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New Mills Festival announces visual Arts Trail
Monday 24th July 2017 @ 12:28 by Adam Higgins
New Mills

More than 150 artists from across the globe will be involved in this year’s New Mills Arts Trail, organisers have revealed.

The Trail forms part of New Mills Festival, which will be held in the town from Friday 8 to Sunday 24 September, celebrating and highlighting creative talent from across the region and beyond following the theme of ‘Around The World’.

The town will be transformed into an art gallery, with over 70 local businesses hosting artists’ work in their windows and premises this year.

Lyn Bannister, Festival chairperson, said: “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. We’re so excited about this year’s trail, which is bigger and better than ever.”

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. 

New Mills’ Lantern Procession At The End Of The Festival. Photo: New Mills Art Festival

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

There will also be the chance for the public to become involved 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 where people can have a go at creating their own photogram, or try their hand at Drink and Draw, which involves sketching 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 on the final weekend of the festival.

It will also see artists and venues across New Mills open their doors to host pop-up exhibitions, open studios, workshops and demonstrations, and arts and crafts markets.

For more information and to purchase tickets for any of the performances, visit


By Abi White