Alison McCrea

ST13 July-August 2019

An on-line copy of ST13 (No 58) is now available.

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ST13 May-June 2019

An on-line copy of ST13 (No 57) is now available.

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Foxlowe Film Summer Programme

Your local cinema is back soon with fantastic improvements to the Rainbow Room (new curtains, sub-woofer and stair carpet)  made possible by a Staffordshire County Council Community grant from Councillor Charlotte Atkins’ allocation.  The room looks cosier with the curtains and this and the new sub-woofer should improve the overall sound which is great news.

Thanks for all who came along in the spring season, we had a rise in audience numbers with a number of sell outs which is heartening and good to have so much positive feedback about our programming choices.  We’re back with a varied Tuesday night programme, with something for everyone.

We kick off on Tuesday 7th May with Leave No Trace – a wonderful film about a father and his teenage daughter living off-grid in Oregon.  Mark Kermode declared this his favourite film of 2018 “a film which just doesn’t put a single foot wrong” and Peter Bradshaw in the Guardian awarded it *****.

On 14th May we have A Private War staring Rosamund Pike as Marie Colvin, one of the most celebrated war correspondents of our time.  The film charts this fearless and rebellious reporter, as her mission to show the true cost of war leads her to embark on the most dangerous assignment of their lives in the besieged Syrian city of Homs.

We’re delighted to bring you the outrageous period satire The Favourite, screening on 21st May.  Olivia Colman won the best actress Academy Award and BAFTA for her performance as Queen Anne, ably supported by Rachel Weisz and Emma Stone.  “A bawdy, brilliant triumph”.

On 28th May we screen Beautiful Boy, starring Timothee Chalamet and Steve Carrell in a powerful, soulful and intensely moving drama about addiction, its tragic consequences and reverberations through a family.

Colette, screening on  4th June premiered at Sundance 2018 to rave reviews.  It stars a radiant Keira Knightley giving a career-best performance in what is an exhilarating and timely film about the life of ground-breaking French novelist Colette.

Later in the season we screen:

Vice – Tuesday 11th June

Can You Ever Forgive Me? – Tuesday 18th June

Stan and Ollie – Tuesday 25th June

If Beale Street Could Talk – Tuesday 2nd July

Green Book – Tuesday 9th July

Wild Rose – Tuesday 16th July

Full details are now available in the What’s On calendar  and a copy of the full programme can be downloaded here.

Tickets and programmes will be available by this weekend (27th April)

Qigong Classes – Spring and Summer Dates

Brett Trafford Photography

Twice-monthly classes in the Rainbow Room on a Tuesday from 10.00am to 11.30am on the following dates:

30 April
14 May
28 May
11 June
25 June
16 July
30 July
13 August
27 August

Qigong is an ancient and powerful system of energy medicine from China:  it means ‘vital energy (Qi) cultivation (Gong).  It uses breathing techniques, gentle movement and meditation to cleanse, strengthen and circulate Qi.   Working with Qigong exercise will relieve stress, balance the hormonal system, release toxins and strengthen the immune system, as well as slow ageing and help accelerate healing.

£10.00 per class payable on the day, but please book in advance with Lindsay.

For more information, please contact Lindsay Trevarthen, Three Treasures Qigong on 07989-986672, email or visit

Leek Arts Festival


Headlining the 2019 programme will be folk superstar Cara Dillon. Cara has risen to become one of the finest exponents of traditional Irish song anywhere in the world. She has a rare and unique voice that has been lauded since her very beginnings, winning the All Ireland singing trophy in 1989 – aged only 14. She’s won countless awards and accolades including “Album Of The Year” at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards, The Meteor Music Award for “Best Irish Female”, and Tatler’s “Woman Of The Year in Music” and has appeared in prestigious concert halls and at festivals the world over.

Another newcomer to Leek Arts Festival in 2019 will be American singer-songwriter Dean Friedman who gave us silky hits like Lucky Stars and Ariel in the 1970s and is championed today by our very own Gaby Roslin and Jonathan Ross. Dean’s never really gone away – he’s just been busy over the years  producing a string of albums of precision-crafted songs in his own inimitable style.

Adding a touch of humour to the 2019 festival will be three lads who claim to be the illegitimate sons of a hugely popular and much-missed Irish entertainer. The Bar-Steward Sons of Val Doonican are a guaranteed crowd-pleaser whose hilarious parodies of popular songs by some of the world’s biggest artists – including The Police, Abba, the Bee Gees and Chris de Burgh – ensure sell performances wherever they play.

Festival favourites Fairport Convention, together with the fabulous Birmingham Conservatoire Folk Ensemble and the Peak District Big Band will also feature in the 2019 festival programme, along with many other events, both at the Foxlowe and other venues in town.

Full details of events at Foxlowe Arts Centre can be found on the What’s On calendar.  For details of the full programme, go to Leek Arts Festival 2019.

Tickets are available at the Foxlowe Box Office, or on-line (see details on individual event posts).

Prints, Sculptures, Paintings! Exhibition

Some stunning artwork in the current exhibition.

Helen Kaminsky

Helen Margaret Kaminsky

Mixed Media Art – on display until Saturday 27th April 2019.

Helen is a self-taught, flourishing mixed media artist whose diversity appeals to a wide audience of individuals.  She has completed many commissioned pieces and has become of high interest to a multitude of art collectors locally and internationally.  Helen is a member of a number of art societies based in the North West, including Incubation Arts, and has recently joined the Vale Artists Co-operative in Congleton, Cheshire, where she shares a studio with four other artisans.

Quality in her work is ensured throughout every step of the artistic process from creation to delivery.

Artist’s Statement

My work has evolved through various experiments and techniques, from photo transfer, mixed media, collage and encaustic. I love the challenges and excitement of work with different mediums, changing the style to suit the subject and the effects that I want to create. This versatility gives each piece its own mystique.

I have developed my style to interact with the observer as I like to keep a sense of mystery within my paintings, for the interpretation to change with each viewer’s own imagination.  This way the painting will always be a source of creative visualisation, changing over time with the shifting thought processes.

The synergies of these techniques combine to establish an intuitive, original and diverse portfolio.



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Fox & Crow Gallery

A NEW creative venture has opened within the Foxlowe Arts Centre.

The Fox & Crow Gallery opened its doors in February in the Cruso Room at the Foxlowe Arts Centre. The new and exciting venture is being run by four local established artists: Sarah Taylor Studio, Cathey Yardley Design, Sarah Jayne Art and Chris Mayhew Photo Art. They are not only displaying and selling their own work, but also creations by more than 20 other local artists.

Cathey and Sarah Jayne studied, or are in the process of studying, for their BA Honours at Leek School of Art College (Buxton & Leek College) whereas Sarah Taylor completed her BA Honours at Staffordshire University. They have participated in many exhibitions and events locally selling their artwork and therefore are well known by the residents of Leek for their creative work already.

Their work consists of fused glass, textiles and photography, silver jewellery, watercolours plus felt illustrations and printmaking to create designs from local surroundings onto ceramics and giftware.

Chris is now revisiting his love of photography after a long career in engineering, looking to create an ‘illogical and chaotic viewpoint’ through Photo Art.

Other creations on display at the Fox & Crow, which are by a host of local creatives, include a mixture of paintings, handmade ceramics, linocut and dry point etchings, wire artwork, animal portraits in watercolours and charcoals, plus some wonderful textile art and accessories.

The gallery is not only selling actual artwork, but gifts created by them to suit individual tastes and pockets. The gallery owners aim to make artwork affordable and accessible at the same time as promoting local artists and designers.

The Fox & Crow is open from Monday to Saturday from 10am until 4pm and every first Sunday of the month between 10am and 3pm.

For further details go online to

ST13 Mar-Apr 2019

An on-line copy of ST13 (No 56) is now available.

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Early Sell Out Triggers a Second Screening for Bohemian Rhapsody

Bohemian Rhapsody (12A) – Second Screening