Barnaby Festival Community Art Trail 2023
‘In a New Light’
Throughout May 2023 the creative community of Macclesfield responded to our Call to Artists and submitted a wealth of wonderfully diverse perspectives on the theme of “In a New Light’.
Please enjoy this collection of work both on our Art Trail throughout Macclesfield town centre over the weekend of 17th/18th June 2023 and in this online gallery.
Tricia Atherton is a member of the Christian family at St Michael’s in the Marketplace, Macclesfield. Her paintings spring out from her experiences of life in all it’s fulness. She has chosen two of her paintings to be exhibited for the Barnaby Art trail in June 2023, with the theme “In a New Light’. They were both painted during the lockdown of 2020. The first is Tricia’s reaction to the sudden closing down of life as we knew it. The second was painted several weeks later when we experienced beautiful weather and freedom from noise and pollution.
‘ I’ve stuck many labels on myself over the years but ‘artist’ or ‘creative’ hasn’t been one of them. I’ve lived in Macc for 30 years, we have two daughters who’ve grown up here but now moved on. It’s been a pleasure to have been involved in some local community organizations over the years, community can be so positive and needs nurturing.’
In a New Light Jan/Feb 2023
Sometimes the light is too bright,
Harsh diamonds smite our short sight,
Trivial, gaudy baubles gleam,
Beams dance on a shallow stream.
A light too bright,
A light too bright to see,
A light too bright to see the truth.
Sometimes a shooting stars bright arc,
Swift cuts, night’s still deep trance of dark,
Jolting us to another place,
Short respite from the rodent race.
A light too brief,
A light too brief to catch,
A light too brief to catch the truth.
Sometimes gentle grows a light more kind,
Through the woodlands of our morning mind,
Warming with love, a light to cherish,
A joy within before we perish.
A light to trust,
A light to trust and guide,
A light to trust and guide to the truth.
The painting seeks to capture the richness of the colours in Africa and the majesty of the African Elephant. The elephant safari was a highlight of a recent trip to South Africa this year.
The painting is a pen and watercolour wash scene of Prestbury village. On a very quiet day!
The painting depicts the beauty of light and colour in an urban skyscape with an almost abstract feel to it.
‘There’s plenty of fi̶s̶h̶ plastic in the sea’
Artist: Lorna Ellen
About the artwork: This captivating installation, crafted from waste materials, presents the issue of ocean plastic pollution in a new light. It features a vibrant jellyfish composed of plastic bottles and crisp packets, showcasing the beauty and fragility of marine life amidst the devastating impact of plastic waste. Serving as a stark reminder of our individual roles in reducing plastic consumption, the work inspires change and calls for collective responsibility towards a more sustainable future.
About the artist: Lorna Ellen is a multi-disciplinary craftivist whose work explores the intersection of art, environmental issues, and social justice. Through her art, Lorna seeks to raise awareness about the impact humans have on the environment, and inspire others to take action. She is a passionate advocate for creative reuse, and incorporates waste materials such as plastics, textiles, and cardboard into her work.
Acrylic on canvas painting of Hope Cove, Devon. Bollington resident Caroline’s art is inspired by nature, scenery and architecture spotted whilst on her adventures around Bollington, Rainow, the Peak District and beyond. She loves to take photos on her runs and walks then recreate them in the form of a sketch, watercolour or acrylic painting. The reference photo for this painting was taken whilst on a family holiday in Devon, September 2022. Caroline Constable is a member of Bollington Art Group.
A photo taken on an android phone on a walk down the canal going through Sutton. I had walked along it from the town centre to Lyme Green in the rain to blow off steam from a bad day, and just as I turned to head back, I noticed the walls of the tunnel I was moving through were glowing orange. I turned around to see that the skies had cleared and I was met with a beautiful sunset.
The background art of four of the covers for my comic Silk Town Spawn that show the bandstand in South Park during the dawn, day, evening and dusk. While my comic is set in a fictionalised version of Macclesfield where both South and West park are combined, the plot of the first four comics revolves in part around the iconic bandstand, ending with a small music festival.
A local artist, working in paint and mixed media, my work is informed by the beauty and fragility of nature, whether it be a rugged landscape, seascape or the tranquil beauty and order of a garden space. During Covid my own wild cottage garden became my sanctuary and my solace and I was moved to look on it in a new light, appreciating the form and colour of the plants and their place in creating a haven, not only for myself but also for wildlife. Through my expressive and experimental style I strive to capture the juxtaposition of colours shapes and textures and have found that I am gradually moving towards abstraction. Instagram artykatefawcett
Description I like the movement of the hills within this piece.It is slightly less defined than my previous study of Macclesfield Forest. I have allowed the watercolour to shine through in major areas of the composition. Colour wise I am displaying a Fauvist influence. It really is a motif which I could come back to time and again. www.billtollyart.co.uk
Sandra Orme teaches at the Ashmolean Museum, is a brand ambassador for Unison Colour and has a book coming out in August with Search Press; Painting Skies in Pastel. https://www.sandraorme.com/. Sandra will be taking part in the live art demonstations at Macc Art Lounge on 17th and 18th June 23.
A new day is a new beginning and even better with a trusted companion. We often make rushed decisions that are based on emotion instead of reason. Maybe go for a walk, listen to music or spend time with someone who cares. And all will appear in a new light. https://www.facebook.com/excelsior3dart. http://www.landofdarkness.co.uk
MaccArt group member. See the full exhibition by MaccArt members at Red Willow.
Seeing the world from a different angle…A New Light. These images have been produced in the last 9 months by artists who attend the sessions at S4A in Macclesfield.
A range of materials and techniques have been used. Artists began with the same starting points/ inspiration then explored and developed their own individual responses creating unique perspectives.
Created during our Barnaby Festival workshops in May 2023
“I love Pandas and I’m so amazed there is one in the Silk Museum. So I made this art work about it! ”
Macclesfield Landmarks series created by St Alban’s Primary Art Club using backlight technique to see things ‘In a New Light’
Leap of faith: No explanation, no context, dropping from dark into light with confidence that the landing will be safe.
Reflection – is about seizing the moment for quiet contemplation of the day before the new light of the night takes over.
Fresh New Start: As dawn breaks on a new day, the cold biting mist cleanses the land, freshening the air for the sun’s rays to burst onto new possibilities.
The landscape is inspired by my love of the nature, and my deep connection to the lunar cycles throughout the year. Instagram: @drawingdaley
Jean Westbrook, the creator of The BIG Cardigan (first Barnaby 2010), has worked on many community art projects in Macclesfield such as The 750Banner, Peter on Peter Street and The Congregation of Scarecrows. During Covid she studied comedy and made people laugh with her fun puppets on-line graphics. These were also a feature in the Barnaby Digital Parade in 2020. The puppet shown here, Chanice, has danced on the Fourth Plinth (2009) and starred in a stand-up routine at Glastonbury last year.
Jean Westbrook combines her own photographs and pencil drawings to produce digital images often based on the human condition.
All these photos were taken recently. They capture reflections in puddles and canals to view the world in a different light. Our perceptions determine our reality. My perception is there’s a silent beauty and more peaceful world around us if we take the time to reflect and view it differently
I’m Márkó Benes, a printmaker and designer living in Macclesfield. I was born in 1978, on the other side of the Iron Curtain, in Hungary. I graduated with a bachelor’s degree in printmaking from the Hungarian University of Fine Arts in 2002. Not long after I moved to the UK, I found a thriving culture of storytelling, but also found these stories very different from the Eastern European ones. Since then, I’ve been gathering stories from all around the world and depicting them in prints and paintings. My painting is only vaguely recalling a Hungarian legend and an annual celebration called Busójárás, held by the people of Mohács at the end of the Carnival season (Farsang in Hungarian). The celebration features Busós (people wearing scary masks) and includes folk music, masquerading, parades, and dancing. According to the legend, the time when Ottomans ruled the territory, people from Mohács fled the town, and started living in the nearby swamps to avoid Ottoman troops. Following an old man’s advice, they carved scary masks for themselves, and waited for the right time to come. Some days later, on a stormy night, a masked knight arrived and led them back to Mohács. They were wearing their masks and making as much noise as possible. The Turks were so frightened, they ran away from the town before sunrise.
My paintings represent still moments captured by my phone, pausing the devastating flow of time: abandoned flowers floating on a frozen canal; flowers in full bloom on the verge of decay; my children absorbed in their private worlds. My process is quick, unlaboured, semi-abstract. I studied Fine Art (Painting) in 1994 and MA Sculpture Studies (2000), and I have curated and commissioned contemporary visual art. I now teach art to children and young adults alongside my work as a Dyslexia Specialist teacher.
Retired with time for myself now and exploring the world in a new light. I am new to photography and just follow my instincts which are usually triggered by colour and nightscapes.
This image is of the famed rock formations on the tidal island of Ynys LLanddwyn at Niwbwrch beach in Anglesey, Wales.
Dave Harrison Ward
My name is Katie Pitt and I have a website at https://katiepitt.wixsite.com/katiepitt and an Instagram page @katiepitt91.
This painting represents how future generations are seen as the next source of hope. The child stands as ‘a new light’, holding the power to bring new ideas, visions and joy for the future.
My recent paintings are of vehicles abandoned in the woods of America’s southern states. The automobile has always been a potent symbol of modernity, especially in America, so the derelict car seems a particularly poignant indicator of changing times.Of equal importance to the vehicle is the rural setting and encroaching undergrowth which provide contrasts of old and new, past and present, growth and decay and the natural and the man-made, while stylistically there is an additional tension between the photographically realistic image which appears to mimic the photo’s instantaneity, or ‘freezing’ of a moment in time, and the recognisable reality of a painting which clearly took many hours to produce.
Macclesfield Stripe Reimagined
I am originally from Macc but I moved away to study fashion and textiles at university but always remained deeply passionate about Macc’s history of textiles and surface design. I am presenting a series of prints inspired by Macclesfield Stripe and the aesthetic of mid-century British seaside holidays. The prints pay homage to the tightly woven streets of terraced houses in central Macc where I grew up and live now. ”
As an artist Pat Havis has tackled a variety of subjects, although always drawing on her immediate surroundings and experiences. A rider since childhood, and in adult life the owner of horses, equine paintings have regularly been produced. In recent years Pat has begun to produce a series of highly detailed paintings of flowers and plants. Derived from her own photographs of gardens, she developed a technique of cutting up and combining the images to create vibrant and dynamic pictures. An exhibition of these, and other earlier flower paintings, will be held at Buxton Museum and Art Gallery from 14 October to 9 December
I am a visual artist working primarily in textiles, but also wood and ceramics – creating retrospective pieces which resonate with the threads that hold us together, objects, places and people that keep us grounded, the baggage we carry and the voids within our hearts we attempt to fill. I am fascinated with historical textiles, the make do and mend culture, and the deep connections we have with our materials. The collections, cataloguing and conservation work at the Silk Museum and Paradise Mill in Macclesfield guide the direction of my current work. I would like to shine a spotlight on the mills’ silk heritage and iconic Jacquard looms in their original setting. The evocative lustre of the silk, loom artefacts worn smooth from the once ritual-like practical use, jacquard punched cards dotting unusual patterns of light on the wooden floorboards, and the tangible sense of history are of particular interest.
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Created during our Barnaby Festival workshops in May 2023
New Light was a site-specific installation which illuminates the curved wall behind the church’s altar at The Swiss Church in London. The light is cocooned as it envelopes the space, reacting to and alongside the space’s natural light balance. Blurring the idea of boundary, substance and volume – an ethereal aspect of nothing. Light intrigues me as it balances on the edge of materiality. My practice is a multidisciplinary and multi-sensory body of work, employing graphite and ink to create two dimensional depictions of light, exploring photographic light experiments, and using glass and reflective materials to situate the viewer in an immersive experience. Within the reality of our technologically advanced world, I use digital light within an analog process. www.ellenbarratt.com
This amazing insect is a ‘Thick Legged Flower Beetle’ , an important pollinator and just one of the millions of fascinating invertebrates that thrive on Danes Moss and make it one of the richest wildlife hotspots in Cheshire. The Save Danes Moss campaign opposes a plan for 950 houses plus retail units on the northern-most expanse of Danes Moss.
This 136 acre site is called Danes Moss North and is a designated Local Wildlife Site. The soil here is deep peat – more than 5m deep in some places. Up to 220,000 tonnes of CO2 would be released from the peat if t Danes Mosshe development goes ahead. Rare and endangered wildlife breeds and thrives on Danes Moss North including Willow Tits, the UK’s fastest declining resident bird. The site used to be part of a 1,000 acre peat bog which has been damaged over the centuries and largely drained, given over to agriculture and urban development or buried under landfill waste. We believe that Danes Moss needs to be treated better than this. The campaign has produced a positive vision for the future of Danes Moss North. We propose that no urban development should take place on the site. Instead, much of the site should be re-wet and allowed to return to active bog. Existing wet woodlands should be preserved and possibly expanded. Access to the site must be preserved by boardwalks and other means so that people can continue to enjoy this magical place and beautiful creatures like the ‘Thick legged Flower Beetle’ can continue to thrive there, as they have for millennia.