TWO exhibitions are open at The Whitaker in Rawtenstall until December and both contemporary installations are set to challenge visitors.

Creative Director at the art gallery and museum Gaynor Seville said: “We are delighted to announce our programme to December, which truly has something for everyone.

“From our new thought-provoking contemporary art exhibitions from two outstanding artists with international reputations, to our programme of family events which will introduce our littlest visitors to our collections in inventive and fun ways.”

Artists Selma Makela and Joanna Whittle grapple with our relationship to the natural world.

Selma’s exhibition entitled ‘Future Haunting’ will include paintings developed from a rare collection of 19th-century glass slides of alpine climbers on Glaciers, as well as work derived from meteorological and geological phenomena.

Her work reflects upon concepts of distance and dislocation, both in terms of geological timelines – and also in terms of displacement and migration in a time of great uncertainty.  

Originally from UK and living and working in County Galway, Ireland, Selma has worked and exhibited in France, Canada, Newfoundland and the UK and extensively across Ireland.

Joanna’s exhibition ‘On Shifting Ground’ includes recent paintings as well as some of her signature works on loan from private collections. They showcase her exploration of painting through real and imagined landscapes and the artefacts including items selected from The Whitaker’s collection.

She is a member of the Contemporary British Painting Society and has had solo exhibitions at Agnews, London and the Museum of London.

Joanna will host an artist talk on her work and career on Thursday November 17.

Creative activities will be running at The Whitaker for families, including on Saturday December 3 from 10.30am – 12.30pm and 2pm – 3.30pm.

In the film programme this Autumn, The Whitaker will be screening a mix of films that visitors might have missed at the cinema and some hidden gems from the archive.

On November 17 there will be documentary on James Baldwin I Am Not Your Negro.

On December 1 Baz Luhrmann’s Elvis which stars Tom Hanks as Elvis’s enigmatic manager, Colonel Tom Parker and then on December 14 the classic Casablanca.

All films start at 7.30pm. – Catherine Smyth Media