Members Exhibition at the Mercure Bolton Hotel – Simon Lupton


We are pleased to announce a new members exhibition at our gallery space in the Mercure Bolton Georgian House. Simon Lupton’s exhibition is his street photography from the annual ‘Tram Sunday’ event in Fleetwood.

The gallery is situated in the main bar area of the hotel and is open 7 days a week. The exhibition will run until the end of December

More of Simon’s work can be seen on his website


Helen Burrow’s Brontë Reader exhibition at the Brontë Parsonage



We are pleased to announce that Lancashire Monochrome member Helen Burrow is moving part of her Brontë Reader exhibition to the Brontë Parsonage in Haworth. This is part of a larger Patrick Brontë exhibition that has been put on by the Parsonage and will run until the end of October. The exhibition opening is on 4th July, please RSVP as per the invite.

Bronte Parsonage Invitation

Members Exhibition at Mercure Bolton – Dave Wilkinson


We are pleased to announce a new members exhibition at our gallery space in the Mercure Bolton Georgian House. Dave Wilkinson‘s exhibition contains a selection of his landscape photographs from north Norfolk and Scotland. The 18 prints are:

Anchor points Burnham Overy Staithe
Boat house Burnham Overy Staithe
Lone boat Burnham Overy Staithe
Moored up Thornham V
Stuck in the mud Brancaster Staithe V
Ready for launch Sherringham V
Low tide Thornham V
Boat in the reeds Brancaster Staithe
Thornham stumps Thornham
Three Sisters tree Glencoe
Glencoe Lochan Glencoe
Stream side lodge Glencoe
Lagangarbh cottage Glencoe
Black rock cottage Glencoe
Water fall Buachaille Etive Mor Glencoe
Strontian wreck CN217 Ardnamurchan peninsula
Polnish Chapel Ardnamurchan peninsula
Camas nan Gael (“Bay of the Strangers”) Ardnamurchan peninsula

The gallery is situated in the main bar area of the hotel and is open 7 days a week. The exhibition will run until mid-September.

More of Dave’s work can be seen on his website





Next Keynote – Mik Critchlow

Keynote Speakers

We are pleased to announce that our next keynote speaker will be Mik Critchlow on November 17th 2019.

Mik is a social documentary photographer from the North East of England. He has worked on long-term community based projects for over forty years. His book ‘Coal Town’ will be published by Blue Coat Press in Spring / Summer 2019 and showcases his photographs of Ashington from the 80’s and 90’s.

Mik’s work has featured in the BJP, Amateur Photographer, Creative Camera, The Independent and The Guardian.

Do Not Bend: The Photographic Life of Bill Jay

Video Documentary

This new documentary film has been doing the rounds at a number of photo festivals and is now available on Youtube to watch for free.

Watch it here:

Cafe Royal Books have produced a book of photographs By Bill Jay to accompany the film:

Craig Atkinson Keynote – Report

Keynote Speakers

Our thanks to Craig Atkinson from Cafe Royal Books who made the short trip over from Southport to give his excellent talk to Lancashire Monochrome on the 17th March 2019. Craig has been publishing books for over 10 years and produces around 1 a week. To date he has published 580 books of which 400 are in the photo series – by his own estimation there are probably over 100000 books in circulation!

This massive body of work is centred around British documentary photography and has featured the work of both unknown photographers to the very well known. The books are in both private collections and public collections such as the V&A, and fill in some important gaps in the chronology of British documentary.

Craig studied art and was a pcraticing artist and used the A5 zine format to publish his own work as an artist / illustrator/ photographer / collector before starting to publish the work of others. He’s also a lecturer at UCLan in Preston. All that, and he’s a thoroughly decent chap as well!

Follow Craig on Twitter @craigatkinson and Cafe Royal @caferoyalbooks as well as on Instagram and Facebook.

Chris McGinley’s Exhibition now on at the Mercure Georgian House, Bolton



We are pleased to announce that the latest exhibition in our gallery space at the Mercure Georgian House Hotel in Bolton features the work of Chris McGinley. Chris is an accomplished street photographer whose work is well observed and often humorous. A member of both Lancashire Monochrome and Yorkshire Monochrome, Chris has two galleries of work on our website here and here.

The work is on display in the main bar area of the hotel and will run until the end of May.


Annual Exhibition 2019 Opening


_DSC8964Our annual exhibition is now open at South Ribble Museum & Exhibition Centre in Leyland. The exhibition was opened, as always, by the Mayor of the borough this years incumbent being Cllr John Rainsbury. The exhibition runs until Saturday 2 March 2019 and the museum is open on Tuesdays from 10:00 until 16:00; Thursdays 13:00 until 16:00; Fridays 10:00 until 16:00; and Saturdays 10:00 until 13:00.

A Brontë Reader – an exhibition by Helen Burrow

An exhibition of photographs by Lancashire Monochrome member Helen Burrow will be on display at the Photography Gallery, Dean Clough.
A decade ago two things happened. I saw John Day’s Holga photographs at a Lancashire Monochrome meeting and I went to Haworth with my husband George.
Being in Haworth Parsonage where the family lived sparked a connection with them as real people. I re-read Jane Eyre and Wuthering Heights, discovered Villette, Emily’s poems and the Brontë letters. I also found Brontë connections closer to home, at Tunstall and Cowan Bridge.
George and I visited the cliffs at Kilkee in Ireland where Charlotte and Arthur Nicholls spent part of their honeymoon.
Holga images show me the world how I take it in – only a little in focus at once. They fit perfectly with how I feel about the moorland.
I know I could be fitted into a romantic artistic tradition, but I will leave that to other people. I just do what I enjoy.
The exhibition runs from Saturday 9 February 2019 – 14th April 2019, and is open 10:00am to 5:00pm every day. The exhibition includes a booklet of words and photographs.
All are welcome at the preview on 9th February at 12.00 on 9 February 2019 (parking free on Saturdays).
Dean Clough Galleries
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