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.

The Upper Gallery

Foxlowe Arts Centres main exhibition space

Abstract 3 Exhibition at the Foxlowe Gallery | Saturday 11th Jan - Saturday 6th March

Abstract 3

Foxlowe Arts Centre Upper Gallery

The Foxlowe Main Gallery is very pleased to be able to show the work of three Royal Birmingham Society Artists – Steve Evans, Mike Sadler and David Walton.  Their work is both colourful and engaging and a result of serious and inspired investigations into their chosen areas of study.

This is the first exhibition for 2020 and the preview night is Friday 10th January between 7pm and 8.30pm.  The artists are available to discuss their work on January 18th, February 1st and February 29th between 1pm and 3pm.

Steve Evans’ three dimensional work is informed by his background in structural engineering. It incorporates a variety of materials. Some works utilise Perspex and nylon line or incorporate the drawing techniques which are closely related to his wall mounted work.  Others are constructions, made with soldered copper tubes and wire. These are then spray painted. All have a very strong linear element.

His work has been shown around the East and West Midlands, Merseyside and South Yorkshire including numerous solo exhibitions. He was Artist in Residence at the New Art Gallery Walsall between January and March 2017. His work is held in the RBSA archive and in private collections in the UK, the Netherlands, France and New Zealand.

Mike Sadler works in series, usually developing a body of work by focusing on a single word or short phrase.All work produced in the last few years has been based on his layman’s interest in astronomical phenomena and space exploration including the ‘Transit’, “Early One Morning’ and ‘Binary’ paintings. His latest series is entitled ‘Satellites’.

He has become increasingly focused on using fewer formal and compositional elements in order to produce groups of closely related images which hopefully convey the sense of credible abstract worlds. Mike’s work has been highly commended at the Shire Hall Open, The Three Counties Open, The Potteries Museum and Art gallery Open and at the RBSA. His work is held in a number of public and private collections.

David Walton has, over the last year, developed an interest in shaped panels and is influenced by the constructions of artists like Frank Stella.  David has explored the geometry of tessellating shapes in a variety of colourful nets. The paintings in oils on plywood are cut out with a jigsaw.

David would be described as a hard edged painter.

Sarah Rowley Exhibition in the Drawing Room Gallery | 9th Nov - 5th Jan

Sarah Rowley is a mixed media artist from Leek.

Not long after completing her art degree, Sarah got married and had two children. She then put her goals to one side and spent many years working hard to provide for her family. Over the years Sarah juggled her time between working, raising her sons and keeping her dream alive, by creating art and experimenting whenever she had an opportunity.

Sarah’s perseverance finally paid off and in the last year she was able to make the leap to becoming a full-time artist. Since then she has launched her new website www.roanokeart.co.uk, her work has been displayed in an exhibition at Burslem School of Art, she has pieces up at the Business Lodge in Fenton, The Auctioneers Arms in Caverswall, The Guild Hall Gallery in Stafford and now in the Gallery and the Café at the Foxlowe Arts Centre.

Recently, Sarah also secured a large room in the communal enterprise “The Artisans’ Gallery” in Biddulph, where she has opened the first Roanoke Art Gallery. Along with her own work, there is an eclectic mix of stunning pieces available, from a range of talented artists and some of the art for sale will have their entire value donated to the Stroke Association; where Sarah volunteers.

Artist Statement.

I paint what I think is beautiful and I’ve been fortunate enough to be surrounded by beautiful landscapes in Leek and the Staffordshire Moorlands.

I love to include items for texture in my work and wherever possible it will be something from the location that I’m painting.

This year has been a whirlwind and I’m so happy to be able to do what I love full-time now. A lot of great things have happened so far, but if I’m honest, after years of enjoying the food and being inspired by the art at the Foxlowe Arts Centre, I was over the moon, when I was offered the opportunity to have my work displayed here.

Sarah Rowley Artist

Exhibition in The Drawing Room Gallery