Open art exhibition to inspire at Clitheroe Castle

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

The skills of local artists will soon be on display in a new exhibition in the Steward's Gallery at Clitheroe Castle.

The annual 'Inspired: The Ribble Valley Open' exhibition starts on Saturday 5 August.

Every year, amateur and professional artists and students who live or work in the Ribble Valley and surrounding area are invited to submit work on a given theme.

This year, artists were challenged to produce work to reflect their personal interpretation of 'Myth and Legend'.

County Councillor Peter Buckley, Lancashire County Council's cabinet member for community and cultural services, said: "I'm sure visitors will be impressed by the high quality of work on display. It is a reflection of the level of talent that there is in the area.

"There are many different styles of artwork from contemporary to traditional. The works give us the artist's own views on the subject matter, and are sometimes provocative, humorous and often intriguing.

"The artist awarded the Selectors' Choice this year will get the chance to have a solo exhibition next year."

A 'People's Choice' competition is part of the exhibition. Visitors will be able to vote for their favourite piece of artwork on display. The artist with the most votes, and a visitor, chosen at random, who has voted for the winning artist, will receive a Lancashire Museums Family and Friends Xplorer Ticket.

All of the works on show are for sale. The exhibition runs until Sunday 8 October.

The Steward's Gallery is open daily from 11am to 4pm and admission to the exhibition within the Steward's Gallery part of Clitheroe Castle is free.

Admission to Clitheroe Castle Museum is £4.30 for adults, £3.20 for concessions. Young people aged 13-18 and accompanied children up to the age of 12 go free.

Limited disabled parking is available at the museum. Parking is also available on car parks in the town centre.

For more information please phone 01200 424568 or email

Alternatively, please visit

Clitheroe Castle Museum is managed by Lancashire County Council's museum service, on behalf of Ribble Valley Borough Council.

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