International artist comes ‘back home’

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AN INTERNATIONALLY-acclaimed artist is to exhibit in his home borough for the first time in 30 years.

Orrell-born Norman Dilworth, pictured, will showcase his work at Leigh’s Turnpike Gallery next month.

The 80-year-old has exhibited in some of the most prestigious museums in Europe, including solo exhibitions at both the Mondrian House in Amersfoort, Holland and the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam.

Now for the first time in three decades the contemporary artist will exhibit back in the borough and country he was born in.

Visual Arts Officer for Wigan Leisure and Culture Trust, Martyn Lucas, said: “Norman Dilworth is one of our key exhibitions this year and his playful, geometric sculptures reflect his energy and commitment at 80.

“What better way to celebrate the Turnpike Gallery’s 40th year than with a local artist who has gone on to establish an international career, and for us to be a part of acknowledging his achievements.”

This exhibition has been organised by Andrew Bick, and supported by Arts Council Lottery funding, and will present a body of work largely completed in the last 10 years along with a collection of Dilworth’s early drawings and a slide show of archive photographs taken by his wife Christine Cadin during the installation of Pier+Ocean.

The exhibition runs from Saturday (May 7) until Saturday, July 2 before moving to Huddersfield Art Gallery.