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Thursday, June 26, 2014

Find out about new exhibitions on the way to Chapel Gallery, Ormskirk

Chapel Gallery in Ormskirk is launching its brand new programme with an interactive exhibition that invites visitors to draw, doodle – and even use those childhood favourites, spirographs – to make their own artwork to exhibit at the gallery.

Draw the Line is the latest exhibition at the popular gallery run by West Lancashire Borough Council, from 2  - 5 July 2014.
A celebration of mark making, you don't have to be particularly creative to make a complex pattern with spirographs, or 'take a line for a walk', an interactive art project where visitors can add to a line drawn on the wall to create a piece of art that stretches around the gallery. There will also be other mark-making art activities. Once finished, all the drawings and pictures created will be hung from the ceilings and walls for visitors to enjoy.

The programme features annual favourites such as the West Lancashire Open Exhibition which begins on Saturday 19 July, and Objects of Desire 2014, from 8 November 2014 – 3 January 2015, right across Christmas. Both exhibitions draw audiences from throughout the region and, with such a diverse selection of original artwork on display,  are designed to include something for all tastes and budgets.

Due to its increased popularity over recent years, the Chapel Gallery Christmas Event, which begins on the same day at the Ormskirk Christmas Lights switch-on each year - Friday 28 November, with a fantastic evening event starting from 6pm – has been extended to run across the whole weekend Friday 28, Saturday 29 and Sunday 31 November.

The theme is Vintage & Handmade, so if you or anyone you know sells high quality goods that fit the bill, contact the gallery to apply for a stall.

The Gallery is commemorating the 100th anniversary of the start of World War One with two poignant exhibitions inspired by heroes. Burnt Out by Helen Snell, 13 September – 1 November 2014, is a breath-taking installation of large scale, three-dimensional paper-cuts that explore issues such as Imperialism and survival against the odds. The focus of War Horse Heroes, 13 September - 3 November, is much closer to home, taking as its subject the 210,800 horses that were prepared for battle at Lathom Park, West Lancashire.

Accompanying each exhibition there are activities especially designed to encourage creativity in younger visitors. The Art Clubs, Family Friendly Activities, School Holiday Activities and Adult Learning Courses also mean that, no matter what your age or ability, there's something to get your creative juices flowing.

Councillor David Sudworth, portfolio holder for leisure, said: “With such a broad programme of exhibitions, events and activities there is plenty to interest and enjoy at the Chapel Gallery. So escape the hurly burly, enter the calm of the gallery and explore.”

For more information visit the Chapel Gallery pages or  call on 01695 571328.

Chapel Gallery is located on St Helens Road, Ormskirk. Opening hours are Tuesday to Saturday, 10.00am to 4.30pm. Admission is free.

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