INHABIT

INHABIT

The Silk Museum, 11 February-2 June

Yvette Hawkins’ INHABIT is a bio structural installation woven by 10,000 silkworms and developed through residencies at The Silk Museum and The Comfrey Project; the colony of silk worms were reared at the Windmill Hills Centre in Gateshead. INHABIT has been made possible by Grants for the Arts funding from Arts Council England.

Yvette’s work revolves around her mixed race heritage and nomadic upbringing, residing in forty five homes across two nations. It “explores hybridity, tradition, migration and preservation which relate to ‘the cultural other’. Silk is the main medium in this work; it provides a crucial bridge between my UK and South Korean heritage… drawing upon its rich tradition in both countries.”

Macclesfield’s heritage is built on silk; the town’s population almost trebled between 1810 and 1830 as people flocked here to work in the industry.

Riot and Rebels!

Riot and Rebels!

The Old Sunday School, 3 April-24 June

This fantastic new exhibition was created by pupils and staff from Fallibroome Academy and the Silk Alliance.

‘Riot and Rebels’ is inspired by the 1812 Potato Riot reenactment and our portrait of John Stafford who witnessed and recorded an account of Bonnie Prince Charlie’s 1745 visit to Macclesfield.

Students looked at acts of protest, the effect of civil unrest on society, and what it means to be British; the resulting artwork ranges from collage to multimedia installations.

Inspired by India

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

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.