Re­vamped gallery set to host ex­tra events

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VIS­I­TORS to Chapel Gallery will still re­ceive a warm wel­come this au­tumn, even though fur­ther work is be­ing car­ried out to make it a land­mark cul­tural des­ti­na­tion for the North West.

Phase two of the ex­cit­ing gallery re­de­vel­op­ment be­gan last Mon­day and will cre­ate a sec­ond ex­hi­bi­tion space on the first floor of the build­ing.

This will dou­ble the amount of events, pro­grammes and per­for­mances the gallery can host and al­low it to take larger, higher-pro­file tour­ing shows, as well as more in­no­va­tive art shows, in­clud­ing those fea­tur­ing dig­i­tal me­dia.

This will help raise the gallery’s pro­file and make it an even more im­por­tant cen­tre for the arts in the North West, as well as at­tract­ing more vis­i­tors to Orm­skirk.

There will be more ex­hi­bi­tion op­por­tu­ni­ties for lo­cal artists which will help them de­velop their ca­reers.

The fa­cil­ity will also have an ex­hi­bi­tion space that in­di­vid­u­als or groups can hire and, on the ground floor, the café will be moved to the front of the build­ing, pro­vid­ing a big­ger multi-func­tional space perfect for par­ties or events.

This lat­est part of the project re­ceived £68,000 from Arts Coun­cil grants and builds on work car­ried out at the West Lancs Bor­ough Coun­cil-owned gallery last year.

Pre­vi­ous im­prove­ments in­cluded the in­stal­la­tion of a lift and an amaz­ing con­tem­po­rary glass win­dow on the new main en­trance, cre­ated by young peo­ple from Tar­leton Acad­emy and the artist Jo Vin­cent.

These im­prove­ments were also en­abled by a grant of £128,000 from Arts Coun­cil Eng­land.

Port­fo­lio holder for leisure, Cllr Yvonne Ga­gen, said: “This won­der­ful re­de­vel­op­ment of the gallery is great news and I am re­ally ex­cited to see what the fu­ture holds for this fan­tas­tic fa­cil­ity for the peo­ple of West Lan­cashire.

“The ex­ter­nal fund­ing se­cured for the project proves how the coun­cil pro­vides great value for money for the ben­e­fit of lo­cal peo­ple.”

The im­prove­ment work is ex­pected to last six weeks and most of the fa­cil­i­ties and pro­grammes are run­ning as nor­mal.

How­ever, some book­ings have been tem­po­rar­ily relocated and the art club will now be meet­ing at the bowl­ing club in Coro­na­tion Park, Orm­skirk, for the du­ra­tion of the work.

A new ex­hi­bi­tion, called Wan­der­ing, opened on Satur­day, Septem­ber 16.

This will run un­til Novem­ber 11, and fea­tures the work of 10 UKbased artists who share a fas­ci­na­tion with the nat­u­ral en­vi­ron­ment.

Trees fea­ture heav­ily in this group show and at its heart is a re­con­structed wood­land, that in­cor­po­rates light, sound and am­bi­ent smells, bring­ing the out­side in.

Vis­i­tors are en­cour­aged to slow down and step in­side this im­mer­sive in­stal­la­tion that aims to ex­plore the calm­ing, en­er­gis­ing qual­i­ties that spend­ing time in na­ture can pro­vide.

For more in­for­ma­tion on the Chapel Gallery, visit www.west­lancs.gov. uk/chapel­gallery or www. chapel­gallery.org.uk

A warm wel­come still awaits – the chapel Gallery, in Orm­skirk, which is cur­rently be­ing re­de­vel­oped

Cllr Yvonne Ga­gen said the de­vel­op­ment was great news

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