Cruso Room

Fox & Crow Gallery

A NEW creative venture has opened within the Foxlowe Arts Centre.

The Fox & Crow Gallery opened its doors in February in the Cruso Room at the Foxlowe Arts Centre. The new and exciting venture is being run by four local established artists: Sarah Taylor Studio, Cathey Yardley Design, Sarah Jayne Art and Chris Mayhew Photo Art. They are not only displaying and selling their own work, but also creations by more than 20 other local artists.

Cathey and Sarah Jayne studied, or are in the process of studying, for their BA Honours at Leek School of Art College (Buxton & Leek College) whereas Sarah Taylor completed her BA Honours at Staffordshire University. They have participated in many exhibitions and events locally selling their artwork and therefore are well known by the residents of Leek for their creative work already.

Their work consists of fused glass, textiles and photography, silver jewellery, watercolours plus felt illustrations and printmaking to create designs from local surroundings onto ceramics and giftware.

Chris is now revisiting his love of photography after a long career in engineering, looking to create an ‘illogical and chaotic viewpoint’ through Photo Art.

Other creations on display at the Fox & Crow, which are by a host of local creatives, include a mixture of paintings, handmade ceramics, linocut and dry point etchings, wire artwork, animal portraits in watercolours and charcoals, plus some wonderful textile art and accessories.

The gallery is not only selling actual artwork, but gifts created by them to suit individual tastes and pockets. The gallery owners aim to make artwork affordable and accessible at the same time as promoting local artists and designers.

The Fox & Crow is open from Monday to Saturday from 10am until 4pm and every first Sunday of the month between 10am and 3pm.

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Inspired by Leek Embroidery


The EMBROIDERERS’ GUILD EXHIBITION in the Cruso Room on the ground floor will be on display from 22nd May – 8th July 2017.  Two pieces from the exhibition can be viewed in the Gallery upstairs by the window, placed there because they can then be handled (with white gloves).

PLEASE NOTE that the Gallery is closed on Mondays, Tuesdays and Sundays except for the first Sunday of the month.  The Cruso Room is open daily as part of the Cafe except for Monday 12th and Tuesday 13th June and is also open only on the first Sunday of the month.


The main exhibition shows work produced by East Midlands Guild members who entered a competition to create pieces inspired by Leek embroidery.  Cathryn Walton, author of ‘Hidden Lives: Leek’s Extraordinary Embroiderers’, was guest lecturer at their Regional Day and spoke about the Leek Embroidery Society with its close connections with the Macclesfield Silk Mills and leading designers such as William Morris.

The prize winners were:

Judges Choice for 1st Prize “Inspired by Leek Embroidery” by Loraine Roselli, Market Harborough Branch (This is a small delicate book on display in the Gallery upstairs).   Main picture

Highly Commended Prize “Flower Frenzy” by Mary Healey, Derbyshire Branch


Prize for Members’ Choice “Jacobean Tree of Life” by Sue Cork, ‘Layers of Stitch’ Grantham Branch



In 2012 The Embroiderers’ Guild decided to celebrate the Olympics in London by asking each Branch to create a series of Post Cards for each of the Countries taking part.  About 250 Branches participated in the project, each being allocated a Country, in all 3,000 Post Cards were produced!  The work on display here represents 17 of the 18 Branches in the East Midlands Region.



Friday 30th June 11am-1pm at The Foxlowe.

Contact Pam Keeling for further information about this meeting 01332 523469

For more information about The Embroiderers’ Guild visit:

For more information about the East Midlands Region of the Embroiderers’ Guild visit:

Bottle-top Art

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CRUSO  ROOM    Large colourful Floral works made with Bottle-tops
ST. EDWARDS C of E Middle School Academy