Inspired by Nature

Macclesfield celebrates artist Charles Tunnicliffe
1st December 2021 – Spring 2022

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“My early environment greatly influenced my work and decided my character. Those years were spent in the heart of the country, in close contact with animals, birds, with farms and farmers.”


After nearly two years of a pandemic, nature and the countryside have become so important and valuable. Inspired by Nature, #Tunnicliffe120, is an exciting programme of events across the town, from 1st December 2021 through to Spring 2022, that puts a spotlight on the creative life of one Macclesfield’s most famous sons.

Macclesfield Town Council, Cheshire East Council, The Silk Museum, LIT festival, Cheshire East Library, and Cheshire Archives and Local Studies are working together to present exhibitions, talks and creative workshops that explore Tunnicliffe’s passion for nature and bring it up to date with a VR trail, a flora and fauna light trail across the town centre, plus a schools’ competition.

Born in Macclesfield in 1901, Charles Tunnicliffe remains one of Britain’s most popular artists of the natural world. Described as a ‘countryman, through and through’, his work reflects his love of nature and the inspiration of his Macclesfield farming background. Tunnicliffe trained at Macclesfield School of Art before winning a scholarship to the Royal College of Art, London. He was elected to the Royal Academy in 1944 and celebrated as an English genius.

Tunnicliffe was passionate about sharing his love of nature from exquisite paintings to wood engravings, from the famous Ladybird children’s books What to Look for in Spring / Summer / Autumn / Winter, to commissions for the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds. Inspired by Nature gives visitors the chance to develop their own creative skills in art and poetry, to explore the local landscape and to hear from leading Tunnicliffe experts.

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Tunnicliffe Art Workshop – Children – FULLY BOOKED
Sat 23rd Oct 10:30am – 12:30pm
Silk Museum, Park Ln, Macclesfield SK11 6TJ, UK

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Tunnicliffe 120 – Sketching in the Silk Museum
Wed 1st Dec 9:30am – 4:00pm
Silk Museum, Park Ln, Macclesfield SK11 6TJ, UK

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Life is Wild Talk: The Birds of Tunnicliffe’s Macclesfield
Thu 2nd Dec, 7:00pm – 8:45pm
Macclesfield Library, Jordangate, Macclesfield, SK10 1EE
FREE – booking required, 01625 374000, [email protected]

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Inspired By Nature: Augmented Reality (AR) Trail
Sat 20th Nov – Sun 5th Dec
Town Centre locations
FREE – town centre trail
Life is Wild Exhibition: The Illustrations of Charles Tunnicliffe
Wed 1st Dec – Mon 28th Feb
Library opening times apply
Macclesfield Library, Jordangate, Macclesfield SK10 1EE
FREE – drop in Exhibition also on Facebook.

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Magic Lanterns: Nocturnal Fauna
Fri 3rd & Sat 4th Dec, 5:00pm; 6:00pm & 7:00pm
Walking Town Centre Trail
FREE – booking required magiclanterns.eventbrite.com

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Inspired By Nature: Charles Tunnicliffe Exhibition
4th Dec – 31st Mar 2022, Town Hall opening hours apply
Macclesfield Town Hall, Market Place, Macclesfield SK10 1EA
FREE – drop in

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Charles Tunnicliffe & the RSPB’s Big Garden Birdwatch Talk
Tues 14th Dec, 7:45pm – 10:00pm
Macclesfield Community Centre, Duke Street, Macclesfield SK11 6UR
£5 adults, under 18s free (RSPB members £1) [email protected]

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Tunnicliffe Art Competition
Tue 5th Jan – Sun 13th Feb
Town centre venues including Macclesfield Town Hall, Library, Silk Museum
FREE – further information available from [email protected]

Tunnicliffe Techniques – Art class in the Silk Museum
Thursday afternoons 1-4pm, 20th Jan – 10th Feb
Silk Museum, Macclesfield, SK11 6TJ
£95 for the full course. Booking required  – [email protected]

Storytime with Tarka the Otter
Sat 19th Feb, 12:00 noon
Macclesfield Library, Jordangate, Macclesfield SK10 1EE
FREE – drop in

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Tarka Trail in the Children’s Library
Sat 19th – Sat 26th Feb, Library opening times apply
Macclesfield Library, Jordangate, Macclesfield SK10 1EE
FREE – drop in

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Tunnicliffe Art School – children’s art workshops
Sat 19th – Sat 26th Feb
A series of art workshops exploring different Tunnicliffe techniques
Silk Museum, Park Lane, Macclesfield, SK11 6TJ
Booking required – to be confirmed, check back for details

The Tunnicliffe Town Centre Trail
Coming in 2022…
Town Centre public art trail
FREE – town centre trail

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