2nd Sep 2023 -
16th Jun 2024

12.00 - 17.00

In Our Element

Roy Hubbard and Roy Shoesmith's artworks

Artists Roy Hubbard & Roy Shoesmith have been working in the creative and heritage environment for many years. They have worked alongside staff at Towneley Hall to reflect and respond to the Hall as a building with its historic spaces and also the collections which are housed within the Museum.

Natural history illustrator Roy Hubbard is in his element when working out of doors. Observing and collecting natural material is a compulsion and recording his  finds  via watercolour drawing and painting are integral.

Alongside the prints and illustrations are Roy Shoesmith’s photography works, which he describes as Gathered Fragments, Stolen Moments. The images in this collection, indeed most of those Shoesmith has ever taken, are made on walks but walks not taken for the sole purpose of photography. Shoesmith describes walking as something to free the mind and encourage exploration of curious possibilities or improbable connections.

Although both artists work within their own distinct mediums, their passion for nature and the happenstance of the outdoor environment is very evident. Only through reflection of Roy Hubbard’s personal archive did they realise they had exhibited simultaneously at Towneley Hall in 1992, but at that time, they had never met. Both artists later worked together at Pendle Arts Gallery building up a creative rapport ever since.

This unique exhibition utilises spaces around the Hall displaying artworks in the historic room settings of the House Keeper’s, Chapel and Wild About Burnley Room.

Towneley Hall will temporarily close from Monday 17th June until Spring 2025 to allow essential repairs. The shop and Museum of Local Crafts & Industries will remain open. We apologise for any inconvenience and look forward to welcoming visitors into the main Hall when it fully re-opens.