All the best! New chiefs at the helm of gallery

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ORM­SKIRK’S Chapel Gallery has re­opened un­der new, in­de­pen­dent man­age­ment and is pro­vid­ing a space for the best of Orm­skirk’s tal­ent and pro­duce.

Artist and mu­si­cian Ian Brown­bill and pub spe­cial­ist Amanda Ab­bott are now run­ning the arts cen­tre and plan to bring a host of ex­cit­ing artis­tic events to Orm­skirk.

The Chapel Gallery was pre­vi­ously run by the coun­cil but the au­thor­ity sought some­one to take it over last year and Ian and Amanda say their aim is to cre­ate a “wel­com­ing space for the arts and a so­cial en­vi­ron­ment for all ages”.

As part of their de­sire to work with lo­cal in­de­pen­dents, the Chapel has signed on part­ner brands such as Mr Thomp­son’s bak­ery which is now serv­ing its cakes, tray­bakes and ginger­bread from its new home at The Chapel café bar.

Ian has pre­vi­ously re­vived the world’s old­est pas­sen­ger sta­tion at Edge Hill into an arts hub when he was direc­tor at ‘Me­tal’, while Amanda is known lo­cally for trans­form­ing a suc­ces­sion of pubs and has a pas­sion for lo­cal food, craft cof­fee, real ales and ar­ti­san gins.

Ian said: “The Chapel is a great build­ing; we are try­ing to maximise the po­ten­tial of each space. The Gallery will re­main as a home for dio with a sprung floor that also has ex­hi­bi­tions and the devel­op­ment of the flex­i­bil­ity to host larger events ideas with the lo­cal com­mu­nity. such as con­certs, film show­ings,

“The café bar has a bril­liant inti- in­ter­ac­tive arts and in­door mar­kets.” mate stage for mu­si­cians and will also The Chapel Gallery gift shop fea­ture spe­cial pop-up in­stal­la­tions. re­mains at the heart of The Chapel The first floor is a dance and yoga stu- and is now run by Lan­cashire Mak­ers’, stock­ing lo­cally crafts, art & de­sign.

Fea­tur­ing the work of its mem­bers and guest artists from around the North West, the shop of­fers a range of unique gifts.

Ian con­tin­ued: “Ev­ery­one in­volved here pride them­selves on be­ing wel­com­ing and we all have a shared vi­sion, which is to make The Chapel a spe­cial place to visit - it’s worth com­ing just for the amaz­ing cakes!”

With Gov­ern­ment re­stric­tions still be­ing ob­served, the Chapel is open for so­cially dis­tanced dance and yoga classes hosted by part­ner brand Lu­nar Stu­dios, while the café bar is open with re­duced hours and spe­cial pro­tec­tive mea­sures in place. The mu­sic and vis­ual arts pro­gramme will re­sume as soon as pos­si­ble. hand­made

Gifts, yummy cakes, drinks and a dance stu­dio all form part of The Chapel Gallery un­der new man­age­ment

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