changing exhibitions artwork

We have been hosting exhibitions of work by professional and amateur artists in our Changing Exhibitions Gallery in the Lounge Bar at Burnley Mechanics since 2014.  Work is often for sale and creates a great talking point for visitors and diners in the Bistro.  Burnley artists have shown their work as well as established artists from further afield.  We have also hosted exhibitions highlighting the heritage the arts in Burnley.

If you would like to apply to show your work in the Gallery please send some information and images of your work to Rachel Hawthorn at

Our Current Exhibition

Shared Threads

Lisa Scarlet Ryan

Shared Threads is an exciting, vibrant collection of artist led community creativity.

Textile artist Lisa Scarlet Ryan has worked with community groups in Burnley to produce a series of exciting, experimental textile pieces reflecting the larger installation works happening during Fabrications and using the theme of inclusion within our community.

During the workshops there has been dialogue which has included race, mental health, ecological issues, the things which divide people, and how we can change them to create an inclusive Burnley which looks forwards. This town is the heart of the country when it comes to creativity and textile creation.

Lisa Scarlet Ryan has previous experience in the textiles industry; designing fibres and fabrics, bespoke clothing and high end commercial wear, which has given her an awareness of material use which is very innovative. She is never afraid to push the boundaries. Her personal work is eclectic, the end product determined through her design process which is very experimental and spontaneous, with colour, texture and form at the forefront of her larger scale work.

Lisa is involved in the Fabrications festival, creating a large scale Installation piece at Gawthorpe Hall, she has also worked with Ground Up to create ‘tree chandeliers’, located just off the canal on the long mile, opposite the Bus Station. She has also worked collaboratively on installations in Accrington, Blackburn & Brierfield.

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