Clitheroe gallery hosts 'cream of the craftwork crop'

The popular Platform Gallery in Clitheroe has reopened to the public with an exhibition featuring the ‘cream of the craftwork crop’.

Tuesday, 20th April 2021, 7:00 am
Among the exhibitors is Nottingham ceramicist Emma Williams, whose work features layers of slips and vibrant, tactile glazes on decorative brooches and ceramic bowls.

Art enthusiasts have been welcomed by Platform and Function, an exhibition showcasing the UK’s best new and established craft-makers.

The exhibitors have been specially selected from the British Craft Trade Fair, Platform Gallery Craft Open and Great Northern Contemporary Craft Fair.

They include Nottingham ceramicist Emma Williams, whose work features layers of slips and vibrant, tactile glazes on decorative brooches and ceramic bowls.

Emma draws inspiration from observations of the natural world, particularly childhood seaside holidays spent beachcombing and rock-pooling.

The exhibition also showcases the in-demand sculptures of "paper pioneer" Jennifer Colliers.

Jennifer’s unique work, created from vintage recycled materials stitched together with rare heritage stitches, has been exhibited internationally and featured in over 60 magazines.

Local exhibitors include Langho illustrator Sam Rudd and Mellor woodturner Ken Barnes.

Platform Gallery supervisor Andrea Westall said: “The aim of this exhibition is to introduce and showcase some of the country’s most exciting craft-makers.

“It features the work of 20 of the best craft-makers in the UK and some truly unique pieces. We are particularly delighted to welcome Emma Williams and Jennifer Colliers, who exhibited at the gallery several years ago and have gone on to enjoy outstanding national careers. We have missed all our lovely customers and are thrilled to welcome them back with this delightful exhibition.”

A one-way system now operates at the gallery, with entry via the side door and exit via the main entrance.

The gallery will now close at 4-30pm Monday to Friday and 4pm on Saturday to allow for extra cleaning, and will not open on Sundays.

Screens will be in place and staff will wear visors and masks when showing people jewellery from cabinets. Brochures and leaflets will be handed out at the gallery’s visitor information centre, but there will be no browsing.

In line with Government guidance, visitors are asked to sanitise their hands when entering the gallery and wear a mask.

Platform and Function runs until June 26th and further details are available from the Platform Gallery on 01200 425566.