Inspired by India
The Silk Museum, 17 June-8 September 2017
Celebrating UK/India year of culture, artist Nikki Parmenter has worked with local community groups and schools to illustrate the colour and imagery of the countries’ creative relationship.
The exhibition also explores the work of Macclesfield’s Thomas Wardle who helped teach artist William Morris about natural dyes – both men’s work being ‘inspired by India’. Nikki’s centrepiece is the ‘Silk Peacock’, the national bird of India, which incorporates Indian symbolism, Wardle’s designs and Morris’ patterns. We invite you to join us and design your own peacock feather to add to the artwork.
Supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund.
Jean Alexander: Becoming Hilda
The Old Sunday School, 3 July – 23 September 2017
Born Jean Hodgkinson in 1926, she went on to become one of the most beloved characters of our longest running TV soap, and it all started here in Macclesfield.
Jean Alexander’s professional acting career began with the Adelphi Theatre Guild who had their base in the town and toured the North West. Packed full of photographs illustrating her life and work, this display recounts the story that led her to play Hilda Ogden in Coronation Street.
Makeshop Macc Summer Holiday Family Craft Activities
This August, there is something new to make and do each week at Macclesfield Museums, from weaving to wall plaques, peacocks to parachutes, dinosaurs to door hangers, Egyptian crafts to e-textiles – there’s even a pirate treasure hunt!
Tuesdays at West Park Museum, 1.30-3.30pm, drop-in, £3 per child
Wednesdays at The Old Sunday School, 1.30-3.30pm, drop-in, £3 per child
Thursdays at The Silk Museum, 1.30-3.30pm, drop-in, £5 per child (apart from Thursday 17 August – Magnificent Monsters, 10-11am, 11.30am-12.30pm, 1-2pm, 2.30-3.30pm, FREE but must be booked in advance on 01625 612045)
Get Kids Out Learning! is an easy way for families to find fun, local days out which also provide great learning and educational opportunities
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.
John Stafford's favourite artist: 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.
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 later on this year.
Workshop - The Silk Museum
Exhibition - The Silk Museum
Course - The Old Sunday School
Exhibition - The Old Sunday School
Talk - The Old Sunday School
Exhibition - The Silk Museum