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Plan for new fine art gallery in Padiham
8:00am Monday 26th August 2013 in Burnley
A NEW fine art gallery is set to arrive in Padiham as part of continuing efforts to revive the fortunes of the market town.
Preston-based Picture House has decided to take up a double-fronted store which used to form part of the long-vacant old fireplace warehouse in Burnley Road.
The project will be located next to the pop-up shop which was created to give fledgling ventures a rent-free base for a limited period.
Gallery owner Heather Shenton said: "We are very excited about our new project, as part of the regeneration of Padiham town centre."
Heather has been in discussions with a wide range of artists, including Malcolm Fryer, ceramicist Jan Lord, Geoff Becket, Chris Cyprus, Michael Ashcroft, Norman Long and Ian Norris to exhibit at the Padiham gallery.
Work has been ongoing over the past few weeks to revamp the frontage and signage for the venture is now complete.
Heather has established a thriving arts collective and business at Oyston Mill in Preston, which handles framing, framed prints and mirrors.
Once the new gallery is open it will be the second in Padiham, with Art and Soul located just yards away.
Not only does the town now have In Padiham, a community interest company designed to promote the area’s regeneration, it also has a town centre manager, Tony Fitzgerald, who was appointed as part of the planning deal for the new Tesco store.
Mr Fitzgerald is submitting a £1million Heritage Lottery Fund bid for Padiham as part of a Townscape Heritage Initiative, similar to the one which brought a major overhaul for some of Burnley and Darwen’s most historic buildings.
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