Festival Exhibition & Performance programme announced!

Here’s our 2021 exhibition and performance programme, offering something fabulous for all our Festival fans!

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We’re thrilled to let you know that despite recent challenges, especially not knowing whether we’d be able to run Wirksworth Festival this year until very late in the day, we’ve put together a fabulous exhibition and performance programme, offering something for all our Festival fans!

For our main exhibition, we’re delighted to see the return of Wirksworth artists, Johnny White and Amanda Wray as their touring exhibition comes home to WOW the town’s residents and visitors – Human Machines is an extraordinary and vibrant exhibition of kinetic sculptures that will take over The Maltings right in the heart of Wirksworth from Sat 11 – Sun 19 September.

Over the weekend of Sat 11 – Sun 12 September you’ll also find a work in progress exhibition from our artist in residence, Liane Lang – The Monumental Landscape, an indigenous Mexican view of the moor by Mónica Alcázar-Duarte – Calli Ahuacuauhtomatl , Folk artist, Sue Prince’s Isolation Chronicles and Blackpop’s Bursary+X.

Headlining our performance and talks programme on Tue 14 Sept, is alt folk band, Ranagri – “…a sound that’s completely new, with great energy and immediately makes you want to dance.”  Katie Derham – BBC Radio 3.  You can also enjoy the Wirksworth NovelistsAn Audience with Pat ShenstoneThe Chorus Crew with Andy Martin and “Judas!” When Dylan went Electric with John Lindley.

Plus following on from the huge success of last year’s Online Festival, and partly because it wasn’t possible to run our ever-popular Art & Architecture Trail, we’re really excited to be running our first ever Online Art Prize – the panel have selected the works for the People’s Prize and the Online Gallery & Shop which will go live for you all to choose your favourite pieces on Friday 20 August!

We’ve also commissioned a brand new film for 2021 and as we write, our artist in residence, Liane Lang and up-and-coming Derbyshire-based filmmaker, Tom Dwyer are exploring the local landscape and Liane’s practice to make a short film documenting Liane’s time living and working in Wirksworth. There will be more news on the film very soon!

We can’t wait to welcome Festival audiences back to Wirksworth this year and all events will be managed with the latest Covid safety measures as our top priority. The performance and talks programme is ticketed (booking links on each event page on our website) and there are no entry fees for our exhibitions this year however, donations are always welcome to help us bring Wirksworth Festival back bigger and bolder than ever in 2022!