New exhibition to showcase art from Bolton and Paderborn


A new exhibition at Bolton Museum is launching on Saturday 17 February at 2pm and will run until Sunday 31 March.

Lines in the Sand brings together some of the town’s most creative artists with painters and sculptors from Bolton’s twin town, Paderborn.

Artists from the German city will travel to Bolton for a special celebration event on the opening day to mark its arrival.

The exhibition has been organised by the Standard Collective, made up of former students and tutors from the University of Bolton.

Formed in 2016, through their time at the university, the group present their seventh group show.

Featuring a wonderfully eclectic mix of artistic styles and processes, the exhibition will explore a range of subjects, from the mundane to the monumental.

One of the works, Riemekepark, 2023, is made from the broken shards of roof tiles and other traces left by the tornado Emmelinde as it tore through Paderborn on 20 May 2022.

The artist, Olav Schiedel, recalls the chaotic aftermath of the storm, as roof tiles lay smashed on the streets, fallen trees blocked the paths and windows were destroyed.

The local artists include Liam Ainscough, Rob Gittins, Andy Smith, Alison Timmins, Denis Whiteside, and John Wineyard.

The artists representing Paderborn’s contemporary art scene include Svenja Langer, Wolfgang Safer, Mona Schäfer, Olav Schiedel, and Simone Schindler-Wieners.

Bolton Council’s Executive Cabinet Member for Culture, Cllr Nadeem Ayub, said:

“It’s fantastic to see such artistic partnership working with friends from hundreds of miles away in our twin town, Paderborn.

“As we welcome them to Bolton, I am looking forward to seeing the incredible work of the artists, especially those that attended the University of Bolton.

“Exhibitions like this enhance the towns cultural offer and bring something new, educational and exciting for our residents and visitors.”

The exhibition is on show at Bolton Museum from Saturday 17 February to Sunday 31 March. 

Published: 13th February 2024