Art ex­hi­bi­tion trac­ing cre­ative link with In­dia

Macclesfield Express - - YOUR VIEWS - KAREN BRITTON

AN ex­hi­bi­tion tak­ing its lead from In­dia has been opened.

The In­spired by In­dia dis­play at Mac­cles­field Silk Mu­seum cel­e­brates the long­stand­ing cre­ative re­la­tion­ship be­tween In­dia and the UK, and show­cases the works of Poyn­ton artist Nikki Par­menter.

The ex­hi­bi­tion also fea­tures in­for­ma­tion about Mac­cles­field Vic­to­rian busi­ness­man Thomas War­dle, who helped teach the artist Wil­liam Mor­ris about nat­u­ral dyes.

Both men’s work was in­spired by In­dia.

MP David Rut­ley paid a visit to the ex­hi­bi­tion.

As well as hav­ing the op­por­tu­nity to view the im­pres­sive range of dis­plays, he met with the chair­man and di­rec­tor of Mac­cles­field Mu­se­ums, John Var­ney and Sue Hughes, to hear about their fu­ture work and to con­grat­u­late them on re­cent fund­ing suc­cesses.

Mr Rut­ley said: “It was great to view the In­spired by In­dia ex­hi­bi­tion.

“With the school hol­i­days upon us, I would en­cour­age peo­ple to visit this and every­thing else that lo­cal mu­se­ums have to of­fer.

“I also en­joyed meet­ing John and Sue and hear­ing about how the new fund­ing and pro­grammes, in­clud­ing the Boost­ing Re­silience ini­tia­tive, will help to pro­mote Mac­cles­field’s rich his­tory, and pro­vide op­por­tu­ni­ties for young peo­ple.

“They have some ex­cit­ing projects planned, and I wish them ev­ery suc­cess for the fu­ture. My thanks go to all those who work at Mac­cles­field’s mu­se­ums and her­itage sites for what they do to pre­serve our town’s unique his­tory.”

The ex­hi­bi­tion is funded through a £10,800 Her­itage Lot­tery Fund grant.

It will also fund a project by the Silk Her­itage Trust to re­search, doc­u­ment and re­dis­play its Jacquard and block print­ing col­lec­tion, sup­ported by a £76,700 fund from the Es­mée Fair­bairn col­lec­tions fund and Mac­cles­field town coun­cil.

The fund­ing will also fur­ther the trust’s work to sup­port learn­ing pro­grammes for young peo­ple, in sub­jects in­clud­ing dig­i­tal cod­ing and de­sign.

Mac­cles­field Mu­se­ums is also one of 20 or­gan­isa- tions na­tion­ally to be ac­cepted on to the twoyear Boost­ing Re­silience pro­gramme, which helps lo­cal mu­se­ums to de­velop new ways to en­sure they are at­tract­ing more peo­ple in the com­mu­nity and to en­sure they con­tinue to grow and thrive.

In­spired by In­dia is run­ning in Mac­cles­field’s Silk Mu­seum un­til Septem­ber 8.

David Rut­ley MP, right, with Sue Hughes and John Var­ney at the Silk Mu­seum to see the In­spired by In­dia ex­hi­bi­tion

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