Alison McCrea

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.

ST13 Nov-Dec 2018

An on-line copy of ST13 (No 54) is now available.

Follow the links for the full text:

ST13 COVER Nov-Dec 2018

ST13 INSIDE Nov-Dec 2018

Bob Newns – Ever Expanding Colour

Bob was Head of Art in High Schools and Associate Lecturer in PGCE at Manchester Metropolitan University. His paintings have been exhibited in a variety of centres in the North West.

During November and December his current Acrylic paintings can be viewed in the Foxlowe Cafe and also in the Upstairs Gallery.

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Gawain and the Green Knight – Crowdfunding Call

Gawain – diligence and faith by Sue Prince

A one-off arts event is taking place in Leek in November 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 will be 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.

To support the weekend’s events and make a pledge, please visit www.crowdfunder.co.uk/sir-gawain-leek and keep an eye out for updates and further information.  You can follow on Facebook at Sir Gawain and Leek or on Twitter @sirgawainleek.

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 and Saturday 17th November, everyone is invited to come to the college, 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.

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 crowdfunding campaign was launched on 24 September (running for four weeks) to raise the £3375 needed. There are lots of exciting rewards in return for sponsorship!

People can choose to be immortalised in this unique artwork by being depicted as a character from the poem, such as Sir Bertilak and his lovely wife, or King Arthur and Guinevere.  Other possibilities are Knights of the Round Table, several courtly ladies, and Morgan le Fay, Arthur’s wicked sister.  There are even a number of mythical beasts like the woodwose. Or perhaps your horse could be Gringolet, or your dog a hunting hound? Other rewards on offer are the opportunity to be a giant and take part in the annual Dr Plot’s celebration as Gawain or the Green Knight. or being taught how to play medieval bagpipes.  But if none of those tempt you, then there you will be able to pledge for copies of Sue Prince’s stunning finished artwork in various forms, or just make a donation, so there’s something for everyone and to suit every pocket!

To support the weekend’s events and make a pledge, please visit www.crowdfunder.co.uk/sir-gawain-leek and keep an eye out for updates and further information.  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.

Earth, Sea And Sky

Earth, Sea And Sky – Paintings by Philip Bennett.

A personal view

For two centuries our understanding of the English landscape has been shaped and conditioned by those great works of the 18th Century landscape painters. However, developments in the visual technologies over the past two decades have made looking and seeing on a micro and macro scale available to each and everyone of us. We are a very sophisticated visual society, and it can be said with certainty that we all perceive the world around us in very unique and individual ways.

Gigging the Blues Away

The ever-growing Leek Blues & Americana Festival is returning this autumn – and once again the Foxlowe will be one of the many venues across the town which will be hosting gigs.

First up will be the UK public premiere of the blues film Sidemen: Long Road to Glory (12A) on Tuesday October 2. Admission £5.

Then The Guy Tortora Band will be performing at the Foxlowe on Wednesday October 3. Born and raised in Pasadena, California, Guy Tortora is currently based in London. He is a guitar player of some accomplishment and a distinctive songwriter. He will be joined for this Foxlowe gig by Dave Luke and Chuck Micallef.

Then on Sunday October 7, there will be an amazing selection (FXLW Anericana) of some of the finest local, national and international Americana acts taking to the Foxlowe stage. The line-up is: Adam Coxon & Rick Ford, The Rye Sisters, Mean Mary & Frank James, Fine Lines, Lissy Taylor, and Strange Blue Dreams.

Wristbands £10 for 16 year olds and over.

Free admission for under 16s.

For further information about, and to purchase tickets for all Leek Blues & Americana gigs, visit www.leekblues.co.uk

Talks Programme – 2018

 

We have a regular programme of talks by local speakers on subjects of topical or local interest.

Autumn talks for 2018 are Leek’s Silk Heritage by Cathryn Walton on Wednesday, 19th September; Foxlowe: Launch of the Heritage Lottery Project by David Bell on Wednesday, 17th October and Leek: a Historic Pub Crawl by Neil Collingwood on Wednesday, 21st November.

All talks start at 7:30 pm.

For full details of all the talks, see the online Calendar (What’s On), which can be sorted by category (e.g. Talks).

The lecturers in this programme ‘gift’ their talks to Foxlowe, for which we thank them.

Admission is free, with a Bucket Collection, also for Foxlowe, for which we thank you.

 

 

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