Artists call to castle walls

Clitheroe Castle
Clitheroe Castle

ARTISTS who live and work in East Lancashire are being given the opportunity to exhibit their work at Clitheroe Castle.

The castle’s Steward’s Gallery hosts up to four arts, heritage and history exhibitions a year, including the “Inspired Ribble Valley Open”, featuring the work of amateur, professional or student visual artists living or working in Ribble Valley.

Now the exhibition is being opened up to artists living and working throughout East Lancashire. Artists are invited to submit any type of fine art, including two or three-dimensional pieces and pieces up to 1.8 metres in height, for consideration in the exhibition.

Ribble Valley Borough Council’s arts development officer, Katherine Rodgers, said: “The exhibition is a fantastic opportunity for local artists, amateur or professional, to exhibit their work at a prestigious venue that attracts hundreds of visitors a week.

“The exhibition has been a fantastic showcase for Ribble Valley artists and the time has come to widen the field. We know there is a rich artistic heritage in East Lancashire and some fantastically talented artists, so we are looking forward to exhibiting their work.””

The exhibition will run from October 22nd to January 15th 2012 and artists living or working in the boroughs of Blackburn, Hyndburn, Ribble Valley, Burnley, Pendle and Rossendale are invited to take part.

They are asked to submit an application form, up to six images of up to three pieces of work, a 150-word statement and £10 submission fee (£7.50 for artists living or working in Ribble Valley) to the Platform Gallery in Station Road, Clitheroe, by 4-30 p.m. on Tuesday, August 16th.

Application packs and detailed entry criteria are available from Katherine Rodgers on 01200 443071 (e-mail:

The Steward’s Gallery is part of the Clitheroe Castle Museum Complex, which received a Royal opening in June 2009 after a two-year £3.5m. refurbishment funded by Ribble Valley Borough Council, the Heritage Lottery Fund and several private and public sector partners. The site is owned by Ribble Valley Borough Council and managed by Lancashire County Council.