New art installation for Cromford Mills

An innovative new art installation, the creation of artist and lighting designer Jo Fairfax will be exhibited at Cromford Mills from July 25.

The installation – Mr Arkwright – is a water and cycle-powered drawing machine which takes inspiration from Sir Richard Arkwright’s early career. 

The installation makes comparisons to Arkwright’s water-frame. Where the water frame made cotton, this machine makes drawings. 

Visitors will be able to operate the drawing machine by cycling a tandem, triggering a hydraulic mechanism to create an image. Each participant will be able to take home their drawing as a souvenir. 

Jo Fairfax said, “I find Richard Arkwright’s achievements really inspiring. His mind combined engineering, architecture, mechanics, nature, housing, entrepreneurship, business and invention.”