Hearty Arty Free Indoor Picnic and Art Session 1st March 3 till 5pm

Our lovely year long wellbeing project Hearty Arty is drawing to a close in its current form, our last Arty session is tomorrow (March 1st) 3 till 5pm at ArtSpace.

We’re celebrating with a free indoor picnic feast with tasty food from the Button Warehouse.  So brave the weather and join us.

All materials are provided and all are welcome to join us, no experience is necessary.  Children and those who might need extra help should bring an adult supporter.


Next Hearty Arty Walk Saturday 17th February 11am South Park


Next guided Arty Walk Saturday  17th February  11am

Meet at the Hobson Street entrance to South Park at 10:50am for an accessible walk around from South Park to West park with maybe a bit of local history thrown in.

We will end the walk at the cafe in West Park, where refreshments are available.

Children should be accompanied by an adult.

Dress for the weather and wear sturdy shoes.


  A bit more about the project

We’re  really pleased to announce a new initiative at ArtSpace, Hearty Arty. Please see the details below and let us know if you’d like to get involved in any way:

Hearty Arty is Artspace’s latest project to support people’s well-being. It uses art to encourage physical and mental fitness and explores the connection between them all. Activities will be a combination of art and fitness – but the fitness aspect will be very gentle and mainly walking – with a bit of good food included. It will include regular walks with an artistic theme and explore different types of artistic expression based at Artspace.

Expertly led gentle fitness support and exploratory art sessions, samples of food and guided local walks will be available and a counsellor will be on hand for general and specific support.Everyone is welcome to join and we especially welcome anyone with vulnerable mental health or prone to loneliness or anxiety.

We also need people who can offer support on the walks, in the art sessions or in producing and advising on good food. If you have an empathetic ear, relevant practical skills or are just happy to muck in wherever necessary please let us know by emailing us MaccCommArtSpace@mail.com or leave a message on our answerphone 01625 440694

The project will run throughout the week but most events will happen on Thursdays and some Saturdays starting in March 2017
Look forward to seeing you Hearty Artists!

Free Virtual Reality Drawing Workshop, Tomorrow (06/02/2018) at ArtSpace

Let’s draw in Virtual Reality

Artspace VR FUN!

Want to try out the new Virtual Reality headsets?

 Come play on the HTC Vive using Google Tiltbrush and other cool apps

 An activity for all ages over 14*.


Macclesfield Community Artspace

2nd floor, Sutton Mill,

Heapy St, Macclesfield

SK11 7JB

Tuesday 6th February 2018


At:  1.30pm – 4.00pm


Cheshire East Council has teamed up with University of Manchester to take a VR kit on tour around Cheshire East and find out

  • what people think about the emerging creative digital tools and
  • how to support people to develop the skills to use them.


More info and other venues/dates here:



Barnaby Parade Saturday 16th June 2018


Saturday 16th  June 2018 @  12 noon

Macclesfield Town Centre


Through the roots of the town springing from the forest to the route of the Silk Road

Enquiries:  Creative Director John Hartshorn  mobile  07522 019454   sambajohn1@yahoo.com

Registration and enquiries (form at bottom of this brief downloadable version Barnaby Parade 2018 Registration Form )

Parade Coordinator Louise Lewis barnabyparade@me.com


Workshops every Tuesday from 12 noon – 9pm and other times by arrangement at Macclesfield Community Artspace, 2nd Floor, The Arsenal, Sutton Mill,  Heapy Street, Macclesfield , Cheshire SK11 7JB (Lift available; Parking at rear)

It’s Parade time again and this year’s theme is Roots or Routes. We had some amazing entries in 2016 and some 800 people taking part when our theme was Space and we want this Parade to be even bigger and better.

A good Parade tells a story through costume and activity – we want to encourage groups to include sound and movement in their Parade entries and to show everyone how to have a great time! We’ll happily help you find ways to do this so get in touch if you would like to talk anything through.

You can register your group using the form below which is also on our website https://macclesfieldcommunityartspace.com/


Ideas for Parade Sections


The Forest

Based on the roots of Macclesfield Town springing from the forest and reflecting some of the history in the times of John De Macclesfield. This section will feature giant puppets, trees and plant growth with their roots symbolizing the town’s origins. We are looking for trees, forest growth, animal floats, puppets and costumes, foresters, woodcutters, wood nymphs Entertain us with folk music, singing and dancing!


 Celebrating Macclesfield’s record of independent thinking and dissent, this section will feature historic and modern day protest. Here’s some idea’s but do feel free to get creative with your own ideas.

Celebrate the riot of 1812. You can find out more about the riot itself as www.macclesfieldpotatoriot.bigcartel.com. Show us some rich and poor folk in Regency costume, market barrows laden with local produce. There will be local militia and cavalry, the local magistrate along with shopkeepers, mill owners and riot leaders. We will be running some costume making sessions and street theatre workshops to bring the riot alive as the Parade passes through the town.

Celebrating 100 years since (some) women got the vote (not all, that wasn’t until 1928), we might see some Suffragettes, like Emilie Pankhurst or her daughters Sylvia and Christabel, dressed in their early 20th centry long skirts and full blouses, with their Votes for Women banners flying high. From 1908 the Women’s Suffrage movement adopted the colours violet, white and green – violet symbolised dignity, white purity and green, hope. You might want to use these colours too.


The Silk Road

 This section celebrates both route and roots. The Silk Road began at its eastern end in Xi’an in China and finished at its western end in Macclesfield. Show us what we might have seen

along the Silk Road through thousands of years of history! We would like to see ancient China, camel trains, silk, of course, spices, goods, Arts, religion and ideas represented.

Macclesfield’s Historical Characters

 For this section we will be creating giant puppets to represent characters from Macclesfield’s past. Reminiscent of out Parade in 2011 you might see St Barnabas, Charles Roe, Joan the Anchoress, James Chadwick, Charles Tunnicliffe, Ian Curtis, Lizzie the Barmaid and Maggoty Johnson. You can google these characters and find out more! We’d like to see you dressed as supporters and followers of these giant effigies. Feel free to come up with your own character from Macclesfield’s history or join with one of ours from Artspace.

Open Section

 Here is your chance to show us your own creative ideas! This section is for all the abstract and individual ideas that you can come up with. You might even find your creations fitting between other sections of the Parade .

Route of Parade: Assemble in the Car Park behind the Town Hall, turn left into Unicorn Gateway, left into Market Place, straight on down Mill St, right into Roe St, across Churchill Way, right into Bridge St, across Great King St, right into Chestergate, across Churchill Way, left into Market Place, then onto Unicorn Gateway returning to Town Hall Car Park. Tbc

 Parade Assembly from  09.00. Parade departs 12 noon and lasts approx. 1 hour.

Several stops en route for groups to do static performances.


 Barnaby Parade 2018 Registration Form.

Group Name Main contact name and email Main contact MOBILE


Number in group and age range
A brief description of your parade entry









For further info on joining the Parade or to register your group by mail please contact:


Louise Lewis         barnabyparade@me.com

John Hartshorn     07522 019454


Please note – no live animals or motorised vehicles in the Parade without prior written approval. Disability buggies and guide dogs permitted.


Spring Hearty Arty Workshops

Next workshop Thursday 01 March 3 till 5 pm

Hearty Arty is Artspace’s latest project to support people’s well-being. It uses art to encourage physical and mental fitness and explores the connection between them all.

Activities are combination of art and fitness – but the fitness aspect is very gentle and mainly walking – with a bit of good food included (we had a lovely picnic after our walk round Teggs Nose in September). We have regular walks with an artistic theme and explore different types of artistic expression based at Artspace.

Arty Workshop dates this Spring:

Free arty workshops led by Patty Callagan

Thursdays or Fridays: 3 to 5 pm

Thursday 18th January

Thursday 1st February

Thursday 15th February

Thursday 1st March

All workshops take place at ArtSpace.

All Welcome.  No experience necessary, all materials provided.  Children and those who might need assistance must be accompanied by an adult.


Macclesfield Community ArtSpace