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Our Current Exhibition

New Life

Alistair Isle

Born in 1944 in Dewsbury, West Yorkshire, Alistair studied at Batley Art School gaining a Degree in Fine Art and Printmaking.

He exhibited in the 1960 with Jeff Nuttall and Dave Grice.  He then shied away from the “art world” for many years and continued painting what he felt drawn to paint.  In his working life he continued to use his artistic skills, working as a sign writer, interior designer and canal boat painter.

Alistair has always preferred to work with oil paint as a medium and in the last 5 or 6 years friends and fellow artists alike have encouraged him to start to exhibit his work again.  Now he feels the time is right to show his “New Life” exhibition of paintings here at Burnley Mechanics.

Alistair is influenced by many major artists and art forms, and in particular by the impressionism and surrealism art movements.  He takes inspiration from artists such as Max Earnst and Joan Miro.  Alongside visual art, music and musicians have also played a major part in his life, and have influenced his work in an important way. Alistair refers to Jazz, Blues and Rock and Roll as his ideal painting influences.

In Alistair’s own words “I am not a word man but I hope I am a Painter. These are my art works… I hope they may mean something to others as they do to me”.


Alistair Isle artwork

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We have been hosting exhibitions of work by professional and amateur artists in our Changing Exhibitions Gallery in the Lounge Bar & Front Room 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

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The Christians are touring with full band and are coming to Burnley Mechanics!
Still headed by enigmatic lead singer Garry Christian, the band will be playing their back catalogue and songs selected from the album WE released to rave reviews.
Friday 16th February, 8pm
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