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Past Exhibition and Event Programme

2019 Exhibition and Event Programme

Crafting Change 19 January - 30 March

Crafting Change explores how a diverse group of contemporary makers explore issues and definitions of sustainability as they develop their practice into the 21st Century. Making usually means generating more 'stuff' and using resources and energy. The textiles, metal and precious stone industries are some of the most polluting in the world and workers are often exploited, working in life-threatening conditions for meagre pay. The mining and shipping of raw materials for ceramics creates a massive carbpn footprint. How do craftspeople reconcile this with their production of luxury, non-essential items?

In The Mix: Willow Hare Sculpture Workshop with Joe Gregory from Creative With Nature - 16 March

Weaving with willow to create sculpture, there will be a maximum 8 people on the course. Over the day learn basic weaving techniques to create your own willow sculpture. Ideal for the garden or home. Suitable for beginners.

Craft Open 2019 20 April - 30 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.

In The Mix: Willow Bird Sculpture Workshop with Joe Gregory from Creative With Nature 29 June

Willow sculpture lends itself really well to birds. Weave a Heron, or a Chicken, a Goose or a Pheasant. You choose on this 1 day course, take home a beautiful willow bird. Price: £75. There will be a maximum 8 people on the course. Over the day learn basic weaving techniques to create your own willow sculpture. Ideal for the garden or home.

Inprint 13 July - 21 September

An exhibition which demonstrates the wide range of styles in Printmaking, from the traditional to the innovative. Established artists who are experts in their respective areas of print are coming together in this inspiring collaboration.

Northern Star 2019 - 5 October - 24 December

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.

In the Mix: Julia Swarbrick - Relief Printing and Monoprint an Introduction to Printmaking -  Saturday 12 October

This workshop is a great introduction to the joys of printmaking. Suitable for beginners and those with some experience. Enjoy a relaxing day of creativity as artist and printmaker Julia Swarbrick takes you through the processes step by step with plenty of space for creative invention. In one day you will explore monoprinting, relief and intaglio processes both with and without a press. You will take home a set of plates and a box of your own handmade prints.

In the Mix: Jane O'Neil - Fused Glass Workshop, Flower Panel - Tuesday 15 October

During this two and a half hour workshop you will learn how to layer powdered glass, frit and stringers together with hand cut pieces of glass to create your own unique piece. No previous skills are needed .Each participant will make a piece approximately 35 x 10 cm in size.

In the Mix: Julia Swarbrick - Kitchen Lithography Saturday - 19 October

Kitchen Lithography is an exciting way to create your own lithographs straight from your drawings without the need for noxious chemicals. Instead we use things you might find in your Kitchen such as cola, vinegar and pancake syrup. You will be guided through these fun techniques for creating your own artwork. Learning the process and how to try the techniques at home. Gum Arabic Transfer turns ordinary photos, photocopies and drawings into fine art prints.

In the Mix: Julia Swarbrick - Lino printing with Colour Workshop - Friday 8 November

Produce simple linocuts from your own designs or take some inspiration from images specially selected for you. Learn easy and effective printing techniques and take home your own boxed set of bespoke greeting/Christmas cards and a hand printed tote bag.

In the Mix: Julia Swarbrick – Collagraph Weekend 7- 8 December

Explore this versatile printmaking technique over two days. You will discover how to make printing plates using tape, foil, card, caborundum and assortment of collected materials both natural and manmade. It’s great for recycling. With cutting, gluing and layering you will construct your plates. Once your plates are ready you will be applying inks and printing your plate on either an etching press or die cutting machine. By the end of the session you will have a created a selection of handmade collagraph prints and a box to take them home in.

Platform Gallery 2018 Exhibition and Event Programme

Marvellous Mechanicals 19 January - 24 March

Ingenious moving sculptures that surprise and intrigue. A touring show by Art Unpacked, Chrysalis Arts.

Craft Open 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.

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.

Decorum 7 July – 15 September

An exhibition by Decorum, 4 women artists Priscilla Edwards, Val Jackson, Yvonne Noworyta, Christine Stanford. Decorative embelishment has been used for thousands of years and signifies our love of freedom and the celebration of humankind. Each artist's work shares intriguing notes of nostalgia, linked together through social historical influences.

In The Mix: Art At The Inn, an exhibition of various artists 10 - 22 July

Following on from an artists’ painting day at Whitewell in June; Art at the Inn is now exhibiting at the Platform Gallery.

In The Mix:A Feast For Your Eyes, an exhibition by artist Dermod Ruddock 10 - 12 August

An exhibition displaying a range of Dermod's original oil landscapes, prints and cards available for sale. Meet the artist as he demonstrates his use of Windsor and Newton oilbars.

Northern Star 2018 29 September –  5 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!

In The Mix: Graham's Heads Annual Exhibition 13 - 17 November

Exhibition of ceramic 'Heads' made by Graham Hough. Graham will be working on new 'Heads' every day in the gallery.

In The Mix: Pop Up Stall by Felting and Fibre Artist Sharon Shaul 22 -  23 November

Sale of felted 2d art, felted and woven accessories, meet the artist have a chat and buy direct from the maker.

In The Mix: Landscapes... Spiced Up! by Dermod Ruddock - 29 November, 1, 2 December

An exhibition of recent paintings and fine art prints by local artist Dermod Ruddock. See colourful depictions of scenes from Lancashire, North Wales and Europe. Watch the artist at work too. 

In The Mix: Willow Stars, Trees, Angels and Wreaths Sculpture Workshop with Joe Gregory from Creative With Nature - 30 November

Weaving with willow to create sculpture, there will be a maximum 8 people on the course. Over the day learn basic weaving techniques to create your own willow sculpture. Ideal for the garden or home.

In The Mix: Pop Up Stall by Felting and Fibre Artist Sharon Shaul 6 - 7 December

Sale of felted 2d art, felted and woven accessories, meet the artist have a chat and buy direct from the maker.

In The Mix: Pop Up Stall by Linda Hull - Wacky Wire 6-7 December

Jewellery and small ironwork pieces

In The Mix: Pop Up Stall by Wolfberry Design 8-9 December

Limited edition festive decor

In The Mix:Pop Up Stall by Katy O'Neil 8-9 December

"My contemporary ceramic wrap pots, bowls and wall plaques are slabbed formed with textured black clay and decorated with slips. The impressed marks, which are inspired by photographs of landscapes, are highlighted with colour. My range of ceramic jewellery, including stud and drop earrings, pendants, bangles and brooches carries through the designs and colours of my larger ceramic pieces." Katy O'Neil

In The Mix: Pop Up Stall by Wolfberry Design15-16 December

Limited edition festive decor

In The Mix:Pop Up Stall by Jewellery Artist, Sam Rowena Taylor 14-15 December

Colourful and contemporary beaded/sculptural wirework and fused glass jewellery, plus brooches and vintage chandelier light-catcher decorations.

In The Mix:Pop Up Stall by Fine Artist, Fiona Ritchie 15-16 December

"I enjoy unfolding landscape to its horizon, in its wild, natural state, as if it were springing up again under my boots. While tramping over the fells, I choose, then sketch and photograph my subjects. I have been known to slam on the brakes to leap out of my car to capture a cloud formation or a special light.
I use mainly pastel, applied with my fingertips, avoiding pastel pencils for the most part, so that I can maintain the softness and powerful atmosphere of our northern landscape. My latest project involves trying to achieve some of this in oils.
I have been developing my style from scratch over 6 years, focussing on the Ribble and Hodder valleys, my adoptive home, recording changing seasonal colour across the deeply textured moors. I seek to express the solitude, freedom and peace of mind found on the tops. Originals, high quality giclée prints and cards will be on sale." Fiona Ritchie.

In The Mix:Pop Up Stall by Jewellery Artist, Sam Rowena Taylor - 21-22 December

Colourful and contemporary beaded/sculptural wirework and fused glass jewellery, plus brooches and vintage chandelier light-catcher decorations.

Platform Gallery 2017 Exhibition and Event Programme

Craft Open 21 January - 22 April 2017

Each year we invite applications from all kinds of makers to showcase the best of their current work. Our selection provides a snapshot of contemporary craft in Lancashire and Yorkshire.

In The Mix - Prize Winner Exhibtion 10 April - 22 April

In 2016 Fiona Rainford won the Selectors Prize for Innovation. Fiona was invited to exhibit in the Education Gallery alongside the 2017 Open Exhibiton.

In The Mix: Craft Workshops Saturday 4 March

John Cook, one of our Craft Open exhibitors is hosting a craft workshop. This will be in two sessions where you can come along and decorate a pot which you can take home.

In The Mix: Sue McCormack Floristry - 18 - 23 April

Display of BA Hons Floristry and Floral Design piece.

In The Mix: Ribble Valley Open Prize-winner Exhibition - John McLaughlin 12 May – 4 June

In 2016 the Steward’s Gallery at Clitheroe Castle Museum held their annual Open Exhibition. Artist and sculptor John McLaughlin was awarded the Ribble Valley Prize for his energy filled wood carving of a salmon.
Longridge based John A McLaughlin, born 1975, has always had a love for art. Being self-taught he has explored various mediums and techniques in sculpture, painting and jewellery.His sculptures have featured in many exhibitions such as the Paisley Art Institute exhibition, the Royal Glasgow Institute exhibition and the Macmillan art shows. He has also previously exhibited work in galleries across Scotland.
In his sculpture he tries to mirror the beauty of nature through sensuous curves and beautiful proportions found in the natural world.
Through the simplicity and rawness of his work he would like to rekindle deep, long forgotten memories which stir the soul and sooth the heart.

Exhibition featuring in the Platform's Education Gallery. Found in the Fields 6 May - 16 July

Printworks inspired by the poetry of John Clare, a touring exhibition by Carry Akroyd. Over the past 25 years Carry has been creating paintings and prints that reflect and react to the sudden agricultural modernisations that have transformed our landscape. Some of her images are a lament while others express the sheer joy derived from the natural world. These colourful hand drawn images all contain some of Clare’s text; they reflect the landscape of today with roads, pylons, planes and wind farms, but also reveal how the natural world exists alongside us.

In The Mix: Expressions Of Our Landscape by Dermod Ruddock 12 June - 18 June

An exhibition of striking landscape paintings and a chance to see Clitheroe artist Dermod Ruddock painting at 'The Mix' in the Platform Gallery. This is an opportunity to meet Dermod and chat about his work, even make a purchase or discuss commissioning a special piece of art.

Found in the Fields: An Exhibition Tour and Talk by the Maker Carry Akroyd 17 June

We are pleased to announce a visit from the maker herself, Carry Akroyd, who has kindly agreed to give us a gallery tour of her immensely popular touring series Found in the Fields. She will also be giving us a short talk upon her craft practice as a printmaker and how she has been continually inspired by the poetry of John Clare. This is your chance to ask questions and to purchase a limited edition copy of the print series.
Join us as we celebrate our latest touring show at the Platform Gallery – this event is free, but please RSVP the Gallery to book your place.

In The Mix: Fresh Art and Craft Stalls - 1 and 2 July

FRESH is dedicated to showcasing four independent, makers and artists on the first weekend of the month. This months event features Solo Ceramics, Teena Lucas - Textiles, William Wands - Wood, Jewelart - Jewellery.

Everyday Objects: More of the same 29 July - 7 October 2017

A touring show by Jason Taylor

In The Mix: Fresh Art and Craft Stalls 5 and 6 August 11am - 3pm

FRESH is dedicated to showcasing four independent, makers and artists on the first weekend of the month. This months event features Cedric Charleuf - Fine Art, Crickhollow Crafts - Wooden Jewellery, Christine Cherry Ceramics - Ceramics, Fiona Ritchie Fine Artist - Fine Art.

In The Mix: Meet the designer-maker Sam Rowena of Jewelart plus pop-up shop - Friday 11 August, Saturday 12 August, Sunday 13 August 11 - 3pm

Pop into the gallery for an opportunity to meet jewelleryartist, Sam Rowena Taylor, discover more about her work and purchase directly from her. She creates beautiful sculptural beaded wirework and unique fused glass jewellery. Opportunity to watch Sam Rowena making spiral bead pendants or brooches, have one customised for you or have 'a go' creating your own wire spiral to add to your chosen pendant or brooch (takes around 5 minutes).

In The Mix: Cotton Reel Flowers Workshop with Artist Priscilla Jones Wednesday - 16 August

You will create dainty flowers using wire, fabric, wax and paper, this a great way to use all those old wooden cotton reels that we just can’t throw away. They can be decorated however you wish using trimmings, buttons and hand-stitch. All abilities welcome and materials provided, but do bring a wooden cotton reel along to decorate!

In The Mix: Sculptural Spoons Workshop with Artist Priscilla Jones - Wednesday 16 August

Explore the possibilities of making wire cutlery from fabric, wire and wax. During the workshop you will create lots of different shapes from light weight wire that can easily be manipulated with your fingers tips. They can be decorated however you wish using trimmings, buttons and hand stitch.

In The Mix: Fresh Art and Craft Stalls - 2 September

FRESH is dedicated to showcasing four independent, makers and artists on the first weekend of the month. This months event features Josephine Wills – Ceramics, Teena Lucas – Textiles, Felt, Mixed Media, Thorndolly Yarn – Hand Dyed Yarn, Rosydale - Textiles

In The Mix:Textiles Course With Artist Christine Stanford - 28 September

1 day courseIf you enjoy learning and experimenting with techniques including embroidery, applique and montage, then this is the course for you. This is an opportunity to create a textile wall hanging based on memories. 

In The Mix: Fresh Art and Craft Stalls - 7 October

FRESH is dedicated to showcasing four independent, makers and artists on the first weekend of the month. This months event features; Emily Higham - Jewellery, Enchanted Glass – Stained Glass, Lizzy Swan Art – Greetings Cards / Prints, Kath Heywood Designs – Knitwear.

Northern Star 2017 21 October 2017 – 6 January 2018

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!

In The Mix: Tempered Glass Mosaic Course with Artist Chrissy Webster - 28 October

Create your own sparkly piece using specialist glass, mixed media and imagery, which can be used to create a stunning atmosphere in any room. By the end of the workshop, you will take away your very own page sized masterpiece, and will be given grout to apply at home.

In The Mix: Stained Glass Mosaic Sun Catcher Course with Artist Chrissy Webster - 28 October

Make a suncatcher which can be used to brighten up a window. You will learn a range of techniques on how to design, cut and adhere stained glass mosaics, along withbeads and glass shapes. By the end of the workshop you will take away your very own illuminated masterpiece, and will be given grout to apply at home.

In The Mix: Fresh Art and Craft Stalls - 4 November

FRESH is dedicated to showcasing four independent, makers and artists on the first weekend of the month. This months event features Barking Mad - Woodturner, Lesley Woods – Ceramics, Sharon Shaul – Feltmaking, Bonkers Clutterbucks – Diorama Box Pieces

Artwalk Clitheroe 17 November

The Platform Gallery and seven of Clitheroe’s Galleries will be hosting another ArtWalk Event; the perfect evening to explore Clitheroe’s Art Scene.

Northern Star 2017 - 18 November

Continuing Friday’s Festivities, our 10% off weekend continues!

In The Mix: Fresh Art and Craft Stalls 2,3 December

FRESH is dedicated to showcasing four independent, makers & artists on the first weekend of the month. This months event features Gosh Art – Fine Art, Lancashire Hot Potters - Ceramics, Sarah Roocks – Fine Art Prints and Soft Furnishings, Ribble Valley Jewellery

In The Mix: Jewelart pop-up exhibition  7 to 12 December

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 and buy some last minute Christmas gifts.

You can also watch Sam Rowena making beaded wirework Christmas decorations and have one customised for you or have 'a go' creating your own abstract wirework piece to add to your chosen decoration (takes around 5 minutes).

Platform Gallery 2016 Exhibition and Events Programme

Craft Open 23 January 16 April

Our annual exhibition, where we invite applications from all kinds of crafts people from across Lancashire and Yorkshire to showcase their work. Our selection provides a snapshot of contemporary craft from the northwest. This year’s exhibition features ceramics, glass, jewellery, textiles and wood.

Clay Collective 23 July – 8 October 2016

Kicking off an annual exhibition cycle that explores craft by material, 2016’s inaugural show will be focused upon ceramics. During this season visitors to the Platform will be able to explore the craft in detail, learning about the skills and techniques involved as we delve into the history of studio pottery in Britain.

Education Gallery - Jewelart  19 - 20 August 30 September - 1 October

Contemporary sculptural wire and fused glass jewellery designs by Samantha Taylor. Chat to the artist, watch her making treat yourself to a gift.

Northern Star 22 October 2016 – 7 January 2017

Our annual Christmas exhibition, which is our biggest exhibition of the year is a dazzling display of the beautiful and practical to make the ideal Christmas gift. A shopper’s Paradise, ideal for the discerning shopper to find that “Unique and perfect Christmas gift.

Education Gallery - Ribble Valley Open Prize-winner Gosha Gibek 15 - 25 November

Gosha was awarderd the Ribble Valley prize at the Steward's Gallery's, Ribble Valley Open Exhibition in 2015 for her vibrant interpretation of Clitheroe. Winning the opportunity to have a solo painting show in the

Education Gallery - Dermod Ruddock - A Burst Of Colour 16 - 22 December

A fabulous opportunity to view a wide selection of Dermod Ruddock's signature original oil and acrylic landscape paintings. Included will be a variety of very recent work, and Dermod will be in attendance demonstrating his work on most days.

Education Gallery - Meet the Designer-makers / pop up shop by Red Thumb Print and Jewelart

Friday 23 December -  Saturday 24 December

Pop into the gallery for an opportunity to meet the makers and purchase a last minute Christmas present. Handmade wood furniture, gifts and home accessories alongside gorgeous sculptural beaded wirework and fused glass jewellery.

Platform Gallery 2014 Exhibitions

25 January - 19 April

Beauty Is The First Test The exhibition explores craft and mathematics. It shows how important mathematics is to the contemporary craft practice. Beauty and playfulness will be evident in the exhibits to illustrate what delights craftspeople and maths geeks alike.

Glen Purchase, Ribble Valley Open Prize-winner 2013 - Education Gallery 31 January  - 22 February

Each year the Clitheroe Castle Museum host a Ribble Valley Open Exhibition, displaying selected artwork inspired by the Ribble Valley. In 2013 Glen Purchase of Clitheroe was awarded the Ribble Valley Prize, which showcases and celebrates the diversity and excellence of the current art practice in the Ribble Valley. As part of her prize she won this opportunity to have a solo exhibition within Ribble Valley.

31 March - 5 April Education Gallery - Pendle Potters

Exhibition of ceramics made by the Pendle Potters. Ceramics created by local people who attend classes at Pendle Pottery at Simonstone. Work varies from complete beginners to accomplished potters.

Craft Open 3 May - 12 July

The gallery's annual open exhibition. Craftmakers from across the North of England are invited to apply to be considered for selection. Selected makers are exhibited together in this vibrant and eclectic exhibition.  Furniture, textiles, jewellery, ceramics, glass and mixed media works hang side by side in this celebration of the hand-made. Vote for your favourite piece in the show through the People's Choice Award.

Sanctuary 26 July - 4 October

Sanctuary transforms the gallery into a living space where everything is handmade. The exhibition is a display of designs by skilled makers from across the U.K. making original and individual pieces for the home.  
Treat and Be Treated

18 October -  10 January 2015

A winter exhibition showcasing up to 80 UK based designer-makers providing a large selection of unique handmade products in the Platform Gallery, celebrating its 20th year this year. Providing the perfect venue for visitors and shoppers to treat and be treated.

Education Gallery - Creative Roots Studios Group Exhibition 24 - 25 October 2014

An exhibition and demonstrations by artists based at studios in Blackleach Farm Catforth, Lancashire.

Friday 24 October, Saturday 25 October

Jewelart, contemporary wirework and fused glass jewellery. Joshua Coupe Ceramics, thrown sculptural forms. Craftybunnies, mixed media crafts. Creative Stitch Studio, textile art. Brenda Fee Porcelain, sculptural tableware and shapes.

Come along and meet Samantha, Josh, Jan and Brenda at their 2-day exhibition; chat about their work, see a selection of their pieces on display and for sale.

Education Gallery - Ten Plus Textiles 28 October - 8 November 2014

Contemporary textile art by Ten Plus Textiles.

Education Gallery - Graham Hough 10 - 15 November 2014

An exhibition and demonstrations of ceramic heads by Graham Hough.

Education Gallery - Ella Macintosh 'This Is Pewter' 17 November 2014

A lead free pewter workshop where attendees can design and create their own Pewter item to take away at the end of the day. They will be guided through the design process by Ella and learn an array of Pewtersmithing / metalwork skills.

Education Gallery - Wired Designs and Other Work 21 November - 22 November 2014

Come along and meet Lancashire designer-makers Samantha and Linda at their 2-day exhibition; watch them making, chat to them about their work, and see a selection of pieces on display and for sale. Samantha Taylor: jewellery, sculptural wirework jewellery and accessories - http://www.jewelleryartist.co.uk/ Linda Hull: wacky wire jewellery, pictures and irongarden art - http://www.wackywire.co.uk/ unique designs, ideal if you are looking for something a bit different!

Education Gallery - Maison The Pop Up Café  29 November 2014

Maison The returns to the Platform Gallery for the final time this year, but they intend to make their last pop up cafe of 2014 one to remember. They will be hosting a festive afternoon tea, as well as serving the usual treats, light bites and drinks.

Pop Up Winter Art and Craft Stalls

Each weekend in December brings a selection of three new Pop Up Art and Craft stalls. The public can chat with the selected artists and designer-makers buy or commission artwork directly from them and see them at work in demonstrations. Celebrating and supporting the diversity of local artists and designer makers.

Pop Up Stalls Open to the Public Saturday 10.00am - 4.30pm, Sunday 11.00am - 3.30pm

6 – 7 December, Week 1

John Parsons – Wood Turning. Small wood turned decorative boxes finished to a high standard.  Dermod Ruddock - Landscape Paintings. Oil, acrylic, and watercolour. Original handmade cards. Anne Haworth – Ceramics. Hand built ceramics based on natural forms.

13– 14 December, Week 2 

Priscilla Jones - Quirky mixed media textiles. Kath Heywood - Handmade textile accessories. Colourful and stylish bags, scarves and gloves. Kathleen Litherland – Jewellery. Unique and individual brightly coloured resin jewellery and fused glass jewellery.

20-21 December, Week 3

Samantha Taylor - Jewellery and accessories. Sculptured and abstract wirework jewellery and accessories with beads, shells vintage buttons and fused glass.  Bryan Boru - Wood Products. Ornamental and functional wood products and pyrographics. Anita Burrows - Printmaker’s prints.

Platform Gallery 2013 Exhibitions

Winter Lux Until 12 Jan 2013

Beautifully handmade crafts, ideal and unique gifts for Christmas. A broad selection of the best makers work crafted in the U.K with prices range to suit all budgets from stocking fillers to that wow! present. .....featuring our Lighting Showcase - stunning lighting made by a wave of new makers creating unusual, versatile and magical lighting.

To the Letter  26 Jan - 13 April

A mixed exhibition featuring craft makers who explore text and lettering in their work.  

2013 Craft Open 27 April - 6 July

The gallery's annual open exhibition.  Craftmakers from across the North of England were invited to apply to be considered for selection. Selected makers are exhibited together in this vibrant and eclectic exhibition.  Furniture, textiles, jewellery, ceramics, glass and mixed media works hang side by side in this celebration of the hand-made. Vote for your favourite piece in the show through the People's Choice Award.  

Jenny Eaton 4 - 25 May

Figurative works by 2012 Ribble Valley Prize Winner Jenny Eaton.

Working Wood 20 July - 28 September

an exhibition of amazing works in wood by national artists. 

Plus Paper showcase by Kaper.

Winter Crafts Exhibition 12 Oct - early Jan 2014

Our annual selection of gorgeous delights!  Treat yourself or someone special!

Winter in the Valley will focus on items for infants and children, including an array of handmade clothing, traditional toys and accessories.  Alongside the children's items will be our usual festive delights, including handmade Christmas decorations and unique Christmas Gifts!

Platform Gallery 2012 Exhibitions

Matthew Roby - The Fateful Fable of 13 21 January - 17 March 2012

Supported by Arts Council Lottery Fund and Lancashire County Council.

The number 13 is considered unlucky for some but, for artist Matthew Roby, it has proved to be very lucky indeed. Born on Friday 13th Matthew has, through some luck but mostly sheer hard work and determination, become an artist with a considerable reputation. The Fateful Fable of 13, his latest body of work, explores the mystery and superstition that surrounds the number 13. Demonstrating Matthew's dark and playful imagination, this exhibition of illustration and mixed-media sculpture is likely to prompt tears of laughter from those who visit.

Matthew graduated from The University of Central Lancashire in 2000 and, since then, he has worked as a designer, illustrator and sculptor exhibiting internationally and producing a variety of public artworks, storybooks and films. His influences are broad, with individuals such as Spike Milligan, Tim Burton, Guillem Del Toro, Roald Dahl and Edward Gorey proving to be potent inspirations. Popular culture in general is significant, with snatches of film, half remembered song lyrics and T.V. shows from childhood providing inspiration for many of the characters that populate his stories.

Poetry and prose are often Matthew's point of departure creatively and The Fateful Fable of 13 is a fantastical tale brought to life through illustration and sculpture. In this tale, a cast of 13 weird and wonderful characters, all born in the fictitious month of Thirteenber, bring about each other's grisly and untimely demise in a highly entertaining fashion.

The show brings with it fantastic resources for schools, including a free education pack to download and an activity trail is available for all visitors to the exhibition.

This a great opportunity for families, schools and community groups to engage with galleries. Matthew will also be providing workshops, talks and tours at a number of the venues exhibiting the exhibition, so please contact the gallery for further details.

Platform Gallery 2011 Exhibitions

Lancashire Arts and Crafts Initiative – LACI 22 January - 5 March 2011

Exciting craft and design work by new graduates from the North West is currently on show at the Platform Gallery, Clitheroe. The annual Laci exhibition features work by 15 artists who graduated from the North West's Universities last summer and are now taking their first steps to develop and exhibit their work.

Work includes amazing glass vessels by Catherine Carr, which are knitted or crocheted from glass fibre and then fired to high temperatures to produce a delicate and unique works of art.

There are also intricate constructed textiles by Sophie Aris, Mariana Cunningham and Ashley Millward (pictured), stunning silk printed lampshades by Faye Bolton as well as domestic ceramics by Liz Vidal.

The LACi group is a partnership of museums and galleries with a special interest in contemporary art and new design. Members include commercial galleries and museums with their own art and design collections. Over a hundred artists and makers have exhibited with LACi over the eight years of our development. Many have gone on to make successful careers in the craft and design world, so why not come and have a look and even grab yourself a unique piece of artwork by an up and coming name?

Platform Gallery 2010 Exhibition Programme

23 January - 13 March 2010 Black and Gold 23 January - 13 March 2010

This striking exhibition features works by master makers from across the UK. The theme that unites this group of exhibitors is their controlled colour palette. The exhibition includes works in metal, glass and ceramics as well as smaller scale works in jewellery. Black and Gold offers a range of contemporary approaches, showing unique ways in which makers push boundaries with their chosen material. The result is a striking display of bold forms where attention to detail is paramount.

Lancashire Art and Craft initiative (LACi) 20 March - 15 May 2010

The Lancashire Arts and Craft initiative promotes the work of the North West's most exciting fine art and contemporary craft graduates from 2009.

The Platform Gallery will show textile work by three first class honours students from Manchester Metropolitan University and UCLAN, Rachel Evans, Natasha Pinnock and Carrie Thaker.

20 March - 1 May 2010 in the Education Room Textillia III - On and Off the Wall

Textilia III is a group of Yorkshire based textile and mixed media artists founded in 1994. A new body of work will be shown at The Platform Gallery under the heading "On and off the wall". Each member will present a 2D and 3D piece of work using the same materials showing a diverse use of textile techniques.

Artefact 22 May - 17 July 2010

Artefact is a group of people dedicated to producing objects of the highest quality. They are a group of makers working across a number of disciplines including ceramics, glass, jewellery, metal work, embroidery and textiles. Members meet regularly to share ideas and engage in critical debate in an effort to continually evaluate and develop their personal practice. Artefact members exhibit their work nationally and internationally.

Members are also committed to education and are involved in teaching at the highest level. They also deliver craft and design based projects within schools and the wider community.

22 May- 12 June 2010 in the Education Room Community Rail Festival

Work produced by Ribble Valley Schools celebrating the role of the railway within their community.

18 June - 17 July 2010 in the Education Room Vistas, Values and Voices - Bowland Arts Festival

Artwork produced by young people and artists from green Close Studios, inspired by the Forest of Bowland and their connection with broader global communities. Part of Bowland Arts Festival, 1 May - 30 June 2010.

24 July - 4 September 2010 Precious - touring exhibition from Hove Museum and Art Gallery

Be dazzled by the beauty in the overlooked and discarded. Taking a highly innovative approach to contemporary craft, Hove Museum & Art Gallery commissioned ten artists and makers to create new pieces, and nine to exhibit existing work.  Precious is the result, produced from objects which have had a previous life.

11 September - 30 October 2010 Northern Potters - Selected Group Exhibition

Ceramics is a wonderfully tactile and expressive medium that not only enriches our everyday experiences like eating and drinking, but also has the flexibility and depth of language to speak in ways that are decorative and sculptural; it could be said that few materials can match its rich vocabulary. It is with great anticipation that the Northern Potters Association brings you an exiting selected exhibition drawn from a talented pool of over 350 makers to deliver the very best work to feed your eyes and also buy and treasure.

6 November - early January 2011 Kaleidoscope - Christmas Crafts Exhibition

Once again the Platform Gallery is transformed into a magical winter wonderland, offering craftwork some of the most talented craft makers from around the U.K. Handcrafted jewellery, irresistible ceramics, beautiful textiles, decorations, cards, wooden toys and gifts for all the family. Christmas exhibition of desirable craft for all the family!

Platform Gallery 2009 Exhibition Programme

Delicate Matters January 24 - March 7 2009

New work by artist Hillu Liebelt who presents a mixture of tapestries and textile sculptures, a new avenue for the artist in her attempts to move tapestry into a third dimension with delicate installation work. This series was made following a visit to Japan in 2006 and this is the first showing of the new work as it returns to the UK for a national tour. This touring exhibition was made possible by a generous grant from Arts Council England

Education Gallery January 24 - February 14 10+ Textiles at the Platform Gallery

contemporary textile art by this North West group.

March 14 - April 25

Orchard - Edwina Bridgeman A Brewery Arts Touring exhibition. Mixed media exhibition and installation that celebrates the importance of natural spaces. Viewers will be encouraged to participate with their own drawings, writings and poems which will be integrated into the exhibition as it tours.

Lancashire Arts and Crafts Initiative (LACi) The annual showcase of craft and design for the cream of the North West's 2008 graduates. Supported by Lancashire County Council.

March 25 - April 6 Education Gallery Skate-bored Exhibition

An exhibition of 'embroidered' skateboards' designed by young people from the Ribble Valley. A project in collaboration with the Turnpike Gallery, Leigh, Lancashire Youth Service and DIY Craft.

Bowland - An Inspirational Landscape - May 2 - June 20

Part of Bowland Arts Festival in conjunction with Green Close Studios. Newly commissioned work in ceramics by Dawn Youll, plus a mixed exhibition of craftwork that responds to the unique environment that makes up the Forest of Bowland AONB. This festival has been developed and co-ordinated by Green Close Studios.

Community Rail Exhibition - May 15, 16, 17 Education Gallery

A celebration of Ribble Valley Rail featuring artwork by Ribble Valley Schools.

The Village Art Show June 2 -13 2009

A showcase exhibition of schools work created in the Lune Valley working with artists from Green Close Studios; re-inventing aspects of traditional village shows and our relationship with creativity, produce and environment.

June 27 - August 22 Botanic Gardens

This beautiful summer exhibition will feature work by over 20 makers from across the UK who explore plant forms and structures in their work. The exhibition will include works in metal, glass, ceramics and mixed media, as well as smaller scale works in jewellery.

June 27 - July 18  Education GalleryPreston Threads - Threads of Nature

New work by this Lancashire based textile group.

Not Your Nana's Knitting! .... A selection of contemporary textiles and fashion from students' final major project at Blackburn College (BTEC ND Textiles with Fashion course).

August 29 - October 21 Platform Gallery Lancashire and Yorkshire Textiles Open

Building on the success our first Open in 2008, this exhibition will feature the best textile works from across the north of England.

31 October 2009 - early Jan 2010 Mirrorball Christmas exhibition

Brighten up those dark days with our delicious and sparkling selection of gorgeous crafts for Christmas.

Platform Gallery 2008 Exhibitions

January 19 - March 8 Northern Potters at the Platform Gallery

Selected works by 27 members of the Northern Potters Association.  Jill Ford pictured.
Plus Lancashire Arts and Crafts Initiative (LACi) showcases - jewellery, glass, ceramics and metalwork by 2007 graduates from the north of England: Kristin Bates, Beth Essex, Lucy Harvey, Isabelle Reaves, Mitchell Robinson, Sian Anwyl Williams.

February 2 – 14 New Beginnings

A showcase of craftwork by students from St Mary's College, Blackburn, inspired by the Platform Gallery's 2007 exhibition 'Garment'.

Manipulate March 15 - 10 May

Mixed exhibition based on artists who use intricate and repetitive means of fabrication in ceramic, textiles, metalwork and paper. Includes work by Sarah Brown, Min-ji Cho, Lisa Ellul, Nawal Gebreel , Karina Gill, Becky Harle, Stine Jespersen, Sarah Keay, Hannah Lobley, Jessica Preston, Clare Proctor, Katherine Wardropper, Clare Webster and others.

Ribble Valley Sculpture Trail, Gateways into the Park - Halima Cassell Work by Halima Cassell, the artist selected to create the six new gateway features for the Ribble Valley Sculpture Trail. Featuring Halima's current ceramic work alongside designs and maquettes for the new features.

Ribble Valley Sculpture Trail Community Ceramics April 12 - 26

Selection of ceramic works produced by Clitheroe based community groups working with Halima Cassell.

Northern Glass May 17 - 12 July

A celebration of contemporary glass from the North of England. The exhibition will feature a wealth of glass techniques including blown, cast and architectural pieces.

Includes work by: The Glass Studio Denby, Gillies Jones, Jessamy Kelly, Charlie Macpherson, Joanne Mitchell, Amanda Notarianni, Kathryn Pearce, Sanders and Wallace, Jo Vincent, Louise Watson, Kathryn Wightman and others.

Community Rail Exhibition May 17 and 18

A celebration of Ribble Valley Rail including contemporary and historical photography.

Bowland Festival Arts showcase May 30 - 14 June

Work by selected craft makers based in and around the Forest of Bowland Bowland

People Watching July 19 - September 6

A Platform Gallery exhibition based on artists who observe the human condition - Helen Beard, Clair Louise Butler, Lucy Casson, Louise Gardiner, Rachael Howard, Laura McCafferty, Craig Mitchell, Sarah McDade, Lynn Muir, Guy Routledge, Liliane Taylor, Lynn Walters, Hannah Yeadon. Features work in textiles, metal, ceramic and mixed media.

Lancashire and Yorkshire Textiles Open September 13 - October 22

A wealth of textiles by professionals and amateurs from across the regions.

Christmas Crafts at the Platform Gallery November 1 - December 24

2007 Exhibition Programme

New Traditions  20 January-3 March

This exhibition celebrates the innovative ways in which makers have continued to expand the UK's rich craft heritage. The objects in this exhibition offer interpretations of traditional crafts that in some way answer the needs and wants of modern times. Includes work by Claire Cawte, Jane Cummins, Dasmarca, Maiko Dawson, Ann Catrin Evans, Philip Hearsey, Keep and Share, Ruth Mae, Rachel Max, Tracie Murchison, Jenny Nutbeem, Melissa Simpson, David Ian Smith and others.

Plus- Phoenix Group of Textile Artists 27 January - 24 February

Making Craft Work 10 March - 28 April 

Showcasing work by students from Manchester Metropolitan University and the University of Central Lancashire. This exhibition highlights two alternative ways that graduates can engage in further learning after completing a creative degree course. Featuring the work of up to 15 students providing a snapshot of their development.

Garment 5 May - 30 June

Artists and makers interpretations of clothing and its associated meanings. This mixed media exhibition features Jennifer Collier, Michelle Fielding, Sarah Hardcastle, Carole Hunt, Priscilla Jones, Teleri Selby, Christine Stanford, Alison Willoughby and others, as well as clothing - inspired jewellery.

Plus- 'The Necessities and Requirements of Fairy Life' Samantha Bryan Showcase Small-scale sculptures inspired by Victorian gadgetry and invention, based on the imaginary and eccentric gadgets necessary to life as a fairy.

Corners and Curves 7 July - 1 September

Ceramic sculpture by Helen Felcey and Rebecca Catterall. A joint exhibition featuring work by two ceramic artists which complements each other through contrast. Rebecca Catterall's sculptural forms constructed from many small geometric blocks sit alongside Helen Felcey's sensuous, finely cast bone china objects. Both artists have developed their own ceramic techniques to construct their work, reflecting the relationship we have with the environment around us.

Interface 8 September - 27 October

An international exhibition of digital craft highlighting the ever-advancing array of processes available to craft makers. This exhibition features established and emerging practitioners working in textiles, jewellery, metalwork, wood, furniture and ceramics. The artists' working processes will be explained alongside the finished objects in the form of maquettes, dvd's, text and images. A Devon Guild of Craftsmen touring exhibition in collaboration with the University of Plymouth.

The Art and Craft Guild of Lancashire 8 - 30 September

Compilation -The Best of The Platform Gallery 3 November - 5 January 

The Platform Gallery's annual Christmas exhibition. Beautiful and unique gift ideas for all the family, by approximately one hundred different craft makers. Work by artists new to the gallery as well as old favourites is sourced from the length and breadth of the country.

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