Platform Gallery

Platform Gallery Exhibition Programme

Bank Holiday

Platform Gallery and Visitor Information Centre will be closed on 1, 8 and 29 May

2023 Main Gallery space

Craft Open 2023

April 17th – July 2nd

This long-standing exhibition is always a popular one in our gallery programme amongst both the artists displaying and the visitors enjoying their delights. The exhibition is focussed on showcasing local craft talent and only artists from Lancashire and its surrounding counties are invited to apply.

As the name suggests the brief is totally open and the only requirements are that the artwork is created in a craft discipline, meaning this exhibition is always a rich diverse mix of disciplines, subject matter, and styles.

If visiting leaves you feeling inspired be sure to have a chat with our team about joining our mailing list so you can be sure not to miss the opportunity to get involved with Craft Open 24!


Design Nation Showcase at Platform

July 17th July – September 16th

This Summer sees Platform team up with the Design Nation to create a showcase of the Northwest artists within the organizations prestigious portfolio. Design Nation are an established collaborator who shares our passion for heritage crafts are committed to shaping the future development and innovation of this important growing sector as part of the wider creative economy.


Northern Star

 October 2nd – January 6th

This autumn sees the return of our annual Northern Star exhibition. Let us be your guiding light, let us lead the way to over 50 British artists collections this gift giving season. We have been working hard behind the scenes scouring the length and breadth of the country to collate a wide array of British Craft talent to make it as easy as possible to buy handmade this Christmas. The showcase features several Platform gallery favourites and a selection of artists brand new to the gallery too…Show your loved ones you care by buying handmade at the Platform this Christmas!


 InThe Mix

Our space available for hire


Painting Exhibition by Steve Rostron

29th April 2023

Exhibition by Sabden based artist Steve Rostron bringing a broad display of his new paintings. The display will feature his semi abstract landscapes inspired by the area. His work is moody, atmospheric and powerful. Framed and unframed works of differing scales will be here to enjoy, flick through the browser & meet Steve.