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Come and see what the Chapel Gallery has to offer

The popular Chapel Gallery in Ormskirk continues to be open to visitors while West Lancashire borough Council looks for a new organisation to run this important cultural facility.

The Council announced last week it was looking for for interested parties to take over and run the Gallery to ensure it has an even brighter and successful future.

There are no proposals to close the Chapel Gallery. The Council has put a lot of investment into the building and sought to extend the range of activities on offer to create a popular and vibrant multi-cultural leisure hub. The authority is merely exploring whether there is interest from a third party to take the lead in the next stage of development to ensure the Gallery has an even brighter long term future.

That process may take some time and while it continues the Gallery continues to offer an exciting array of attractions for people to enjoy. The Lancashire Open Exhibition features 190 artworks from artists across the North West and runs until 4 September.

The Time Travelers Wife, starring Eric Bana and Rachel McAdams, is the film for the Gallery’s next cinema screening on Friday 30 August. Then on 13 September Rocketman, the film of the epic life story of Elton John, flies onto the screen.

Folk nights at the Gallery continue on 19 September with Ragged Trousers, supported by LocTup Together & 1over8. Acoustic Saturdays start on 28 September with Sophie Bernice, starting at 2pm.

The Gallery Café is open for all events. It is under new management and there is a selection of competitively priced food on offer as well as drinks. There is also a fully licensed bar for the cinema, folk nights, and Acoustic Saturdays.

As well as film and music, the gallery is running a wide range of classes including yoga, painting, singing and life drawing through its Enjoy Life programme which encourages people to realise their full potential.

For more information on the gallery please visit www.chapelgallery.org.uk.

Councillor Yvonne Gagen, portfolio holder for Leisure, said: “The Gallery remains open and is running a fantastic range of activities and attractions while the Council looks for a new organisation to run it. So make sure you don’t miss out on all the fun and entertainment.”

The first stage in the process for a new body to run the Gallery has begun with the Council asking for parties to register their interest through the Council’s procurement portal at www.the-chest.org.uk by 9 September.

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