In­ter­ac­tive art show takes over the town

Macclesfield Express - - FRONT PAGE - RHIANNON MCDOWALL

AN en­tire town will be­come an ex­hi­bi­tion space as part of an in­no­va­tive art project.

In­ter­ac­tive ‘cu­rios­ity cab­i­nets’ will be placed around Bolling­ton for vis­i­tors to in­ves­ti­gate, with each box telling a dif­fer­ent story from the town’s her­itage, in­dus­try and com­mu­nity spirit.

It’s been or­gan­ised as part of Cheshire East Coun­cil’s SHIFT pro­gramme, which aims to cel­e­brate the town’s digi- tal arts and in­dus­try.

As part of the ex­hi­bi­tion peo­ple will follow a map to each lo­ca­tion where they can ex­plore old pho­to­graphs, ob­jects and newspaper clip­pings while lis­ten­ing to pre­re­corded sto­ries which will be ac­ti­vated when sil- creative ver plates on each of the boxes are touched.

The ex­hi­bi­tion - which will take ad­ven­tur­ers around Bolling­ton to var­i­ous lo­ca­tions, in­clud­ing Clarence Mill, the Re­cre­ation Ground and St John’s Church - runs from Fri­day, June 2, un­til Sun­day, June 4 .

Coun­cil­lor David Brown, Cheshire East Coun­cil’s deputy leader and port­fo­lio holder for Cul­ture said: “We are de­lighted to see such an am­bi­tious pro­gramme of dig­i­tal cre­ativ­ity and par­tic­i­pa­tion launch­ing in Cheshire East.

“SHIFT offers Cheshire East’s res­i­dents and busi­nesses the op­por­tu­nity to en­gage in a di­verse range of creative dig­i­tal prac­tices from early years ed­u­ca­tion to pro­fes­sional de­vel­op­ment.”

The SHIFT project won £90,000 fund­ing from the Na­tional Lot­tery through Arts Coun­cil Eng­land.

Ian Tab­bron, se­nior re­la­tion­ship man­ager for the arts coun­cil, said the pro­gramme will but Cheshire East at the fore­front of dig­i­tal arts.

He said: “The SHIFT pro­gramme will demon­strate East Cheshire can be­come a leader in dig­i­tal arts. There will be many op­por­tu­ni­ties for peo­ple of all ages to take part in ac­tiv­i­ties with pro­fes­sional artists and de­sign­ers. Along with col­leagues from the Arts Coun­cil, I look for­ward to get­ting in­volved in a wide range of events over the next year.”

There will also be a free family fun day at Bolling­ton Arts Cen­tre on Satur­day, June 3, from 11am un­til 3pm. And chil­dren from Bolling­ton Cross Pri­mary School will be show­cas­ing their very own time cap­sules in an ex­hi­bi­tion to dis­play their mes­sages to the fu­ture. Fam­i­lies can also par­take in creative work­shops to make take-home pa­per time cap­sules or get hands-on with the tech­nol­ogy in­volved in the in­ter­ac­tive ex­hi­bi­tion.

The in­ter­ac­tive ex­hi­bi­tion has been cre­ated by art col­lec­tive Five West - made up of So­phie Bul­lock and Anna Hor­ton - with the sup­port of Bolling­ton an­thrapol­o­gist Zak Tanamli, who sug­gested Bolling­ton as the set­ting.

In­ter­ac­tive ‘Cu­rios­ity cab­i­nets’ (above) con­tain­ing his­tor­i­cal arte­facts have been placed around Bolling­ton

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