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Thursday, December 10, 2015

Fairytales bring magic to Ormskirk at Christmas

Ormskirk has become home to some fantastic fairytales this Christmas with a series of wonderful creative projects in the town centre.

Fabulous illuminated pop up exhibitions telling wonderful stories are on display at two vacant shop sites.

The Chapel Gallery is hosting the exciting Objects of Desire Exhibition, which is set in surroundings inspired by well-known fairy tales and showcases the work of 35 of the best contemporary craft makers in the UK. The fairytale theme even extends to some beautiful banners on Moor Street.

Councillor Yvonne Gagen, portfolio holder for Leisure, said: “The magic of fairytales has really come to Ormskirk this Christmas. Come and see these wonderful exhibitions as they are a festive treat not to be missed.”

Two West Lancashire professional artists, Matthew Roby and Angie Thompson, were commissioned to produce the artworks.

Matthew, originally from Up Holland, has created a series of images that re-interpret traditional fairytales by The Brothers Grimm in the empty retail unit by the Clock Tower (previously Johnson the cleaners). Angie Thompson, based in Ormskirk, has illustrated her own original fairytale ‘Goose and the Gingerbread Moons’ inspired by Ormskirk's rich history and this can be seen at a retail unit on the junction of Burscough Street and Derby Street.

Matthew has also designed the Moor Street banners, based on fairytales such as Jack and the Beanstalk to show what Ormskirk has to offer.

The installation of these artworks is part of a key aim of the Ormskirk Town Centre Strategy to use art to help make the town centre look more vibrant. West Lancashire Borough Council is hoping to develop this project further by working in partnership with local businesses, Arts Council England and professional artists to create an annual attraction for the town.

Please email your thoughts on the artworks to chapel.gallery@westlancs.gov.uk. The Council would love to hear from you.

You can also find more information on this project at Chapel Gallery (external link).

Follow the Council on Twitter @westlancsbc for updates on the Chapel Gallery.

For more information on the Chapel Gallery please visit Chapel Gallery or Chapel Gallery (external link).

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