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Join us on Thursday the 19th of August for an evening filled with art and culture.

Art Students and graduates who have graduated from a Lancashire college, or are from Lancashire and graduated with an arts degree this year 2021, are welcome to join us for a tour of The Whitaker Museum and Art Gallery at 5pm.

The Fledgling – Sculpture Unveiling

Help us to celebrate the unveiling of our new sculpture ‘The Fledgling’ on the Whitaker grounds by by John Hyatt, Artist/Professor at Liverpool School of Art and Design and Director at the Institute of Art & Technology (IAT) this is a very special new public sculpture in bronze and stainless steel for the Whitaker.

Artists Talk with David Hancock

Later in the evening, please join David Hancock for a talk about his work and exhibition ‘A Still Life’ this is a free ticketed event!

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5pm – Museum Tour for Graduates.

With the launch of our new graduate exhibition opportunities, we welcome students and graduates for a museum tour.
This tour is offered to all interested artists. If you are attending, please confirm by emailing

6pm – Unveiling of ‘The Fledging’.

The sculpture has been cast at Castle Fine Arts Foundry in Liverpool. John Hyatt’s work follows the Museum’s themes: the past creating the future; the natural history collection inspiring an ecological vision; and the importance of youth.

“I wanted to show a relationship to the collections and the Museum’s wooded situation in Whitaker Park. ‘The Fledgling’ is elegant and totemic. It has a sense of wonder to it. A beautiful perfection takes to the air above the tangled barbed wire of a difficult nest. It represents the trans-generational and the transformative; freedom rising from adversity; and a future of hope. Ultimately, it represents Rossendale and The Whitaker itself in its cyclic rebirths.”

7pm – Our exhibiting artist David Hancock talks about his work and exhibition that is displayed in our Gallery ‘A Still Life’.

Though rooted in the archaic practice of painting, his work is concerned with opening up the possibilities that exist at the juncture between painting and digital media.

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