Art­work cho­sen for town fes­ti­val

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FOUR quirky and thought­pro­vok­ing art in­stal­la­tions have been cho­sen to ap­pear in next year’s Barnaby Fes­ti­val.

Fes­ti­val or­gan­is­ers chal­lenged read­ers to come up with ideas for public­sited art­works un­der the theme ‘space’, and af­ter much de­lib­er­a­tion, have cho­sen four di­verse con­cepts by Mac­cles­field artists.

Karl Wal­lace, Barnaby Fes­ti­val di­rec­tor, said: “I am de­lighted that the fes­ti­val is sup­port­ing the de­vel­op­ment of home-grown and Macc-based tal­ent in this way. These four se­lected projects were stand-out.

“We asked for cre­ative and am­bi­tious in­ter­pre­ta­tions of the theme – and that’s what we got. It is a sig­nif­i­cant step for Barnaby to com­mis­sion Mac­cles­field artists and in­vest in their prac­tice.”

The fes­ti­val runs from June 17 to 26 next year.

The art­work will be funded with sup­port from Arts Coun­cil Eng­land.

The se­lec­tion panel – also com­pris­ing Kwong Lee, the di­rec­tor of Castle­field Gallery in Manch­ester, and mem­bers of the Barnaby Vis­ual Arts Steer­ing Group – unan­i­mously se­lected the four win­ning pro­pos­als.

Tom Baskey­field and Mario Popham’s ‘Shaped By Stone’ is a dual-site ex­hi­bi­tion in Mac­cles­field and at Tegg’s Nose, work­ing from stone logs and off-cuts at the aban­doned quarry, plus walls, cob­bles and flag­stones from the town cen­tre. Tom will make large-scale graphite em­boss­ings which will sit along­side Mario Popham’s large-for­mat pho­to­graphs of the two sites.

Han­nah Wooll’s ‘En­gag­ing With Spa­ces Through Ob­jects’ will trans­form un­wanted pos­ses­sions found in Mac­cles­field’s char­ity shops into small-scale art­works to be dis­played in the win­dowsills of six Mac­cles­field homes.

On this un­con­ven­tional ‘art trail’ the viewer will peer into nor­mally pri­vate in­door spa­ces and see the unique art­works.

Rachael King, Val Lear and Mark Hel­li­well’s ‘No Space Like Home’ multi-media in­stal­la­tion looks at ob­ses­sive com­pul­sive dis­or­der (OCD) and its con­nec­tions with hoard­ing be­hav­iour. Rachael, who suf­fers from OCD, ap­proached the artists to doc­u­ment the ‘de­clut­ter­ing’ process through pho­tog­ra­phy and film.

And Si­mon Wool­ham will make a film, Tak­ingBack-Space: The Macc Walks, to en­gage young and old by es­tab­lish­ing a se­ries of ‘mem­ory walks’ around Mac­cles­field.

For more in­for­ma­tion about the fes­ti­val or artists email press@barn­abyfes­ti­val.org.uk

●● Fine Spec­i­men by Han­nah Woolls

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