SoT Art – 29th September to 7th October

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SoTArt is a contemporary art group based in and around Stoke on Trent.

It aims to make art accessible for everyone through exhibitions and events. Their wide-ranging skills include drawing, painting, sculpture, photography, installations and site-specific projects.

The exhibition at Gallery 116 (30th September to 7th October) is a body of work highlighting each artists individual styles and interests including –

James Dudley Wards ‘Forming’ a study in spatial /structural geometry and ‘Centigrade’  / ’Conversation’ the anonymous use and juxtaposition of one colour against another.
Jackie Marshals ‘Shore’ a wave of driftwood suspended in the gallery.
Allison Dias ‘Śūnyatā 5B’ a stunning mixed media painting flooded with layers of paint and information.
Other artists included are Frank Foy with ‘Made in Stoke’, Rie Suto with ‘Share’ Russell Willett with Computer Cogs’ and Karen Boulton with ‘Nearly there but not quite’ and Re-growth – a non Painting.

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The Penkhull Artist Potters Association

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A group of Staffordshire artists have set up their own micro-pottery to produce ceramic art and will hold their first exhibition at the Spode Museum and Heritage Centre, in association with Gallery One-One-Six,  from Saturday September 23rd 2017.

The Penkhull Artist Potters Association includes Mike Cain, Tony Wild and Dave Harper. Their work combines traditional slab based slipware with Modern Art.

“Some of our work involves using found objects such as pieces of metal, packaging or tree bark to create images and patterns. Its modern art made from little pieces of Stoke” said Dave Harper

Born in Stoke-on-Trent, Tony Wild studied at the Burslem School of Art in the 1950s. One of his tutors was the artist Arthur Berry. It was there that he also met fellow member of the Penkhull Artist Potters Association Mike Cain.
Mike and Tony have collaborated several times over the years including a joint exhibition of paintings in Newcastle-under-Lyme in the 1960s.
Tony spent much of his career teaching Fine Art at Staffordshire University and History of Art at Keele University.
He has exhibited widely in the UK including at the Serpentine Gallery in London. He has recently had a one man exhibition at the Stoke-on-Trent Museum and Art Gallery.
His work is held in numerous personal collections in the UK and overseas and by the British Council.


Mike Cain was born and brought up in Stoke-on-Trent and attended the Burslem School of Art alongside Tony Wild.
He worked extensively in the pottery industry and was head of the screen printing department at what was then Staffordshire Polytechnic.
He studied Fine Art at Coventry Polytechnic where he specialised in sculpture. For the last twenty years of his career Mike was an Art and ceramics teacher in secondary schools in Derbyshire and North Staffordshire.
He has held various exhibitions and his paintings are in collections both in the UK and Europe. He is the founder of the Penkhull Artist Potters Association.

Dave studied Art and Design at Derby College of Higher Education and then at North Staffordshire Polytechnic in Stoke-on-Trent.
His first love was sculpture and he planned to study ‘Fine Art’ at degree level, but he was seduced by photography and documentary film making.
His career over the last thirty years has been based around multi-media communication. He worked for many years as a radio and television journalist. More recently he’s worked as a university lecturer where he specialised in photo-journalism and film making.
Dave has painted and produced mixed media art works since his days at art school in the 1980s, but only started working professionally when he joined the Penkhull Artist Potters Association. This is his first public exhibition.


LOVE YOU LONG THAI-ME – Drew and Chelle

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Its been a dream of mine to hold an exhibition of the photographs of our travels around Thailand and now its finally come true 😉 It seems like its been a long Thai-me ( hahaha ) coming to be honest! We are so excited to finally share them with you all at the Gallery One One Six here in Stoke…
This exhibition will feature photographs taken by both me and also Chelle!!! Mine you will all be familiar with but Chelles not so much. I bet alot of you didnt know that she has a Masters degree in Fine Art!!!
It was while she was on her degree in Stoke that she developed her own unique style of taking photographs.
The exhibition, like Thailand, will show the contrast of our different styles when we pick up a camera and ‘click’…It will be this visual difference that will add to the uniqueness of our show!!!
What will hopefully also make this exhibition interesting will be poems from my journal. My new found love of writing poetry happened at thirty three thousand feet on the plane out to Thailand! My first poem was actually written on a aeroplane napkin, and from then on everyday for 6 weeks!!!!
( who knows i might even read a few if you behave yerselves :-D)
We hope you can join us and take a visual trip around Thailand as we showcase our personal views of this beautiful, fascinating and magical land…..
There will be a selection of nibbles and the obligatory bottles of wine and soft drinks for your edible and aural pleasure 🙂

PLEASE NOTE that there will be a private party held at Pilgrims Pit rom 9.15pm in true traditional ‘Sanger Tribe’ style with Jon Paul Green,DJ Buzz Hard for your audio pleasure til late 😉