Monday, 23 November 2009

New Mills Christmas Lights Switch-on - Monday 30 November

New Mills Original will be open for the evening on Monday 30 November for the Christmas Lights Switch-on in New Mills and visitors will be able to come and 'decorate' some candle holders.

There will be lots to see and do around Town - hot food and drink, brass band and carol singing, mulled wine and mince pies, a visit by Father Christmas a fun fair on Market Street as well as events and promotions run by the local shops who will be open late.

4:30-8:00pm Fun fair for all ages on Market Street
6:30-7:00pm Switch-on ceremony at New Mills Town Hall

Saturday, 14 November 2009

The Pilkington Lecture

Title of the Lecture: 'Around the Houses'
Location: Whitworth Art gallery
Speaker: Richard Wentworth, Professor of Sculpture, the Royal College of Art.

A thoroughly enjoyable evening at the Whitworth with some excellent links into my home town of Folkestone  

Richard Wentworth, British artist and sculptor, is the newly appointed Professor of Sculpture at the Royal College of Art in London.
Recent exhibition projects have included work for the New Walsall Art Gallery and 'Racinated', a series of ten text plaques in Folkestone's public thoroughfares.
An inveterate collector he curated the Study Studio's 'cabinet of curiosities' for the reopening of the Whitechapel Gallery. He has just presented 'Installation, walking sticks' at the 2009 Venice Biennale.
He has also joined in the protests by major British artists condemning the British Council for abandoning its popular overseas exhibitions and turning its back on young artists.

Title: Racinated
Location: various sites around Folkestone
Racinated, Richard Wentworth’s ten-part deep-blue enamel sign piece, is spread across Folkestone’s promenades, alleyways and avenues. The text on these signs reads like a fusion of poetry and botany, highlighting the provenance of some of Britain’s non-native trees.

Alternatively, it can be understood to allude, via the tree metaphor, to the many migrants who disembark in Folkestone over the centuries to make their homes here or elsewhere in the country.

Monday, 9 November 2009

All change at New Mills Original

Today sees the first 'All change' at New Mills Original when all the artists change the work they are exhibiting and selling and everything gets re-hung to give an entirely different set of work in the upstairs gallery.

If you haven't visited already, now is the time to do so (some great ideas for Christmas) - and if you have already visited then now is the time to do so again to see a great new collection starting Tuesday 10 November.

Monday, 2 November 2009

Rag Rugs

A reminder that this Friday (10:30am till 12:30pm) sees the start of several 'Introductory' workshops that will show you how to 'Rag Rug' at New Mills Original - no previous experience is necessary and all 'tools' are provided (see left)

You will quickly find out how relaxing Rag Rugging is whilst at the same time finding a use for those items of clothes that you will never wear again but can't bear to part with !

You can book in advance at New Mills Original or turn up on the day and join in with all the fun !