired by the creativity and history of Chester, NWTC said the venue aims to support the local community, shine a light on up-and-coming artists and champion the city’s historical and creative scene.
The first works on display were selected in partnership with Moden Art Chester.
Modern Art Chester founder Juliet Cook said: “The aims and inspirations of North Light align with the vision that Modern Art Chester has for its artists.
Exciting new venue
“This exciting new venue and concept provides the perfect space to promote and support local talent and we are proud to provide the first set of artworks to the venue.”
Showcasing a variety of local artists, the initial display includes Ali Kippax, who has lived in the area for more than 30 years and regularly paints in and around the Wirral and Lucy Elizabeth Jones, who explores forgotten areas of the city, transposing them into abstract pieces.
Abstract oil and wax pain artist Jack Few and Matt Tibbott, who creates charcoal and geometric works, are also featured.
NWTC’s, which operates 35 bars and restaurants across the country under its eight brands including the Botanist and The Oast House, new site occupies an 8,600sq ft space in the Coachworks Arcade, fronting Northgate Street, and the new public Exchange Square at the heart of the Northgate development.
Cook added: “The Coachworks building was once home to the Chester Art and Recreation Trust back in the 70’s.
“There are still practicing artists in the city who were active in the venue at that time. They are thrilled it is being used again to house local artists’ work.”
Food-wise, North Light, which takes its name “from the optimal light for creativity” and the history of the Northgate area of the city, features modern dishes and small plates developed by in-house chefs plus hand-crafted cocktails.
The brand’s core food and drink offering includes speciality coffees, pastries from local bakeries, small plates, sharing charcuterie, cheese and deli plates as well as Sunday roasts.
Additionally, North light offers a unique grill concept, allowing guests to choose from a selection of grilled skewers, side dishes and an accompanying sauce.
The curated cocktail menu is split into three sections; Signatures, The Lights ‘to sip in the glow of daylight’ and After Dark ‘to enjoy as the day grows dark’ which guests can enjoy whilst listening to North Light’s DJ.