Cynefin: Contemporary Quilted Textiles by Cwilt Cymru

Cynefin: Contemporary Quilted Textiles by Cwilt Cymru

The Silk Museum, 7 April – 26 May 2018

Cwilt Cymru is a group of individual quilt artists, all living in, or with a connection to Wales. This is their third joint collection to be exhibited. The title of the exhibition, Cynefin, loosely translated means “a place or time where we instinctively feel we belong or feel most connected, a habitat; to be familiar with or accustomed to.” This unique layered Welsh word is pronounced ‘kerrnevin’. Each of the artists have interpreted the theme in their own way to produce contemporary textile pieces.

The Macclesfield Portraits of Joseph Wright of Derby

The Macclesfield Portraits of Joseph Wright of Derby

The Old Sunday School, 2 October – 26 May 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.

'The Macclesfield of America' - Paterson, New Jersey

'The Macclesfield of America' - Paterson, New Jersey

The Silk Museum, 9 June – 22 September 2018

In the 19th century, many men and women of Macclesfield emigrated to Paterson, New Jersey to work in the burgeoning silk industry there. The city became known as ‘the Macclesfield of America’.

This exhibition celebrates and explores the close connections between the two communities.

Please note: in our printed January-June 2018 leaflet, the exhibition is shown as taking place in The Old Sunday School; instead, it is now to be held at The Silk Museum.

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.

 

Charles Tunnicliffe: A Cheshire Countryman

Charles Tunnicliffe: A Cheshire Countryman

Between Floors Gallery, The Silk Museum, 11 December onwards

Charles Frederick Tunnicliffe (1901-1979) was Britain’s foremost 20th century wildlife artist, renowned for his decorative watercolours of birds.  He is less well-known as a printmaker, but it is often in these pictures that the influence of his early life in Cheshire is revealed.

Born in Langley, Macclesfield, he lived and worked on the family farm at Sutton Lane Ends until he was 19 years old.  He studied at the Macclesfield School of Art (the building which now houses The Silk Museum) before receiving a scholarship to the Royal College of Art in London.

The exhibition explores both his well-observed images of rural Macclesfield in the early 20th century and his later commercial successes.  He readily found work illustrating books and in advertising, most famously for Henry Williamson’s 1932 edition of Tarka the Otter.

This exhibition highlights a number of unseen and early works, including watercolours of Macclesfield and a self-portrait print.  His wife Winifred, whom he met whilst studying at the Royal College of Art, was also an artist and amongst the exhibits there is an example of one of her carved bookcases and a ceramic polar bear.