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Clitheroe Castle Showcase for Local Artists

Published Tuesday, 16 April 2013

Artists who live and work in Ribble Valley and its neighbouring boroughs are being given the opportunity to exhibit their work at Clitheroe Castle.

The castle's Steward's Gallery hosts up to four arts, heritage and history exhibitions a year, including the popular Ribble Valley Open featuring the work of amateur, professional or student visual artists living or working in Ribble Valley, Blackburn with Darwen, Hyndburn, Pendle, Burnley, Craven, Wyre and Preston.

The theme of this year's exhibition is "Clitheroe Castle" and artists are invited to submit any type of fine art, including two or three-dimensional pieces and pieces up to 1.8m in height, for consideration in the exhibition.

Ribble Valley Borough Council's arts development officer, Katherine Rodgers, said: "The exhibition is a fantastic opportunity for local artists, amateur or professional, to exhibit their work at a prestigious venue that attracts hundreds of visitors a week.

"We know there is a rich artistic heritage in East Lancashire and some fantastically talented artists, so we are looking forward to exhibiting their work."

The exhibition will run from 3 August to 29 September 2013, but pieces selected for display must be available from July 26.

Artists are asked to submit an application form, up to six images of up to three pieces of work, a 150-word statement and £10 submission fee (£7.50 for artists living or working in Ribble Valley) to the Platform Gallery and Visitor Information Centre in Station Road, Clitheroe, by 4.30pm on Wednesday 15 May.

Application packs and detailed entry criteria are available from the Platform Gallery and Visitor Information Centre on 01200 425566.

The Steward's Gallery is part of the Clitheroe Castle Museum Complex, which received a Royal opening in June 2009 after a two-year £3.5million refurbishment funded by Ribble Valley Borough Council, the Heritage Lottery Fund and several private and public sector partners. The site is owned by Ribble Valley Borough Council and managed by Lancashire County Council.

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