£25k for permanent Joy Division legacy
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