Work has started on an exciting building scheme to make the Chapel Gallery an even better place to visit.
The gallery already has a great reputation throughout the region and a programme of building work is set to increase the services provided and improve visitor overall experience.
The fantastic project will effectively allow the gallery to double the highly impressive range of activities it currently provides, as a new first-floor exhibition and events space will be created.
A new lift will be installed, and a new main entrance will be created to make the front of the new building more eye-catching. This will feature bespoke glass windows, developed by artist Jo Vincent working with young people form Tarleton Academy.
The scheme is going ahead after the council was awarded a £128,000 grant by Arts Council England.
Work began on Monday 9 May at the front of the building, and is expected to last a number of weeks.
There will be a degree of disturbance while work takes place on weekdays, and some limited disruption, but Gallery activities inside the building will continue as normal during the works with the amazing Nick Sharratt exhibition, gift shop and café.
Makers Markets are also planned to take place every Saturday during May and June, with free demonstrations of various creative skills.
Councillor Yvonne Gagen, portfolio holder for Leisure, said: “We are really excited that work has started in what will be an exciting new chapter for the Gallery. We would ask our visitors to continue to visit and enjoy the services on offer while we go through this period of development.”
While this is an impressive development in its own right, the Gallery has even more exciting plans to further develop the first floor exhibition space so it can host larger high profile touring shows. This will attract even more visitors to Ormskirk and assist with its cultural regeneration. The popular annual events programme, which already includes a wide range of exciting arts activities for people of all ages, will also be improved.