THE artistic talents of a borough's artists have been breaking out of coronavirus isolation thanks to a special Facebook page.

Dozens of painters, photographers and poets from the Ribble Valley have joined in the virtual exhibition since lockdown started.

Each week they have been producing artwork and words in response to themes set by borough’s arts development team.

The results from the Isolation Art project have been posted on the council team's Facebook page and will be exhibited at the Platform Gallery, Clitheroe, in due course.

Katherine Rodgers, the borough's arts development officer, said: “At this extremely challenging time, we believe creativity can unite people and support their mental health.

“And we wanted to shine a light on the fabulous artistic talent in our borough, as well as encourage beginners to try their hand at something new.

“We have received nearly 100 submissions, including paintings, photography, poetry and print, and have been astounded by the quality, depth and breadth of work.”

Isolation Art was the idea of Sabden artist Dorothy Moore, who added: “I only started painting several years ago and as soon as I get a brush in my hand I feel uplifted.

“I find painting very comforting and thought it might do the same for others during these difficult months.

“I would encourage people to try their hand at art because, like me, they might be surprised at what they can achieve.”

Creatively-minded residents can use any art form they wish to take part – writing drawing, film, paint, performance, photography, sewing or sculpture.

Forthcoming themes include 'Food' for the week beginning June 8, and 'Home' for the week beginning June 15.