Alison McCrea

Peterloo and Bohemian Rhapsody Tickets Selling Out Fast

Tickets for Peterloo and Bohemian Rhapsody are selling out fast, so we recommend you get yours soon.  In light of the bad weather, we’ve moved some more to the online ticketing site, so you can buy them from the comfort of your own screen, although at the time of this posting there are still some available in the Gallery.

Foxlowe Pixies Come out of Hibernation

The Pixie apples, a late-eating variety, were put away last autumn to hibernate in a cellar, where they get ideal storage conditions (low temperature and humidity).  The plan was to sell them in the cafe when they were fully ripened and ready to eat. NOT MANY LEFT NOW, SO CATCH THEM WHILE THEY’RE STILL YOUNG AND SWEET.

Sadly, their sleep was disrupted when the cellar flooded and they had to be transferred to an attic, which was equally cool but somewhat drier.  This has meant that the Pixies, although perfectly edible, are just a bit wrinkled.

For that reason, we won’t be charging for them, although if anyone wants to make a donation for those they eat, it will be most welcome.

 

Spring Film Programme

The much anticipated new film programme starts on the 22nd January and what a great one, including Peterloo, a major new cinematic work with huge contemporary relevance; Children Act, starring Emma Thompson; The Wife, starring Glenn Close and Jonathan Pryce, and Under the Tree, long-waited in Leek.

We start with BlacKkKlansman, which won director Spike Lee the coveted Grand Prix from Cannes, and then King of Thieves, the story of the notorious Hatton Garden robbery, with a stellar cast led by Sir Michael Caine.

The Wednesday documentary programme starts with Versus, a film about the life and films of much-lauded film-maker Ken Loach, followed by a new film, Bikes vs. Cars, on the challenges facing cities around the world in safely accommodating the needs of both cyclists and motorists.  The Swedish director, Fredrik Gertten, already has a following in Leek, with two of his acclaimed films Bananas!* and Big Boys Gone Bananas having been well-received at the Foxlowe.

Printed programmes and tickets will be available very soon, but full details, trailers and links for on-line tickets can be found in the What’s On calendar.  You can also download an electronic copy of the programme here.

Information is also available on Facebook, via Foxlowe Films and Foxlowe Arts Centre

ST13 Jan-Feb 2019

An on-line copy of ST13 (No 55) is now available.

Follow the links for the full text:

ST13 COVER Jan-Feb 2019

ST13 INSIDE Jan-Feb 2019

Wreath Workshops Still Have a Few Places – 16th Dec

From the ornate to the simple.  Why not have a go yourself? Good company and free drinks, plus a unique wreath at the end of the session.

There are still some places for this Sunday’s workshops: one in the morning (11am-1pm) and five in the afternoon (2-4pm).

Christmas Wreath Workshops – Morning and Afternoon

Raise a Festive Glass to ‘Edie’ and ‘An Inconvenient Sequel’

Get into the festive spirit literally at the last two films of the season. The film group will be serving mulled wine, apple and brandy punch and mince pies at Edie on Tuesday, 11th December. and also at the screening of An Inconvenient Sequel, on Wednesday 12th December.

Everyone welcome!

 

Christmas Opening Hours @ Foxlowe

Christmas Opening Hours @ Foxlowe

24th December – Open till 13:00.

25th-27th December – Closed

28th-29th December – Open (10:00-16:00)

30th December  – 2nd January – Closed

3rd January onwards – Open as normal (10:00-16:00)

 

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from staff and volunteers at the Foxlowe!

 

Great Turnout for Staffordshire Contemporary Artists and Designers Fair

Despite the dismal weather visitors flocked to the Staffordshire Contemporary Artists and Designers Fair this weekend. With stunning art and craft work there were great opportunities to acquire original and beautiful items for the home or Christmas presents for family and friends.

Painsley Catholic College – GCSE Art, Craft & Design

Painsley Catholic College – GCSE Art, Craft & Design.

Year 11 Art Students have explored the work of Artists with a range of materials and techniques, and used drawing and painting to record ideas leading to a final exam piece. Themes included: Light and Dark / Telling Stories / Connections.

Sir Gawain and the Green Knight – Arts Weekend

A one-off arts event is taking place in Leek in November (16th-18th) celebrating the links between the Staffordshire Moorlands and the epic medieval poem Sir Gawain and the Green Knight.

This 14th century Arthurian tale features chivalry, romance, temptation and a beheading challenge.  Members of the public are invited to take part and make their mark in a pictorial retelling of the tale guided by local, internationally known artist Sue Prince.  People will also be able to listen to a talk, eat medieval food and take a guided walk to the stunning Lud’s Church with Gawain specialist Clive Foden.

Most scholars now agree that the unknown author of the Gawain poem came from this area and tell-tale signs of this are not only the local accent and words which appear throughout the work, but also local features, such as The Roaches and Lud’s Church, which figure in the action.  The event is being organised by the Dr Plot’s Lesser Known Leek committee who celebrate the poem each July with a parade through the town, complete with giants, culminating in a re-telling of the tale to delighted crowds.

Before the public workshops, Sue Prince, who lives in Ilam, will teach the skill of painting a ‘bonad’ (a style of narrative folk art in egg tempera) to art students at Leek College, and some will become her expert helpers. Then on Friday 16th everyone is invited to come to the Foxlowe, learn the technique and add to Sue’s version of the story: they can even paint a medieval version of themselves along the bottom of the artwork.  The workshop will be repeated on Saturday 17th November, at the College, also from 10.00 am to 4.00 pm.

Also on the Saturday there will be a free children’s workshop Knights, Princesses and Monsters (10.00 am to 3.00 pm) at the Foxlowe, where children can make their own puppets of mediaeval characters.

Clive Foden, a skilled woodcarver and Gawain specialist, will travel from Norfolk to deliver one of his enthralling talks on the evening of Saturday 17th November at the Foxlowe Arts Centre.  He will discuss the poet’s interest in craftsmanship as well as the unmistakeable landscape clues in the poem. The following day, Sunday 18th, Clive will also lead a guided walk over The Roaches and down into Lud’s Church – the poem’s Chapel in the Green where Gawain meets the Green Knight to submit to beheading!

All the events are free (apart from a small transport cost to the guided walk) and to enable them, a successful crowdfunding campaign was launched on 24 September to raise the £3375 needed.

Sequence of Events

Friday, 16th November (10 am – 4 pm) The Town that Painted at the Foxlowe Arts Centre, Market Place, Leek.

This will be a free community ‘paint-in’ of the folk art retelling of the story of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, led by Sue Prince.

Saturday, 17th November (10 am – 4 pm) The Town that Painted at the New Art Block at Leek College, Stockwell Street.  Continuation of the free community ‘paint-in’ but at a different venue.

Saturday, 17th November (10 am – 3 pm)  Knights, Princesses and Monsters.  Workshop for children to make puppets of mediaeval characters.

Saturday, 17th November (7 pm onwards) Craftsmanship and the Gawain Poet at the Foxlowe cafe.

This will be a free talk given by Clive Foden, which will also include mediaeval food to taste.

Sunday, 18th November (10.30 am) Guided Walk to Lud’s Church.  Meet at Leek’s Market Place for the minibus.

The walk will be led by Clive Foden  and the cost will be £10 each to cover transport costs.  There are limited places, so please book  by e-mailing sirgawainleek@gmail.com or 07989-986672.

You can follow on Facebook at Sir Gawain and Leek or on Twitter @sirgawainleek.

Background

Sir Gawain and the Green Knight is one of four late 14th century Middle English poems, written in a North West Midland dialect (the others being Pearl, Purity and Patience) and surviving in a single manuscript, held in the British Library. All are thought to have been written by the same unknown author, now known either as the Pearl or the Gawain Poet, believed to have lived and worked around Leek, North Staffordshire. 

For further information

Please contact Lindsay Trevarthen on sirgawainleek@gmail.com or 07989-986672.

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