Gallery – Reflections Exhibition
Jul 13 @ 10:00 am – Sep 7 @ 4:00 pm


Not just Reflections in water, mirrors, windows, but Reflections of thoughts, memories of times, places, people or inspirations.  The artwork often relates to a narrative which adds considerably to the depth of meaning in the work.

Mainly Stitch  is an established group of experienced artist-makers who meet regularly at Ilam in the Derbyshire Peak District.  Although the group has differed since it formed, the current members have been together for several years.

Mainly Stitch are known for their wide spread research and approach to design which encourages them to produce original work, exploring their individual enthusiasms and ways of working.

Mainly Stitch are showing a diverse collection of two and three dimensional work in a variety of media.

Individual Statements:

Ann Brammer:

Following retirement I have pursued my interest in hand making skills and multimedia work, including jewellery and larger sculptural forms.   My aim is to push the boundaries of lacemaking and stitch combining traditional skills into those of other art, textiles and fibreart disciplines.

Ann Holmes:

Marks of time, use of wide open spaces, of arable farmland and old ebony carpenter’s tools inform my current body of work. The slow rhythmic process of stitching, with thoughts of a bygone age and life’s gentle pace, giving peace in what can be a chaotic world.

Pam Keeling:

My joy is to stitch.  Since retiring I have been trying to refine the vast range of skills I have learned and practiced over the years, but find it difficult as I still enjoy working traditional techniques as much as combining fabrics and threads with print and paint for a more contemporary approach.

Pat Lewis:

I am fascinated by patterns and especially by the effect of broken light on surfaces.

I enjoy capturing patterns and effects in stitch using both hand and machine embroidery into painted or printed papers and, mostly hand dyed fabrics to interpret and develop my ideas.

Most of this exhibition is the work of a group of artists, namely Ann Brammer, Ann Holmes, Pam Keeling and Pat Lewis who have a wealth of experience and skills based around 2D and 3D stitched artwork. The other artist in the exhibition is Lesley Nixon who, through her paintings, abstracts and captures the atmosphere of our local landscape.

This exhibition is a celebration of colour and creativity and the Foxlowe Art Gallery is very pleased to be able to display this work.


The exhibition starts on Saturday, 13th July and runs through to Saturday, 7th September.


Preview Evening 7.00-9.00pm, Friday 12th July 2019. 

The Foxlowe Gallery is open Wednesday to Saturday: 10am-4pm and the first Sunday of the month, 11am-4pm.


We now have a team of artists to coordinate the Gallery exhibitions on a rotating basis.

For further information about exhibitions, please contact the current Gallery co-ordinator:

Charles Walker – e-mail: charlieandsally1@outlook.com; tel: 07708421574, who will also email an enquiry form for artists wishing to be considered as exhibitors in the Gallery.


Impact of Brexit on Farming and the Food Industry
Aug 21 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Pro EU Campaigners and Farmers Against Brexit have come together to organise a public meeting, to review and discuss the implications of leaving the European Union on 31st October.

Guest speakers will include West Midlands’ MEPs Philip Bennion, an arable farmer based in Tamworth and Ellie Chowns, who serves on the international trade and development committees of the European Parliament.

This will be a cross party ‘Questions and Answers’ event with a panel representing residents who are living and working in the rural districts of Cheshire and Staffordshire.

“What many people do not appreciate is that our beautiful countryside and the future prosperity of market towns like Leek, depend very much on the farmers in this region,” explains Staffs 4 Europe chairman, Mike Ottewell.

“It is inconsistent for district councils to pass climate emergency motions, whilst at the same time our government is withdrawing from EU partnerships.”

Commenting on the event, Ellie Chowns said. “Farmers have an absolutely crucial role to play in tackling both the climate crisis and the biodiversity crisis. We can’t do those things alone; we need to work together with our European neighbours. Leaving the EU undermines the livelihoods of farmers, threatens our food standards, and raises prices for us all. No-deal Brexit is a disaster, and nobody voted for it.”

Mike Ottewell is anticipating a lively discussion. “We acknowledge that the EU’s Common Agricultural Policy has many flaws, but one of its basic aims is to at least preserve a European rural development model based on the promotion of family farms.

“What the current Prime Minister, Boris Johnson is planning is a million miles away from that, and from anything that was promised during the referendum three years ago. And that is why the Brexit debate has now essentially come down to one question: can this government be allowed to get away with forcing the hardest version of Brexit onto the country without allowing the public any form of confirmatory vote?”

A FREE Panel Event to discuss the impact of Brexit on farming, the food industry, and the environment.

Register for your free ticket here

Doors: 6:30

Start: 7:00

Foxlowe Arts Centre, Stockwell Street, Leek, Staffordshire, ST13 6AD
21-08-2019 at 18:30 to 20:30

Gary Delaney: Gagster’s Paradise
Aug 23 @ 8:00 pm

Due to exceptional demand and an array of sold out dates all over the UK, Britain’s leading one-liner comic extends his brand new 2018 tour with even more dates for 2019 and 2020, returning to the road with another onslaught of lean, expertly crafted gaggery. A Mock The Week regular and recent star of the new Live At The Apollo series, Gary’s shows are renowned in the business for a near unrivalled volume of high-class gags. You should expect no different from this highly acclaimed show. Please note Coolio will not be appearing.
★★★★ ‘A cavalcade of brilliantly inventive puns’ Guardian
★★★★ ‘More quality jokes in one hour than most comics have in their entire careers…Quite brilliant’ Scotsman
★★★★ ‘A master craftsman’ Times
★★★★ ‘One of Britain’s grandmasters of the one-liner’’ Chortle

plus support .

doors 7.15pm starts 8.00pm

Aug 28 @ 7:30 pm

As punishment for the slaughter of her two sons, Medea is compelled to wander throughout time with her companion and protagonist, Chorus, to perform her tragedy, again and again, so that audiences may understand the nature of her crime.
It’s Greek tragedy – but probably not as you know it.

A bold new reimagining of Euripides’s classical tragedy, adapted by Peter McGarry, directed by Patrick McConnell, and produced by Rotten Park Road.

Featuring Lynne Payne and Sophie Toland.

Doors: 7:00pm

Ages: 15 and over.

Tickets: £8.00 and concessions £6.00.


Funhouse Comedy Club -Headliner Robert White
Sep 5 @ 8:00 pm


ROBERT WHITE http://www.robertwhitecomedy.com/

CRAIG MURRAY https://comedycv.co.uk/craigmurray/index.html

Simon Lomas

Trevor Bickley

Compere Cerys Nelmes





Snake Oil Remedy’s Back to School Party with Reefy Blunt and the Biftas
Sep 6 @ 7:30 pm – 11:00 pm

Snake Oil Remedy’s back to school party with Reefy Blunt and the Biftas and one more band TBA shortly.

The call of the Raven echoed across the moors. Thee beating of the wings of the Thunderbird cast a large ominous shadow. Something strange this way comes.
A new rock band, based from Leek are making a big noise.
Snake Oil Remedy are in town.
Welcome to the Medicine Show.
50 years after Blind Willie had given up the guitar, chance meetings between Blind Willie, The Muff Master General and Jontino started the Snake Oil fermenting process.
Then Muff Master came across the Stickman walking naked in the market place. Suitably impressed by his appendage, Muff asked the Stickman to join on drums.
An idea was brewing. Blind Willie tossed (and turned) all night until he found
The Cool Side of the Pillow.
The four jammed on some ancient secret tunes lost to the ages. All was well.
Just one piece of the puzzle missing to open the gates of hell.
Then they heard of the Messiah, Tom Sawyer, born in a banjo on the high moors, so the legend goes, belonging to one of the fierce hill tribesmen.
Feeling kinship with the old men in the band, Sawyer joined the cult, I mean band (ahem).
Praise the lord for Barefoot Salvation.
At last, the prophecy is coming true, Snake Oil Remedy are here.
Spreading their nasty filthy sound to those unaware of their calling.
Unadulterated Raw Hellbilly Harcore Blues. Deliverance with a Wah wah pedal.
Hundreds of shows in reefy will dance your socks off with classic rhythm and blues dance tracks ,expect Influences from
johnnie walker , ozzie white, captain morgan, jack daniels….but definitely ….

R ‘N’ B, Rock ‘n’ Roll Blues, Ska….

Doors 7.30pm starts 8.00pm tickets £5

Red Joan (12A)
Sep 10 @ 7:45 pm – 9:30 pm

The new thriller from renowned theatre director Trevor Nunn, Red Joan casts Judi Dench in a rewardingly complex role as a retired physicist who late in life is revealed to be a long-serving spy for the former Russian KGB. Adapted by Lindsay Shapiro from the best-selling novel by Jennie Rooney and inspired by the life of KGB agent Melita Norwood, the film follows Joan Stanley, a seemingly unremarkable and inconspicuous retiree who, in 2000, is living in a London suburb when she is arrested and charged with providing intelligence to Russia during the Cold War.

UK  2018 110 mins   Dir:  Trevor Nunn


Cinema located on first floor – regrettably no disabled access.

Licensed bar, hot drinks available from 7 pm.

Advance tickets available from Foxlowe Gallery or online.

Tickets normally also available on the door.

12A bbfc

BBFC Classification guidelines

Jacquie McShee with Kevin Dempsey
Sep 12 @ 8:00 pm

Upstairs in the Rainbow Room – unplugged!

Jacqui McShee and Kevin Dempsey started working together when he was invited to play with Pentangle at the New Forest Folk Festival in July 2017. After this success they went on to the concert held in homage to Bert Jansch at Queens Hall, Edinburgh in August of the same year.

They got on well and so decided to play some gigs as a duo, working in Italy in May and August 2018, and also as support for Steeleye Span in Liverpool during their autumn tour.  More gigs in the UK and abroad are planned for 2019 along with a CD of new material.

Jacqui McShee

Jacqui McShee was a founder member of Pentangle, formed in early 1967 with the renowned guitarists Bert Jansch and John Renbourn. After the band folded in 1973 she continued working with John to form the John Renbourn Band and also performing with him as a duo until his untimely death.  Jacqui formed her own version of Pentangle in 1994 and continues to work in that format, as well as with Alan Thomson and Gerry Conway, as the trio, Take 3.

Kevin Dempsey

Kevin Dempsey is a guitarist, singer-songwriter, composer, teacher, arranger and producer. Over forty five years he has literally toured the world and played with jazz, blues and folk musicians from Percy Sledge and Alice Coltrane to Mary Black and Whippersnapper with Dave Swarbrick.

Currently Kevin is working with Joe Broughton, Carolyn Robson and Paul Hutchinson, but most of his time is dedicated to solo work and he has spent summer 2018 touring Germany, Austria and Italy.

Doors 7.30pm for 8.00pm.


Presented by the Cuckoo’s Nest Folk Club.


Comedians Working on Words
Sep 16 @ 8:00 pm

Comedian Lou Conran brings some of her pals to Leek, to practice some new material for their Edinburgh/Touring Stand Up Shows. Some of it will be comedy gold, and some of it will be ’new material’ that may never surface again. Come and watch the professionals doing their workings out before a crowd.

Pay on the door £5 or from our WeGotTickets site.

Doors 7.30pm

Starts 8pm

The Sisters Brothers (15)         
Sep 17 @ 7:45 pm – 9:45 pm

John C Reilly and Joaquin Phoenix star in French filmmaker Jacques Audiard’s (Rust and Bone) English language debut, a subtle and darkly funny Western. 1850s Oregan: the squabbling Sisters brothers, Eli and Charlie, are two rangy, disreputable guys  who are in fact assassins, beginning a new mission for the shadowy “Commodore”. The storytelling is broad and appealing, the narrative witty and delightfully offbeat, in a satisfying story that both subverts and indulges the typical Western.  Reilly and Phoenix are immensely watchable.

France/Spain/Romania/Belgium/USA  2018  122 mins   Dir:  Jacques Audiard


Cinema located on first floor – regrettably no disabled access.

Licensed bar, hot drinks available from 7 pm.

Advance tickets available from Foxlowe Gallery or online.

Tickets normally also available on the door.


BBFC Classification guidelines