A graduate of Liverpool College of Art, Adrian has worked as an Illustrator, Arts Development Officer and Lecturer in various academic and public institutions. Currently, he is Arts Development Officer for Cheshire West and Chester Council, with a particular interest in Visual Arts.

He has lectured in the History of Art for the University of Liverpool and a variety of groups and societies, to many thousands of people over a period of twenty years. Recent developments have included lecture tours to Paris, Glasgow, Prague , Amsterdam, Edinburgh, Florence, Pisa, Siena, Bruges, New York, Madrid, Ekaterinburg Cologne and many English cities. Specialist subjects include Flemish Art, Mannerism and the Modern Movement.

His painting is figurative and highly detailed, drawing its inspiration from many periods of history and many artistic sources. It is mythological, symbolic, exotic, erotic, arcane, literary, whimsical, ancient and modern. It refers to games, puns, magic, alchemy, physics, poetry, dreams and visions. It aims to entertain, disturb and resonate.
He has recently been accepted for inclusion in the Directory of Approved Lecturers for the National Association of Decorative and Fine Art Societies.


Verdin Grammar School
O Levels: Art, English Language, English Literature, History, Maths, Geography
A Levels: Arts (A), English (A), History (B), General Studies (C)
Mid-Cheshire College of Art and Design
Foundation Studies
Liverpool College of Art
Diploma of Art and Design – Fine Art and Painting (2.2)

Positions Held

Part-time Lecturer in General Studies: North Cheshire College, Warrington
Part-time Lecturer in History of Art, Design, Photography, Fashion, Cinema etc: Hugh Baird College of FE (Foundation Studies), Bootle
Part-time Lecturer in History of Art: University of Liverpool, Department of Extension Studies/Continuing Education
Part-time Lecturer: WEA (West Cheshire District)
Director of Development of the Arts in Northwich (DAN): including responsibility for exhibitions, programming, related lectures, gallery and museum tours, marketing, fundraising and sponsorship.
Arts Development Officer: Cultural Services, Cheshire West and Chester Council including; Exhibitions, Festival Development, Special Projects, Public Art, Lecture series at the Grosvenor Museum, Art Trips and Art Study Weekends

Exhibitions organised for Chester Grosvenor Museum include

February 1995
July/August 1992/3/4
July/September 1996 May 1992
December/January 1997
March/April 1997
October 1999
April 2003
May 2006
March 2009
First Open Art Competition Show
3 Shell Archive Shows
‘Out of Africa’ – Collection of African Art and Artefacts
‘Jitterbugs’ – Contemporary Automata
Socialist Realist Paintings – Ekaterinburg Exchange
Chester Artists in Ekaterinburg
Fire-Jugglers, (permanent Public Artwork by David Annand)
Chester Artists in Senigallia (Italy)
P-art-NERS-Collaborative show at Museum am Burghof, Lorrach
P-art-NERS-Collaborative show at Grosvenor Museum, Chester

Membership of Professional Bodies

Member of Liverpool Academy
Member of PAC (Professional Artists in Cheshire)
Member of Manchester Academy of Fine Art (MAFA)
Member of CAN (Cheshire Artists Network)

Exhibitions - Mixed Shows

June 1972
February 1976
March 1977
February 1978
February 1978
January 1979
October 1980
January 1982
April 1984
December 1990
March 1993
April 1994
March 1994/5/6
March/April 1997
July 1997
September 1998
November/January 1998/9
July 1999
July 1999
September 2000
October 2000
Nov 2001
Oct-Nov 2003
May 2004
April 2004
October 2004
July 2005
October 2005
April/May 2006
October – November 2006
April-June 2007
November-April 2007/8
Jan-December 2008
Stowells Student Exhibition – Mall Gallery, London
Face of Merseyside – Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool
100 Years of the Walker Art Gallery – Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool
Cheshire Artists – Chester Arts Trust
Liverpool Nude – Bluecoat Chambers, Liverpool
100 Plus (Liverpool Artists) – Senate House, Liverpool University
Liverpool Post and Echo Invitation Show – Post and Echo Building
Association of Illustrators Exhibition – Mall Gallery, London
Open Show – Illustrators Art – D’Arblay Street, London
Open Show – Crane Art – Kings Road, Chelsea
4 Artists – Association of Illustrators Gallery, London
Northwich and District Society of Arts Annual Show
Harlequin Theatre Annual Exhibition – Northwich
Merseyside Artist 6 Tour - Chester, Southport, Birkenhead, Rhyl
Art Aid for Poland – Cuddington, Northwich
Wilde Contemporary Art Show – Hyde Park Gallery, London
Great Big Picture Show – Castle Park Arts Centre, Frodsham
Northwich Artists – Castle Park Arts Centre, Frodsham
Manchester Academy Open Exhibition – City Art Gallery, Manchester
Chester Artists in Ekaterinburg – Ekaterinburg Fine Art Museum
PAC Exhibition for Chester Fringe – St Olaves Centre, Chester
Manchester Academy Exhibitions
Cheshire Open Studios Exhibition – Dukes Oak Gallery
PAC Artists at Warrington Art Gallery
PAC Artists at Grosvenor Museum, Chester
Contemporary Painters – Castle Park Arts Centre, Frodsham
Open Studios Exhibition – Dukes Oak Gallery and London Road Gallery
The Art Boat – PAC Artists on the Cheshire Ring
PAC Show – Williamson Gallery, Birkenhead
pARTy – Grosvenor Museum, Chester
Chester Artists Show – Galleria Expo-Ex, Senigallia
The Body in Art – Kaleyards Gallery, Chester
CAN Show – Kaleyards Gallery, Chester.
Catwalk – Norton Priory, Halton.
Manchester Academy members’ show. Oldham Gallery.
p-ART-ners Exhibition. Lorrach, Germany
Les Fleurs du Mal. – Slug and Lettuce, Chester
Food and Drink – Slug and Lettuce, Chester.
Art in Gardens – Warrington Museum and Art Gallery
Art in Gardens – 10 exhibitions around Cheshire

Exhibitions – One Man Shows

July 1975
July 1976
October 1976
May 1977
August 1977
July 1979
August 1979
May 1982
April 1986
July 1989
March 1997
September 1998
September 2000
Ice Age – Liverpool Academy Gallery, Renshaw Street
The Bitter End – Bolton Octagon Theatre
Dire Peril – Gallery Books, Oswestry
The World of Dew – Mid-Cheshire College, Northwich
The Angel Falls – Wrexham Arts Centre Gallery
Sphinx - Liverpool Academy Gallery, Pilgrim Street
Sphinx – Weaver Hall, Northwich
One Man Show – Salford Museum and Art Gallery
Retrospective – Everyman Theatre, Liverpool
Retrospective – Castle Park Arts Centre, Frodsham
Komic Kuts – Alaska Café Bar, Manchester
Open Studio – home
Open Studio – home


June 1988
November 2000
February 2001
Commencing October 2002
From January 2004/ongoing

January 2004
April 2004
September/November 2006

Feb-May 2009
Semi finalist in the tv art quiz Connoisseur
Guest lecturer at Urals State University, Ekaterinburg
Public Art Strategy for Chester City Council
Adrian Sumner Fine Art Tours (see website)
Series of lectures for NADFAS (National Association of Decorative and
Fine Arts Societies)
Guest lecturer at The Barber Institute of Fine Arts (Birmingham University)
Organiser of Chester Baudelaire Festival
(plus delivery of 5-lecture series on Baudelaire and associated artists)
(plus contributor to University of Chester Baudelaire Symposium)
Director Chester Visual Arts Festival
Lecture series for Chester Grosvenor Museum.

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