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 rhawthorn@burnley.gov.uk


Our Current Exhibition

Tina Foran and Phil Pearson of 2b Art


Oil Still Life paintings and Landscapes in Oil

Tues 7th Feb to Monday 3rd April

Tina is a practising visual artist, qualified art tutor working in the community throughout the Northwest.  Philip has continued to work has a professional artist for many years exhibiting his sculptures and paintings throughout the country. They now share a studio space in Todmorden delivering art classes and working on their art.

Tina’s work

‘Landscapes’ became a theme from enjoyable walks in the Lancashire and West Yorkshire countryside, studying the changes of light and colour and trying to capture that movement, that feeling. Using the horizon line (simplest line of representation) to divide the ‘canvas’ from this the work developed into paintings, some in oil and some in shellac ink. Letting the mark making come from the feeling of being outside, in-situ paintings and sketches and supported by photographs.

This current work is based on the impression of a Landscape, not wanting to depict a particular place but to try and capture the feeling. Often using a sketchbook to start off the creative process to work on in the studio, this research allows further ideas and practices to be developed and refined.

Philip’s work

Still Life objects for the piece are chosen, arranged, considered. The board, ply or hardboard is cut to suit the composition. Several thin layers of a traditionally made gesso are bedded upon the sealed surface finished to a good tooth. This gesso carefully mixed and brewed by the artist. Pigments are ground in combination beside ‘washed’ cold pressed linseed oil, with a trace of venetian turpentine. The painting begins, raw umber washes sketch the proportions, its concord. The dull dead colour layer by layer takes on life, lustre. The background, mid ground, foreground cohere, correction made throughout the render, lines sharpened, details enhanced, errors made true. In want and doubt the painting continues, eventually culminating into a finished piece. The painting now cures over time; when done, a handmade damar varnish is applied this again left to cure, the final stage a few layers of beeswax. The painting is now completed, the artist makes up a frame always solid wood, always matched by the artist to the finished piece. The semblance depicts ordinary things the commonplace, objects of little importance, dross; now made treasure within the confines of the composition, an alchemy of sorts.

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