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Local Museum and Art Gallery, The Whitaker, will launch two brand new, free to enter, art exhibitions.

The two exhibitions, The Lie of the Land by Carolyn Curtis Magri and Déirdre Kelly, and The Eve of the Deluge by Pat Flynn and Andrew McDonald, will open to the public Thursday 30th May and will run until Sunday 18thAugust.

The Whitaker will celebrate the launch with a free exhibition launch event on Thursday 30th May (7PM) at the Museum and Art Gallery and invites the local community to attend.

The first exhibition, The Lie of the Land, evolved from a shared interest in mapping, researching place, and creativity through textile-inflected lenses. Their overlapping viewpoints stretch across the Mediterranean, Malta and Venice and meet now, here in Lancashire, making reference to a pattern of interconnectedness which relates to both local networking and global threads.  

 Exhibiting artists, Carolyn Curtis Magri and Déirdre Kelly, said: “Thank you to everyone at The Whitaker for this opportunity to experience its unique social and cultural textile heritage in a contemporary context.”

The second exhibition to launch at The Whitaker, The Eve of the Deluge, is a response to contemporary socio-political themes and dilemmas. Flynn’s work draws on ideologies, processes, themes and sentiments found in Hollywood films, computer games, consumer goods and advertising and applies CGI Photography and Animation, whilst McDonald’s focuses on drawing and hand-drawn animation and is preoccupied with romantic notions of the tortured artist and its place in modernism.

The two exhibitions will also include participation activities with the artists. This includes an Artist Talk with Flynn and McDonald (22nd June), and an Artist Workshop with Curtis Magri (14th July) exploring drawing techniques.

Creative Director, Gaynor Seville, said: “I am delighted to show the work of these fantastic artists, in two shows displaying work of two artists side by side.  I identified a fascinating connection between the work of Carolyn and Déirdre  when they applied to exhibit with us, and we are excited to see how this collaboration has developed over the last few months.  Pat and Andrew chose to show their work together.  There is a really interesting narrative and energy between each pair of artists and their practice.  We can’t wait to invite our visitors in to see these new shows!”

On Thursday 17th May, The Whitaker also announced that a new three-year contract for its Bar & Kitchen had been granted to contract caterer, Elior, who will now lead on the hospitality side of The Whitaker (including venue hire, weddings and corporate events).

To celebrate this new partnership, Elior will be serving champagne and canapes on arrival at the exhibition.

For more information, head to: www.thewhitaker.org