Art Trail

Welcome to the Visit Macclesfield’s Art Trail, a place where you can keep up to date with the monthly goings-on in the creative sector of Macclesfield, whether it be to find an art or photography exhibition to visit or source a craft day to get involved in.

Behind the Art Trail information scenes you will find myself, and the Visit Macclesfield team working hard to bring you the most up to date information on this very unique part of Macclesfields cultural hub.

I’m Carly Phipps, a local documentary and events photographer and all round organiser. Having lived in the area all my life, I’ve watched Macclesfield’s artistic community grow from nothing, to a thriving and integral part of the town. I have hosted, curated and participated in several exhibitions in Macclesfield, Bollington and Sheffield (where I am studying my Masters in Photography) and so know many of the artists and venue owners as good friends and am humbled to be part of such a supportive network of people.

Each month I will bring to you through this page, an overview of what is happening along the Arts Trail with the venue, dates and artist details. I will update the page if anything new occurs so keep checking back to see if anything crops up that may take your fancy.

Current and forthcoming events and exhibitions are as follows:

SOMA Café Bar
Photographic exhibition by Simon Brown
Displayed NOW – Early January

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.  All work on sale – great Christmas present ideas!

The Snowgoose Café Bar
‘The Collection’ : A photography exhibition by Steve Thornhill
27th November  – Early January
Launch night 27th November: Meet the artist, and live music from KaTo and Co.

Steve is a regular exhibitor at The Snowgoose, this time bringing a mix of old and new imagery to adorn the walls. Known more recently for his portraiture work, at his exhibition you can also see some of his beautiful local landscapes.

All work on sale – more great Christmas present ideas!

The Treacle Tap
Urban artist Alex Walton is currently exhibiting at this cosy bar. The Treacle Tap also has an exciting project in the pipeline due to launch this December.

Hoping to involve all local willing artists, including their very own staff members, a grand scale wall paint will be rotated between local artists wanting to exhibit their skills.

They will also be hosting art nights with the first one before christmas. Dates TBC

Charles Roe House | Incubation Arts
Pop-Up Art and Craft Fair
27th, 28th and 29th November (10-4pm)
18th, 19th and 20th December (10-4pm)

Have a little visit to see some beautiful local arts and crafts and get some chritsmas inspiration.

Arighi Bianchi
Art Exhibition by Helen Robinson – In the 1st Floor Showroom
4th December – New show will be hung by Helen

Helen is Arighi Bianchi’s artist in residnece and so her work is displayed all year round with a rotation of unique pieces to keep the space fresh and inspiring.

Macclesfield Community Artspace
7th December (3-9pm) – Digital Arts Project open day

Meet the volunteers at the Artspace, learn more about the fantastic digital arts project and grab yourself a cup of tea and cake!