17 September – 12 November 2016
Visitors can watch their faces come to life as winged creatures which flap and fly around on-screen; they can try out an Occulus Rift headset and enter an imaginary animated world, or be spooked by the hypnotic eyes of a Day of the Dead inflatable skull!
This exhibition features several animation techniques, from Zoetropes through to computer generated imagery. The commissioned artists, including Aardman Studios, have produced works which illustrate these techniques and all have been designed to be enjoyably interactive.
Opening Event: Saturday 17 September. Visit to enjoy free, family friendly activities.
Exhibition organised by 20|21
19 November 2016 – 21 January 2017
Alice returns from her wonderland, Jack scrambles back down his beanstalk and Shakespearean fairies emerge from their forests…
This is an exhibition inspired by storytelling: enchanting fables, exotic tales and personal narratives.
Throughout the winter months, visitors are invited to explore this exhibition, discovering an array of artworks that will fascinate and delight.
Exhibiting artists: Jac Balmer, Mychael Barratt, Mary Campbell, Val Jackson, Shirlee McGuire, Judy Musselle, Ruth Packham, Gill Smith, Steve Talbot, Mark Uttley and Louise Wood.
Opening event: Saturday 19 November. Visit to enjoy free, family friendly activities.
Image: Val Jackson
28 January – 25 March 2017
What do we think of when we hear the word geometry? A sharp shape and a clean line?
Works produced with a ruler and a steady hand certainly feature in this group show, but visitors will also discover pieces that play with the dynamic qualities associated with this ancient term.
The resulting exhibition is a celebration of shape, symmetry and pattern – the mysterious magic of geometry.
Exhibiting artists: Emma Bennett, Louisa Chambers, Damian Cruikshank, Stephen Cunliffe, Lisa Jones, Collette Lilley, Jim Milner, Arthur Roberts and Jason Thompson.
Opening event: Saturday 28 January. Visit to enjoy free, family friendly activities.
Image: Louisa Chambers, Guise
The Association of Illustrators’
World Illustration Awards:
1 April – 6 May 2017
We are proud to host this prestigious exhibition which brings together exceptional images created by artists from across the globe.
From self-initiated experiments, to the covers that entice us to read a particular book, this exhibition demonstrates that innovation in illustration has the power to persuade, excite and engage us all.
Image: Junilu Mala, Morning Malaise
Exhibition organised by the Association of Illustrators
The Reading Room, 1 April - 6 May 2017
Back by popular demand! In partnership with Waterstones, Ormskirk. Bring a book and swap it for another one, take a seat and stay with us a while.
Opening event: Saturday 1 April. Visit to enjoy free, family friendly activities.