Chapel: The Fateful Fable of 13

7 May – 2 July 2011 at The Chapel Gallery, Ormskirk. The Fateful Fable of 13

‘It’s fated that Thirteen itself; a real being of pure bad luck, will come for you when least expected and bring about your unfortunate demise.’ Matthew Roby

Matthew Roby has created a captivating collection of sculpture and illustrated tales, all linked to the infamous and unlucky Number13.

Originally from UpHolland, West Lancashire, Matthew now exhibits his drawings and three-dimensional work internationally. The Fateful Fable of 13 marks a welcome return to the Chapel Gallery as he exhibited his hugely popular assemblage pieces here early in his career.

Already generating editorial in national publications such as CRAFTS, the Chapel Gallery’s first National Touring Exhibition has now been hired by six arts venues across the country.

The exhibition consists of thirteen mixed-media sculptures, a collection of illustrations, The Fateful Fable of 13 storybook and a catalogue too. Working with professional arts educators, the Chapel Gallery team has also produced a strong education and engagement programme that will inspire visitors to create their own artworks based on Matthew’s work.


The Fateful Fable of 13 is a grim fairytale for the 21st century, one that exploits Roby’s appealingly dark humour, vivid storytelling and his ability to inject life into each weirdly wonderful character.

Artist Talk: Wednesday 18 May, 7-8pm. £3.50. Contact the gallery to book.