TWO new exhibitions opening this month at The Whitaker in Rawtenstall will explore the science and art of the brain and myths and legends.

‘Everyone In This Room Is Connected To Everyone In This Room’ is a display by Jo Clements while the work of Dutch artist Marjan Wouda ‘Familiar’ has already been displayed in sculptures in Whitaker Park and now her work can be explored further in Gallery One.

Visitors are invited to join both artists and The Whitaker’s Creative Director Gaynor Seville for the opening of both exhibitions on Saturday 25 February at 2pm. 

Gaynor said: “I am utterly delighted to be welcoming Jo Clements and ‘Everyone In This Room Is Connected To Everyone In This Room’. I have known Jo for a long time and watching her work evolve and develop has been a privilege.

“In this new work, which has been created especially for The Whitaker, Jo explores the science and art of the brain with her trademark playfulness and humour.

“I can’t wait for visitors to enter Jo’s world of handmade velvet sculptures, sci-fi stories and contemporary concerns about AI and machine learning.”

‘Everyone In This Room Is Connected To Everyone In This Room’ has been inspired by Jo’s personal anxieties around the pursuit of knowledge and how people are defined by the knowledge they accrue.

Alongside the sculptural work, three new film will also be premiered.

To explore the research underpinning the artist’s work, The Whitaker will also host the Festival of the Brain on Sunday 11 March from 11am-4pm.

It will feature a variety of guest speakers each of whom will present different areas of expertise and viewpoints relating to aspects and ideas of the brain, including Professor Matthew Cobb, an award-winning author, teacher and translator.

Jo will also host a talk about the exhibition on Thursday 9 March at 7pm.

The giant hare, dog and cow sculptures which have been installed in the park, have been well received and Marjan’s exhibition will allow visitors to join her

exploration of Lancashire’s folklore and landscape through sculpture and drawing.

Inside Gallery One, visitors will delve into her story-world, with an exhibition of tiny sketches and paper maquettes as well as large charcoal drawings and test pieces in cardboard.

Jo will host a talk about the exhibition on Thursday 13 April at 7pm.

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Jo Clements with some of her exhibits for ‘Everyone In This Room Is Connected To Everyone In This Room’.

Marjan Wouda next to her sculpture Hare part of her ‘Familiar’ exhibition. – Cathrine Smyth Media.