Saturday, 31 August 2013

Wirksworth Festival 2013 - 6th - 22nd September - Featuring commissions by Hannah Maybank, Rachael Champion, Emily Speed and Johannes Vogl

Image: Hannah Maybank, "Fontus' Posie", 2013 - courtesy the artist

Wirksworth festival is an exciting annual event that offers sixteen days of contemporary visual art and performance in the unique rural town of Wirksworth.
Wirksworth Festival has clearly established itself as a key event in the East Midlands cultural calendar.

Curator Rose Lejeune has commissioned four artists to create major new works for the 2013 Wirksworth Festival. They are Rachael Champion, Johannes Vogl, Emily Speed, and Hannah Maybank. In addition the Visual Arts programme will feature new works by Eddy Dreadnaught, Sally Lemsford & Sally Newham, Ella Hurman, Olivia Punnett, Tim Shore, Katherine Vaughan & Greg Storrar.

The 2013 Programme, explores the town as dynamic and alive; a meeting point of architecture, people, and time changing and reinventing itself through cycles of growth and decay  - the literal natural flow of germination, flowering, rotting and decay; the ways in which landscape changes through long geological movement and shorter cycle interventions by people, buildings and industries.
Using an eclectic range of media from installation, painting to video and performance, the commissions all will have some poetic, architectural or organic relationship with Wirksworth. 

The middle weekend of the Festival, 14 and 15th September, will focus on the visual art commissions and provide an opportunity to investigate the intersection between the major commissions and the town itself.

"Fontus's Posie" can be found in The Attic above The St Mary's Parish Rooms, Off Church Walk.

For more information, visit the Wirksworth Festival website.