Director will give festival a boost
ANEW director has been appointed to drive the town’s hugely popular Barnaby Festival.
Karl Wallace, who has been the brains behind countless successful festivals across the UK, will move to Macclesfield to take on his new role as festival director for Barnaby 2016.
He said: “I am delighted to be joining Macclesfield Barnaby Festival and to be relocating to the town.
“Festivals have a way of making you see the space where you live and work in a new light and Barnaby is no exception.
“What makes this festi- val so unique and exciting is the way it brings the town together to celebrate and engage in the arts. I am hoping that I can further develop this for 2016 to encourage as many as possible to get involved, and share their ideas”.
Lynne Jones, chair of the Trustees, added: “Karl was an outstanding candidate and we’re really excited about having a director with his experience and creativity.
“He completely ‘gets’ Barnaby - its history, its grassroots origins, its quirkiness - and shares our ambition for the future of the festival and the town.”
The Barnaby Festival is a family festival of arts and culture held in the town centre over a period of two weeks. The not-forprofit event was first held in 2010 and includes a mix of live events, street shows, comedy performance, workshops walks and talks.
It also includes a Big Weekend, carnival parade and the art trail.
And artists are still invited 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.
A small number of awards between £300 and £1,000 will go towards the successful proposals, plus support from the Barnaby Art team.
To apply, send a written proposal, including details of the proposed site, budget, and details of any other commissions undertaken, 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.
Last year the event attracted 13,000 people to the town, with more than 1,000 people taking part in the carnival parade.
●● One of Sara’s pictures of the Egyptian collection at West Park Museum, Macclesfield
●● Karl Wallace is new Macclesfield Barnaby Festival Director