Gallery – Unique Artwork for Christmas!
Nov 18 2017 @ 10:00 am – Jan 13 2018 @ 4:00 pm

Staffordshire Artists Co-operative are delighted to be opening their second joint exhibition at the Foxlowe Arts Centre in November. All work will be available to buy and take home – perfect timing for Christmas gifts. With the wide range of art and craft on display, all hand made in Staffordshire, you are sure to find gifts for everyone.

Staffordshire Artists Co-operative set up in February 2009 with the shared aim of finding a way to get Staffordshire art on to the High Street. In May 2009, with just seven members, they opened the doors to Gallery at 12, in Eccleshall. Since then, the Co-operative has grown steadily with 18 members with the potential to grow further.

The range of art within the Co-operative has broadened and now includes paintings, photography, ceramics, glasswork, sculptures, metalwork, beaded and silver jewellery, textile art, home furnishings, paper sculpture and wood work.

The Co-operative members are keen to contribute to the wider artistic community and with that aim Gallery at 12 hosts a charity day, twice a year, to support and promote Shape Arts, a charity which helps empower people with learning difficulties to work more inclusively within the arts sector. The members also encourage young Staffordshire artists by teaming up with local Rotary groups to judge competitions where the winners are given their own exhibition and open day in the gallery.

There will be an exhibition preview on Friday 17th November, 7 – 9pm, all welcome.

Co-operative members participating in are: Angela Smith Jeweller working creatively with wire, glass, beads and semi-precious stones. Helen Cartlidge artist working in watercolour, inks, collage and mixed media. Lyn Cooke Silversmith jeweller. Pom Fuller Watercolour artist, teaches and runs workshops. Tina Paramore Papier Mache sculptor and artist. Tom Hackney Abstract artist and furniture restorer. Sally Hadley  Photographer, hand-made papers and pressed flower artist. Jo Hill textile artist specialising in wall art and home furnishing. Vance Lupton wood turner. Mike Wheeley abstract artist and sculptor. Louise Spencer textile artist, felt and silk scarves and accessories. Craig Sumner fine artist working in oil, watercolour, pastel pen and ink. Wayne Tomlinson Mixed media painter of land and seascapes.  Jo Hearn Ceramic and glass artist. Charis Jones Metalwork artist, blacksmith. Ronnie Cruwys Pen and ink street drawings and painting traditional egg tempera icons.

Preview Evening 7.00-9.00pm, Friday 17th November 2017.  Exhibition concludes Saturday 13th January 2018. 

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


For further information please contact Gallery co-ordinator

Jane Leigh – 07941548512


Churchill (PG)
Nov 21 @ 7:45 pm – 9:45 pm

Churchill tells the story of the 48 hours before the D-Day landings in 1944. Allied Forces are on the brink of action, with a massive army secretly assembled on Britain’s south coast posed to re-take Nazi-occupied Europe – all waiting for Churchill’s potentially triumphant (or totally disastrous) OK. Drawing heavily on Churchill’s (Brian Cox) relationship with his beloved wife Clementine (Miranda Richardson) and with an excellent wider supporting cast, this immersive biopic reveals the terrifying anxieties, both personal and political, at the heart of a fascinating man and historical moment.

UK  2017  110 mins  


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.


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Urban Folk Quartet
Nov 23 @ 8:00 pm

“UFQ are impossibly wonderful” – fRoots

“Seriously exceptional musicians” – R2 (Rock ‘n’ Reel)

“Up there with the best of them – amazing musicians.” – BBC Radio 2 Folk Show

In an age where the word “folk” encompasses everything from acoustic pop to hardcore traditional music, the use of such labels to distinguish one musical experience from another has arguably been stretched farther than ever.

The Urban Folk Quartet’s distinguishing features have much less to do with the traditional idea of genre. Yes, this is fiddle-led music that draws heavily from celtic dance forms and traditional song but from there on in it is unlike any folk band you have ever heard. Just as English country dance unassumingly met with big band jazz musicianship in the mid 20th century, The UFQ’s approach to the folk ethos is to embrace any and every influence that genuinely makes sense of their time and place and makes sense in their music. From funk grooves to middle-eastern melodies, afrobeat to north Indian rhythms.

“A sizzling hot ensemble who fuse folk with elements of dub, house and rock with an ease that shouldn’t naturally follow that list of genres. Built on the rhythms of a cajón-wielding percussionist and oud-playing bassist, the phenomenal fiddlers led the quartet in one of the tightest line-ups I have ever seen.” – Olivia Haughton, Songlines

The first of those phenomenal fiddlers is Galician Paloma Trigás, who has shared stages and recorded with with the likes of The Chieftains, Sharon Shannon and Altan, during her tenure touring the stadiums of the world with Spain’s biggest folk star, Carlos Nuñez. The second is Joe Broughton (Albion Band, Bellowhead, Joss Stone) long established on the folk scene as the fieriest English fiddler and showman of his generation. Also an exceptional guitarist and mandolin player, in UFQ Joe deftly shares multi-instrumentalist duties (often mid-song) with Dan Walsh. Touted as one of the finest banjo players in the country as well as a gifted singer and guitarist, Dan (Seth Lakeman Band, The Levellers, Walsh & Pound) joined UFQ in 2014, as guitarist, oud player and founding member Frank Moon stepped out of touring life. The lineup is completed by Tom Chapman, widely considered to be the most accomplished and innovative cajonero the UK has to offer.
With the vibrant and diverse Birmingham music scene as a fundamental influence, UFQ is a truly international band. Foreign touring and globally- influenced music have been at the heart of what they do since day one, when in June 2009 their first four gigs took place in four different countries.

Since then UFQ’s trail has blazed across the world, playing everything from secluded coves to 30,000 capacity festival fields, igniting audiences and winning them a devoted fan base from The Bay of Biscay to edge of The North Pacific. UFQ’s cross-genre appeal sees them occupying a singular position, crossing scenes and continents and sharing bills with the most eclectic range of artists. It only gets wilder…

Check out recent features on UFQ at Folk Radio UK.

Keith James in Concert
Nov 24 @ 8:00 pm


Keith James in Concert – The Songs of Leonard Cohen. His wonderful Tower of Songs –  stripped back, desolate, naked and sensual.

Enigmatic, mysterious and sub textural, songwriter Leonard Cohen was an unflinching character, with an exact sense of prose, a wry humour and courage to wrestle with the unspoken, forgiving human frailty with the brush of each line.

The chilling announcement of Leonard’s passing marked the end of an era. His music befriended an entire generation. Within every line of his writing, he has been challenging us to listen more carefully, speak more thoughtfully, think more deeply and recognize our own fragility.. A Man of Grace. This World will miss him very much!..

With a lifetime reputation of performing in this exact way and an undying love of the ‘pure song’ Keith James gives you a concert of Cohen’s amazing material in the most intimate and sensitive way imaginable, exposing the solitary inner strength of his greatest songs in their original perfect form.

Amongst a concert of such songs as; Famous Blue Raincoat, Sisters of Mercy, Suzanne and Hallelujah, are also Poems by Lorca that Keith has set to music; Cohen’s greatest influence. There will also be songs from ‘You want it Darker’ released only 3 weeks before his death – produced by his son, Adam.

‘Some of the most atmospheric and emotive music you will ever hear’  The Independent

‘Keith James has become a pillar of trust. A sublimely intimate and engaging voice’  Sunday Times

‘an elegant and beautifully crafted reinterpretation of a great Artist’s words’  BBC Radio Scotland

‘certainly the UK’s most celebrated and evocative interpreter of golden music’   The Guardian

‘All the tears of time are shed in a few brief lines’  Times Literary Supplement

‘a sensitive and pleasingly understated delivery, all the better that the songs might speak for themselves’  Acoustic Magazine


Doors: 7.30pm

Starts: 8.00pm

Tickets: £12.00

Tickets available online or from the Foxlowe Gallery (upstairs Wednesday-Saturday).  Otherwise in the Cafe downstairs.  Both are open 10:00 am to 4:00 pm.

Ferocious Dog – 3 Piece Acoustic
Nov 25 @ 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm

Off the back of a busy summer of festivals, sold-out shows and excursions into Europe, Ferocious Dog are hitting the road with a run of intimate 3-piece shows. Bringing deeply personal lyrics, infused with folk, rock, reggae and Celtic vibrations to the masses, Ken Bonsall, Dan Booth and John Leonard will be whipping up a musical maelstrom in a slightly more personal setting than their recent sold-out shows or main-stage festival slots have allowed. It is certainly not a show to be missed!

Ferocious Dog are the new noise on the block – and are surprising everyone with their rapid ascent. There is no way they’re following any hipster templates – fronted by a big burly man with a mohican who sings impassioned political songs of broken Britain whilst his band seethes like a punky Levellers – they are the music business’s worst nightmare – a great band who are going to make it without anyone’s permission”. (John Robb, Louder Than War, Glastonbury, 5th July 2016).

2016 was a defining year for Ferocious Dog. From playing Billy Bragg’s Left Field stage at Glastonbury in front of a massive crowd, to sharing the stage with The Levellers on their sold out European and UK tour in November and December and many sold out shows in-between. Ferocious Dog left the audience under no doubt that they had witnessed a band that has the talent and passion to go on to dominate the folk/punk music scene.

Fences (12A)
Nov 28 @ 7:45 pm – 10:00 pm

Denzel Washington adapts, directs and stars in August Wilson’s Pulitzer prize-winning play, creating a compelling critique of masculinity. Troy Maxson (Denzel Washington) is a middle-aged, embittered African-American father who once dreamed of being a professional baseball player, but now works as a waste collector. He spends his time going over old glories with his best friend Jim Bono and his wife Rose (award winning Viola Davies), who’s heard all his stories before. And when their sons refuse to give up on their dreams as Troy did, his resentments gradually begin to pull the family apart.

“Denzel Washington and Viola Davies light up the screen in this adaptation” Time Out.

USA  2016 139 mins


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.

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Artist & Designers Fair
Dec 2 @ 10:00 am – Dec 3 @ 4:00 pm

Your chance to buy stunning original handcrafted items directly from the artists and designers/makers, including contemporary jewellery, ceramics, photography, painting and textiles. It’s the perfect opportunity to pick up ideal Christmas gifts or treat yourself, plus visit the Foxlowe Arts Centre Café.

Picture courtesy of Sarah Taylor.

The Staffordshire Contemporary Artist and Designers Fair is now in its 6th year attracting a wide range of contemporary artists and designers and customers from all over the UK.

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My Cousin Rachel (12A)
Dec 5 @ 7:45 pm – 9:45 pm

A dark romance, My Cousin Rachel tells the story of a young Englishman (Philip Ashley) who plots revenge against his mysterious, beautiful cousin, believing that she murdered his guardian. But his feelings become complicated as he finds himself falling under the beguiling spell of her charms.  This 2017 version written and directed by Roger Michell  stars Rachel Weisz and Sam Claflin as Rachel and Philip.

“Rachel Weisz gives Olivia De Havilland (star of the 1952 film) a run for her money in a new screen version of Du Maurier’s twisty tale.….. Pitting Weisz’s captivating 19th-century widow against Sam Claflin’s baby-faced man-boy Philip Ashley, this saucily subversive dark romance mixes old-fashioned costumed intrigue with lustily modern psychological twists and post-Freudian thrills.”  Mark Kermode, The Observer.

UK, 2017, 116mins

This film replaces the postponed Maudie.


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

The Yes Men Are Revolting
Dec 6 @ 7:45 pm – 9:15 pm

For two decades, the Yes Men have pulled off spectacular media hoaxes to expose corporate crimes. Now, these hilarious activists are approaching middle age, struggling to stay inspired in their fight against climate change. Can they get it together before the ice caps melt?

“It’s one thing for political pranksters to play dirty tricks on corporations whose agendas they oppose, but it’s quite another for their shenanigans to be carried out with the ingenuity and humor of comic performance art.” New York Times
USA 2015 91 min


Free entry – donations welcome.

Cinema located on first floor – regrettably no disabled access.

Licensed bar, hot drinks available from 7 pm.

There will be a Fairtrade stall in the bar before the start of the film.


Funhouse Comedy Club
Dec 7 @ 8:30 pm

Christmas Special – the following great live acts…
JUSTIN MOORHOUSE, JAKE LAMBERT, Freddie Farrell, Mark Woodrow

Compere Barry Dodds


Tickets are £10.00 in advance from the Foxlowe box office.

Ages 14+

Doors 7.30pm

Show 8.30pm

For more details, follow the link to FUNHOUSE COMEDY CLUB, LEEK.