Platform Gallery 2018 Exhibition & Event Programme

Martin Smiths Cache Machine
Marvellous Mechanicals, Martin Smiths Cache Machine

Platform Gallery 2018 Exhibition & Event Programme

Marvellous Mechanicals

20 January - 25 March

Marvellous Mechanicals is a celebration of the makers and tinkerers who explore movement in their art. Featuring a range of sculptures, from beautifully simple wooden automata to bespoke machines and homemade robotics, Marvellous Mechanicals will engage and inspire all ages. The artists in this exhibition demonstrate their curiosity about the world through their investigation of different processes, materials and themes. Their interests span the human body, the space around it and the passing of time. Our interactions with everyday objects, other humans and the animal world also provide inspiration, often with a good sense of humor thrown in. Marvellous Mechanicals is the first in a new series of Art Unpacked touring exhibitions created by Chrysalis Arts.


In The Mix - WORKSHOP - Beautiful Birds in Wire with artist Priscilla Edwards

14 March 11am – 1.30pm

You will create beautiful birds using wire, fabric, hot wax and threads! This is a great workshop for beginners it will introduce you to a range of exciting techniques including manipulating wire. Priscilla will also show you fun ideas on how to embellish your little birds using trimmings, buttons and hand-stitch. £30 per person including all materials and refreshments. For booking and more information contact Priscilla on 07816 886522 or email her at


In The Mix - EXHIBITION - Jewelart with artist Sam Rowena Taylor  
16 March 12-5pm and Saturday 17 March 10 - 4.15pm

Pop into the gallery for an opportunity to meet jewellery artist, Sam Rowena Taylor, she creates beautiful sculptural beaded wirework and unique fused glass jewellery. Discover more about her work, purchase directly from the maker and watch her making beaded wirework pendants and have a bespoke one custom made for you. 07962 200038


In The Mix - WORKSHOP - Mini Teapots & Teacups in Wire Workshop with artist Priscilla Edwards

24 March at 10.30am – 4pm

During this workshop Priscilla will share her techniques and process showing you the vast possibilities of working with wire to create your own sculptures. You will learn how to manipulate lightweight wire using your fingers / pliers and then embellish your pieces with fabric, wax, and stitch. No experience necessary, all materials provided – all you need to bring is your enthusiasm! £60 per person including all materials and refreshments. For booking and more information contact Priscilla on 07816 886522 or email her at


WORKSHOP - Marvellous Mechanicals Bubble Machine with artist Martin Smith

25 March 12pm & 2pm

Celebrating the end of the Marvellous Mechanicals exhibition we have this entrancing workshop!  Artist Martin Smith (who devised the mesmerising Cache Machine) will help you to create a small mechanical sculpture which gives the illusion of spinning floating bubbles. The workshop is FREE and suitable for adults and children from 8+. Places are limited so please book by calling Platform Gallery and Visitor Information Centre on 01200 425566. Please note that there are two sessions so state which session you are attending 12 & 2 pm.


Take the Clitheroe Artwalk
25 March 11am - 4pm

The first Artwalk Clitheroe of 2018. Artwalk highlights the hub of galleries based within the market town of Clitheroe. Ribble Valley is home to some extraordinary artistic talent, much of which is showcased in Clitheroe’s many galleries. Each gallery has a new display waiting for you with special treats planned for the day, meet the artists and get creative with workshop activities. Each venue involved has its own individual and inspiring style, allowing visitors to experience an abundant variety of artwork within a short walking distance. A full day can be spent ambling along the route of galleries, taking in the cultural atmosphere of the town. Be prepared to fall in love with an original work of art, this is your chance to take home an everlasting memento of your visit to the Ribble Valley.
With a great selection of cafés, pubs and restaurants along the route, why not make a day of it? Clitheroe, the perfect destination to immerse yourself in the Arts. All you need is a pair of comfortable shoes and an healthy appetite for art! The walk is mainly along pavements but there is a steeper section up to the castle and through the castle grounds following well-surfaced footpaths. This walk can be undertaken at any time throughout the year, check the galleries individual websites for opening times to avoid disappointment.
Galleries Include;
Imagine, Knowle Top Studios, Longitude Gallery, Platform Gallery, Ribble Valley Art Studios, The Keep, The Old Bakehouse Gallery, The Steward’s Gallery.

For all the latest information please visit Facebook page @artwalkevent
Or contact the Clitheroe Visitor Information Centre on 01200 425566, 10 -5 Mon – Fri, 10 – 4.30 Sat, seasonal Sundays 11 – 4, Closed Bank Holidays.


Craft Open 2018

14 April – 23 June

The Platform Gallery's annual exhibition, known for highlighting the wealth of talented craft makers surrounding the Platform Gallery. Connecting visitors with local contemporary makers and their crafts. Awards will be presented for a Selectors’ Prize, Ribble Valley Prize, Best Newcomer Prize & the People’s Prize. Visit the show and cast your vote on the exhibit that has inspired you the most.


Women in British History 

7 July – 15 September

Women In British History - An exhibition of works by Katch Skinner who uses traditional commemorative ware to look at just a small selection of amazing women who left their mark throughout British history. Commemorative ware has been used to document events from political satire to holiday souvenirs and has been used as a social indicator of the times. The work challenges the male dominance of commemorative ware and pays tribute to female trailblazers and visionaries who helped change society.



7 July – 15 September


Northern Star 2018

29 September –  8 January 2019

Guiding you to the best of British craft talent this winter. Showcasing the best of British making, Northern Star provides inspiration for that perfect handmade gift or treat. Join us as we celebrate creativity this Christmas season!



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