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Monday, March 10, 2014

The Chapel Gallery is celebrating the art of creative writing and you can win a prize for your story

March is the month for creative writing with national book week and national poetry day due to take place. 
The Chapel Gallery will be opening “The Storytellers“ exhibition on the 15 March showcasing the work of the three artists, Mary Campbell, Fidelma Massey and Rosemary Morrison, a printmaker, sculptor and painter brought together by their love of narrative. 
The storyteller Sue Allonby will be facilitating a free family friendly event on Saturday 15 March, providing story telling sessions guaranteed to bring Massey’s magical sculptures to life. This will be a real treat for all those lovers of folklore and mythology. The free family fun activity takes place at the gallery between 10am-midday and 1pm-3pm. Please book to be guaranteed a place. 
Local artist Sue Bradbury will be showcasing her collection of exquisite framed collages from 5 March – 26 April. Her inspiration comes from her study of animals, wild and domestic. This display shows her passion for colour, shape and design, making each piece truly individual. 
Councillor David Sudworth, portfolio holder for Leisure, said: “The Chapel Gallery is always a great place to go, so make sure you don’t miss out on their latest events and activities.” 
If you feel that writing bug beginning to bite then the gallery has the perfect opportunity for you with its Short Story Writing Competition. Using the image GOLDRING, which is on Chapel Gallery (external link) write a short story. First Prize of £300 for over 16s, First Prize of £50 under 16s. 
For more information please contact the gallery on 01695 571328 or email chapel.gallery@westlancs.gov.uk. The deadline for entering the competition is Tuesday 18 March. All shortlisted entries will be available in the gallery to read and comment on. 
If that isn’t for you then share your favourite published poem and state why you like it, to be in with the chance of winning a book token for £15. All poems should be submitted to chapel.gallery@westlancs.gov.uk, by Tuesday 18 March with the name and phone number of the participant.  
Don’t forget you can still commission a special portrait for Mother’s Day as the gallery has arranged for two local artists, Angie Thompson and Stuart Mason, to produce unique portraits. For further information regarding commissions please contact the gallery. People who want to buy portraits can also purchase them through the interest-free Own Art credit scheme, subject to status.  
Visitors to the gallery may also find that special present for Mother’s Day from the great gifts on display in the shop. Not forgetting the tasty treats in store from the café, with its special Mothers Day menu taking place from 25 March until 5 April. 
The West Lancashire Borough Council-run gallery is open from 10am until 4.30pm Tuesday-Saturday, (closed Sundays and Mondays). To see the full exhibition programme go to the Council’s Chapel Gallery page. You can also call 01695 571328 or email chapel.gallery@westlancs.gov.uk for more information.

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