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360 Market Square Painting
Robert Pointon's 360 Painting of Market Square, Stafford

Exhibition celebrating the best of Staffordshire artists

People from Stafford are being invited to an exciting new exhibition celebrating Staffordshire artists and places.

The exhibition, at the Shire Hall Gallery from 14 January to 26 February features a fascinating selection of local works from the last 25 years.

The centrepiece of the show is the stunning 360 degree painting of Stafford’s Market Square by Rob Pointon, which was commissioned for the Architecture exhibition at the Shire Hall Gallery in 2012.

Photographs by Kate Mellor & Rick Barks, Paintings by Robert Perry, David Gleeson & Catherine Brennand and Textiles by Rachel Grant will all be on display.

Gill Heath, Cabinet Member responsible for Libraries and Arts at Staffordshire County Council said:

“We all know what a talented and creative county we live in and this is a great opportunity to see some wonderful pieces of local art by some of our most contemporary artists.  There’s a real mix of paintings, photographs and textiles from the last twenty five years, all with a Staffordshire connection. We are very pleased to be able to showcase this hotbed of talent and I would encourage people to drop in and have a look for themselves.”

The Shire Hall Gallery’s Contemporary Craft Shop also continues to support talented Staffordshire makers alongside the best of British craft from around the country. Items include beautiful jewellery by Moorlands designer Judith Brown, hand raised metalwork by Newcastle’s Stephanie Hopkins and Sarah Myatt’s vibrant glass designs created in her home studio in Leek.

The Craft Shop also has a range of jewellery and cards arriving in time for Valentine’s Day next month and an artisan piece of jewellery made in the UK makes a wonderful and thoughtful gift. The January sale, with 50% off marked prices on selected craft items also provides the perfect opportunity to purchase a unique and handmade piece of craft at a bargain price.