New Mills Festival Launches Call For Visual Arts 2017
New Mills Festival is delighted to invite submissions from artists to take part in a two-week long Art Trail. The Trail forms part of New Mills Festival which takes place across the town from the 8th to the 24th September 2017. Submissions open on 12th March 2017 and close on midnight 7th May 2017.
The Art Trail turns the town into a gallery, in 2016 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 14,000. 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. It’s a special time in the town’s calendar, attracting artists from the ever growing artist community here in New Mills, and from across the country. The visual art on show is always of a high quality and appeals to a wide range of tastes. 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 Alison Vasey, Art Trail director.
The Art Trail is un-themed, however the theme for the Lantern Procession this year is “Around the World”. Proposals which respond to this topic will be 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.