Open art exhibition to inspire visitors to Clitheroe Castle

Clitheroe Castle.
Clitheroe Castle.
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The skills of local artists will soon be on display in a new exhibition in the Steward’s Gallery at Clitheroe Castle.

The annual ‘Inspired: The Ribble Valley Open’ exhibition starts on Saturday, August 8.

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.

This year, artists were challenged to produce work to reflect their personal interpretation of ‘town versus country’.

Rachel Jackson, museum manager at Clitheroe Castle, said: “I’m sure visitors will be impressed by the high quality of work on display. It shows the level of talent we have in this area.

“There are many different styles of artwork from contentious, traditional and humorous points of view. The works give us the artist’s own views on the subject matter, and are sometimes provocative and often intriguing.”

The artist awarded the Selectors’ Choice this year will get the chance to have a solo exhibition next year, with Dave Gudgeon taking up the opportunity this time round.

A People’s Choice competition is also part of the exhibition. Visitors will be able to vote for their favourite piece on display. The artist with the most votes, and a voter, chosen at random, who has voted for the winning artist, will receive a Lancashire Museums Family and Friends Xplorer Ticket.