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The Museum & Art Gallery exhibition space in the Main Gallery is approx 110m2, and hosts the main exhibitions.

On average the Main Gallery presents six exhibitions annually. The programme covers arts, crafts, local history and we have a family themed exhibition during the summer months.

The majority of exhibitions are supported by arts activities and workshops at the Museum. Public sessions are organised for adults and a programme of children's activities run during the school holidays. 

If you are interested in exhibiting in our Main Gallery, please read the exhibition policy link below, and if you meet these criteria, please fill in the application form. We aim to reply within three months to all applicants.

Exhibitions 2015

Main Gallery

Paul Kidby
Discworld and Beyond Exhibition
24January – 11 March 2015

Paul has designed Terry Pratchett’s Discworld book jackets since 2002. This exhibition presents a wonderful collection of his drawings, watercolours and oils.
 A touring exhibition from St Barbe Museum and Art Gallery, this is the exhibition’s first and only, visit to the Midlands!

To accompany this exhibition there are prints, catalogues and his book The Charmed Realm available to purchase from the museum shop. 

Follow thislink to Paul Kidby's website to see more of his fantastic artwork





Open Art and Craft Exhibition 2015

28 March- 31 May

Calling all budding artists and makers! Our annual Open Art and Craft Exhibition is due to take place in March, and we need your artwork! The competition is open to all artists, makers and photographers who live, work or study in Staffordshire. Each artist can submit a maximum of three 2D or 3D works, including furniture, craft and applied art. There is also an under 16's category, so something for the budding artist too.Collect your application form from the Museum, or download it from the 'useful documents' below.

Pictured is last years 1st Prize winner by Edward Mackenzie.


The Barracks Trust Prize £250

The Art Studio Price £100 worth of vouchers

The Friends Prize £50 donated by the Friends of the Museum

The Robert Jones Prize £50 donated by Ann Jones and family.


Hall Gallery

John Rattigan-People's Prize Winner 2014

7 March-4 May

John was voted as the People's Prize winner during our Open Art and Craft Exhibition 2014. His circular canvas entitled 'Moon Birds', captured people's imagination.

This exhibition shows further examples of circular artwork together with paintings that explore formats such as unusually tall, thin or elongated canvases.
The challenge was to see how his usual images – birds, monkeys, football crowds – could relate to and work within these profiles. Sometimes this would involve linking images with interconnecting curves and arcs that would echo the curve of a circular canvas edge, or by stacking images so as to draw attention to a vertical format.
Regardless of whether the painting is geometric and hard edged as in the case of the football crowds, or more free form as with the birds; the primary aim was always on improvising and introducing some humour into the proceedings.

From Art to Stitch

9 May-28 June

This exhibition features textile work from the Breakaway Textile Artists group. Each member chose an artist, and produced a piece of work based on this inspiration.  Artists such as, Andy Warhol, David Hockney and Rennie Mackintosh, to name but a few, were used to produce a range of work to inspire and enthrall. 

Pictures is a quilt created by Judy Fairless, inspired by Andy Warhol.

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