Artist wins solo exhibition at Clitheroe Castle Museum

Thursday, April 25, 2019

The latest exhibition at Clitheroe Castle Museum will showcase the work of Willo Williams, the winner of the Ribble Valley prize in the 2018 Ribble Valley Open Art Exhibition.

A selection of Willo's paintings and sculpture are currently on display until Sunday 16 June 2019 in the Steward's Gallery.

The exhibition "Willo's World: A Roller Coaster Ride" will feature Willo's winning artwork "Slowly Shifting Sands".

The Skelmersdale-raised artist has exhibited in locations including London, Zimbabwe and Zambia, and now lives in east Lancashire.

As part of the exhibition Willo has chosen to included selected works from her late partner, Paul Derbyshire's, portfolio.

The annual Ribble Valley Open exhibition is an opportunity for local amateur and professional artists to submit work on a given theme.

Julie Bell, head of libraries, museums, culture and registrars at Lancashire County Council, said: "I'm sure visitors will be impressed by the high quality of Willo's work.

"Wiilo is such a worthy winner of the Ribble Valley prize. It is great to be able to exhibit the work of such a talented artist.

"Our annual Open Art exhibition really does give local artists a chance to show their skill and creativity."

Willo added: "I firmly believe that inspiration is to be found everywhere: an incident, a remark, a media report or picture, my dance class, fairgrounds, museums - any situation, the young, the old - good or bad – humorous or satirical whenever possible, sometimes tragic.

"It is great to have won the Ribble Valley prize. I was so pleased to win it and I'm thrilled to have this opportunity of a solo exhibition showcasing my paintings."

The Steward's Gallery is open daily from 11am to 4pm.

Admission to the exhibition within the Steward's Gallery part of Clitheroe Castle is free.

Admission to the Castle Museum is £4.50 for adults and £3.40 for concessions. Children and young people up to the age of 18 years go free. Children up to the age of 12 must be accompanied by an adult.

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

For more information about Clitheroe Castle Museum, phone 01200 424568 or email

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

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