Macclesfield’s Permanent Arts Trail
Welcome to Visit Macclesfield’s dedicated Art Trail page, a place where you can find a venue in and around Macclesfield and district that hosts something to do with the creative sector, whether it be to find an art or photography exhibition to visit, a local author book signing or source a craft day to get involved in.
Behind the Art Trail information scenes you will find the Visit Macclesfield team working hard to bring you the most up to date information on this very unique part of Macclesfield’s cultural hub.
Below is a list of all current venues who host exhibitions and creative goings on, with links to each venue so you can see what they may have in store. if you are looking to do something a bit different with your time, I would highly recommend spending a day doing a mini tour and popping into each venue if you can. They all offer complete uniqueness and you will be sure to find something to your taste!
This project has let the people of Macclesfield (and those who visit this fascinating historic town) express how they feel about living or visiting here by decorating the Park Lane underpass. 1650 bricks have been painted by residents of Macclesfield, both children and adults alike, which has transformed the drab tunnel into a community work of art.
Dan Petley was inspired by the diversity of people of all ages, who regularly walk through this underpass, and wanted to involve them in producing meaningful miniature paintings that have no become a part of Macclesfield’s history.
Macclesfield Council have kindly said they will fund the opposite wall to be painted also so keep an eye out for details, as this will come in August. So if you have missed out, don’t worry, you can still make your mark.
Individual brick photos and descriptions will soon be up on the Brick Project website – click here to view.
Macc Art Lounge is a pop-up exhibition which utilises empty spaces in Macclesfield, allowing plenty of incredibly talented artists an extra avenue to display their work and passers by something a bit different to browse.
Usually found in the Grosvenor Centre Precinct, it’s worth clicking the clink above to keep an eye out for any new venues.
17th June – 4th August
Strange sightings around Macclesfield convince a number of residents that the area is the unlikely target of a covert alien invasion. The authorities seem unconvinced, and may even be complicit; so our protagonists set out to investigate the mysterious happenings. The story is told through new work from photographer Simon Brown, written by Johnstone McGuckian, and additional work by other local artists (curated by Simon Brown).
Macclesfield Community Artspace have LOADS going on alongside their usual creative days that anyone can pop along to! Have a look below for some fabulous creative workshops.
TUESDAYS: 12-9pm Creative Tuesday
TUESDAYS: 6:30-8.30pm Card Making group
WEDNESDAYS: 7-9pm Drop In with Jane AND Fabric Fanatics
THURSDAYS: 10-12pm Preschool Art Group
FRIDAYS: 2-4pm Open session with John
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‘The Next Twelve‘ by Dan Chaloner
Dan is exhibiting at the fabulous Park Tavern this April, for the first time in two years! His work is a wonderful collection of paintings sure to hold your gaze and fascinate you whilst having a few local ales!
Click on the link above for more details about the exhibition.
This month you can visit this delightful deli and browse some fantastic photographic works by Jake Howe. You can also pop over to his website at www.cargocollective.com/jahowe
Located at Clarence Mill in Bollington, this lovely café that overlooks the canal rotates exhibitions by local artists of various media.
6th July – 3rd August
A gorgeous collection of works created with silks and inks are on display this month at the cafe. It’s well worth a visit to see talented artist Barbara Danson’s exhibition.
Sheila, who runs the wall at Café Waterside, hopes to give local amateur artists a chance to display their work and it will all be for sale also.
The artist’s give a percentage of sales back to support the local creative community. The first being Poynton Community Art Group to help them buy materials such as display stands to enable them to hold their own local exhibitions. They are also open to any other charities to support through exhibition donations.
Ky Simpson has painted a rather detailed piece on the Treacle Taps art wall which is well worth a visit and a cheeky ale.
Hoping to involve all local willing artists, including their very own staff members, the Treacle Tap are hosting a grand scale live art wall paint each month that will be rotated between any creatives wanting to exhibit their drawing or painting skills.
Shabby Road Studios
Located above Trackside Studios on Elizabeth Street.
Shabby Road are a collective comprising of Film Maker Steve Young, Musician Fil Hill and Artist Rebecca Smith. The studios host a painting studio and art gallery space featuring a changing exhibition of Rebecca and some of Steve’s work, including models and props that are handmade for the current film project that they are working on. They have also created and produced local famed talent Jake Evans‘ music video for the track Glorious, taken from his album, Day One.
On the website, you can view the trailer for a current film being made at Shabby Road (which features many of the musicians and artists in Macclesfield), an online gallery of artwork and further details. COMING SOON will be an opening night and further public exhibitions, film screenings, live music and art workshops so well worth keeping an eye out for on here!
Check out their fantastic work on website: Shabby Road Studios
Jack Sevens cafe and gallery has a wonderful display of mixed media work by various artists at present. From beautiful acrylic and oil landscapes, to incredible felt works and varying prints, there is something for everyone. And they do put on a lovely lunch also!
Photographic exhibition by Simon Brown
Simon has a display of some of his beautiful local landscapes and starscapes. Well worth a visit to see some awe-inspiring photography by Barnaby Festival art contributor and competition winner.
You can also see some of Simon’s incredible new work at Katy’s Cupboard on Chestergate alongside other local creatives and craftspersons.
All work on sale.
Art Exhibition by Helen Robinson – In the 1st Floor Showroom
Helen is Arighi Bianchi’s artist in residence and so her work is displayed all year round with a rotation of unique pieces to keep the space fresh and inspiring.
‘Roots of the Willow’ : A collection of photographic works by various artists from the TMACC Photography club.
Currently exhibited with no time scale.
All of the images on display were taken by the group at Red Willow’s old brewery site and at the thriving bar. The photographs were commissioned by the company and tell the story of Red Willow Beer from its roots at the brewery to being enjoyed at the bar itself. They give a wonderful glimpse into how our local brews are created and enjoyed.
There is a wonderful mix of photographic styles that work really well together in the collaborations.
Karumo is a new crafts business where you can attend sessions to try your hands at textiles, particularly lace crafting.
Ruth Moyes provides these wonderful workshops at various artisan markets and craft fairs so keep an eye out here if you fancy trying something new and creative!
Trackside music studios have an incredible permanent exhibition of work by Sara MaCkian and Emmy Rosy Dawn as well as the ‘Trackside Wall of Fame’ which features photographs of local musicians, signed instruments and pictures, painted drumskins and other memorabilia of local famed musicians who have passed through.
‘The Moosic Show’ is a currently permanently rotated exhibition of work featuring local famous musicians on stage such as Tim Burgess, Peter Hook and more. These gorgeous prints are by Ant Mulryan and you can also see mixed media work by Nick Oldham and Rosie Scott-Massie.
On permanently, The Town Cow has a beautiful exhibition of large black and white ‘Old Macclesfield’ prints by Olliers Photography. Lovely to view whilst having a great meal.
Emmy Rosy Dawn, local fine art talent, has a display of work at this lovely local framers. All work is for sale and very much worth a look.
Rustic Coffee Company are situated on Churchill Way and have a rotating exhibition of usually vibrant, funky work which suits their incredible little café down to the ground. With an amazing selection of home-made cakes to choose from too you can’t miss an opportunity to pop in!
Every 6 weeks or so, Bollington Arts Centre hosts a new exhibition featuring local talent. The centre can be found en route along the middle wood way so is perfect to visit after a weekend walk and you will usually find the artist in situ on a Sunday if you fancy learning more about the work and their ideas.
You will come across exhibitions of varying media from Acrylics to Photography and everything in between, and may even come across one of their many mini fetes. Click the link for a full list of what’s on!
Kate’s shop is moving home! Keep an eye out for further details of the gallery re-opening soon!
MASH Guru is a haven of visual stimulation anyway, but for some proper exhibitions you can take a wander upstairs and see what’s on.
Alongside hosting some incredible live music, you will also find regular improv nights hosted by Sabine Kussmaul and Mark Sheeky where you can either simply watch, or participate in music and spoken word. Something different and a great experience.
Always sure to host a fantastic exhibition with incredible works in collaboration by local talents, Julie Hamer works hard to bring local people a feast for the eyes. Currently looking for a new venue to host exhibitions and a permanent Joy Division exhibition, keep your eyes peeled for the next one.
Alchemy Art and Framing have a wonderful selection of art works for sale, and on occasion you will find new gallery launches. Great to attend one of their launches to meet the artists and share some drinks and nibbles.
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All work is for sale and very much worth a look. Article Written By Carly Phipps – www.carly-marie.co.uk