Outer space is next fron­tier for Barn­aby artists

Macclesfield Express - - FRONT PAGE - RHI­AN­NON MCDOWALL

ARTISTS are in­vited to go to in­fin­ity and be­yond to pro­duce some mind blow­ing art­work for the next Barn­aby Fes­ti­val.

The bi-an­nual event, which will next take place in June 2016, has been awarded a £90k grant from Arts Coun­cil Eng­land and £30k from Cheshire East Coun­cil.

Now the Barn­aby Art team is work­ing on the vis­ual arts pro­gramme for the fes­ti­val, which will in­clude com­mis­sions by na­tional and in­ter­na­tional artists.

They are also invit­ing sub­mis­sions from artists and cu­ra­tors based in Macclesfield and the sur­round­ing vil­lages.

They want artists to come up with some site spe­cific art­work which will be dis­played in and among the town’s her­itage build­ings, re­tail and dis­used spa­ces through­out the event.

The work must be based around the fes­ti­val’s 2016 theme of ‘space and place’, which is in­flu­enced by the Lovell Tele­scope as well as the lack of for­mal art space in the town cen­tre.

El­iz­a­beth Cook­son, vis­ual arts direc­tor, said: “We look for­ward to re­ceiv­ing a rich va­ri­ety of art pro­pos­als from Macclesfield- based artists which will not only en­gage with the Fes­ti­val’s ‘space’ theme, but also chal­lenge and de­light vis­i­tors.”

A small num­ber of awards be­tween £300 and £1,000 will go to­wards the suc­cess­ful pro­pos­als, plus sup­port from the Barn­aby Art team.

The panel of se­lec­tors will in­clude Kwong Lee, direc­tor of Manch­ester’s Castle­field Gallery, and the Barn­aby Fes­ti­val direc­tor

To ap­ply, send a writ­ten pro­posal, in­clud­ing de­tails of the pro­posed site, bud­get, and de­tails of any other com­mis­sions un­der- taken, to­gether with a state­ment of the artist’s prac­tice, a re­cent CV and up to five la­belled art­work images.

Pro­pos­als should be emailed to art@barn­aby fes­ti­val.org.uk by 5pm on Fri­day, July 17.

The Barn­aby Fes­ti­val is a fam­ily fes­ti­val of arts and cul­ture held in the town cen­tre over a pe­riod of two weeks.

The not-for-profit event was first held in 2010 and in­cludes a mix of live events, street shows ,com­edy per­for­mance, work­shops walks and talks.

It also in­cludes the art trail, a Big Week­end and car­ni­val pa­rade.

Last year the event at­tracted 13,000 peo­ple to the town, with more than 1,000 peo­ple tak­ing part in the car­ni­val pa­rade.

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