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Wednesday, July 15, 2015

A celebration of talent at the West Lancashire Open Exhibition 2015

The prestigious West Lancashire Open Exhibition was unveiled to the public on Saturday 11 July. The Chapel Gallery has brought together a collection of vibrant works by accomplished artists from across the UK.  

The gallery, which is run by West Lancashire Borough Council, hosts its annual Open Exhibition until September 9. It’s a celebration of colour, technique and imagination and gives visitors the chance to see a broad variety of inspiring works created by talented individuals in a wide range of media.  

If you’re interested in developing an art collection, the Open Exhibition is a great way to source original artworks to suit all budgets as pieces range from small scale watercolours, prints and photography to large scale contemporary oil paintings, 3D works and textiles. It is a truly diverse exhibition with something for everyone to enjoy.  

Councillor Yvonne Gagen, portfolio holder for Leisure, said: “This is a challenging time for the arts so the fact that this exhibition continues to develop from strength to strength is testament to the passion and commitment of the artists exhibited. Visitors will find work from established professionals through to students and amateurs with ambition.”

All the works were judged by guest selectors including Tracy Hill and Nathan Pendlebury, who are both established artists and curators. Together the selection panel has chosen almost 150 artworks for exhibition in the light and open space of the Chapel Gallery.  

Several works of art received commendations and the overall winners were:  

  • Joint Third Prize £200 (£100 each): Steph Shipley, Of Other Spaces #2, Solar Plate Etching and Alan Smith, Island on Lock Eilt, Analogue Silver Print Photograph
  • Second Prize £400: Jason Thompson, Melody Showed Me Blossfeldt, Enamel Paint and Varnish on Board
  • First Prize £800: Arthur Roberts, Winter 2014/15 (Cadium Yellow), Acrylic and Graphite on Wood  

The Open is one of the gallery’s most popular exhibitions, where there is something for everyone to enjoy. This exhibition offers an excellent opportunity for any would be art collectors as the artworks can be purchased at very reasonable prices. Don’t forget to place your vote for the People’s Prize winner when you visit and be in with a chance to win a fantastic prize yourself.  

If you would like a tour of the Open Exhibition please contact the Gallery on 01695 571328 or email chapel.gallery@westlancs.gov.uk. There are free family-friendly gallery based activities available during every exhibition at the Chapel Gallery for people to explore, engage and enjoy.  

The gallery, on St Helens Road, is open from 10am to 4.30pm, Tuesday to Saturday.  The gallery also has a café and craft shop, and admission is free.  For more information please visit Chapel Gallery or Chapel Gallery (external link), email chapel.gallery@westlancs.gov.uk or call 01695 571328.  

For more information on West Lancashire Borough Council events please visit events.  

Also is on view is a showcase of  sixteen students artwork  from the West Lancashire College Art & Design department.  

Students at the College have the opportunity to experiment with an extraordinarily broad range of art techniques and processes, and as they progress, investigate themes and ideas which are personal to themselves.

The work seen here is a very small sample taken from a number of projects often based on traditional art themes or on the work of certain artists. The artwork is an eclectic mix that demonstrates a range of skills and understandings of the different mediums portrayed, to provide an interesting and innovative showcase 

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