Art in Ribble Valley

At the heart of the Ribble Valley beats a vibrant and healthy art scene with an abundance of galleries, exhibitions and festivals to satisfy the hungriest of culture vultures.

The Platform Gallery, which houses the Visitor Information Centre, showcases handmade crafts and exhibitions of work including textiles, ceramics, jewellery, glass and metalwork.

Arts practitioners based in the valley vary from hobbyists to professionals across the full spectrum of the arts.

Throughout the year the region has a whole host of things to do and see…theatre, music, exhibitions and festivals to name but a few.

One of the newest additions to the area’s art arena is The Keep in Clitheroe. Owned by husband and wife team Tony and Julia Bentley, the gallery (with adjoining shop) aims for something a little different.

Local artist and designer Tony showcases his own work in The Keep while also promoting other UK based artists and makers to give his customers a variety of handmade and design led items at a range of prices to suit every pocket.


Another longstanding contemporary gallery in the town is Longitude, situated next to Clitheroe Castle. Run by artist Sarah Clemson and her business partner Andy Scholfield, the pair has created a contemporary art gallery showcasing the best of original British modern art.

Longitude holds a regular changing exhibition programme and will often feature three or four new artists every two months. Also in Clitheroe Knowle Top Studios is a fine art gallery – home to the works of artists Irene Amiet and Duncan Phillips, offering collectors’ prints, gifts, fabrics and decor, all uniquely printed with Duncan’s and Irene’s photography. Images portray views of landscapes, wildlife and lifestyle from England’s north, Ribble Valley, Pendle, the Forest of Bowland, the Yorkshire Dales and Lake District.

Finally Art Décor Gallery in Whalley, owned by Chris and Julie McCabe, specialises in the supply of paintings and works on paper by modern British artists with an emphasis on Northern Art. The gallery works with many internationally renowned artists as well as helping to promote and represent emerging new local artists and holds regular exhibitions throughout the year. Art Décor also showcases a range of work by contemporary artists and sculptors whose creations are modelled or cast in a variety of materials including bronze, aluminium, steel, murano glass, ceramic and clay. Many pieces including their Celebration Table and Salvador Dali-inspired iron clocks combine the aesthetic beauty of art with functional form. Established in 1990 and situated in the heart of Ribble Valley, they deliver an exemplary service including bespoke framing, restoration, valuations, private viewings and ‘in-situ’ home trials. They can also source works by other artists upon request. The gallery opening times are Tuesday to Friday 9am until 5pm and Saturdays 9.30am until 4pm. All other times by appointment only.

Whether you live locally or are visiting, there are always venues pro

viding a regular programme of arts to enjoy and to inspire, from the smallest village hall to the state-of-the-art town centre venue.

For a full calendar of events or to discover the art venues you can explore, browse the Ribble Valley Arts directory on:

Ribble Valley Arts



A chance to explore a mature six acre woodland garden established since 1972 and set in the beautiful backdrop of an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The garden specialises in magnolias, rhododendrons, trees and herbaceous perennials. There will be around 34 artists exhibiting and selling their work in marquees and buildings around the garden. A lovely day out with an opportunity to purchase unique artwork and meet the artists themselves while exploring the beautiful surroundings. Hot and cold drinks, scones and cakes on sale.


Saturday and Sunday 20th and 21st May. 11am – 5pm.


Spring Bank House, Whitewell Road, Cow Ark, Near Clitheroe, Lancashire BB7 3DG.


£4 adults, children under 16 free. Dogs on leads are welcome.

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