Mayor’s viewpoint: Councillor Kath Pratt

Cllr Kath Pratt

I was very pleased to recently welcome fellow Mayors from across our region to one of our cultural gems here in Hyndburn, Haworth Art Gallery. It was wonderful to invite the guests for a tour of the gallery’s collections and learn about the history from manager, Gillian Berry. As a councillor for Baxenden I am very familiar with our fantastic gallery, it attracts visitors from all over the world to view the Tiffany Glass Collection and it was great to hear about people also enjoying the on-site restaurant over recent years.

I would like to encourage families and people who live in Hyndburn to visit, the exhibitions change regularly, and the gallery has been chosen as a location to host an exhibition for the British Textile Biennial in October. The timing of this is very special as Haworth Art Gallery has just celebrated its own centenary as a Gallery too.

Haworth Art Gallery will be hosting an exhibition named ‘Cloth Cultures’, which tells stories of movement, migration and making through pieces chosen from the Gawthorpe Textile Collection. Fashion Historian, Amber Butchart, is presenting this exhibition and will tell stories through wool, linen, cotton and silk. The exhibition is open throughout October, Wednesdays to Sundays, 12pm – 4:30pm and is completely free.

As the weather changes and we enter the Autumn months it is even more important for our wellbeing to stay active and healthy. With places like Haworth Art Gallery, Oakhill Park and The Coppice right on our doorstep we are spoilt for choice. Let’s wrap up warm and explore Hyndburn.