Thursday, 13 June 2013

Barnaby Festival 2013 - New Public Art Commission

Barnaby 2013 presents an exciting and contemporary visual arts programme including new site specific commissions by Brass Art, Rachel Goodyear and Liz West. 

Preview: Friday 14th June (6.30 - 9.30pm)

Three new contemporary art commissions have been produced for Barnaby 2013, funded by Arts Council England, featuring Brass Art, Rachel Goodyear, and Liz West as part of an exciting and packed programme for this year’s Festival in the heart of Macclesfield. Working in heritage buildings and an empty shop unit the artists reference the historic town of Macclesfield and explore themes of metamorphosis. This year has built upon the quality programming from preceding years, which has previously shown work by internationally acclaimed artists such as; David Shrigley, Ian Davenport, Ian Rawlinson and Nick Crowe.

Commissioned to work in an empty shop unit in Macclesfield’s Grosvenor Shopping Centre, LIZ WEST will use transparent object to create her largest site-specific installation to date, positioning found, disguarded and recycled objects on top of red, yellow and blue light boxes, encased within a Perspex museum-like case. West is influenced by the process of collecting, and her work specifically relates to the desire to gather and assemble objects, using colour and light to transform everyday things into new sculptural forms.

The town’s historic buildings, including Christ Church and Charles Roe House will be transformed by the commissions and an art trail of over 100 participating artists from the area during this year’s extended Barnaby Festival from 14-30 June 2013. Contemporary art will also be brought into the heart of the town's busy retail area, using an empty shop on the town’s main thoroughfare, Churchill Way where local young artists from the 'Magpie Thunder Bureau' project will create a pop-up print workshop and gallery.

Liz West:
‘Consumed’ - 15th - 30th June, Grosvenor Shopping Centre, Macclesfield - FREE 

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