International artists lined up for festival
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. org.uk.
●● Liliane Lijn, from New York, is among the artists commissioned to produce work for the Barnaby Festival
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