New Mills Festival Launches Visual Arts Trail 2017


08 Sep 2017
Opening times:

8th to the 24th September 2017

New Mills Festival is delighted to announce the start of the Festival Art Trail, which will see over a hundred and fifty artists from across the UK and abroad taking part.  The Trail forms part of the festival that is held in New Mills from the 8th to the 24th September 2017, celebrating and highlighting creative talent from across the region and beyond.  


The Art Trail turns the town into a gallery, adding something a little bit special to the everyday shopping experience and attracting visitors from further afield to enjoy the artwork on show.  This year more than seventy local businesses will host artists’ work in their windows and premises.  Visitors will be treated to visual art including painting, drawing and photography alongside jewellery, carving, ceramics, installation, film and performance. From the traditional to the conceptual and abstract, there will be something of interest for a wide variety of tastes.  


Our launch event on 8th September will feature a performance and film by artist Chris Dobrowolski entitled ‘All roads lead to Rome’ bringing together car mechanics, a road trip, dictators and the fetishisation of possessions. For tickets, please see our website at 


Highlights of the Trail include work by John Hyatt, renowned artist, musician, punk professor and one third of the infamous 1980’s post-punk band, The Three Johns.  John will be displaying two large-scale paintings, entitled War and Peace. 


There will be opportunities to take part too, including a drawing installation that will be inspired by the heritage of New Mills and led by Macclesfield-based artist Simon Woolham. The Pinhole Studio, a narrowboat kitted out with all things photography will be hosting workshops so you can have a go at creating your own photogram. Additionally, Drink and Draw will be inviting us once again to sketch the action unfolding in a new storyline created by artist Andrea Joseph. 


The Art Trail will conclude with a "Big Weekend", timed to coincide with the hugely popular Lantern Procession finale, which attracts an audience of more than 10,000 on the final weekend of the festival. The Big Weekend sees artists and venues across New Mills open their doors to host pop-up exhibitions, open studios, workshops and demonstrations, and arts and crafts markets. New to this year will be an exciting exhibition by Bolton based artist group neo:artists. 


 “The Art Trail is an integral part of the New Mills Festival and has grown in popularity over the years, and we continue to attract a fantastic quality of work.  Visitor numbers are on the up and the concept really works for the artists and local businesses involved. We are so excited about this year’s trail, which is bigger and better than ever. Whether you want to buy a unique piece of art for your home, or be inspired to get creative yourself, there’ll certainly be something for you here!” says Alison Vasey, Art Trail Co-ordinator 


Full details can be found at - click on the Art Trail.  


Follow the Art Trail’s progress on Twitter @nmfestivalarts and Facebook

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