Elements - Public Art Project

West Lancashire Arts Development


West Lancashire Borough Council’s Arts Development Service works in partnership with a number of key organisations in order to work strategically and develop opportunities to increase access to arts within the district. The arts are recognised as a valuable tool in achieving regeneration, community safety and inclusion. Arts and Cultural opportunities are valued for providing a sense of wellbeing. Opportunities are created for individuals to develop awareness of the arts, develop skills and increasing creative capital within the district. The service has gained a good reputation in achieving external funding, working strategically to achieve long-term sustainable development.


To find out what's been happening in West Lancashire and what's coming up soon, please download our quarterly newsletter.

Spring/Summer 2014: Newsletter-Spring/Summer2014.pdf


For more information or a hard copy of the Newsletter please contact: Ruth Owen, Gallery Officer on 01695 571328 or ruth.owen@westlancs.gov.uk


Key PartnersKey partners involved in the development of the service include LCC Arts Unit and Youth and Community Services, Arts Council England, The Arts Centre, Edge Hill University, Performing Arts Department Edge Hill University, Schools & Colleges, Voluntary Organisations, Professional Artists and amateur groups. The district’s arts service continually strives to foster relationships with new partners to secure funding and promote project development. A number of organisations are central to the planning, development and funding of strategic objectives such as:

• Engaging Young people
• Developing a Creative Economy
• Increasing Participation in the Arts

West Lancashire Borough Council Arts Development Service is facilitated by a small team, which includes the Arts Development Manager, Outreach and Education Officer, Gallery Officer and Gallery Administration Officer. Together they facilitate the Chapel Gallery, and provide an arts development function for the district. The service is planned to meet the council’s core objectives seeking to raise awareness, increase access and providing a quality experience while utilising the arts to deliver key strategic targets.

Project Development Support The Arts Development Service provides a valuable advice function to voluntary and public organisations, community groups and artists. Support is provided in the form of advice with grants funding applications and project development. Numerous organisations, voluntary and public organisations, schools and community groups have been assisted with project development during the last few years.

Funding LinksAwards for All
Arts Council England

Contact the Arts Development Service for further information.

West Lancashire Arts Directory In 2008 WLBC put together its first ever Arts Directory, packed full of useful information on arts groups and organisations within the district.

If you are a group or organisation who would like to submit details for the Arts Directory please contact the Chapel gallery to request an application form.

West Lancashire Arts Directory pdf

Examples of ProjectsDuring the last few years WLDC Arts Development service has been involved in a diverse range of projects and initiatives. From community-based projects, large-scale public artwork, outreach projects and performance arts schemes.

These have included: -

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West Lancashire Young People Performing Art Project – Creative Consultation
This project focused on young peoples awareness and access to the performing arts within the district, seeking to identify areas of need. It included an activity programme-, which took place during all holiday periods. Taster workshops where provided by professional arts organisations such as Ludus Dance, More Music Morecambe, Drama consultants and Skylight Circus.The activity programmes have now been successfully completed and the results are being collated.

This project was the result of a successful partnership between WLDC, Arts Council England, LCC Arts Unit Youth and Community Services, Rose Theatre, Edge Hill University, Performing Arts Department Edge Hill University and Schools within the district. Funded through successful lottery application, LCC grant funding and WLDC.

A targeted programme of activity was also developed to ensure that the project was inclusive. The following groups/ organisations worked in partnership to achieved joint objectives:

Lancashire Educational Medical Support Unit, Young Carers, Refuge, Ormskirk School – Achievement Centre, Our Lady Queen of Peace - learning support centre and West Lancashire Community High School

These projects have now successfully been completed; results are being summarised.

Currently meetings are taking place with key partners to discuss the way forward to developing long-term access to the performing arts, the feasibility of a youth theatre and the creation of informal learning opportunities. Funding is also being sought for the next phase of development.



Public Art Project
Elements was developed with the aim of improving the main gateway to the town of Skelmersdale bringing together industry and the local community. It involved the creation of site-specific artworks for three roundabouts. Three established, regionally and national renowned artists were selected by a community panel to assist in the regeneration of the area. These artworks were then created in close consultation with the local community.

Schoolchildren, a community panel and local manufacturers were involved in the Elements project.

Bruce Williams’ sculpture represents local people saying the word “Skem”, while Peter Freeman’s Lightcube is a beacon for the area. When residents were asked to vote for the third design, 44 per cent (a notable majority) chose Joss Smith’s Gateway, featuring the Daffodil of the Marie Curie cancer charity.

Chapel Gallery
The Chapel Gallery plays an important role in raising awareness of the arts and is a creative hub within the community. Not only does the facility successfully increase access to the Visual Arts but, by working in partnership with venues such as the Rose Theatre and the Engine Rooms, the gallery develops Performance Arts based opportunities too.

Importantly, the Chapel Gallery assists in the regeneration of a medieval market town - celebrating Ormskirk’s unique history while contributing in the development of the town’s positive future.

Artists Professional DevelopmentWest Lancashire Arts Development service recognises the importance of the professional artist role in securing improved access to the arts within the district.
In acknowledgment of this we attempt to keep artists informed of key developments and local, regional and national priorities by facilitating an artist network for artists working in any media. Three meetings are schedule to take place during the year at a number of venues allowing for the dissemination of information and shared practice.

Information on opportunities, project development and funding advice is provided to artists living or working within the district.

To be added to our mailing list or add an item to the agenda for the next meeting contact the Chapel Gallery.

Useful Links
The Artist Information Company
Arts Council England
Lancashire Artists Network