Ormskirk's popular Chapel Gallery will close for a few days to allow exciting improvement works to proceed more quickly.
The latest phase of the exciting gallery re-development will create a second exhibition space on the first floor of the building.
This will double the amount of events, programmes and performances the gallery can host and allow it to take larger higher profile touring shows as well as more innovative art shows, including those featuring digital media. This will help raise the gallery’s profile and make it an even more important centre for the arts in the North West, as well as attracting more visitors to Ormskirk. There will be more exhibition opportunities for local artists which will help them develop their careers.
The West Lancashire Borough Council-run facility will also have an exhibition space that individuals or groups can hire and on the ground floor the café will be moved to the front of the building, providing a bigger multi-functional space perfect for parties or events.
This latest scheme began in September and to allow the works to proceed more quickly the gallery will close from Tuesday 14 November to Friday 17 November, re-opening on Saturday 18 November to host the exciting launch of the marvellous Festival of Tales event. All major building works will have been completed by then, so people are welcome to enjoy the exciting facilities that the gallery offers.
Councillor Yvonne Gagen, portfolio holder for Leisure, said: “The Council is sorry to have to close the Chapel Gallery for a few days but these works will lead to an exciting new era for this wonderful facility for the town. And don't forget, the gallery will re-open in time for the launch of the fabulous Festival of Tales."
These latest improvements for the Gallery received £68,000 from Arts Council grants and build on work carried out last year. Previous improvements included the installation of a lift and an amazing contemporary glass window on the new main entrance, created by young people from Tarleton Academy and the artist Jo Vincent. This first stage of improvements were enabled by a grant of £128,000 from Arts Council England.