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Headlining the 2019 programme will be folk superstar Cara Dillon. Cara has risen to become one of the finest exponents of traditional Irish song anywhere in the world. She has a rare and unique voice that has been lauded since her very beginnings, winning the All Ireland singing trophy in 1989 – aged only 14. She’s won countless awards and accolades including “Album Of The Year” at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards, The Meteor Music Award for “Best Irish Female”, and Tatler’s “Woman Of The Year in Music” and has appeared in prestigious concert halls and at festivals the world over.

Another newcomer to Leek Arts Festival in 2019 will be American singer-songwriter Dean Friedman who gave us silky hits like Lucky Stars and Ariel in the 1970s and is championed today by our very own Gaby Roslin and Jonathan Ross. Dean’s never really gone away – he’s just been busy over the years  producing a string of albums of precision-crafted songs in his own inimitable style.

Adding a touch of humour to the 2019 festival will be three lads who claim to be the illegitimate sons of a hugely popular and much-missed Irish entertainer. The Bar-Steward Sons of Val Doonican are a guaranteed crowd-pleaser whose hilarious parodies of popular songs by some of the world’s biggest artists – including The Police, Abba, the Bee Gees and Chris de Burgh – ensure sell performances wherever they play.

Festival favourites Fairport Convention, together with the fabulous Birmingham Conservatoire Folk Ensemble and the Peak District Big Band will also feature in the 2019 festival programme, along with many other events, both at the Foxlowe and other venues in town.

Full details of events at Foxlowe Arts Centre can be found on the What’s On calendar.  For details of the full programme, go to Leek Arts Festival 2019.

Tickets are available at the Foxlowe Box Office, or on-line (see details on individual event posts).

Spring Film Programme

The much anticipated new film programme starts on the 22nd January and what a great one, including Peterloo, a major new cinematic work with huge contemporary relevance; Children Act, starring Emma Thompson; The Wife, starring Glenn Close and Jonathan Pryce, and Under the Tree, long-waited in Leek.

We start with BlacKkKlansman, which won director Spike Lee the coveted Grand Prix from Cannes, and then King of Thieves, the story of the notorious Hatton Garden robbery, with a stellar cast led by Sir Michael Caine.

The Wednesday documentary programme starts with Versus, a film about the life and films of much-lauded film-maker Ken Loach, followed by a new film, Bikes vs. Cars, on the challenges facing cities around the world in safely accommodating the needs of both cyclists and motorists.  The Swedish director, Fredrik Gertten, already has a following in Leek, with two of his acclaimed films Bananas!* and Big Boys Gone Bananas having been well-received at the Foxlowe.

Printed programmes and tickets will be available very soon, but full details, trailers and links for on-line tickets can be found in the What’s On calendar.  You can also download an electronic copy of the programme here.

Information is also available on Facebook, via Foxlowe Films and Foxlowe Arts Centre

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.

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.

Autumn Film Programme

Our new film programme starts on Tuesday, 11th September and the first film will be Ladybird (15).  The Children’s Matinee will be the hilarious Early Man (PG), but please note that this will be screened on a Tuesday afternoon (30th October), as was the previous children’s film.  The film will be preceded by a morning creative workshop at Haregate Community Centre from 10.30 to 12.30.  For details see the printed programme or the website entry for the film.

As ever, Foxlowe Films aim where possible to match films in the programme to other events in Leek.  This season, we are proud to be screening Sidemen: Long Road to Glory (12A) on the eve of the Leek Blues and Americana Festival. This film is an intimate look at the lives and legacies of three legendary bluesmen: piano player Pinetop Perkins, drummer Willie ‘Big Eyes’ Smith, and guitarist Hubert Sumlin, all Muddy Waters and Howlin’ Wolf sidemen.

Later in the season we will be joining other groups in the town to mark the 100th anniversary of the Armistice, a landmark event.  In the week following the 11th November, we will be screening The Breadwinner (12A), a film about an 11-year old girl growing up under the Taliban in Afghanistan in 2001.  It’s a luminous tale about growing up in an ever-changing world of conflict and oppression, the strength of girls, and the power of stories to sustain hope through dark times.

The Wednesday documentary on the following day is A Bold Peace (UC), which outlines Costa Rica’s groundbreaking experiment undertaken over 65 years ago to improve the nation’s welfare by disbanding their army and redirecting national resources to public education and universal health care.  We are excited to be able to screen this film, as it does not appear to have been widely available in the UK, and, surprisingly, few people on this side of the Atlantic seem to be aware of the experiment, let alone that it was so successful.

Printed programmes are now available (the tickets are on their way) and the films are on both the website (Whats’s On) and the ticketing site.  A  downloadable copy of the programme is also available.

St. Edward’s C. of E. Academy Middle School

Like previous displays from St. Edwards, this exhibition is a visual delight.  It includes a colourful set of collaged Cupcakes, Black ink drawings of Beetles, a textile hanging and a photograph of a 4 foot Butterfly, which was unfortunately too large for the allotted space.

Terry Woolliscroft

TERRY WOOLLISCROFT – Painter in acrylics, Leek

INSPIRED TO PAINT

Hundreds of years ago – well, actually in 1978 – I joined the Wedgwood Art Society, in my home town of Stoke-on-Trent. This was my inspiration and motivation to paint.

I started painting in heavy body acrylics and have never moved from this amazingly versatile yet sometimes tricky medium. I use stretched canvas or canvas board and occasionally wood panels. I paint with brushes and palette knives. I work from my studio in the Staffordshire Moorlands.

I have exhibited with Jiri Borsky, Derek Brownsword and Jan Zalud.

I draw inspiration from my favourite artists, the great outdoors, the seaside and the special landscape of The Potteries.

My family, too, is a constant inspiration. My mother was a free hand pottery painter, my sister specialises in Chinese brush painting and my wife Pam draws and is a constant encouragement.

I am mainly self-taught but have attended workshops with professional artists Hashim Akib, Maggie Robinson, Mark Lippett and Andrew Tozer.

Justin Twigg

JUSTIN TWIGG

Many of Justin’s paintings using acrylics, ink and oil paint depict places that will be familiar to those who live in Leek.

His passion for painting resurfaced last year, having been somewhat sidelined by his work as a teacher and musician, despite holding a Fine Art degree from Manchester University.

His motivation to return to painting has intensified and his output is prolific.

Another Top Film by Gerald

The latest film made by a much-loved Moorlands film-maker is available to purchase
at the Foxlowe Arts Centre.

Gerald Mee has been recording events and activities in and around his home-town of
Leek for over seven decades. Gerald’s latest creation is a conservation DVD which has
been launched by the Leek & District Civic Society.

‘Looking Out For Leek’, which has been scripted by Trevor Siggers and narrated by
Ray Johnson, centres on Leek’s conservation areas and developments in the last few
years and is a most interesting snapshot of our local history.

Copies of the DVD can be purchased for £8 from the Foxlowe Gallery.

Abbey Hill School

 

ABBEY HILL SCHOOL    Work inspired by William Morris

 

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