From the history of steam railways to what makes football ‘the beautiful game’ to fairytale book illustrations – Towneley Hall, Burnley, has it all in a packed program of extravagant events and artistic adventures over the coming year.
The historic hall is offering a wide range of events, exhibitions and collections to suit all tastes and capture the imagination of all ages.
The programme starts off (2nd March – 31st May) with an exhibition of work by Burnley – based mixed media artist Sophie Gibson, who works around the themes of pop art to develop everyday items and create them into something magical and, as the youth of today say ‘popping!’
On the subject of art, but with a very different approach, a selection of work by local artist Edwin Thornber, who creates magical panoramas and landscapes and injects new life into dull buildings through colour, will be on display between June and August.
Fancy becoming an author to produce adult and children books but need help bringing out your inner creativeness? Pick up some ideas from the Book Illustrations event where there will be a selection of illustrations from the Hardcastle collection. These will help for children’s and adult books and features artists such as Louis Wain, Harry Rountree and Phiz. Take a look and become imaginative and wild with your ideas, visit these on 9th July – 30th Sept.
Chuga! – Chuga! – Chuga!,- become embedded in the era of steam engines; see photos of the big, mean, steaming machine and look at the collection that are brought in by local enthusiasts of these historical modes of transport,. Discover the secrets and, who know, maybe it isn’t the End of the Line, visit on 9th July – 30th Sept.
He shoots - he scores! Stuart Roy Clarke is a photographer who creates professional freeze – frame photos of football and brings out all the hidden elements of a game and turns them into something beautiful. Enjoy his second photographic exhibition at the hall on 6th Oct – 3rd Mar 2019.
It has been 100 years since the armistice of the Great War. Come and take a look of the local memorials from the Towneley collections and some stories of the men who lost their lives. Visit the War Memorials exhibition on 6th Oct – 19th Jan 2019.
Ken Darwen, Towneley Hall manager, said: “The wide range of events being held at Towneley over the coming months just illustrates the diversity of what the hall has to offer. They will appeal to people of all ages – come along, you might learn something new or see something that inspires you to become a future exhibitor at Towneley.”