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.


Third Quadrant (Inventive Progressive Rock) with Support from High Spy
Aug 3 @ 7:45 pm

Third Quadrant are a progressive rock band first formed in the early 80’s reactivated in 2012. https://thirdquadrant.bandcamp.com/

Since 2012 Third Quadrant have played the prestigious HRH prog festival twice, supported Focus (yes, THE Focus) and played numerous independent gigs and festivals. They play big songs with symphonic sounds described by Prog magazine as ‘tuneful and inventive’.

Support from HIGH SPY.




Mind Body and Wellness Event
Aug 10 @ 10:30 am – 4:00 pm

Blue Butterfly Events is going to the Staffordshire Moorlands for this event. A beautiful part of our country, the wonderful Peak District. We will be bringing together local Stall holders, Therapists and Readers to the fabulous Foxlowe Arts Centre in Leek.

Please join us for a relaxing, spiritual and joyful event.

Refreshment available.



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

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

Martin Harley
Oct 2 @ 7:30 pm

Martin Harley is a supremely talented acoustic roots and blues guitarist, singer and songwriter with a burgeoning global reputation.

The new studio album ‘Static In The Wires’ was released in February 2017, it was produced by Martin & Daniel Kimbro and recorded in Nashville. It follows the critically acclaimed ‘Live At Southern Ground. A ‘Spellbinding 50 minutes’ as The Observer put it. It is Martin’s 7th album to date and the 2nd to feature Daniel Kimbro as well as 14 time Grammy winner Jerry Douglas (Ray Charles, Eric Clapton, Dolly Parton), Derek Mixon (Chris Stapleton, Sam Lewis) and Micah Hulsher (Alabama Shakes). The album was tracked live at Wow & Flutter Studios in East Nashville over four days. Engineered and mixed by analogue guru Joe V McMahan making use of every corner of the space. The drums sounded great in the kitchen and if you listen carefully you can hear the freight trains rolling past.

The two musicians met through a mutual friend Sam Lewis at Hippie Jack’s music festival in Crawford Tennessee. After a brief backstage rehearsal, the two took to the stage for an hour of largely improvised music. A few weeks later they were cutting a record at Zac Brown’s iconic Southern Ground studios. Their live shows seek to bring aspects of blues, Americana and folk to the table. Martin plays a 100 year Weissenborn (Hawaiian acoustic lap guitar), Daniel plucks beats, scratches and bows his double bass to create and an unexpected array of textures and sounds.

Recently Martin has headlined Music City Roots in Nashville, performed on the Cayamo Cruise with Chris Stapleton, toured coast to coast with ZZ Ward, Delta Rae and opened for Iron & Wine, Bruce Hornsby, Five for Fighting, World Party, Beth Hart, Joe Bonamassa amongst many others. His music has features on hit TV shows such as the Vampire Diaries, Banshee, America best Bars and VH1’s Morning Buzz. Last summer in Canada he and Daniel played Winnipeg, Vancouver, Canmore and Calgary Folk Music Festivals as well as shows in the Caribbean, the US and Europe.

Daniel has played the Ryman Auditorium, Grand Ole Opry, Tennessee Theatre, Bonnaroo, Telluride Bluegrass Festival, MerleFest, Hardly Strictly, Bluegrass, StordFest, The Kate Wolf Folk Festival, The Edmonton Folk Festival, New Orleans Jazz Fest, The Blue Note Tokyo, Chateau St. Michelle, Jammin at Hippie Jacks (Jack’s) and many more.

“Harley offers the listener a masterclass in taste, style and roots blues” – *Guitarist Magazine***

“Martin is arguably the best Weissenborn player in the UK and has been for many years.” – *Weissenborn Exchange**

“No doubt that he is a slide guitar master. He is the business” – *Roots Magazine***

“Awesome” – *Johnnie Walker, BBC Radio 2***

“Quite simply a great live act” – *Time Out London*

Biscuithead and the Biscuit Badgers
Oct 5 @ 1:30 pm

For all ages! A fabulous, family, festival feature for Leek Blues & Americana 2019. Vintage style jazz/blues. Songs about science, dinosaurs, seaweed, cheese and much,  much more. Free biscuits on arrival!!!

Faster than a speeding puffin, more chocolatey than a chocolate labrador, descending from apes (if they are tall enough) Biscuithead and the Biscuit Badgers release your ears to play backgammon undisturbed. Tuba, piano, drums, ukulele, tickling and rubbing your senses into a fun stew. Enjoy yourselves, if you can; Biscuithead and the Biscuit Badgers are greater than you think!

“My favourite album of the year…every track on it is a gem. The lyrics are a thing of beauty”
Alan Raw, BBC Introducing

“Sometimes I love bands because their music is so exquisitely crafted and sometimes simply because it’s irresistibly daft. In the case of Biscuithead and the Biscuit Badgers it’s both!”
Tom Robinson, BBC 6 Music

“Riotous fun, catchy melodies combined with bonkers lyrics and a winning stage charm. The perfect example of family music done really right. They have every child, adult and grandparent at Just So singing their songs weeks before they arrive; demands for their return the next year before their current set has even finished”  Cathryn Peach, Just So Festival

“If surreal was a path, Biscuithead & the Biscuit Badgers are floating above the grass alongside it on a cabbage”
Michael Chenhangerangeran, Metro

“Classic English surreality, a delightful mix of Vic Reeves Big Night Out, Bonzos and Music Hall. I want to marry them all”
Bob Fischer, BBC Radio Tees

“It was epic! The Badgers played a stormer and had the crowd eating out of their hand”
Steve Haddrel WOMAD.

General admission: £7.00.

Family ticket: Admits 4 people. At least one must be an accompanying adult. £20.00.

1:00pm doors

1:30pm start.

Fern Brady: Power and Chaos
Oct 11 @ 7:15 pm

As seen on Live from the BBC, Live from the Comedy Store, The Russell Howard Hour, and Live at the Apollo, Fern is one of the UK’s hottest comedy stars.  Known for being totally unique and completely fearless, her new show will tackle sexuality, feminism, power, Brexit, Britishness, Scottishness and nationality, all with her caustic wit, exceptional writing and electric stage craft.

Fern is embarking on her biggest tour to date with the show debuting in Australia before heading out across the UK and Europe.

Featured in Vogue as one of the Top 5 Female Comedians as well as the Telegraph’s top 5 young comedians to watch, Fern’s career has gone stratospheric in the last 18months.  She’s had viral success with her BBC Life Lessons, stormed the Australian comedy scene and supported Frankie Boyle and Katherine Ryan on Tour.

Doors 7.15pm


Apple Fest 2019
Oct 12 @ 11:00 am – 2:00 pm

Join us to celebrate this year’s apple bounty.

Convert your windfalls and surplus apples into delicious juice.

  • Watch or join the apple juicing – with a traditional screw press and a modern electric mill (to prepare the fruit) that everyone can help to feed.
  • Taste (and maybe buy) some unusual apple varieties from Brogdale (National Fruit Collection) in Kent.
  • Have a go at identifying unknown apple varieties.
  • Try the apple peeler/corer/slicer.
  • Taste our apple cakes and treats.
  • Bring any surplus apples for juicing (plus bottles to take the juice away) – details below.
  • Garden fruit hunt.
  • Jam and chutney.
  • Locally produced cider to taste and buy.
  • Appley food in the cafe.

Free Entry – All Welcome

If you want your apples juiced:

  • Bring apples (up to 9kg or 3 carrier bags) in reasonable condition. Windfalls are OK, as long as there is no rot and you don’t have animals grazing near your tree(s).
  • Help us wash, mill, press and bottle your apples (better still, bring them already washed).
  • Provide containers for your juice (ideally 75cl wine bottles).
  • Cost is 75p per 75cl bottle of juice, plus 25p for optional pasteurising.

If you need to have your juice pasteurised, please supply one clean glass wine bottle (or 75cl equivalent) with a screw cap for every two and a half kilogrammes of apples that you bring. Glass bottles in good condition with screw caps are necessary for pasteurising. Please note, we can’t guarantee that you will get the same bottles back.

If you intend to drink the juice quickly, you can store it for a few days (up to 3)  in the fridge. In that case pasteurising will not be necessary and you can bring any sort of bottle. Well rinsed plastic bottles are suitable. If the juice is not pasteurised you can take it away immediately. It will taste even better than the pasteurised juice and cost less but must be used up quickly.

If you have more than 9kg (20lb), please contact us, as we can arrange separate pressing sessions for large quantities.

Contact: 07753172564 or e-mail nd.williams47@btinternet.com

The Pitmen Poets
Oct 17 @ 7:30 pm

The Pitmen Poets – a Night of Songs and Stories.

Laced with North East humour and humanity from Billy Mitchell, Bob Fox, Benny Graham and Jez Lowe.

“Whoever’s idea it was to bring these four together for a show should be awarded a gold medal for services to music.”

Doors 7.30pm for 8.00pm.


Presented by the Cuckoo’s Nest Folk Club.