The Platform Gallery craft open exhibition is now in full swing, with 130 exhibits by 70 artists from across the North West. Work on show includes furniture, ceramics, wood, glass, jewellery and all types of textiles.
Ribble Valley prizewinner, with an origami screen, Yasuyo Cooper, received a cash award and a showcase exhibition at the Platform Gallery in early 2012. Also on show is a wall of crocheted faces by selectors’ prizewinner Joyce Coulton, a waistcoat by Mary Dawber, of Clitheroe, which is handcrafted from 57 different silk neck ties and a dress and accessories made from crisp packets by Lorraine Dickinson, of Accrington.
Mayor of the Ribble Valley Coun. Simon Hoare was present at the opening on July 23rd to award prizes and officially open the show. He said, “Ribble Valley Borough Council is very fortunate to retain the Platform Gallery and the craft open exhibition is a shining example of the range of talent in Lancashire including residents from the Ribble Valley. It was great to see the gallery full of exhibitors and visitors and I am sure the exhibition will be well-attended over the next two months as the range of exhibits is very impressive. It was also good to see an art exhibition staged by GCSE students from Ribblesdale School, and this will hopefully encourage the students to continue their art skills and RVBC to work with other schools in the borough.”
The exhibition runs until October 1st and visitors can vote for a favourite artwork, the winning artist will receive a £100 Platform Gallery voucher.
There will be free children’s activities running throughout the exhibition, bookable workshops with Craftastic’s Lizzie Botham on August 13th and 16th and free origami demonstrations on Thursday, August 25th, or see www.ribblevalley.gov.uk/platformgalleryworkshops for details.