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Artists all together

By Leek Post and Times  |  Posted: November 29, 2013

By Belinda Hargreaves

An example of work by Lindo Rolland, an art degree college student.

An example of work by Lindo Rolland, an art degree college student.

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VISITORS to Leek will be able to browse through and buy unique, original arts and crafts at a two-day fair which opens at The Foxlowe Arts Centre on November 30.

More than 30 selected professional artists and designers will have their work on sale at the Market Place venue, at the second Staffordshire Artists and Designers Fair.

Past and present students from Leek School of Art (now part of Buxton and Leek College) will be among the exhibitors at the event organised by Suzanne Mellor, Exhibitions Co-ordinator and lecturer at the School of Art, fellow lecturer Anne-Lise Fraser, and the School's Foundation Degree students.

Both local and national artists will showcase their paintings, prints, photographs, ceramics, glass, jewellery, textiles and wood witsh doors open to visitors between 10am until 4pm on both Saturday November 30 and Sunday December 1 to coincide with Leek's Sunday Supplement market.

Suzanne Mellor said: "Last year's fair was a huge success with all involved. Both artists and visitors had a fantastic time and the fair will be a wonderful opportunity for shoppers to find beautiful things for themselves and their homes as well as being the perfect place to get started on some Christmas shopping. It's a key date for anyone interested in discovering individual and unique pieces for gifts."

Professional artists showing their work include David Blanchard from Cromford with his 'Split Tin Guitars' made from tins and boxes and Julia Jowett from Tixall, Stafford with her folklore mixed media narratives.

'Contemporary Mix' - a group of former Buxton and Leek College Foundation degree students who have been exhibiting together since 2010, will feature work inspired by the Staffordshire Moorlands and natural plant forms. Prints, textiles, paintings and mixed media works promise to offer something for everyone.

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