Vistas & Visions Exhibition

Chris-Thompson1If the objective of the Vistas and Visions exhibition is to inspire more people to make time to be creative, then by Christmas 2015 we may well see some brand new talent in the Foxlowe Gallery.

If you’ve ever wondered what stimulates people to create visual arts, this exhibition may offer some insight. Erica Brook herself shows how explorations of colour, line, shape and form often take precedence over her subject matter. With this starting point, patterns and symbols of heritage and place emerge as if by magic. Pam How creates narrative images with linocuts, progressing designs from her deeply rooted family and community connections.

Although both David Hunt and Michael Sadler take their inspiration from similar subject matter such as landscape, place and time, David Hunt uses mixed media to create hauntingly atmospheric pictures many local people will recognise. Michael Sadler’s abstracts are precise, bold and vibrant depictions of shape and colour. Margaret Brothwell describes her own process of painting that allows for change, evolving until the emotional content is captured, resulting in wonderfully vibrant images.

Chris Thompson’s Bird Sculptures encompass found objects to create mini stories with quirky figures. Each of Virginia Kent Baguley’s tiny knitted dolls, made with scraps of wool, burst with character and charm. Vivienne Ross’s fine ceramics portray amusing domestic relationships with their stretched limbs and a preponderance of fingers and toes. Three more ceramicists work in intriguingly different ways: Hazel Higham, with her folk art influences, Gareth Davies having a strong classical base and for Gill MacMillan it’s nature that inspires elegance in each of her pieces.

As an exhibition designed to honour the purpose of the Foxlowe Vistas and Visions has succeeded in demonstrating diversity, skill and passion in abundance! The exhibition closes on Saturday 10th January 2015. Items sold for Christmas gifts are replaced by the artists almost immediately.

Open Wednesday to Saturday, 10am-4pm & Sunday 11am-4pm.

Seeing the light at the Foxlowe

What has Rick Stein’s SHOAL at his Padstow Fish Restaurant got to do with the Foxlowe Arts Centre?

First correct answer via Foxlowe Facebook awarded two complimentary tickets for the fund-raising SONGS for GAZA concert at the Foxlowe on Sunday 23rd November 2-5pm. (see calendar in what’s on?)



The Moorland Gathering 15th November 10.00am – 5.30pm


A day of talks, stalls, tarot and more !

Mick Walters a local historian on phantom big cats
Lyn Tan-Watson Herbalist and author
Hazel Lyth explaining palmistry with practical sessions
Philip Main on artefacts found at Stonhenge

Plus stalls, crafts, candles, crystals, jewellery, books, paintings, cloaks and robes, incense, natural products, Renowned Tarot readers  and much more……

Songs for Gaza 23rd November 2014


SONGS for GAZA fund-raising concert for the Malnourished children’s project in Gaza run by the UK charity Medical Aid for Palestinians (MAP)

Headlined by the acclaimed folk singer and song writer LEON ROSSELSON with Janet Russell and Peter Shirley, Rick Ford, Brian Bull & Chris Algar, Peace through Folk Choir, Red Lion Singers and the children’s Crewe Peace Crew school choir, the three hour concert promises brilliant entertainment laced with emotion and empathy for the bombed and abused Palestinians of Gaza.

Songs for Gaza concert was initiated by the Leek Quakers and the Leek-Palestine Link Group, is programmed by local legendary folk singer and founder of the Peace through Folk group Malcolm Hawksworth and is hosted by the Foxlowe Arts Centre, Market Place, Leek, north Staffordshire ST13 6AD

For more info about MAP click here 


Anti-Capitalist RoadShow

Update on the Anti-Capitalist Roadshow.

  • The wrong date is on the tickets – the gig is on TUESDAY 16th April (not 10th as printed)
  • Roy Bailey has been replaced in the line up by Leon Rosselson

Tickets are available online at www.foxloweartscentre.org.uk/tickets or from the Foxlowe Arts Centre or Colloco sheepmarket.

Just to remind you of the line up – Peggy Seeger, Grace Petrie, Janet Russell, Jim Woodland and Leon Rosselson – tickets are £10 or £8 for concessions.

For more information on the gig see the event listing here: http://www.foxloweartscentre.org.uk/ai1ec_event/anti-capitalist-roadshow/?instance_id=2910

Peggy Seeger plays at Foxlowe Arts Centre

One of the best regarded folk singers in the UK and USA, Peggy Seeger will be playing The Foxlowe Arts Centre on April 16 as part of the Anti Capitalist Roadshow.

Margaret “Peggy” Seeger is an American folk singer. She is also well known in Britain, where she lived for more than 30 years with her husband, the singer and songwriter Ewan MacColl. Ewan wrote for her the classic, well know ballad ‘First Time Ever I Saw Your Face’ covered by the likes of Johnny Cash, Leona Lewis and Shirley Bassey to name just a few.

Peggy is appearing along with Roy Bailey, Grace Petrie and Jim Woodland as part of the ‘Anti-Capitalist Roadshow’. Carrying on the tradition of the American folk activist movement you can be sure of a night of world class quality music from some of the best singer songwriters ever heard in Leek and The Moorlands.

Tickets are £10 (£8 for concessions) and are available from Foxlowe Arts Centre, Colloco and online from www.foxloweartscentre.org.uk/tickets.

The Anti-capitalist Roadshow, Celebrating Subversion
Tuesday April 16th, Doors 8pm.

Mel Hill & his Fine & Dandy Jazz Band

In the second lead in performance to this year’s Leek Arts Festival. ‘The Foxlowe Sessions’ are presenting :-

Mel Hill and his ‘Fine and Dandy Jazz Band’
Foxlowe Arts Centre
Friday 8th March 2013
Tickets £6 form Foxlowe Arts Centre or Colloco in Sheepmarket or online at www.foxloweartscentre.org.uk/tickets

There will be a range of Jazz styles including a journey through the Great American Songbook

Mel Hill is well-known as a trumpeter, broadcaster and jazz music writer – an all-round expert whose career spanned education, network radio and his long-running local radio jazz show.

Mel retired from his jazz show on September 5th, 2007 after 19 years continuous service to jazz radio. What began as a regional specialist music show more recently developed into a cult worldwide hit much appreciated by a whole new audience thanks to the world wide web. Indeed, you made Mel Hill’s Jazz the most popular Listen Again show produced by BBC Local Radio with around 20,000 hits each month. A wonderful selection of music, plus Mel’s vast knowledge and relaxed presentation style proved a winning combination.

Flossie Malavialle – Live Foxlowe Sessions, Friday Feb 8th

This Friday, Feb 8th sees the debut of French folk singer Flossie Malavialle at Foxlowe Arts Centre.
Tickets are only £8 from Foxlowe Arts Centre, Colloco or online

Here’s a video – have a listen

But don’t just take our word for it, here’s what other people say about Flossie:

“Flossie has a voice as clear and tuneful as a lark, with a pureness of quality to stop you in your tracks in the forest of a song”
Colum Sands

“A truly impressive voice and excellent stage presence”
Tanglefoot, Canada

“Flossie’s great! She came over from France and wowed everybody with her sensational voice, her gutsy guitar style, eclectic repertoire and franglais patter”
Vin Garbutt

“To have a song covered by a voice with the beauty, clarity and passion of Flossie is a pleasure that should be enjoyed by all songwriters”
Kieran Halpin

“Flossie is inspiring! She sings every song with such skill and commitment. She even sings my songs better than me! It’s great to have her on our scene”
Allan Taylor

“Here’s a sensational performer. She intrigues listeners with her quaint French-Geordie accent and charms them with her stories and ready laughter. Yet it’s her singing that bowls them over. An artist’s artist, a people’s artist, here’s a mammoth talent emphatically radiating that magical X-factor. A veritable show stopper!”
Wheaton Aston Festival

Original Songs & Words by Buxton Open Mic Performers


Date for your diary – Thursday December 6th.

Buxton open mic performers will be performing at Foxlowe arts centre.

On the bill are the fantastic:

  • Jack Regan : master word contortionist and killer rhymer.
  • Hilary Iredale : songs to have you smiling one minute and in tears the next.
  • Susannah Thompson : colourful poet who speaks from the heart.
  • Johnny Dysfunctional : sweet melodies and dark and witty laments.
  • Julian Cohen : compere and performance poet.
It’s a free event but if you’d like you can make a donation to support Foxlowe arts centre.


The Smears playing at Foxlowe arts centre

Playing in the New Year – January 4th, more details soon in the meantime have a look at this great video