Artists be­ing urged to make space for fes­ti­val

Macclesfield Express - - FRONT PAGE - RHI­AN­NON MCDOWALL

THE Barnaby Fes­ti­val is call­ing for artists and art lovers to pitch their ideas and get in­volved in next year’s fes­ti­val.

The bian­nual event, which will next take place in June 2016, is a fam­ily fes­ti­val of arts and cul­ture held in the town cen­tre.

Artists in Mac­cles­field and be­yond are in­vited to present pro­pos­als for dis­play dur­ing the 10 day fes­ti­val, and art lovers are en­cour­aged to sign up and vol­un­teer their homes as tem­po­rary ex­hi­bi­tion spa­ces.

The theme is ‘Space’ and artists are chal­lenged to come up with ‘in­ter­ven­tions, in­stal­la­tions, so­cially en­gaged projects, work­shops and open stu­dios’ in Mac­cles­field town cen­tre, as well as ex­hi­bi­tions.

Or­gan­is­ers are look­ing for projects that ex­plore the ‘Space’ theme as broadly as pos­si­ble - from cos­mol­ogy and the uni­verse to space to breath, vir­tual space, se­cret spa­ces, ge­o­graph­i­cal space and ev­ery­thing in be­tween.

Karl Wal­lace, Barnaby Fes­ti­val di­rec­tor, said: “We re­ally want artists to stretch their think­ing in re­la­tion to the theme and come up with ideas that are in­trigu­ing, chal­leng­ing and en­gag­ing.

“Is there a space in Mac­cles­field that you have al­ways wanted to cre­ate work for? Is there a space that you would like to in­tro­duce to the public so they see Mac­cles­field with fresh eyes?”

Art lovers who live in the town are be­ing called upon to work with an art- ist and open up a pri­vate home or do­mes­tic space to show art­works dur­ing the fes­ti­val.

Karl added: “Par­tic­i­pa­tion and en­gage­ment is at the heart of what Barnaby does so we want to work with res­i­dents to cre­ate unique fes­ti­val ex­pe­ri­ences next year.

“You don’t need to have any arts ex­pe­ri­ence just a will­ing­ness to try some­thing new.”

Or­gan­is­ers ex­pect to se­lect about 15-20 projects which will be pre­sented along­side Barnaby Fes­ti­val Com­mis­sions - site­spe­cific art­works by lo­cally based and in­ter­na­tion­ally renowned artists, funded by Arts Coun­cil Eng­land.

The clos­ing date for sub­mis­sions is mid­night, Thurs­day, Oc­to­ber 1.

For de­tails of how to ap­ply, el­i­gi­bil­ity and se­lec­tion cri­te­ria and a sub­mis­sion form are avail­able at barn­abyfes­ti­val.org.uk or from mail@barn­abyfes­ti­val.org.uk

The Barnaby Fes­ti­val runs from Fri­day, June 17 un­til Sun­day, June 26 next year. Last year the event at­tracted 13,000 peo­ple to the town.

“We re­ally want artists to stretch their think­ing”

Fiona Bai­ley

●● Hors­ing Around by He­len Wright, an en­try into the Barnaby Fes­ti­val

●● KEMS, Mac­cles­field band on tour in Paris.

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