Open art exhibition to inspire at Clitheroe Castle

Audrey Hepburn, from refugee to Hollywood icon, by Carol Pugh.
Audrey Hepburn, from refugee to Hollywood icon, by Carol Pugh.
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The skills of local artists will soon be on display in a creative new exhibition in the Steward's Gallery at Clitheroe Castle.

The annual "Inspired: The Ribble Valley Open" exhibition starts on Saturday, July 28th

This year artists were challenged to produce work to reflect their personal interpretation of "extraordinary women".

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.

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. Their work gives 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 will receive a Lancashire Museums Family and Friends Xplorer Ticket. A visitor who has voted for the winning artist will also be chosen at random to receive one.

The exhibition runs until Monday, September 24th, and all of the artwork in the exhibition is for sale.

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 £4-40 for adults, £3-30 for concessions. Young people up to 18 go free. Children up to the age of 12 must be accompanied.

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

For more information call 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.