New Mills has art at its heart

Just a few of the artists who will be exhibiting in the New Mills Festival
Just a few of the artists who will be exhibiting in the New Mills Festival

NEW MILLS is being transformed into a giant art gallery as part of the town’s festival fortnight.

In partnership with local businesses, work by more than 45 UK artists will be displayed in unusual spaces and places, from pubs and clubs to the shop windows of a barber’s, florist and even a funeral parlour!

The New Mills Arts Trail is part of New Mills Festival 2012, which runs from Friday September 14 to Sunday September 30.

Artist Lyn Bannister, one of the trail organisers, said: “The reaction (from the business community) has been fantastic. Business owners have gone out of their way to provide space for artists to show off their work to the best advantage.”

This year, for the first time, two of the town’s most iconic buildings have been included in the New Mills Arts Trail.

The Grade II-listed Torr Vale Mill will host an exhibition ‘Structure’ by contemporary sculptor and painter Jason Simpson.

The exhibition will be open on Saturday and Sunday during the festival, between 11am and 4pm, with a special preview event for artists and visitors on Saturday September 22, between 4pm and 6pm.

Meanwhile, Lyn will be holding her exhibition, entitled Other People’s Treasure, in another of the town’s important landmark buildings, St George’s Church.

Initially commissioned by Barnaby Festival in Macclesfield, where it attracted nearly 1,000 viewers, this emotive work invites you to examine other people’s memories, secrets and treasures and perhaps leave some of your own. Contributors include pupils from St George’s Primary School and New Mills School, Business and Enterprise College.

A downloadable map of the trail and further information can be found at