Popular gallery celebrates its 20th birthday

Platform Gallery supervisor Stephanie Hibbert and assistant Rose Hamilton.
Platform Gallery supervisor Stephanie Hibbert and assistant Rose Hamilton.

The award-winning Platform Gallery and Visitor Information Centre is celebrating its 20th anniversary with a raft of special activities and discounts from Tuesday, May 20th.

The Station Road gallery opened in May 1994, after the redevelopment of the semi-derelict Clitheroe Rail Station.

The station building was turned into a multi-award-winning travel hub and art gallery, called the Clitheroe Interchange and Platform Gallery, which received an official opening by His Royal Highness Prince Charles in 2002.

The gallery became one of Lancashire’s premier venues for contemporary crafts and underwent a further £100,000 refurbishment funded by the Lottery in 2001.

Shoppers and arts enthusiasts are invited to join in the anniversary celebrations with 20% discount off all items the week beginning Tuesday May 20th.

The gallery will also feature 20 craft activities throughout the week, including competitions, demonstrations and drop-in activities, while the work of 20 selected artists will be showcased.

There will be a bunting challenge in May, during which local schools will be invited to design and produce their own bunting that will be used to decorate the gallery building.

The Platform Gallery and Clitheroe Visitor Information Centre is a one-stop shop for visitors and art and craft enthusiasts, with the latest information on events and accommodation, a shop selling maps, souvenirs and craftwork by local and national artists, and a gallery exhibiting the best contemporary art and hosting workshops throughout the year.

It is open Monday to Friday 9 am to 5 pm and Saturdays 10 am to 4-30 pm, and further details are available on 01200 425566.