The Foxlowe Arts Centre was the brainchild of a group of local people who had the vision of a thriving centre for a rich variety of arts-related projects in the heart of the historic market town of Leek.
Initially a group of volunteers cleared,cleaned and decorated part of the Georgian building, known as No. 1 Leek, ready for the first Christmas Exhibition in December 2011 shortly followed by the opening of the community café and a programme of arts events.
The Foxlowe Arts Centre has grown from strength to strength and now includes a cinema, comedy club, music, theatre productions, exhibition gallery, documentary films, a talks programme, arts fair, room hire, heritage room, wedding and private function venue, fashion show, schools workshops and an ever-developing garden.
The café serves freshly cooked food is a meeting place for visitors and the local community. Where possible the café serves Fairtrade produce and locally sourced ingredients.
After an initial lease of the building the Foxlowe Arts Centre entered into a 15 year mortgage in August 2015 made possible with a donation from the Parkside Trust as a deposit, an initial three year commitment from Leek Town Council and the continuing support from the community pledging money and volunteering their time.