The Silk Route: A Never-Ending Journey

The Silk Route: A Never-Ending Journey

The Silk Museum, 16 September – 10 November 2017

Threadmill have been working for 21 years to promote stitch and textiles, with 14 members all with very different styles and techniques.

For this exhibition the group has taken inspiration from the museum’s collections to create a journey through the countries of the Silk Road.

The Macclesfield Portraits of Joseph Wright of Derby

The Macclesfield Portraits of Joseph Wright of Derby

The Old Sunday School, 2 October – 6 January 2018

Joseph Wright of Derby (1734-1797) is well-known for his paintings of scientific discovery and industry but he was also a successful portrait painter.

He painted some of the leading figures in Macclesfield including Charles Roe. Last year Macclesfield Museums bought two Wright portraits of John Stafford and Barbara Tatton.  This display celebrates these portraits and the stories behind them.

The portraits were bought with support from the Art Fund, Arts Council England/Victoria and Albert Museum Purchase Grant Fund and Friends of Macclesfield Silk Heritage.

MBs' Trip Up the Nile

MBs' Trip Up the Nile

The Old Sunday School, 30 October – 28 July 2018

In 1873, Marianne Brocklehurst, daughter of a Macclesfield silk manufacturer, set off for Egypt with her companion Mary Booth (together, they were known as the MBs), her teenage nephew Alfred and servant George. They sailed the Nile in a boat they renamed ‘Bagstones’ after their home in Wincle, visited tombs, bazaars, made friends with other travellers and Egyptologists, and collected a wealth of incredible artefacts.

A talented artist, Marianne captured many of their experiences and the sights they saw in her illustrated diary and sketchbooks. This exhibition brings together for the first time her collection alongside her drawings and diary excerpts, revealing her wit and giving real insight to this fascinating woman.

 

5th Macclesfield Open Art Exhibition

5th Macclesfield Open Art Exhibition

The Silk Museum, 9 December 2017 – 20 January 2018

A perennial favourite; this show gets bigger and better every year.

With a wealth of work by local talent, many of them for sale, take a look and vote for the piece you like best. Perhaps you could even buy it!

 

Handing-in days for artists submitting works for the exhibition: 17 & 18 November.  Entry forms will be available from Macclesfield Museums, Visitor Information Centre, libraries and other local venues from the second week in October.