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Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Sandy Lane artwork

The Sandy Lane Centre in Skelmersdale has been transformed as a flock of birds, created by artist Matthew Roby, make the Centre their home.

Two artists Matt Roby and Bernadette Hughes have been working with the local community, primary schools and West Lancashire College over the course of the last twelve months which has resulted in this breath-taking art work.

The work, titled the Hidden Garden, includes a large jewel like mosaic feature that surrounds a stairwell and a family of birds that appear to be roosting in the roof of the covered walkway. These imaginative illustrations combine with a majestic sculpture of a dodo to transform the centre.

A celebration of the work is taking place on Tuesday 19 December at 3pm to 6pm at the Tree House Gallery, Sandy Lane Centre. All are welcome.

Visitors can enjoy a mince pie, visit Father Christmas's Grotto and see a display of how the artwork was made. You can also enjoy a drink in the coffee shop or pick up a unique Christmas present for your loved ones in the gift shop.

Cllr Yvonne Gagen, West Lancashire Borough Council portfolio holder for Leisure, said: "This is fantastic transformation of the centre, the young people and artists have created something to be proud of. I would encourage visitors to come along and explore the centre and visit the Tree House Gallery.'

The work has been led by The Friends of Sandy Lane Community Interest Company, supported by West Lancashire Borough Council, who are dedicated to bring in additional resources to improve the centre and surrounding area. If you would like to join contact the Tree House Gallery on 07860 617353 or email jenni.ashcroft@westlancs.gov.uk.

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