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'Beauty is First Test' at Platform Gallery

Published Wednesday, 18 December 2013

The beauty of mathematics is the theme of a national exhibition that opens at the Platform Gallery, Clitheroe, in January.

The exhibition, called Beauty is the First Test, features textiles, sculptures and drawings that reveal how craft techniques such as knotting, interlacing, stitching, counting, hooking, measuring and cutting are guided by mathematical theories.

The title of the exhibition is from an essay published in 1940 by mathematician G. H. Hardy: "The mathematician's patterns, like the painter's or the poet's, must be beautiful. The ideas, like colours or words, must fit together in a harmonious way. Beauty is the first test: there is no permanent place in the world for ugly mathematics."

The exhibition runs from 25 January to 19 April and was developed with the support of Arts Council England, the Crafts Council, Wandsworth Borough Council and London's Pump House Gallery.

The Platform Gallery and Visitor and Information Centre in Station Road is run by Ribble Valley Borough Council and is a one-stop shop for visitors and art and craft enthusiasts, with the latest information on events and accommodation, a shop selling maps, souvenirs and craftwork by local and national artists, and a gallery exhibiting the best contemporary art and hosting workshops throughout the year.

The gallery's main exhibition space presents an annual program of exhibitions featuring textiles, ceramics, jewellery, glass and metalwork by nationally recognised and Lancashire-based designers and makers.

All purchases between £100 and £2,000 can be purchased through Own Art, an interest-free purchasing scheme.

The gallery is open Monday to Friday 9.00am to 5.00pm and on Saturdays 10.00am to 4.30pm.

Further details are available from the Platform Gallery and Visitor Information Centre on 01200 425566.

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