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Main Gallery

Open Art and Craft Exhibition 2015

28 March- 31 May

Come and view artworks by talented artists and makers from accross Staffordshire.

Many of the works of art are for sale.




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.


 Details about the gallery

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.

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