Exhibition celebrates three of town’s most prolific artists
THE collections of three extraordinary artists from the town are celebrated in a new exhibition.
Wildlife photographs and ceramics by husband and wife duo Pat and George Higginbotham, who lived in Chelford, will be on display at the ‘Retrospectives’ exhibition at Charles Roe House.
Their work will be shown alongside a collection of historical photos collated by former Macclesfield Express photographer Brian Ollier.
The exhibition has been organised by George and Pat’s daughter Claire Halsey, with the help of Julie Hamer and Jeff Teasdale at Incubation Arts.
Claire said: “With the help of Incubation Arts and its members Julie Hamer and Jeff Teasdale it’s been a whirlwind few months bringing this exhibition to fruition and trying to do justice to the talents of both my parents.
“The process of working on the exhibition has been intense and brought me closer than I could have imagined to my parents and their lives. It has felt at times as though I was seeing through their eyes and certainly experiencing their world more directly.”
Former Kings’ student George, who was a passionate wildlife photographer and was born and bred in Macclesfield, died in 2014.
He was an active member of Wilmslow Guild Photographic Society and exhibited all over Cheshire and Merseyside winning competitions with many Very Highly Commended ratings for his images.
He achieved his ultimate goal in the 1990’s undertaking the rigorous submission to the Royal Photographic Society and achieving the status of Fellow.
George’s wife Pat, who passed away in 2010, was a keen ceramicist and ran Chelford Pottery.
She was involved in the art group ‘Moving Clay’ - now ArtsXtra - and has exhibited in galleries and museums across the region including the Whitworth Gallery and the Barnaby Festival.
The Retrospectives Exhibition also includes the Higginbotham’s family history, which traces back to their involvement in silk industry.
Historical Macclesfield photographs collated by Brian Ollier, a former Macclesfield Express Photographer who ran a photography studio in the town for 50 years, will also be on display.
Brian, who died last year, ran a photography studio in the town for almost 50 years.
All proceeds from the exhibition will be donated to the East Cheshire Hospice. The exhibition runs from Friday, August 7, until Sunday, August 30.
It’s open from 11am until 4pm Wednesday to Sundays.
For information call 07782 312 264.
●● Claire Halsey, pictured with some of Pat’s artwork