Artists in trib­ute to Joy Di­vi­sion

Macclesfield Express - - FRONT PAGE - KAREN BRIT­TON

TOWN trea­sures Joy Di­vi­sion and Charles Roe are be­ing hon­oured in events start­ing this week.

In­cu­ba­tion Arts, a so­cial en­ter­prise com­pany, is host­ing events at Charles Roe House to cel­e­brate the 300th birth­day of Macclesfield in­dus­tri­al­ist Charles Roe who lived at the house, as well as the le­gacy of Joy Di­vi­sion and its lead singer Ian Curtis.

It’s the 35th an­niver­sary of Ian Curtis’ death on Mon­day.

This week an ex­hi­bi­tion of pho­to­graphs of Ian Curtis and the band opened at the house.

The ex­hi­bi­tion ‘I Re­mem­ber Noth­ing’ is by pho­tog­ra­pher Martin O’Neill.

Also fea­tur­ing is work by Macclesfield artist Joe Cheetham, who is pre- sent­ing paint­ings to re­mem­ber Ian Curtis and will be on hand to talk to vis­i­tors.

There images graphic Old­ham.

Julie Hamer, who man­ages In­cu­ba­tion Arts with Jeff Teas­dale, said: “The ex­hi­bi­tion cel­e­brates the le­gacy of Joy Di­vi­sion and Ian Curtis.

“In 1979 Martin O’Neill pho­tographed a se­ries of small gigs at a youth club in Bow­don Vale, ten miles south of Manch­ester.

“Among the lo­cal tal­ent ap­pear­ing on those cold win­ter Wed­nes­days were Joy Di­vi­sion.

“We’re help­ing to make this a year to re­mem­ber for Joy Di­vi­sion fans.

“We’re in­debted to Martin McMillan OBE, the owner of Charles Roe House, for sup­port­ing the project and help­ing In­cu­ba­tion Arts pro­mote arts and cul­ture.” will also be by artist and illustrator Nick

Events in hon­our of Charles Roe, who was said to bring the silk in­dus­try to Macclesfield, in­clude an ex­hi­bi­tion called Threads start­ing on Sun- day, which is open 11am to 4pm Wed­nes­day to Sun­day un­til June 28, and is be­ing cu­rated by lo­cal his­to­rian Dorothy Bent­ley Smith. A play writ­ten by Dorothy will also be per­formed on Sun­day, May 17, 24 and 31.

Julie said: “Dorothy in­vites you to step back into the world of Charles Roe, his house and his fam­ily.

“Based on orig­i­nal re­search, Dorothy’s play brings out some sur­pris­ing de­tails, which, be­tween the drama and the com­edy are sure to en­ter­tain.”

There is a pre­view for the Joy Di­vi­sion ex­hi­bi­tion on Sun­day, from 3.30pm to 5.30pm, and a spe­cial open­ing on Mon­day, 11am to 4pm.

To book for the Charles Roe play con­tact the Vis­i­tor In­for­ma­tion Cen­tre on 01625 378123.

Go to in­cu­ba­tion­arts. org or call 07782 312264.

This horse had to be res­cued by fire­fight­ers af­ter get­ting trapped in a trailer in Bolling­ton

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●● Ian Curtis and Peter Hook in ‘Ghosts’ by Nick Old­ham, one of the art­works in the ex­hi­bi­tion

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