Hello and welcome to Maggie Cullen's website October 2017 

  Maggie Cullen 

Wirksworth in Derbyshire 


 images from currant work. A series of framed work. Acrylic paint on paper with 3D paper figures and collage 50x50cm












'One Summer warmed night flows a silent windswept song from Fid-nemith to the circling Moon' (detail images below) 

(Reworked 2017),the instillation consists of 12 standing figures on plinths in a circle (approx. H:1.5m Diameter: 2.5m), It's a response to the silent presence out on the moorlands, the awe-inspiring standing stones, magical aura of hidden mythical sites and dark woodlands around Derbyshire. 

Made from reconstructed debris gathered from nearby Derbyshire moorland floor, the instillation derives from evidence of ancient natural and human ritual which took place here in our long lost past.

Fid-nemith is an old Irish word which means, a sacred circle of trees, this, an allusion to our moorlands past when they would have been covered by dense forest  




Detail from One Summer warmed night................... 

 Detail from, One Summer warmed night........... 


  Wirksworth Festival 2016 


With her toes in the clouds, Kathleen performs her legendary handstand above 'The Big Hole' of Wirksworth

The structure is based on the remains of an old crane left behind in an abandoned, tree filled area known locally as The Big Hole. This disused quarry left an enormous hole near the centre of Wirksworth next to The Puzzle Gardens, a maze of narrow alley ways built by lead miners around 250 years ago. Kathleen based upon a local woman who lived in the town in the early 1900s. The paper map birds represent the altered contours of the Derbyshire landscape due to centuries of mining and quarrying. The use of 22c gold leaf an indication of great monetary value placed upon minerals and metals found around Wirksworth. The grit stone and limestone placed at the base, some are marked with the bright orange spray paint used today to mark where explosives are located before blasting takes place

Made from recycled materials; wood, metal mesh, paper, map paper with Gritstone and Limestone gathered from around Wirksworth


    Detail image 'With her toes in the clouds, Kathleen performs her legendry handstand above 'The Big Hole' of Wirksworth'             

Made from recycled materials, paper and gold leaf 




                                      Rosalind will pop on her lippy to go boppin tonight 



"I knew Riddings, Lord Lathkill's place from the outside. It was an old Derbyshire stone house at the end of the village of Middleton"

Bookwork. (detail) Made from book, Short Stories by D H Lawrence, the title is a quote from short story called Glad Ghosts. From 1918 to 1919 Lawrence and his wife Frieda lived in Mountain cottage, Middleton, the cottage  still clings to the steep wooded hillside overlooking the Via Gellia valley on the outskirts of Middleton by Wirksworth in Derbyshire

Winnie and Josie say a prayer whilst Sally looks to the Stars

       'Bookwork,' made from an old discarded leather bound book of common  prayer with brass clasp,  H: 160mm 




                                  The  Author with Johnny and Bengy 

Made from a copy of book, "Accident of Fortune" by Andrew Devonshire, (Duke of Devonshire, until his death in 2004) the figures made from a 2016 Chatsworth House events leaflet.

The Duke of Devonshire and the Duchess (known as 'Debo') left a wonderful legacy for everyone. They worked with dedication to preserve and develop Chatsworth House into a successful business, now continued by the present Duke and Duchess of Devonshire.                    


"It is only with a few rare natures that friendship is added to friendship, love to love and the man keeps growing richer in affection" 

   Bookwork made from 1906 copy of book  Familiar studies of men and books     R .L .Stevenson, the title is taken from the last page of the book.