£25k for per­ma­nent Joy Di­vi­sion legacy

Macclesfield Express - - FRONT PAGE - RHI­AN­NON MCDOWALL

ASO­CIAL en­ter­prise has been given £25,000 to­wards its mis­sion to cre­ate an arts and cul­tural hub in the town.

In­cu­ba­tion Arts, which is man­aged by Julie Hamer and Jeff Teasedale, is try­ing to raise funds to buy Charles Roe’s for­mer house on Ch­ester­gate and cre­ate a per­ma­nent Joy Di­vi­sion ex­hi­bi­tion.

The house, on the cor­ner of Ch­ester­gate and Churchill Way, is cur­rently owned by Martin McMil­lan OBE and is al­ready used as a tem­po­rary ex­hi­bi­tion space.

The grant, from Cheshire East Coun­cil, will sup­port an ap­pli­ca­tion for fur­ther fund­ing from The Her­itage Lottery, the Arts Coun­cil and other fund­ing bod­ies, so that In­cu­ba­tion Arts can buy the house.

It will also fund a ‘con- di­tional sur­vey’ and the en­gage­ment of the nec­es­sary spe­cial­ist ad­vice to en­able a strong bid.

Jeff Teas­dale said: “We have had meet­ings with ar­chi­tect Do­minic Wil­liams, who is a spe­cial­ist in the sen­si­tive con­ver­sion of build­ings into cen­tres of cre­ative ex­cel­lence, and plans are be­ing pre­pared for a large gallery space to celebrate the ex­cel­lence of our lo­cal com­mu­nity’s arts and crafts peo­ple.”

In­cu­ba­tion Arts is now in talks with the Her­itage Lottery Fund to progress the ap­pli­ca­tion to the first round.

Plans for the house also in­clude a sched­ule of sem­i­nars, lec­tures and cre­ative work­shops across all el­e­ments of the arts and crafts, per­for­mance and record­ing stu­dios and a ra­dio sta­tion.

Julie Hamer added: “This is fan­tas­tic that Cheshire East Coun­cil has gen­er­ously sup­ported us in this ven­ture, and it will be bril­liant for the town, at­tract­ing visi­tors from be­yond Mac­cles­field and in­creas­ing foot­fall into the town and into the many other in­de­pen­dent busi­nesses to be found here.

“Al­ready for the cur­rent ex­hi­bi­tions alone, we have had visi­tors from as far afield as Aus­tralia, Ar­gentina, Den­ver, New York, Ire­land, Bel­gium, and Hol­land, and also many from UK res­i­dents who were part of the Manch­ester mu­sic scene in the late 70s and 80s, some of whom have trav­elled con­sid­er­able dis­tances to see this latest ‘her­itage’ ex­hi­bi­tion, which is open un­til Sun­day, June 28.”

A spokesman for Cheshire East Coun­cil said: “We are keen to sup­port their plans to cre­ate an in­ter­ac­tive ‘Joy Di­vi­sion Ex­pe­ri­ence’ at Charles Roe House, which would celebrate Mac­cles­field’s con­tri­bu­tion to con­tem­po­rary mu­sic and cre­ate a new visi­tor at­trac­tion to boost the town’s econ­omy.”

For in­for­ma­tion go to in­cu­ba­tion­arts.org. ●● CUR­RENT ex­hi­bi­tions at Charles Roe House in­clude ‘Threads’, a 2D and 3D Arts and Crafts ex­hi­bi­tion pre­sented by art­sXs­tra and as­so­ci­ated artists cel­e­brates the tri­cen­te­nary of Charles Roe’s birth­day, and A Charles Roe Ex­hi­bi­tion by his­to­rian Dorothy Bent­ley-Smith.

●● Julie Hamer from In­cu­ba­tion Arts with part of the tem­po­rary Joy Di­vi­sion ex­hi­bi­tion cur­rently at Charles Roe House

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