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 – 4pm
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 – 4pm
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 Hallway’s 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.
Profiles, Symmetries and Vessels Exhibition at the Foxlowe Gallery | Saturday 19th September - Saturday 7th November
Gillie Nicholls BA Hons. Born in Stoke-on-Trent, (clay in the veins).
I graduated in 1981 from North Staffordshire Polytechnic, where I studied Pottery under Derek Emms. Derek combined the influence of Japanese Art (gleaned from his own teacher Bernard Leach), with a thorough approach to understanding clays glazes and firing techniques.
For almost forty years I have combined two careers: that of professional musician and potter, working from my studio in Stafford.
After many years of mixing clay and glazes, learning the craft of building and firing complex shapes alongside simple functional wares, during the summer of 2017, I happened upon sculpture. I quickly realised that all of the essential technical ability was already there at my fingertips. I have always loved the anthropomorphic quality of hand thrown pots, and over the past two years, since my sculpting epiphany, I have begun to explore the synthesis of pots and human form through clay portraiture.
This foray into sculpture has propelled me on a new and compelling journey, joining all the inspirational dots.
My ambition is to build a powerful new body of work that hints at the human experience through heads, faces, hands, their gestures and movement, capturing personality and creating a family of full blown characters, expressed in fired clay. Alongside these sculptural portraits I wish to draw a direct correlation between drawn observation and its influence on the character and shape of the thrown bowl.
Paul Hills Exhibition in the Drawing Room Gallery | September - October
‘The Lost Keys’ – Photographs of Abandoned Pianos by Paul Hills
A little delayed due to some world wide problem but we are pleased we can finally put this exhibition up of Paul Hills in the Drawing Room. Paul has been a great supporter of the Arts Centre, a talented musician and as you will see a very talented Photographer.
“I would describe myself as an ‘urban explorer’ first and a ‘photographer’ second but discovering unusual and interesting sights has driven me to photograph and share them.
The first time I came across a piano in an abandoned location I was completely taken aback, I think because a piano is such an imposing instrument and so resonant of past times, a huge part of our social history and culture. At that point, I decided to try and photograph a few more and up to now, I have photographed at least fifty.
But why are so many pianos left behind?
Go back a century and every ‘aspirational’ family had a piano or harmonium in the parlour. Fast forward and they are too heavy to move, often badly out of tune or even tuned to an antiquated ‘concert pitch’ (as with many harmoniums). An electric keyboard has been far more practical since the 1960s at least.
Photographing these instruments has been an absolute pleasure although finding them has not been easy. This collection of photographs is the culmination of 2 years’ work involving much research, networking with ‘urban explorers’, hours of driving and accessing some extremely hazardous locations.
Each of the photographs is taken in an abandoned location and photographed largely ‘as found’.
All of the photographs were taken with my Canon 6D camera, various fixed lenses and edited in Adobe Lightroom.”