Art exhibition tracing creative link with India
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