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Contemporary Art Exhibitions

Marjan Wouda: Familiar

An exhibition of sculpture and drawings by Marjan Wouda, inspired by Lancashire’s story lore and landscape.  

Join us for the opening of the exhibition on Saturday 25 February at 2pm - no need to book, just turn up.

Fascinated by the animal characters which populate local stories, Marjan re-imagines them in paper, clay and steel. She prefers to place them big and bold in the environment, where the material changes with the time of day and the seasons and where we can experience them in all dimensions.

In front of The Whitaker, is your chance to get up close and as personal as you like with Dandy (a two-meter supernatural dog inspired by the history of the Pendle Witches), The Dun Cow of Parlick (a bovine giantess who gave too much of herself) and Sir Hare, the largest sculpture at 3.6 meter in gorgeous rusty Corten steel.  

Inside Gallery One, Marjan takes you by the hand into her story-world. She allows you to discover the processes by which she develops her ideas from tiny sketches and paper maquettes to large charcoal drawings and test pieces in cardboard. Also on show is much of the work that went into the creation of two books that celebrate her favourite two stories, set in the landscapes that gave rise to them.  

Through her work, Marjan compels us to examine our familiarity with animals, our combined history on this earth and how we share this landscape around us.  

You can discover more about Marjan's work at a talk from the artist on 13 April at 7pm.

  • Dates
    Saturday 25th February 2023 – Sunday 7th May 2023
  • Tickets

    Free.

    Join us for the opening of the exhibition on Saturday 25 February at 2pm – no need to book, just turn up.

This event is supported by the Arts Council England

Marjan Wouda is a Dutch-born, Lancashire-based sculptor of international renown.  Her work is spread far and wide, from New Zealand and Hong Kong to Europe, the Caribbean, and the US. Born on a tenant dairy farm in the north of The Netherlands, she came to England aged 19 and trained in art colleges in London and Manchester. In the year 2000, she moved to Lancashire where she feels she is growing roots. 

While often her work features animals, she is passionate about exploring the human predicament in a way that is engaging and curious. She loves the adventure of the making process, exploring materials playfully and allowing them their voice.  

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  • Whilst some activities are offered free due to our current funding from ACE and HLF, we have introduced ‘pay what you can’ for some events with a suggested donation. We appreciate donations to ensure we can keep activities running in the future
  • Our events cancellation policy can be accessed here.

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