Art and design students from levels 1, 2 and 3 at Stafford College have worked on a creative brief responding to the theme 'a sense of place'. By taking details from the wallpapers, interior space and the surfaces of the Ancient High House the students have created sculptural forms which are representative of the house. Supported by Stafford College.
Stafford: A County Town at War 1914-18
31 January to 22 April
The stories of local servicemen and women help to bring into sharp focus the events of the 1914-18 war. Rare photographs, medals and militaria feature in this poignant record of service and loss. Supported by Staffordshire County Council, The Trustees of The William Salt Library and by local collections.
Pen and Pencil
Anneliese Delaunay and Katie Kesterton
14 March to 25 March
A joint exhibition showing the work of Anneliese and Katie, two very good friends. Anneliese is exhibiting her favoured medium of wonderful pattern work in black ink, which grows in detail as she draws. Katie's artwork consists of beautiful pencil dog portraiture accompanied with poetry that explores the mutual connection.
Landscape into Abstraction
28 March to 8 April
Capturing the essence of places through colour this exhibition is a series of painted landscapes based on the artist's travels to Spain, Portugal and the Caribbean.
11 April to 6 May
A talented group of both amateur and professional artists brought together by their desire to create and share original art. The exhibition is centred around the wonderful memories we all hold so dear. It demonstrates the artists' ability to capture those moments forever in colour, light and shade.
Tudor Times: Life in Stafford Under the Tudors
25 April to 24 June
A glimpse into daily life during the Tudor dynasty. Rare documents, prints and artefacts help to tell the story of this fascinating era in Stafford's history. Supported by Staffordshire County Council, The Trustees of the William Salt Library and by local collections.
Annual Selected Exhibition
Stafford Art Group
9 May to 20 May
The best selected work in all media produced by members of Stafford Art Group. The group was founded in 1963 and is open to anyone interested in the visual arts.
23 May to 3 June
An exciting eclectic collection of mixed media paintings by this Spanish artist.
Through My Eyes
6 June to 1 July
A collection of original paintings and prints capturing moments that have inspired the artist. Each one portrays her love of colour and the use of composition and detail to draw the viewer into the paintings.
The Splendour of Ancient Egypt
27 June to 9 September
Rare artefacts combined with new research help unravel some of the secrets of Egypt in the time of the pharaohs. Statuary, exquisite jewellery and religious amulets feature alongside domestic artefacts, helping to bring the past into vivid focus. Supported by local collections.
Margaret Cross and Rob Cross - Cross Culture Images
4 July - 29 July
Photography from around the world. Stunning images of land, city and seascapes offer a diversity of perspective, detail, light, shade and movement. An interest in wildlife beautifully expands on this skill, placing animals and birds within the context of their natural environment.
Assorted artworks of Tony Smith and Friends
1 August - 2 September
A joint exhibition of mixed media artwork by military veterans who use painting as therapy, relaxation and enjoyment. On display will be aviation, abstract and fine art.
Up Close and Personal
Julia Humphreys and Egle Gelaziute-Petrauskiene
5 September - 14 October
A joint exhibition featuring animals in two very different art styles. Julia's artwork focuses on animal portraits with the attention being on the eyes of a subject and capturing personality. Egle is an illustrator and creates her images using pencil, pen, inks and watercolour. She also includes the use of digital pencils and brushes.
Puppets from the Douglas Hayward Collection
12 September - 11 November
Douglas Hayward spent a lifetime making and collecting puppets and his collection is now in the care of the Staffordshire County Museum. This fun and interactive exhibition features the whole puppet family including marionettes and shadow, rod and glove puppets - and of course, there would be no show without Mr Punch! Supported by Staffordshire Archives and Heritage Service
To Die For?
21 November - 30 December
Have you ever considered that what you are wearing may be bad for your health? Over the centuries many fashions have led to serious and often deadly health problems for the people who wore them. Internal organs were squeezed by corsets and feet were distorted by high heels. Fabrics were highly flammable and were often set on fire by open fires or accidents with candles. Discover whether there really was such a thing as a fashion victim in this fascinating and deadly exhibition. Supported by Staffordshire Archives and Heritage Service
21 November - 30 December
A collection of paintings looking back at the hard working people who made up the character rich streets of working class Britain.
It's a Small World
21 November - 30 December
Tin soldiers and dainty dolls. A nostalgic look at miniature figures from times gone by. Supported by Staffordshire Archives and Heritage Service and Newcastle Borough Museum.