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Friday, May 06, 2016

A Pop Up Art Gallery comes to Sandy Lane Shopping Centre

Come along to the Sandy Lane Shopping Centre and enjoy fabulous artwork and creative activities at the new pop up gallery and gift shop. Organised by the Friends of Sandy Lane in Partnership with West Lancashire Borough Council, Unit 116 will be transformed.  

This imaginative project opened on Tuesday 3 May and will be open every Tuesday from 10am-4.30pm; every Wednesday from 10am-4pm; and every Thursday 10.30am-4.30pm for six weeks. 

Artwork by artist and illustrator Matthew Roby will be on display as well as work from the Sandy Lane Story Tellers workshops. These workshops are part of the Get Creative with Sandy Lane project, which is funded by Arts Council England.  Published writer Sarah Schofield has been working with local people capturing their fascinating memories of the area. ‘Tell Me a Story’ is a memory corner set up by Sarah, this includes memories of people who have lived and worked in Sandy Lane over the years. 

Visitors are invited to the pop up gallery to add their own particular memories over the next few weeks, and if you are feeling particularly creative, you can contribute to a collaborative community story. There is also an activity sheet for children to write/draw imaginary stories about a real or imaginary adventure at the shopping Centre, using sticky speech bubbles and lots of colouring crayons.  

Over the coming weeks the pop up gallery will also host a free five-week short story writing course for writers aged 16 and over. This started on Tuesday 3 May and will be every Tuesday from 6pm–8pm. Sessions will be inspired by the heritage of Sandy Lane. All abilities are welcome. 

Emma Blackburn, a textile artist, will be facilitating free fun textile workshops for families, which started on Wednesday 4 May for five weeks, from 3.30pm–5pm. 

Emma will also be running a Saturday Art Club for 8-11 year-olds, initially for six weeks. Sessions started on Saturday 30 April and will run alternate Saturday afternoons from 1.30pm–3.30pm, cost is £5 per session to be paid termly. Booking and consent forms need to be completed through contacting West Lancashire Arts Development Service on 01695 571328 or email chapel.gallery@westlancs.gov.uk

The Friends of Sandy Lane are looking for volunteers who would be interested in helping run the venue, and if people come forward the gallery could open on other days. Information will also be available on how to join the Friends of Sandy Lane.

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