Foxlowe Galleries and Exhibitions
The Foxlowe Arts Centre has three exhibition spaces, the Gallery on the first floor, Cafe gallery in the Drawing Room cafe and spaces in the buildings ground floor hallways.
The Gallery open Wednesday – Saturday, 10am – 4pmcurrent exhibition
Hosting around 6-8 exhibitions a year, usually running for 6 weeks The Gallery is always worth visiting. The Gallery is completely staffed by volunteer stewards.
Drawing Room Gallery open Monday – Saturday, 10am – 4pmCurrent Exhibition
The Cafe Gallery holds a variety of smaller exhibitions of local artists along the cafe walls.
Hallway Gallery open Monday – Saturday, 10am – 4pm
The exhibitions in the Hallways of the Foxlowe are often displays of local school artwork featuring a topic or theme, the relationships with the schools is looked after by volunteers from the Foxlowe Arts Centre.
Leek Textile 4 Group, the Upper Gallery | Wed 27 July to Sat 10 Sept 2022
Leek Textile 4 Group was formed in 2019 by textile artists Val Travers-Muir, Valerie Leeming, Cathey Yardley and Jennie Morrey, with the aim of developing textile artworks which express a shared ethos on environmental sustainability and a slow-stitch inspired work practice.
All members of the Leek Textile 4 Group have strong links with Leek. The group’s members met a few years ago through Staffordshire University’s Contemporary Art & Design Practice Degree course, then based in the old School of Art building in Leek College. Since then, they have had an active involvement with the Foxlowe Arts Centre, all members have exhibited at the Staffordshire Contemporary Artists & Designers Fair held at the Foxlowe.
Their shared experiences, ethos and slow-stitch work practice has given the group a strong collaborative approach, which has proved to be both supportive and inspiring. The coming Telling Threads exhibition from 27th July until 10th September 2022 at the Foxlowe celebrates this collaboration of like minds and true friendship.
“We have always told tales; some of the world around us, and some of the world within. Some Happy. Some sad. Some are told by the written word, and some by song and voice. Some by paint and film; and some by needle and thread. Our tales are of home and family, of grief and healing, of precious memories, and of the search for stillness in an increasingly busy world. These tales are told by way of slow stitch, textiles and thread… a fitting medium we feel, given that such tales form the very fabric of life”.
Telling Threads Workshop Programme
These workshops run between 12.30 pm to 4pm. Please arrive at 12noon. Refreshments will be provided.
Tuesday 9th August : Making a concertina book with a hand stitched cover with Val Muir.
Tuesday 16th August : Beginner’s guide to hand stitching with Valerie Leeming.
Tuesday 23rd August : Embellishing an icon lavender bag with Jennie Morrey.
Tuesday 6th September : Boro Stitching meditation with Cathey Yardley.
Each workshop costs £30 and includes materials and refreshments
Bookings can be made:
via Instagram Message: leektextile4
Meet the Artists on Saturday 13th August 10am to 12 noon and 2pm to 4pm.
The Gallery will be open from Wednesday to Saturday, 10am to 4pm each week, and the first Sunday in each month, 11am to 4pm.
Carole Cluer, the Drawing Room Gallery | Sat 11 Sept to Sat 6 Nov 2021
“Graphite Drawings by Carole Cluer”
Welcome to Foxlowe Art Centre’s Drawing Room’s third exhibition of 2021.
Carole Cluer is an artist based in a village in Staffordshire
Primarily working in graphite pencil she hopes that her realistic drawings will encourage the viewer to consider life from a different point of view. She enjoys creating different series of work that will focus on a subject that is always close to her heart.
Social Life Series
Whilst on holiday in Spain Carole noticed three women paddling, fully made up and wearing glamorous jewellery, they were holding hands and laughing.
No waiting to fit into a size 10 before venturing on to the beach for them, they were busy loving life. She began to notice the lack of phones and gadgets, and the predominance of fun.
This light hearted series considers how life is in danger of being lived through social media and highlights how a full life goes on beyond selfies, hashtags and likes.
Because we are all beach ready…
The Kintsugi Series
An ongoing series focussing on portraits of people who have physical scars. However it is not the scars that are of primary importance rather the sitter’s relationship with them and the events surrounding them.
The work is a celebration of the passge of life and the traces it leaves behind on us all and how our imperfections can lead to a new, more authentic and substantive beauty.
The Kintsugi series invites the viewer to look within their own life to consider their own physical and emotional scars, to reevaluate their own self-image and to recognise a connection with others.