Lynne McPeake

Lynne McPeake.    Inveterate sketcher and photographer Lynne has, in recent years, been experimenting with a more atmospheric and impressionistic approach to photography, as illustrated in this exhibition of work , inspired by Nature.



RECYCLING. The current exhibition in the Cafeteria & Cruso room illustrates a breadth of imagination, invention and creativity using scrap/ junk materials.

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Exhibitors  include : Collage and Sculpture –BORDERLAND VOICES
South African Drinks Cans – Remodelled
Papier-mâché — Contemporary
Photographs  Renowned Artists – Reworking everyday objects


New Film Programme for Spring

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The new film programme starts on Tuesday, 17th January.  The documentary films start on Wednesday, 1st February.

For details see What’s On or pick up a programme.  Copies are available in the vestibule at the Foxlowe and elsewhere around town.


Gallery – Into the Woods exhibition

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Into the Woods exhibition: Saturday 18 February – Saturday 1 April.

An exciting exhibition by a painter and  a wood turner:

Sue Prince
I am a contemporary British folk artist creating narrative paintings in traditional egg tempera paint (inspired by Swedish folk art); it’s like folk music only paint, in the Peak District National Park.

In a digital world of kittens, I tell stories, responding to current events, celebrating rural life and commenting on our society in a very different way. All over the world folk artists produce an unfiltered view of what matters to human beings; rites of passage, work, food, weather, protest, life and death.

I make my own egg tempera paint, a technique learned in Sweden where I have helped revive this form in its native place. I use egg yolk and a limited palette of natural pigments to make my own paints. I work on herringbone weave, natural linen or stretched cotton canvas with real rabbit skin glue and chalk gesso.

For me, living on my family’s organic farm, this art form is as natural and organic as I can get. I see the world around me and following in ancient footsteps I interpret what I see in the way it’s been done for centuries.

I am running courses through 2017 where you can learn to produce your own folk art painting.

Bonad paintings by Sue Prince

Bonad paintings by Sue Prince

Chris Farrow
I have always loved wood and I have always loved simplicity. Woodturning gives me the opportunity to combine these loves to create simple but beautiful bowls that allow the natural beauty of the wood to stand front & centre. Even the ugliest piece of wood can be coerced into a lovely form that releases the hidden beauty inside. I work mainly with fairly fresh ‘green’ wood sourced almost exclusively from within my local area, much of it from my own garden. Most of the wood I turn is still wet and prone to bending, warping and cracking even as it is turned. For me it is these ‘imperfections’ that are the real beauty, imbuing each piece with its own unique character and personality. My bowls are made to be handled and enjoyed, to be explored by touch as well as by eye. They are made to last and to be enjoyed for many generations.


‘Into the Woods’ runs from 18 February to 1 April at the Foxlowe Gallery, upstairs at the Foxlowe Arts Centre.

Foxlowe Gallery is open Wednesday to Saturday 10am-4pm and the first Sunday of every month (11am-4pm).

A special preview evening takes place on Friday 17 February, 7-9pm, and there will be an opportunity for visitors to meet the artists on later dates.

Meet the Artist
Sue Prince – Sat 4 March, 12-2.30pm
Chris Farrow  – Sat 25 March, 12-2.30pm

Gallery – Symphony of Colour


An exciting exhibition by four professional artists and makers.


Christmas and New Year Closing Times


We hope all our visitors and supporters have a wonderful holiday.  We will be closed for three days at both Christmas and the New Year but look forward to seeing you again when we re-open.

25th, 26th and 27th December.

New Year
1st, 2nd and 3rd January.



Tens of thousands of years ago Prehistoric Cave Artists depicted the animals that they hunted. Artists throughout the Ages have produced images of food and feasting.


On display in the Cafeteria are contemporary collages  and reproductions of works by such artists, ranging across centuries. (E.g. Carravaggio, Matisse, Warhol). The paintings reflect the rich variety of styles that have resulted.



Collages  PAT BENNETT.

‘Thanksgiving’ NORMAN ROCKWELL.

Painsley Catholic College


PAINSLEY CATHOLIC COLLEGE.  The work displayed was produced by current year 10 students in the first year of their GCSE Art course. They selected and presented work on their chosen theme within ‘Natural Form’ This  includes their own studies in a variety of media ,as well as inspirational images and examples of work by Artists who have inspired them.

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DOUGLAS MACMILLAN HOSPICE – Expressions of Care Project


A bright and cheerful display of artwork from local schools can now be viewed in the Cafe and Cruso room.  The array of creative collages represent a selection of schools’ work from the 2016 ‘Expressions of Care art project’, run by Douglas Macmillan Hospice.


The first prize winner in this year’s competition is a large 3D sunflower created by students of St Edward’s CE (C) First School.  Their submission shows a sunflower, representing the DMH mascot, and butterflies as symbols of the peace and tranquility provided by the hospice.

Beresford Memorial First School, also in Leek, were winners in the ‘flowers design’ section.  Their design also includes the sunflower logo, this time made with recycled plastic pop bottles.

Jonathan Mathers, the fund-raising co-ordinator for Dougie Mac, describes how the charity goes into schools to talk to the children about the purpose of hospices.  Each school is then given a 1m square blank canvas on which to express their understanding of hospice care.

ST13 Nov-Dec 2016


An on-line copy of ST13 (No 42) is now available.

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