Tunnicliffe120

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

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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Events

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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Inspired By Nature: Charles Tunnicliffe Exhibition
6th Dec – 1st April 2022, Monday – Friday 10am – 4pm except for Bank Holidays and private hire bookings.
Friday 3rd December 5pm – 7pm (Preview)
Saturday 4th December 10am – 7pm (Launch day)

Macclesfield Town Hall, Market Place, Macclesfield SK10 1EA
FREE – drop in.  Please call 01270 686159 if you need to confirm access to the exhibition is available on the day you require.

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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

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.

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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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Inspired by Nature Workshops
Sat 19th – Sat 26th Feb
A series of family art workshops exploring different Tunnicliffe techniques and with a nature connection.  

Saturday 19th February – Wildlife Watercolour
Tuesday 22nd February – Wild Dance
Wednesday 23rd February – Repeat Pattern Printing
Saturday 26th February – Nature Weaving

Silk Museum, Park Lane, Macclesfield, SK11 6TJ

Booking required

Online Talk: Silk Town Country Boy with Dr Harry Heuser
Wed 19th January 2022, 17:30 – 18:30

Online talk in association with Macclesfield Museums
Free, booking required.

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POSTPONED
Online Talk: Scene through Wood: A century of modern wood engraving
Wed 2nd February 2022, 17:30 – 18:30

Online talk in association with Macclesfield Museums
Free, booking required.

 


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