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Platform Gallery 2016 Exhibition and Event Programme

Platform Gallery Matthew Wilcock at work in the studio npa 2016

Platform Gallery 2016 Exhibition and Events Programme

Craft Open 2016

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.
Diana Barret, the winner of the 2015 Selectors Prize for Innovation will be holding a solo exhibition in the education gallery from March 15th – April 9th as part of her prize.

Inside Out

30 April – 9 July 2016 

A touring show curated by the Crafts Council, Inside Out presents work by some of the most significant furniture makers in the UK dating from the 1970s to the 2000s.  The exhibition offers insight into both the making processes and the history of the Crafts Council Collection via archival materials, oral histories, maquettes and drawings.  Each of these furniture works invites a different discussion: technique, material, concept, experimentation and research. 

Celebrating the craft of furniture making, join us every Monday afternoon for a curator tour and handling session to connect with these makers, methods and materials - other activities are advertised in the gallery and our events listings.

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.
We will also be meditating upon the relevance of place to the potter as we partner with the Northern Potters Association; the Platform will be promoting the ceramic practice of individual members as well as the network as a whole.  Our Education Room will also be taken over by a pop-up ceramic studio, with an open invitation to all our visitors to get hands on with clay at the potter’s wheel.

For more information see Clay Collective.

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 2016

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 Platform Gallery's education room. Exhibition closes at 12pm on Friday the 25th.

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. All work will be for sale giving you the chance to find a unique present just before Christmas. Also available will be a selection of watercolour paintings, prints and cards.

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

Friday 23 December 11-5pm, Saturday 24 December 10-3pm

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.


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