In­ter­na­tional artists lined up for fes­ti­val

Macclesfield Express - - YOUR VIEWS - RHI­AN­NON MCDOWALL

ANEW Yorker, Scot, Spa­niard and Welsh­man will put their cre­ative stamp on Mac­cles­field as part of this year’s Barn­aby Fes­ti­val.

Artists Liliane Lijn, Han­nah Im­lach, Hon­dartza Fraga and Bed­wyr Wil­liams have all been com­mis­sioned to pro­duce work for the fes­ti­val thanks to sup­port from Arts Coun­cil Eng­land.

The com­mis­sions will ex­plore themes such as the en­vi­ron­ment, Jo­drell Bank, lo­cal peo­ple and even a lo­cal yoga teacher, which have all been specif­i­cally cre­ated us­ing the fes­ti­val’s theme ‘Space’.

Karl Wal­lace, di­rec­tor of Barn­aby Fes­ti­val, an an­nual event that cel­e­brates cul­ture in the town, said: “We’re in­cred­i­bly ex­cited about our com­mis­sions from four ex­tra­or­di­nary and di­verse artists.

“They have all taken the brief and in­ter­preted it in their own way, but all of them have ex­plored the theme of Space and the unique lo­ca­tion of Mac­cles­field.”

Hon­dartza Fraga’s art­work, From Dark Mat­ter to White Noise, is in­spired by the iconic Lovell Tele­scope at Jo­drell Bank, and will be pre­sented in the at­tic of Costa Coffee.

She said: “I am very ex­cited about mak­ing work for Barn­aby Fes­ti­val.

“The op­por­tu­nity to cre­ate new work in re­sponse to Jo­drell Bank’s Lovell Tele­scope is fan­tas­tic as it pro­vides me with a chance to go back to one of my favourite themes, the ex­plo­ration of the uni­verse.

“I am very much look­ing for­ward to spend­ing time ex­plor­ing the his­tory and sur­round­ings of Jo­drell, and to present the new works in Mac­cles­field.”

Bed­wyr Wil­liams’s piece will present Flex­ure, a film which ob­serves the town, its in­hab­i­tants and the prac­tice of a lo­cal yoga teacher, while Liliane Lijn presents Moon­meme, a real-time com­puter sim­u­la­tion whereby Lijn writes the sin­gle word SHE across the moon in let­ters large enough to be seen from Earth.

Han­nah Im­lach’s ‘Canopy Lens’ is a re-work­ing of her sculp­ture For­est Canopy Lens, 2013 made for Heart­wood 2013.

For Barn­aby, the piece will be sus­pended within sy­camore and horn­beam in the town’s Spar­row Park.

Other artists com­mis­sioned to cre­ate work for the show are Si­mon Wool­ham, Han­nah Wooll, Tom Baskey­field and Mario Popham, and a group com­pris­ing Val Lear, Rachael King and Mark Hel­li­well. For more in­for­ma­tion go barn­abyfes­ti­val.

Brian Ben­son

●● Liliane Lijn, from New York, is among the artists com­mis­sioned to pro­duce work for the Barn­aby Fes­ti­val

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