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Isolation Art


The public were invited to make new works of art and unleash their creativity during lock down. Each week a new theme was set to inspire people to create. There were no boundaries to what art form people chose they could write, draw, film, paint, perform, photograph, sew or sculpt.

At this extremely challenging time, we believe that the power of creativity to unite people and support them to maintain good mental health is more important than ever. At this unprecedented time of change people have found they have more chance to try new things, get back to a long-lost hobby or adapt new ways to express their creativity. This simple activity will give Ribble Valley’s community the chance to connect and inspire during lockdown.

We are very pleased to announce the Isolation Art exhibition is now open at the Platform Gallery, Station Road, in Clitheroe. It is the first exhibition at the Platform Gallery since the COVID lockdown in March 2020. We would like to say thank you for all of those that got involved in the project, we have loved receiving your entries.

Over 140 pieces from the community project, were posted on the Ribble Valley Borough Council’s arts development Facebook & Twitter pages and are now to be exhibited throughout August 2020. The project shines a light on local artistic talent, as well as encouraging beginners to try their hand at something new.

We had a great response to the 9 themes, including paintings, photography, poetry and print, and were astounded by the quality, depth and breadth of work. Now visitors can see how creativity has united people through the lockdown, supporting their mental health during the difficult recent months.

Isolation Art runs until the 29 of August,

Monday - Friday: 10.00am - 4.30pm

Saturday: 10.00am - 4.00pm

further details are available from the Platform Gallery on 01200 425566.


Entries are still being accepted for the theme 'Ribble Valley Revealed – Heritage and Hidden Nature' 

For the following few weeks our Isolation Art themes will be Ribble Valley Revealed – Heritage & Hidden Nature.

We are pleased to announce we are working together with Clitheroe Heritage Open Days to create a body of work that will not only be exhibited at the Platform Gallery in August 2020 but will also feature in the Heritage Open Day (HOD) Weekend event on the 11-20 September.

September each year sees ‘England’s largest festival of history and culture’ (see find out more).

"The Heritage Open Days national team recently announced that the 2020 festival will go ahead on the planned dates of 11-20 September, although in rather different form than usual. As part of this year’s Ribble Valley offering, we hope to show something of the valley’s heritage treasures out on the street. So, through the medium of ‘Isolation Art’ we are inviting you to submit work – visual, written word, three dimensional – which reveals something of Ribble Valley’s heritage - either in relation to a historical aspect or following the HOD 2020 theme of ‘hidden nature’ ( for ideas on how this might be interpreted).

Our vision for Clitheroe and Ribble Valley this year is to have artwork on display on our high streets – obviously this depends very much on circumstances when September comes, so everything is a bit tentative at the moment. But we’re asking you to start the journey with us in hope by producing art which focuses on ‘Ribble Valley Revealed’."

Maureen Fenton and Ruth Thompson, Clitheroe HOD Steering Group

If you feel you’d like to discuss the heritage aspect of this further, you can email Maureen at or txt on 07710 409457.

When your masterpiece is complete, sit back and enjoy your creation. We would like you to share your creations by simply sending us images / videos to facebook, twitter or email 


Artwork submitted after the 16th of July will continue to be shared on social media and if fitting the 'Ribble Valley Revealed' theme will be considered for the Heritage Open Day's event in September with a deadline of 20th of August for the final submissions.

If you have any enquiries please email Katherine Rodgers - Arts Development Officer

Previous Themes

  • Week beginning 11 May 'View'
  • Week beginning 18 May 'Animals'
  • Week beginning 25 May 'Portraits'
  • Week beginning 1 June 'Sky'
  • Week beginning 8 June 'Food'
  • Week beginning 15 June 'Home'
  • Week beginning 22 June 'Book'
  • Week beginning 29 June 'Patterns'
  • From week beginning 6 July - 20th August 'Ribble Valley Revealed - Heritage and Hidden Nature'

The weekly themes will be posted on this page, Facebook @ArtsDevelopmentRVBC and Twitter @RVBCArtsDev

*Due to space only one piece, per person, per theme will feature in the Isolation Art exhibition. This may be more for the 'Ribble Valley Revealed - Heritage and Hidden Nature' theme dependant on response.


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