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Thursday, November 12, 2015

Fairy tales are coming to town as part of a magical Christmas for Ormskirk

Fairy tales are coming to Ormskirk as West Lancashire Borough Council’s Chapel Gallery has a special treat in store for the coming festive season.

A magical Objects of Desire Exhibition, set in surroundings inspired by well-known fairy tales will showcase the work of 35 of the very best contemporary craft makers and designers from right across the UK.  This exhibition draws visitors from across the North West to West Lancashire as its reputation for quality has grown year on year. There are some superb collections to choose from, including jewellery, ceramics, glassware, textiles, photography and prints.

The annual Objects of Desire Exhibition at the Chapel Gallery opens its doors on Saturday 14 November and is the perfect venue to select a very special gift this Christmas.

Festive banners inspired by well-known fairy tales are being put up in the town to promote what Ormskirk has to offer. These are the work of local artist and illustrator Matthew Roby. Matthew’s work can also be seen in the empty retail unit by the Clock Tower (previously Johnson the cleaners) from 23 November to 3 January, where his very individual take on Sleeping Beauty will bring a bit of fairy magic to the town.

Ormskirk also now has its very own fairy tale “The Goose and the Gingerbread Moons”. This magical tale has been created by artist Angie Thompson and has been inspired by local heritage. It will animate a retail unit on the junction of Burscough Street and Derby Street from 23 November to 3 January.

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.

So come along and experience a magical Ormskirk and visit the Objects of Desire Exhibition where you can also pick out a very special gift for Christmas.

Councillor Yvonne Gagen, portfolio holder for Leisure, said: “The Objects of Desire Exhibition is a fantastic event which I am sure people will really enjoy. This year the empty shops have been touched by fairy dust. So come along see the marvellous displays and you may even be able to pick up a great gift for Christmas.”

From Monday 16 November, the Chapel Gallery is open 10am-4.30pm from Monday to Saturday. It will close at midday on Christmas Eve and re-open on Tuesday 5 January.  The Gallery has some really exciting events planned for Christmas. More details will be announced very soon.

The Gallery is family friendly and provides something for everyone to enjoy, with free activities taking place during each exhibition, the Creative Space is available on Saturday for families to get creative together.

For more information on the Chapel Gallery please visit Chapel Gallery or Chapel Gallery (external link). To find out more about West Lancashire Borough Council events please visit events.

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