Exhibitions and shows taking place in and around Macclesfield.

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  • Sun


    Exhibitions at The Silk Museum

    4th Macclesfield Open Art Exhibition

    Until 21 January 2017

    Now a well-established part of the Macclesfield Art scene, artists from around the area submit a stunning array of artwork in different media for this highly regarded exhibition. Don’t forget to cast your vote for the Visitors’ Choice Award!


    11 February-2 June 2017 

    Artist Yvette Hawkins uses silk to draw upon the rich traditions of her UK and South Korean heritage. INHABIT will include a silk sculpture woven by Yvette and 10,000 silk worms.

    Exhibitions at The Old Sunday School

    Souvenirs from Home 

    9 January-2 February

    This display brings together work produced in the Home Ground touring project; the Devon Guild of Craftsmen travelled to six towns in the UK whose football clubs have nicknames linked to their traditional craft industries. Artwork was created by football supporters and other groups. Artist Zoe Hillyard worked with them in Macclesfield.

    Home Front Vintage

    6 February-29 March

    During World War II the British Military produced escape maps on silk. After the war these maps were sold off to be re-used and made into clothing. This display explores the story of the maps and includes original items from the 1940s and 50s. In addition, Sara Jane Murray of Home Front Vintage showcases items she has made with maps in the spirit of ‘make do and mend’.

    Riot and Rebels!

    3 April-24 June

    Did you know Macclesfield had a riot? A potato riot! And what about the visit of Bonnie Prince Charlie to the town in 1745? To celebrate the newly-acquired Joseph Wright portrait of John Stafford, who was there with the rebels in 1745, and to tie in with the re-enactment of the Macclesfield potato riot on 13 April 2017, staff and pupils at Fallibroome Academy are collaborating with other schools from the Silk Alliance to take these events as inspiration to create an exciting new display.

    Activities at The Silk Museum

    Craft Workshops:

    A Touch of Frosty Craft 

    Thursday 23 and Friday 24 February: 10am-12.30pm

    It’s February and it’s still chilly, so help reflect the season by creating your own Jack Frost snow scenes, with a bit of glitter to make it sparkle!

    £6.50 per child, 6-12 years. Booking essential. Call 01625 612045

    Now you see it…

    Thursday 6 and Friday 7 April: 10am-12.30pm

    Take an adventure into camouflage and create some fantastic ‘now you see it’, ‘now you don’t’ artwork!

    £6.50 per child, 6-12 years. Booking essential. Call 01625 612045

    Victorian Jack in a Box

    Thursday 1 and Friday 2 June: 10am-12.30pm

    Take a look at some Victorian toys and then make your own special Jack in a Box.

    £6.50 per child, 6-12 years. Booking essential. Call 01625 612045

    Family drop-in sessions:

    Weave an Easter Egg Basket

    Thursday 6 April: 1.30-3.30pm

    Use some silk weaving techniques to create your own decorated Easter baskets – you may be lucky and find some eggs to put inside.

    £3 per activity pack, no need to book

    Full of the Joys of Spring

    Thursday 13 April: 10.30-12.30pm, 1.30-3.30pm

    Join in with this inspiring craft session creating your own Spring collage out of recycled materials.

    £3 per activity pack, no need to book

    Wonderful Creepy Crawlies

    Thursday 1 June: 1.30-3.30pm

    Make a selection of beautiful and boggle-eyed bugs!

    £3 per activity pack, no need to book

    Activities at The Old Sunday School

    Craft workshops:

    Football Flags Textile Workshop

    Saturday 28 January: 11am-1pm or 2-4pm

    Join artist Zoe Hillyard to make a silk flag to celebrate living in Macclesfield and the Silkmen. Suitable for all ages and abilities and materials are provided.

    £3 per person, booking essential, call 01625 613210 or pop in to The Old Sunday School shop 

    Home Front Silk Maps Crafts

    Saturday 18 February: 1-3.30pm

    Discover more about the history of the silk escape maps with Sara Jane Murray of Home Front Vintage, then make a brooch from a piece of an original map to take home.

    £5 per person, 14+ years, booking essential, call 01625 613210 or pop in to The Old Sunday School shop 

    Family drop-in sessions:

    Home Front Silk Map Making

    Wednesday 22 February: 1.30-3.30pm

    Take a look at our display about the silk escape maps made in World War II and then create your own map, print it onto silk and make it into something new. There will also be some code breaking tasks for you too! In partnership with Sara Jane Murray of Home Front Vintage.

    £3 per activity pack, no need to book

    Easter ‘Hare-ing’ Around

    Wednesday 5 April: 1.30-3.30pm

    You’ve heard of the Easter Bunnies, well these are their faster cousins! Make your own fantastic hare inspired artwork.

    £3 per activity pack, no need to book

    Potato Print Art

    Wednesday 12 April: 1.30-3.30pm

    Instead of throwing potatoes like the rioters in 1812, use them to create some colourful art to take home!

    £3 per activity pack, no need to book

    All Boxed Up

    Wednesday 31 May: 1.30-3.30pm, drop-in

    Join in some ‘box magic’ and turn a small box into something ‘fantabulous’ to store your treasures in.

    £3 per activity pack, no need to book

    Activities at West Park Museum

    Special event: 

    Discover a WWI Soldier at West Park Museum

    Tuesday 21 February: 2-4pm, family drop-in

    Discover what a Great War soldier carried in the trenches, what he ate, how he kept clean, his work, leisure and what weapons and protection he had. You can even make your own model biplane if you like!

    Free activity, £1 for the biplane kit

    Family drop-in crafts:

    Egyptian Amulet

    Tuesday 4 April: 2-4pm

    Be inspired by Marianne Brocklehurst’s Egyptian collections and make your own amulet to take away.

    £3 per activity pack, no need to book

    King Tut’s Tomb

    Tuesday 11 April: 2-4pm

    The Egyptian Pharaoh Tutankhamun had a fabulous tomb and mummy case filled with wonderful things. Make your own recreation of his last resting place.

    £3 per activity pack, no need to book

    Panda Bears’ Picnic

    Tuesday 30 May: 2-4pm

    Celebrate Macc Panda’s return to West Park Museum and make your own panda mask. Bring your own snacks along to have a panda bears’ picnic!

    £3 per activity pack, no need to book

    Events for Adults at The Silk Museum

    Alteration Challenge

    Saturday 28 January: 10am-4pm

    Stella Vincent will help you revamp a wardrobe favourite or recycle a charity shop bargain. You will need a sewing machine, an item of clothing, fabrics and embellishments that you may find useful. You do not need to be an experienced dressmaker, just have flair and imagination.

    £20. To book, contact Wilmslow Guild on 01625 523903 or www.wilmslowguild.org

    Experimentation and Fun with Free Machine Embroidery 

    Saturday 11 February: 10am-4pm

    Anne Davies will introduce you to the fun you can have with free machine embroidery. You will need a sewing machine which drops its feed dogs to allow free stitching.

    £20. To book, contact Wilmslow Guild on 01625 523903 or www.wilmslowguild.org

    Calligrapher for the Day

    Saturday 18 March: 10am-4pm

    Vivien Lunnis introduces a taster day for anyone interested in fine lettering. Using pen patterns and letters you will be able to make a bookmark by the end of the day.

    £20. To book, contact Wilmslow Guild on 01625 523903 or www.wilmslowguild.org

    The Story of Silk Study Day

    Saturday 1 April 


    This study day will explore the magic of silk, its uses and its histories. Dr Katherine Wilson of the University of Chester will discuss the history of luxury fabrics, from the medieval period to the time when silk was mass produced in Macclesfield Mills. Emily Wilkinson will hold a practical workshop on silk and creativity, using silk as its inspiration. You will also meet the artist Yvette Hawkins and discover more about her art installation INHABIT. The day includes a tour of Paradise Mill and around the Silk Museum with the opportunity to see some of the textile collections usually kept in store. The Museum and Mill will be closed to the public, so study day participants have exclusive access to the buildings.

    £20, including lunch and refreshments. To book telephone 01625 613210 or pop into the Old Sunday School. For more information contact Professor Deborah Wynne d.wynne@chester.ac.uk

    This event is jointly organised by the University of Chester and the Silk Museum

    Friends’ Talks at The Old Sunday School

    Curious Cures: Medical Remedies at their Worst

    Wednesday 11 January, 7.30pm

    Discover bizarre cures of the past with Lyndon Murgatroyd.

    £4/£3 members, pay on the door 

    African Batik

    Wednesday 8 February, 7.30pm

    Batik history and techniques with Anne Mason and Margaret Hickson.

    £4/£3 members, pay on the door 

    John de Macclesfield

    Wednesday 8 March, 7.30pm

    Discover John de Macclesfield, 1351-1422, with writer and historian Jane Laughton.

    £4/£3 members, pay on the door 

    Friends’ Quiz Night

    Wednesday 12 April, 7.30pm

    Make up your own team of four or come along on the night and make new friends.

    £4/£3 members, pay on the door 

    Venue Addresses/Opening Times/Costs/Access Details

    The Old Sunday School

    Heritage Centre, Roe Street, Macclesfield SK11 6UT

    Open: Mon-Sat 10am-4pm, closed Bank Holidays

    Admission Free

    Access: Step free access to ground floor, lift to first floor meeting rooms and second floor Cinemac, stairs to basement displays

    The Silk Museum

    Park Lane, Macclesfield SK11 6TJ

    Open: Mon-Sat, 10am-3pm (until 31 March), 10am-4pm (from 3 April), closed on Sat 1 April, open 12-4pm Bank Holidays

    Museum Admission, including special exhibitions: £4.50, £4, children free

    Admission to Special Exhibition only: £2, Open Art Exhibition: Free

    Access: Steps at the main entrance to the museum, step free access available on request, step-free access around ground floor, lift to first floor special exhibition gallery

    Paradise Mill

    Park Lane, Macclesfield SK11 6TJ

    Open: Mon-Sat. Guided Tours at 12 noon (until 31 March) at 11.45am, 1pm, 2.15pm (from 3 April) Tours at 1pm, and 2.15pm on Bank Holidays, closed on Sat 1 April

    Mill Tour: £5, £4.50, children free

    Access: 3 flights of stairs, if you need to use the lift then please speak to a member of staff when booking your ticket

    Joint Visit Silk Museum and Paradise Mill: £8, £7

    West Park Museum

    Prestbury Road, Macclesfield SK10 3BJ

    Open: Weds-Sun, 1-4pm (until 31 March) Tues-Sun, 1-4pm (from 1 April), Closed on Bank Holidays

    Admission Free

    Access: Step free access

  • Mon

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    Cheshire East has launched SHIFT – a brand new borough-wide programme celebrating digital arts and tech in 2017 and beyond. Featuring a jam-packed series of events and hands-on activities, from exhibitions, installations and workshops to talks, tech meet ups and pop-up maker stations - SHIFT is bursting full of inspiring and creative things to do, see, create and experience for novices and professionals alike, of all ages and abilities.

    Whether you're a code loving kid, a techie beginner or whizz, a family in search of something new or even a digital pro making the next award-winning app – these forthcoming events offer something for all across the region.

    Discovering and experiencing the digital world in unique and surprising places is very much at the heart of SHIFT and with this in mind, its opening commission is the Premiere of Living Sculpture (Virtual), on Platform 6 at Crewe Station from Monday 10th March.

    Laurence-Payot-Artist-Portrait artist portrait

    This digital and interactive installation has been created by award-winning, Liverpool based artist Laurence Payot who uses the public realm as a stage to make out-of-the-ordinary things happen.Through this brand new piece, the artist invites the visitor to interact with the art work to bring it to life. Fusing the traditional craft of drapery fabric and an old illusion technique, with coding and LEAP motion tracking, the artwork and the visitor come together to create a breathing piece of material. Two ‘players’ can interact with each other through the cloth, as it changes shape, texture, and colour. Interactive coded sound is also manipulated in the process.

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    Tate Exchange - Laurence Payot

    Tate Exchange - Laurence Payot

    Tate Exchange - Laurence Payot

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    Tate Exchange - Laurence Payot

    Living Sculpture (Virtual), is the result of a two-year collaboration with evolutionary scientists at York University, exploring the symbiotic relationship between Laurence’s artworks and people.

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    SHIFT clicks into action for families from February half term with a family programme designed to inspire little people with big ideas and digital dreams. From February 20th both Crewe Library and Macclesfield Print Mill will run a fantastic and fun series of digital maker sessions, workshops and activities introducing new technologies to mini makers across Cheshire East. All sessions – including wearable tech, art with conductive ink and circuit making - will get brains buzzing and fingers flapping over keyboards, coding and crafts.   Additional themes for family half term events during the year include: future cities, transport and food; bio-hacking; e-textiles and ethical hacking.

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    Artists One Five West embark on an ambitious, interactive, community-led oral histories project in Bollington from 2-4 June. Tales of the Town brings together the artists with local anthropologist, Zak Tanaml and Bollington residents. Between them they are capturing local tales to be transformed into sacred storytelling objects created by the One Five West Collective, These will be displayed in different locations across the town centre, created and inspired by the natural landscape, people of the town, and local industry; such as cotton and lace, wood and wool. People walking in front of these objects will trigger sensor technology, and when activated the recorded stories will be played for those to hear. Join the artists at Bollington Arts Centre Family Day on June 3 to uncover the secrets behind their work.

    SHIFT is delighted to join forces with The National Trust when a brand new digital art installation is launched at Little Moreton Hall - its iconic Tudor Mansion in Congleton - from 26 July. This brand new, site specific work will be created in response the property’s stunning building, setting, moat and manicured garden as part of the ‘Trust New Art’ Programme also funded by Arts Council England. This programme offers new interpretations of the charity’s historical properties and will also feature an accompanying events programme.

    Several new works of art and installations will be launched throughout the SHIFT programme - sited throughout Cheshire East in public spaces, unused buildings and historical properties.  They have been invited and developed through an open call as well as in collaboration with the programme partners.

    Digital discovery will take place right across the region throughout the coming year, offering everybody – from artists, tech professionals, schools, students, families and anybody in between - the opportunity to learn, take-part, have fun and uncover the wonders of all things tech. In partnership with FACT – the Foundation for Art and Creative Technology in Liverpool – SHIFT is delighted to announce its FUTURES PROGRAMME. This is a mobile maker space which will bring interactive activities to where they are least expected, from rural markets, to urban high street - making engagement with the digital world as accessible as possible. The programme will feature a mix of pop-in, drop-in sessions, coding and gaming workshops to more formal day long courses for students and professionals.

    Kicking off at the Sandbach Transport Festival (22-23 April), FACT’s mobile maker platform will enable visitors to imagine the future of transport through hands-on activities. Throughout the spring and summer, the programme will visit Congleton, Crewe, and the Just So Festival at Rode Hall - offering a number of eclectic workshops from speculative design to future cities and more.

    Full details of the FUTURES PROGRAMME and all the forthcoming SHIFT events – from talks, professional skills workshops, a symposium, dedicated schools programme and discovering how to get involved as a volunteer or host – visit the website: www.shift-digital.co.uk

    February Half Term Programme:

    Sessions run from 10am-12pm and 1pm-3pm for children accompanied by a grown up. All events are free but some places are limited. Details of how to reserve a place are listed where relevant below

    Monday 20th February
    Makey Makey Human playable keyboard

    Use your body to make music in this quite literal hands-on activity - where each child’s hand becomes playable. Take it in turns to tap out a tune and make different sounds through the power of touch and a bit of tech. It’s not every day you can become part of a human keyboard. Crewe Library. Drop In 10am-12pm & 1pm-3pm. Suitable for all ages. Free

    Tuesday 21st February:
    Copper Circuits Workshops

    Join one five west for a creative copper circuits workshop.  Make your very own take home light-up posters and cards from a very simple circuit made using copper tape. When the circuit is completed with a push button, the led will light up. This fantastic workshop offers the fundamentals of how circuits work. Timed sessions run from 10-12 and 1-3. Each session lasts 45 minutes.  Crewe Library. Suitable for ages 7 and upwards.  Booking:  01270 375295 crewe.library@cheshireeast.gov.uk

    Makey Makey Human playable keyboard

    Use your body to make music in this quite literal hands-on activity - where each child’s hand becomes playable. Take it in turns to tap out a tune and make different sounds through the power of touch and a bit of tech. It’s not every day you can become part of a human keyboard. 10am-12pm Macclesfield Print Mill, Drop In. Free. Suitable for all ages

    Wednesday 22nd February:
    Interactive Monster Makers

    Even tiny tots can learn about tech this half term. In this drop in family workshop, use conductive ink to create a circuit and make your very own take home monster. Bare Conductive is non-toxic electrically conductive ink that enables everybody and anybody to draw circuits and connect electrical components. Crewe Library. Suitable for all agesDrop In 10am-12pm & 1pm-3pm

    Create your own Light up animal badge or flower bracelet

    Using simple e-textile components, and the most simple and basics of circuit building, crafty kids can create and customise their very own wearable tech badge or bracelet to brighten up their weekends before a return to school beckons! Suitable for ages 5 and up, Macclesfield Print Mill. Session runs 10.00am, 10.45am and 11.30am. Booking via the Print Mill’s facebook page: www.facebook.com/theprintmillmacc/ 

    Thursday 23rd  February:

    Discover the joys of crafting, fusing old and new technologies. Come along to create an 8x8 punch-card  design using traditional punch and hammer. Feed your card into the reader and by the magic of Python code, converting the physical holes into binary files of 0s and 1s, build it on a Minecraft Map. Family drop in activity. Crewe Library. Drop In 10am-12pm, 1pm-3pm. Suitable for all ages. Free

    Interactive Monster Makers

    Even tiny tots can learn about tech this half term. In this drop in family workshop, use conductive ink to create a circuit and make your very own take home monster. Bare Conductive is non-toxic electrically conductive ink that enables everybody and anybody to draw circuits and connect electrical components. Macclesfield Print Mill. Suitable for all agesDrop In 10am-12pm

    Friday 24th February:
    Create your own Light up animal head badge or flower bracelet

    What nicer way to the end the week than with a spot of LED lunacy... Using simple e-textile components, and the most simple and basics of circuit building, crafty kids can create and customise their very own wearable tech badge or bracelet to brighten up their weekends before a return to school beckons! Crewe Library. Suitable for ages 5 and up, Booking:  01270 375295 crewe.library@cheshireeast.gov.uk  10am-12pm, 1pm-3pm

    SHIFT is supported with £90,000 using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England.

    Ian Tabbron, Senior Relationship Manager, Arts Council England said, “The SHIFT programme will demonstrate East Cheshire can become a leader in digital arts. There will be many opportunities for people of all ages to take part in activities with professional artists and designers. Along with colleagues from the Arts Council, I look forward to getting involved in a wide range of events over the next year.”

    As Creative Director Louise Shannon comments: “SHIFT offers new platforms for engagement including art commissions, learning experiences and networking opportunities. Significant Arts Council investment ensures that high quality arts programming is accessible to a wide audience, whilst ensuring a legacy of digital activities in the region.”

    Councillor David Brown, Cheshire East Council’s Deputy Leader and portfolio holder for Culture said, ‘We are delighted to see such an ambitious programme of digital creativity and participation launching in Cheshire East.  SHIFT offers Cheshire East’s residents and businesses the opportunity to engage in a diverse range of creative digital practices from early years education to professional development.’

  • Wed
    10 am to 6.30 pmTatton Park, Mereheath Lane, Knutsford, Cheshire


    From 19 to 23 July, the RHS Flower Show Tatton Park will return to Cheshire’s spectacular 1,000-acre deer park for one of the North’s calendar highlights. The Great Garden Party will play host to spectacular Show Gardens, Water Gardens, Back to Back Gardens, and an array of Grow-Your-Own inspiration.

    This RHS Young Designer of the Year competition will return once again to give young inspiring garden designers, aged 28 years and under, the chance to kick-start their careers and gain exposure at a prestigious RHS Flower Show. A constant nurturer of young talent, RHS Tatton acts as a platform for inspirational new designers to get a head start in horticulture, with many going on to design at other Shows, such as Hugo Bugg and Sam Ovens, who went on to exhibit at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show.

    In addition, the much loved Back-to-Back Gardens, which returned to RHS Tatton in 2015 after a three year absence, will showcase clever designs ideal for small spaces, inspiring visitors to get stuck in and transform their own green spaces at home.

    A host of other Show favourites, such as the RHS National Flower Bed Competition and much-loved Cheshire Gardens of Distinction, will also feature, along with live demonstrations from some familiar faces in the Feast Theatre and amazing Great British Allotments exhibits.

    The ever-popular Ladies Day will also be hosted at the show on Friday 21 July, offering a range of rousing talks from inspiring women in horticulture and a botanically influenced fashion show.

    With all of this, as well as some amazing local exhibitors, visitors are sure to have a great day out at this year’s RHS Flower Show Tatton Park.

    For more information or to buy tickets, please visit the RHS website: www.rhs.org.uk/tatton

Anson Engine Museum
Every Friday,Saturday & Sunday from 13 May – 29 October 2006 Time: 10:00am – 5:00pm Details: In his book, Horst O Hardenberg describes how the Otto-Langen engine displayed at the 1867 Paris Universal Exposition was called a Rattling monster or Devil s machine. Despite this, the engine went on to take the prestigious gold medal, beating the French built Hugon and Lenoir engines. Later that same year, Crossley Brothers in Manchester became the licensed manufacturer for Otto-Langen engines in the UK & Colonies. It is hailed as the first commercially successful engine The ?Rattling Monsters? exhibition tells the history and development of these engines as well allowing you the chance to see many exhibits never before made public. This exhibition is a World First! Museum Entry Fees Adults £3.50 Children under 14 £2.50 Children under 5 s free Family Ticket (2 adults & 2 children) £10.00 No additional charge for Rattling Monsters Exhibition!
Date: 29/10/2005 Time:
To: 30/10/2005 Time:
Location: Anson Road
SK12 1TD
01625 874426  Telephonewww.enginemuseum.org  Web
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