An exhibition of contemporary art based on Lancashire folklore will be on display at the Museum of Lancashire from Saturday 30 April.
“The King of the Cats” is a touring exhibition, funded by the Arts Council. It features a variety of artwork by four talented artists, Julie Miles, Christopher Rainham, Patricia Ramsden and Marjan Wouda.
The exhibition has been organised by Arteach, a group of artists who work to promote creativity in east Lancashire schools.
Lancashire County Council’s head of libraries, museums, culture and registrar’s service, Julie Bell, said: “The exhibition showcases the work of fantastic local artists. They have each been inspired to create artwork for the exhibition, in their own style, inspired by local places, stories and folklore.
“Visitors will be able to see a wide variety of creativity as their work ranges from more traditional paintings and drawings, to puppets, film and story-telling. They will be able to come along and meet spirits known in folklore as boggarts, haunted hares, and talking cats, and be immersed in stories of ghosts, fairies and unearthly creatures set in a landscape of windswept moorland, snow-capped hills and icy streams.
“Acclaimed writer and storyteller Jacqueline Harris will present the stories and will share them in a digital video. Visitors can hear about the people and stories that inspired the exhibition and listen to recordings of new folk tales that are being told in Lancashire today.
“I’m sure that visitors will be amazed at the stories they’ll hear, from places on their doorstep, and get the chance to learn from the artists themselves about the processes by which the artwork is made.
“Together they have produced a stunning exhibition of engaging artworks, deeply rooted in the local environment.”
The exhibition runs until Saturday 25 June and will be supported by storytelling sessions by Jacqueline Harris on Wednesday 1 June.
A book containing the stories that inspired the artists will be available to purchase at the exhibition.
Entry to the museum is free. Opening times are 10.30am to 5pm, Tuesday to Saturday and on Bank Holiday Mondays.
For more information about the exhibition, or to book a place at the storytelling sessions, please phone 01772 534075 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Alternatively, please visit www.lancashire.gov.uk/museums