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Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Making Faces Exhibition

Send your selfie to the Chapel Gallery and it could end up being featured in a new exhibition.

The Making Faces exhibition at the Chapel Gallery opens on Saturday 18 January and celebrates the portrait, which has a long tradition of being represented by painter and sculptor alike.

Some seek to create an honest representation, while others a thing of beauty. The celebrity culture that exists today has an insatiable appetite for images.

Selfies – photographs taken by people of themselves on their mobile phones – was one of the biggest trends of 2013. You can have your own portrait included on the wall of fame in this great exhibition, which runs until 18 March, if you send your selfie to chapel.gallery@westlancs.gov.uk. All portraits will be exhibited provided they are suitable for display.

On the exhibition’s opening day visitors can celebrate by taking part in the free family fun event with a face painter and creative activities. Visitors can also add their own selfies through the family fun event.

Artists whose work will be in display include John Afflick, Stephen Brown, Lee Devonish, David Hancock, Errol Neil, Anthony Ogden, Pauline Parsons, Kyle Poulson, Leanne Richardson and Anne-Marie Wright.

Councillor David Sudworth, portfolio holder for Leisure, said: “Making Faces sound likes a great exhibition and gives people the opportunity to be a part of the event as they can send in their own portrait. So make sure you email your selfie to the gallery.”

Also in display at the West Lancashire Borough Council-run gallery is ‘Making It 2:- A celebration’, which is a showcase of the fabulous work in a scheme involving two community groups and West Lancashire Community High School.

Three artists, Angie Thompson, Julie James Turner and Louise Wood took over the Chapel Gallery in March last year and then went on to work with Learning Stars, Galloway’s and the school. Sharing their skills, expertise and experiences the artists supported the individuals in the creation of the amazing work that is showcased here. This project was funded by the Council and Arts Council England and will be in display until 1 March 2014.

For more information on Chapel Gallery events visit our Chapel Gallery page website or go to the Chapel Gallery website (external link).

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