Popular exhibition Open for business

Connected Sculpture' by Brian Taylor
Connected Sculpture' by Brian Taylor

A celebration of the borough’s artistic endeavour is on display in Leigh.

The annual Open exhibition was set up at the Turnpike Gallery this week marking the diversity and current artistic expertise across the borough.

Each year the Turnpike Gallery invites people living or working in the borough of Wigan, to submit an artwork or hand crafted object to be included in the exhibition. This year more than 100 local artists - professionals and amateurs, young and old – are taking part.

The Open is a popular exhibition with visitors and exhibitors alike, and attracts work in a variety of media from painting, sculpture and photography, to ceramics, textiles and jewellery.

It includes traditional and non-traditional, figurative and abstract works, large and small.

Visual Arts Officer for Wigan Leisure and Culture Trust, Martyn Lucas, said: “We endeavour to exhibit all the art works that are brought to the gallery.

“It’s always a challenge to install but it is a real opportunity for amateurs to show alongside professionals and for people of all ages to have their work on display.

“For some established artists it is a chance for their work to be seen by a new audience; for others it is the first time they have considered putting their art on public display.

“There really is something for everyone.”

Alongside the exhibition is an archive slide show featuring many of the exhibitions held at the Turnpike Gallery over the last 40 years, and a craft display selling affordable items by local makers.

The exhibition runs until 7 January 2012 and opening times are: Monday to Friday 10am to 6pm, Saturday 9.30am to 3.30pm.