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PAST/PRESENT/FUTURE NEW MILLS: PREVIEW & PERFORMANCE BY SIMON WOOLHAM (OF M4SK 22) FEATURING RUBY TINGLE
The Studios, 12 Union Road, SK22 3ES Friday 22rd Sept 6pm
Join us for a glass of wine to celebrate the unveiling of the finished installation. All Welcome!

PAST/PRESENT/FUTURE NEW MILLS: SIMON WOOLHAM
The Studios, 12 Union Road, SK22 3ES 11am-4pm Sat 23 and Sun 24 Sept

Mapping and Interpreting Surfaces Of A Place, a growing, organic large scale drawing installation for New Mills Festival. Based on the narrative of walks around New Mills artist Simon Woolham and members of the community will engage with the spaces and surfaces through the physical process of creating and collecting rubbings from the interior and exterior surfaces of the architecture around the town. Drop in any time and create a rubbing to be added to the display.

WALK AND WORKSHOP - NEW MILLS WALKERS ARE WELCOME & SIMON WOOLHAM
Meet at The Heritage Centre, Rock Mill Lane, SK22 3BN Saturday 9th Sept 1pm-4pm

Discover the textures of New Mills and create rubbings to be added to the final installation during a guided historical walk hosted by New Mills Walkers are Welcome and artist Simon Woolham. Contact Simon for more details of the project.

Simon Woolham is an artist based in Macclesfield whose primary practice is in drawing. He has exhibited widely, including solo shows at the Lowry in Salford and Chapter Gallery in Cardiff, and in numerous national and international group exhibitions. In 2008 he was included in the first Tatton Park Biennial and in 2006 was Artist-in-Residence at the Baltic in Gateshead. He won the Mostyn Open 11 at Oriel Mostyn in 2001 and he is the curator and artistic programmer of the artist-led gallery, PAPER, based in Manchester. His work is primarily concerned with occupied spaces and the narratives that unfold within them: school playing fields, underpasses, ditches, unofficial dumps and other suburban sites near Wythenshawe, South Manchester, where I spent my childhood. Through these glimpses of dilapidated environments I attempt to unearth the unpredictable and fragile process of memory and to recover the meanings of events that took place around them. Although the works are unassuming, made from simple materials and with seemingly modest aspirations, it is their quotidian qualities that charge them with emotion and make them unsettling. These sites are the scenes of humiliation as well as innocent play, of rejection and failure as well as fantasy and adventure. I see the biro drawings as a way of performing layers of narrative in the present, through the act of drawing them out for both myself and for others. This is processed through how hard, how soft, how detailed and how vague I am, a representation of the layered/spatial narrative plane.