Artists and makers are invited to put their creative imaginations to work and make a button for a vibrant exhibition, The Button Project, taking place in Macclesfield from 14 June – 8 August 2013. The deadline for submissions is 4 March 2013 and you can download an application form here.

Launched as part of the Barnaby Festival Art Trail (14-30 June), the buttons will make a stunning display of over 100 highly collectible contemporary buttons, presented by Macclesfield Silk Museums alongside its internationally important silk collection, which also includes a fine display of the original Macclesfield Silk Buttons.

The four sites that make up Macclesfield Silk Museums – the Heritage Centre, the Silk Museum, Paradise Mill and West Park Museum – are an acknowledged treasure, showcasing all aspects of silk use and production.

The Button Project is being co-organised by Macclesfield Silk Museums and glass artist, Victoria Scholes who says: “This is a wonderful opportunity to celebrate our local skills and heritage. The Button Project will link the past with the present, and illustrate Macclesfield’s impressive creative history to date.”

Annabel Wills, Silk Museum curator says: “Macclesfield was the heart of the UK’s historic silk industry, and silk-related businesses are still active in the town. Handmade silk buttons were where it all began: from a cottage-based enterprise, it grew into a flourishing silk industry and helped make the town what it is today. This exhibition will celebrate that history and allow contemporary artists to exhibit and sell their beautiful buttons.”

Barnaby’s Visual Arts coordinator, Anna Riordan says: “We’re delighted to be working with Victoria and Macclesfield Silk Museums to showcase this exhibition. Each button will be a tiny work of art in its own right, and we’re hoping some artists may take inspiration from this year’s Festival theme, Metamorphosis. The Button Project is a fantastic opportunity for artists to showcase their work and a chance for the public to see just how important the creative arts were for Macclesfield in the past as well as the present and also the future.”

Completed forms should be emailed directly to Victoria Scholes at info@victoriascholes.com by 4 March 2013. For more information, please email Victoria or ring her on 01625 425049. There is no charge to submit work.

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