For two weeks in September New Mills will become an art gallery as New Mills Arts Trail takes part in the town’s festival fortnight.
The work of over 50 artists from across the UK will be displayed in unusual spaces and places, in pubs and clubs; the barber’s, the bookshop, the florist’s and even the funeral parlour.
New Mills Festival runs from Friday 14th to Sunday 30th September, a Trail Map can be downloaded at www.newmillsfestival.com.
Organisers Lyn Bannister, Deborah Pitman and Arthur Burns have been working closely with local businesses, “The reaction has been fantastic” enthuses Debs, “Business owners have gone out of their way to provide space for artists to show off their work to best advantage.” says Arthur. “It’s a great partnership.”
Artwork is primarily displayed in shop windows and, in an exciting development, two of the town’s most iconic buildings have been included this year:
For the first time ever, the Grade II listed building Torr Vale Mill will become part of the Arts Trail hosting an exhibition ‘Structure’ by contemporary sculptor and painter Jason Simpson. His powerful work will vie for attention with the Mill’s own dramatic space in the Torrs Gorge known locally as the ‘Park Under the Town’.
Jason produces large-scale bold paintings using household gloss paint and sculptures in stone and plaster. Exhibition opening times are Saturdays and Sundays 11am – 4pm, with a special Preview for artists and visitors on Saturday 22nd September 4pm – 6pm. A Walking and Parking Map for events in the mill is available on the website.
Artist Lyn is not hiding her light either. Her exhibition, ‘Other People’s Treasure’ will be shown in St George’s Church, another important landmark in the town.
Initially commissioned by Barnaby Festival in Macclesfield where it attracted nearly 1000 viewers this emotive work invites you to examine other peoples’ memories, secrets and treasures and perhaps leave some of your own. Contributors to this installation include the children from St George’s C. of E (V. A.) school and New Mills School, Business and Enterprise College. Details of how you can take part are also on the Festival website: www.newmillsfestival.com