New Mills Festival Launches Call For Visual Arts 2016
New Mills Festival is delighted to invite submissions from artists across the UK to take part in a two-week long Art Trail. The Trail forms part of the Festival which takes place across New Mills from the 9th to the 25th September 2016. Submissions open on 20th March 2016 and close on midnight 15th May 2016.
The Art Trail turns the town into a gallery, and in 2015 more than fifty local businesses took part to host artists' work in their windows and premises. The Trail includes a "Big Weekend", timed to coincide with the hugely popular Lantern Procession finale, which attracts an audience of more than 10,000. 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. “The Art Trail is an integral part of the New Mills Festival and has grown in popularity over the years, attracting artists from the ever growing artist community here in New Mills, and from across the country. Visitor numbers are on the up, and the concept really works for the artists and local businesses involved. We're excited to see what this year’s trail will bring!” says Lyn Bannister, Festival chairman.
The Art Trail is un-themed, however the theme for the Lantern Procession this year is Inventions. Proposals which respond to this topic will be especially welcomed. Alongside applications from artists for the smaller shop windows the organisers are particularly interested in hearing from artists who would like to tackle one of the bigger display spaces, either for a larger installation or for a display from a group.