In our inaugural art exhibition we explore the history of Saddleworth, the Weavers Factory and its patron Joan Charnley. Landscape artist John Hewitt and illustration students from Manchester Metropolitan University will illustrate the building and the village’s history, whilst design students from Oldham College of Further Education will create an exhibition inspired by the textiles of Joan Charnley.
Conceptual artist Seamus Killick explores Saddleworth’s dark industrial history and creates a imaginary time 50-years in the future where primitive children are the only ones to have survived the infamous 2018 moorland fires, and roam a bleak dystopian landscape blackened by wildfire.
Artist Simon Buckley creates a time capsule of the Dobcross Silver Band through the medium of low-light photography, video, sound and interviews. He will create a brand new piece of brass music in conjunction with the band leader and inspired by the voices of the musicians
Artist and London DJ Sina Sparrow presents a retrospective of his work, including vivid colour illustrations of some of his favourite music and movie idols, autobiographical hand-drawn comics and zines, and large-format portraits of dead male adult film stars (18+)
Young design graduates Jack-Victor Westerdale and Ivon Haywood design their first ever commercial furniture range, created in their woodwork studio in Littleborough and launched exclusively for the Weavers Factory. Expect gorgeous chairs, comfy stools and some some exciting new home furniture.
Award-winning portrait artist Elizabeth Wood’s first solo exhibition in 35-years will reveal a large body of forgotten artwork, discovered at the back of her garden shed and not seen for over half a century. Works include portraits, landscapes from the 1950s and conceptual paintings from the 1960s