As part of Rossendale Heritage Festival celebrating our diverse history and unique landscape, we are pleased to announce our latest pop-up exhibition from Dave Pearson, showcasing works from his English Calendar Customs Series which he started in 1973, and worked on for several years.
This work involved a lot of detailed research and he filled 14 notebooks, each for a particular period of the year, with detailed writings and pen and ink drawings from the books he was reading.
In 1981 Pearson started a series which clearly grew out of his interest in English Calendar Customs – In the Seven Woods – inspired by the Abbots Bromley Horn Dance, and which explored, in large series of pencil drawings, pastels, card relief paintings and prints, the imagery associated with the dance such as horned dancers, hobby horse, and woods. There is a dark and haunting quality to many of these works, with hints of mortality, and this was a period during which he lost both his father Sam (1978) and mother Anne (1983).
The Exhibition will be in hung in our main gallery and on display until Sunday 14th July.
During this period across the weekend of 6th and 7th July, The Whitaker will be hosting The Rawtenstall Annual Fair and Dialect-i-fest, a celebration of everything that is great about Lancashire. A weekend full of music, song and dance all in and around the museum and park. Indoor and Outdoor stages will host over 20 live acts and 2 Brass Bands brought to you in conjunction with the Lancashire Society, and supported by the National Heritage Lottery Fund. It promises to be a real Family day out, with stalls, games and activities, and most of all, fabulous words and music.
So come and visit The Whitaker to celebrate this must see exhibition and great cultural event.