Tea and Talk

1st Sunday in the month from October,

4 – 5.30p.m @ ArtSpace.

Next one Sunday 2nd November

A chance to sip tea out of a proper cup and eat delicious home-made cakes in great company. Half way in there will be a short talk – next time it’s

‘Deaf Awareness’ – a presentation by sign language native Lisa (accompanied by an interpreter).

 £3 per person to help fund Artspace


Includes 20 minute talks by various speakers on huge variety of interesting & entertaining topics


Previous talks:

5th October : “How to play the Harmonica or do absolutely anything” with Liam Ward

July 6th: History through a Window by local historian Matthew  Hyde.

June 1st – Telling tales by story-teller Lavinia Murray



Here are some words from a participant:

How very English – afternoon tea (Earl Grey no less), lashings of cake and cream plus a scientific discourse to stimulate the grey matter.  Not the Lit and Phil or the Royal Society but the May “Tea and Talk” at Macclesfield Community ArtSpace.

Dr Megan Argo, astrophysicist from Jodrell Bank ( and @AstroMeg) amazed and wowed us with a brief traverse across the universe taking in the processes of stars being born then dying and galaxies forming and then colliding all with some stunning illustrations from optical and radio telescopes – our heads were spinning (like the stars it seems) – only the tea and cakes kept us down to earth!

We were assured that although our own sun will die and the Milky Way (our very own galaxy) will collide with the Andromeda Galaxy (yes, we’re doomed, all doomed!) we have anything between 5 and 10 billion years to wait – so no need to programme it into your Smart Phone just yet !

Quite apart from all these long term hazards there is also the not impossible prospect of falling into a black hole (all galaxies have one at the centre) so there is no escape even if we master intergalactic space travel.  We face the prospect of being stretched to infinity in a few seconds – the trick is apparently to just stay at the rim of the black hole and not enter it…..simples…..all we need is a Tardis !

After all that astrophysics the tea and cakes were devoured with enthusiasm born of genuine scientific inquiry – something to do with mass, gravity and (Art)space.

Be a Friend to ArtSpace

For a donation of a few pounds each month, you can join our membership scheme, Friends of ArtSpace. This will help to secure ArtSpace’s future for the whole community. There will also be benefits and discounts for members.

Our recommended amount is £3 per month but you are welcome to contribute another amount if you prefer. The easiest way is for members to set up their own standing order using online banking, if you have this facility, made payable to:

The Co-operative Bank, Sort Code 08-92-99
Macclesfield Community Artspace
Acc No 65625527

Please also contact John at or on 07522 019454, giving your name, telephone number, email address, amount and dates of payment. This is important so that he can complete your registration and check that the funds arrive safely.

ArtSpace has Landed!


ArtSpace has Landed

By John Hartshorn

Four strikes! That’s all it took for our champion to drive home a two and a half-inch oval nail and to win a bottle of wine in one of our open day activities. Four years! That’s how long we’ve been doing the Barnaby carnival parade and that’s where it all started. A parade needs floats and floats need a place to be built. For the last four years we have had to borrow a space to work – people have been generous – but borrowed space means borrowed time and it also means – get out when the carnival is over. Building an over sized baby pram with grinning toothy papier-mache  baby is fun, breaking it up and putting it in the bin feels like a criminal offence! After four years of temporary, sometimes damp, sometimes cold, and sometimes, “Do you think you could move somewhere else because things have changed since we loaned you the space”, we needed a place of our own. 

Giant Baby - Metamorphasis!
Giant Baby – Metamorphosis!

Together with the clarion call; “This is great, wouldn’t it be wonderful if we could do arty stuff all the year round”, a place of our own became the driver to form a new organisation, a community arts charity for Macclesfield people to enjoy. You don’t want to hear about the boring stuff but IT TAKES AN AGE to get things sorted, registration, trustees, objects, more registration and so on. Then there’s the grant applications – “We just want to do good – to help people have a better life – we don’t want to be paid, we’ll give our time for nothing, we don’t really need much for materials because one of our aims is to re-cycle old stuff – yeah looking after the planet and all that – just give us some money to rent a space so that people can do interesting and creative art stuff – that’s all we want”. 

So thanks to the Big Lottery we’ve finally got a space (for a few months at least) and a great one at that, up on the top floor of an old paper mill in Heapy Street. It’s fab. Lots of light and room to store materials; it has great view over Macclesfield town on one side and on the other glimpses of the Hollins. It’s warm in the summer and…. ‘stimulating’ the winter. Good for different types of activity too – a large space for building things like parade floats – a craft room also good for drawing and painting groups, a sewing room with dead posh sewing machines and a loom. Yes that’s right, a loom! And something we dreamed of, a cafe area, well you must have tea (and cake) whatever you are doing. In fact cake features quite a lot in most things that happen at ArtSpace.

At the Start
At the Start

Our basic idea is to provide a space, materials and equipment that people can use to do arts activities. You don’t have to be an arty type, in fact we want to encourage everyone to have a go. (Arts professionals are welcome too). We have a programme of activities that you can join in or if you prefer you can do your own thing. Talk to us about projects that you want to do and we’ll do all that we can to support you to make it happen. That’s enough of the advertising now back to the story. Lots of lovely people have donated furniture and a national company, Kingston Smith & Co., sent its whole staff team from its local office for a day to help us get the place ready for use. We have a Forum, which is open to everyone to come up with ideas about arts projects and to guide us about how best to run the place, and we have a board of Trustees to make sure everything is operating safely and legally. In between we have a Steering Group who sort out the day-to-day organisational stuff.

Autumn Crafts
Autumn Crafts

We are about half way through a four-month Lottery project that has helped to get us started. Called ‘Space Fall’, the project is open on several days each week for people to join in lots of different arts projects including the creation of banners, craft workshops, and a sewing fanatics group. We are starting to build floats for the 2014 Barnaby Carnival Parade and this years theme is Industry – from steam to steam punk! We’re having parade sections to reflect the traditional, the fantasy and the bizarre with floats, giant puppets, musicians and hundreds of people in costume.

New projects coming up include Pop up exhibitions by local artists, presentations and try-out sessions in different art forms – with ideas springing up all of the time there’s always something new going on.

So there’s lots going on and it’s only the beginning, lots more to do, to see, to create & to be part of.

ArtSpace has Landed!