Ex­hi­bi­tion cel­e­brates three of town’s most pro­lific artists

Macclesfield Express - - FRONT PAGE -

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

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