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Celebrated Lettercutter to Carve his Niche In Clitheroe

Published Tuesday, 21 April 2015

A celebrated typographer and lettercutter is to carve his niche in Clitheroe during an exhibition of the region’s finest craftwork.

Wayne Hart is to exhibit his unique work at the Platform Gallery in Station Road during its popular annual craft showcase.

Wayne, who hails from Manchester, is one of the UK’s last remaining lettercutters and has a string of awards and accolades behind him, including from the Queen Elizabeth Scholarship Trust, the Worshipful Company of Masons and National Association of Decorative and Fine Arts Societies. He was also Maker of the Year at the 2013 Craft and Design Awards.

He carves in stone and wood, as well as metals, plastics and glass, and his celebrated work includes the C. S. Lewis Memorial at Poet’s Corner in Westminster Abbey and public artwork at the Maison de la Culture d’Amiens in France.

Platform Gallery’s Craft Open runs from 25 April to 4 July and will feature the work of the finest craftspeople from Lancashire, Yorkshire, Greater Manchester and Merseyside.

The exhibition will include woven, stitched, felted and constructed textiles, ceramics, jewellery, metalwork, woodwork, furniture, glass, calligraphy and mixed media, as well as pieces that are two or three-dimensional.

Visitors to the exhibition will be able to vote for a People’s Choice Prize and the Selectors’ Prize for Innovation will offer the winning Ribble Valley exhibitor their own showcase at the gallery in 2016.

The Selectors’ Prize for Innovation winner for 2015, Pat Fisher, will exhibit her innovative textile work depicting the natural world in the gallery’s Education Suite alongside the Craft Open.

Platform Gallery supervisor Stephanie Hibbert said: “The Craft Open is a fantastic opportunity for craft enthusiasts to see the work of the finest craftworkers in the North West.

“There is a rich artistic heritage in the region and some fantastically talented craftspeople are taking part in this superb exhibition.

“We are particular delighted to welcome Wayne Hart, who has an international reputation and is one of the UK’s few remaining typographers and lettercutters.”

The Platform Gallery is open Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm and Saturdays 10am to 4.30pm and further details are available on 01200 425566.

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