In September we visited Sunny Bank Mills to explore the site and visit the 62 Group exhibition in the gallery. The Mill was open as part of Heritage Open Days which gave us the opportunity to take a tour of the buildings with John, one of the owners of the business. It was great to see the disused spaces and get more information about the current redevelopment of the site. We also heard some brilliant anecdotes from a local resident who had worked at the Mill as a young girl.
There are so many different textures, colours and materials to take inspiration from at Sunny Bank Mills. Disused industrial machinery sits next to sewing machine tables and ephemera from the workplace.
In the gallery space we saw an exhibition where members of the 62 Group have responded to the theme of CONSTRUCT.
“The theme CONSTRUCT offers a rich seam to mine for inspiration. Works built using a range of textile construction techniques, diverse materials and structural forms, will surely have a focus, alongside pieces inspired by the built environment. Less obvious interpretations around the construction of ideas, arguments and narratives may also be seen. Also expect to see pieces referencing the Mill building itself and the textile heritage of the site.“
The exhibition had some beautiful pieces by artists Nigel Cheney, Sumi Perera, Hannah Lamb, Caroline Bartlett and Maggie Henton. The pieces integrated into the gallery space, incorporation old tables and spools.