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Make Your Mark

13 May – 1 July 2017

Scratch, Scrape, Draw, Paint! This group show considers mark-making in its myriad forms and invites visitors to experiment with mark-making themselves.

Visitors can make their own marks on our large-scale drawing wall and with our drawing cars, or even participate in drop-in and tutor led activities for anyone interested in developing their skills. Contact the Gallery for the full programme.

Exhibiting Artists: Kat Button, Gaenor Hall, Jane Hughes, Nathan Pendlebury, Sarah Jane Richards, Amy Russell and Gill Smith.

Opening Event: Saturday 13 May. Visit to enjoy free mark making activities.

Learning Stars

13 May – 1 July 2017

This showcase celebrates the success of Learning Stars, a local WEA arts group for adults with learning disabilities who meet at the Chapel Gallery every week. Working with artist and art educator, Julie James-Turner, they have created an accomplished tapestry that won a national competition, judged by a panel at the V&A, London.

Visit to see the tapestry alongside sketches and photographs that document the group’s creative journey.

Lancashire OPEN Exhibition 2017

22 July – 6 September 2017

Now in its fifteenth year, this annual Open Exhibition celebrates artistic talent from throughout the region and across the UK.

If you’re interested in developing an art collection, this Open is a great way to source original artworks to suit all budgets. There are around 200 diverse artworks exhibited, with something for all to appreciate.

We offer the Art Council England’s Own Art scheme, making it easier to buy original artwork with a 0% interest loan and payments as little as £10 per month.

Opening Event: Saturday 22 July. Visit to enjoy free creative activities.


16 September – 11 November 2017

This exhibition brings together the work of ten UK based 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.

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

Exhibiting Artists: Neil Bedwell, Frances Carlile, Jack Doyle, Maggie Hargreaves, Julie James-Turner, Arron Kuiper, Katie Lenegan, Anthony Ratcliffe, Helen Slater & Lucie Wilson.

Opening Event: Saturday 16 September. Visit to enjoy free activities inspired by the natural world.

Objects of Desire

11 November 2017 – 13 January 2018

A selection of some of the best contemporary craft from across the UK, including glassware, ceramics, jewellery, limited edition prints, textiles and accessories.

There’s nothing mass produced in this showcase; everything is lovingly created by hand. Ask about the person behind each piece!

Leoma Drew

Looking in Wonderland

18 November 2017 – 13 January 2018

“And what is the use of a book,” thought Alice, “without pictures or conversation?”

This exhibition includes a selection of Sir. John Tenniel’s original prints from the Alice in Wonderland stories.

These iconic illustrations are shown alongside more Alice-inspired artwork by West Lancashire artist, Matthew Roby.

Looking in Wonderland links to The Festival of Tales event taking place in Ormskirk Town Centre this Winter.

Opening Event: Saturday 18 November. Visit to enjoy free creative activities inspired by Alice and her adventures!

World Illustration Awards

20 January – 24 February 2018

Chapel Gallery is proud to host this prestigious exhibition of international illustration.

Illustrators from as far afield as Japan, Canada, Brazil, and the United Kingdom submit work for consideration by the Association of Illustrators.

The very best of these are included in this touring exhibition.

From self-initiated experiments to the covers that entice us to pick up a particular book, this exhibition demonstrates that innovation in illustration
has the power to persuade, excite and engage us all.

Exhibition organised by AOI.

The Reading Room: A book swap in partnership with Waterstones.

Opening Event: Saturday 20 January. Visit to enjoy free creative activities inspired by narrative and illustration