Arts Events and Exhibitions: February 2017

Looking for something creative to inspire you in the next month? Check out my list of arts events and exhibitions…

Sketching @ the Potteries Museum and Art Gallery

Saturday 4th Feb, 2pm

Ever fancied taking a sketchbook to the museum and drawing but been a little too self-conscious to give it a go? Well then the Sketching event at the Potteries Museum and Art Gallery might be just the event for you, as you will not be alone. This event invites people of all experiences, complete beginners are encouraged, to meet at the museum for some scheduled sketching. See their Facebook page for more details.

Staffordshire: Artists and Places, Shire Hall Gallery

Until 26th Feb

With the future of the Shire Hall Gallery in question, it is advisable take advantage of any opportunity you can get to enjoy this beloved art venue in the centre of Stafford. Currently the space is home to an exhibition that showcases some of the work collected over the years produced by Staffordshire artists or inspired by the area.

Fine Food & Artisan Craft Fayre, World Of Wedgewood

Sunday 12th Feb, 10am – 4pm

Throughout 2017 on the second February of every month there will a Fine Food and Artisan Craft Fayre at the Wedgwood site. So if you haven’t made it over to this historical Midlands venue yet, then this is the perfect excuse to go and see all the great work that is happening in regenerating the area and the preserving ceramics history.

DUST, Fenton Library

17th – 24th Feb

You may have noticed that many of the featured events this month are focused around a particular area. Well, with Stoke-on-Trent’s bid to become City of Culture in 2021 things are certainly already in full swing. One of the events that has been developed with this bid in mind is DUST.

Those who follow me on Instagram will have seen some of my images from Tunstall Baths where the third exhibition in the series took place in January. Keep your eyes peeled for a blog post about that particular fantastic space and the work there soon. It featured work by a number of Stoke-on-Trent based artists, including Denise O’Sullivan (read my interview with Denise here), and Dawn Jutton (who I have also interviewed, here).

The concept of the series is to have an exhibition in each of the six towns that constitute the Stoke-on-Trent area. After the success of Tunstall, curators Joyce Iwaszko and Andy Cooke are taking the work to Fenton Library. Be sure to catch this leg of the exhibition and the final two after that. Keep up to date on the DUST Facebook page.

New Art West Midlands Exhibition 2017

18th Feb – 14th May

Are you looking for a fix of up and coming artistic talent? The New Art West Midlands Exhibition 2017 is the place to start.

This annual showcase features the best in contemporary arts graduates from five Universities in the region. Taking place at four venues across the West Midlands area, including Waterhall Gallery at Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery, mac Birmingham, Wolverhampton Art Gallery and Worcester City Art Gallery.

Festival of Textiles 2017, Fashion and Textile Museum

Until 7th May

If you have an interest in fashion and textile design, then make sure you don’t miss out on the series of events in place for the Festival of Textiles at the Fashion and Textile Museum.

There is not just the usual exhibitions here, but also a series of workshops, talks and events. For a full list see the website.

Did I miss anything? If you think I did (and I am sure there is plenty!) then please let me know in the comments.

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