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Thursday, January 24, 2019

Exciting New Year at Chapel Gallery

2019 promises to be an exciting year at the Chapel Gallery, with the development of a film festival and a varied programme of events, exhibitions and activities.

Plans for the film festival are still being finalised and more details will be announced in due course, but there are some great exhibitions and activities currently going on at the West Lancashire Borough Council-run Gallery.

The fantastic Opening the Gates exhibition, which highlights the role of women in World War One, has been extended to 2 March 2019. This now includes the new 'Threads from Her Past' artwork, which comprises of three exquisite garments created by artist Julie James Turner, working with individuals from Learning Stars.

The Loop Effect, is the first digital exhibition to take place at the Gallery, funded through Arts Council England as part of the refurbishment programme. Curated by Alex Jukes from Edge Hill University it includes the work of four artists and explores the process used in digital animation. This dynamic interactive exhibition runs from 26 January to 4 May, and also offers young people aged 13–18 the opportunity to book on free workshops, that include light painting and games play workshops.

Running alongside these is the show 'Still' by Bill Bulloch, a memorable collection of photographs and poetry across time and space in the Scottish Highlands, which runs until 16 March 2019.

For those who make or create artwork there are many new opportunities to show and sell your work, with a Makers Market and exhibition opportunities. Local artists and art groups can contact the Gallery on 01695 571328 or email chapel.gallery@westlancs.gov.uk to find out more. They can also join the Artists' Network to find out what opportunities are available. Meetings take place quarterly and the next meeting takes place at the Gallery on 26 February 2019 at 7pm. Artists come together share resources and develop opportunities for the future.

Don't forget if you make you can sell at the Chapel Gallery in the Makers Market, there are spaces for both 2D and 3D work, available form £10 a month and you can also advertise your social media shop through the Gallery.

For those wanted to get their hands dirty and create, there are always plenty of opportunities for young and old alike with art clubs, Painting for Pleasure, jewellery making, life drawing and so much more. It’s a constantly changing programme as new classes are added, so opt in for the Gallery's monthly newsletter and then you won’t miss out on having a great creative and active New Year.

Contact the Gallery for more information on these classes and also on volunteering opportunities.

Councillor Yvonne Gagen, portfolio holder for Leisure, said: "2019 is getting off to a great start at the Chapel Gallery, so make sure you don't miss all the fun and excitement."

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