Heritage Events 2017

January

A Sense of Place
Art Exhibition
17 January to 25 February - Ancient High House, Stafford ST16 2JA

1_A Sense of Place - 17 Jan - 25 FebruaryArt 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
History Exhibition
31 January to 22 April - Ancient High House, Stafford ST16 2JA

2_Stafford a county town - 31 Jan - 22 AprThe 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.   

March

Pen and Pencil
Anneliese Delaunay and Katie Kesterton
14 March to 25 March - Ancient High House, Stafford ST16 2JA

3a_Pen and Pencil - Katie Kesterton 14 - 25 March (1)3_Pen and Pencil - anneliese Delaunay 14 - 25 MarchA 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
Ruth Millington4_Landscape into Abstraction - Ruth Millington 28 March - 8 April
28 March to 8 April
Ancient High House, Stafford ST16 2JA

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.

April

Collective Memories
Shire Artists
11 April to 6 May - Ancient High House, Stafford ST16 2JA

5_Collective Memories - Shires Artists 11 April - 6 May_v2A 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
History Exhibition6_Tudor times - _25 Apr - 24 June
25 April to 24 June -
Ancient High House, Stafford ST16 2JA

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.   

May

Annual Selected Exhibition
Stafford Art Group7_Annual selected exhibition - stafford art Group 9 - 20 May
9 May to 20 May
Ancient High House, Stafford ST16 2JA

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.


8a_Brighter colours - Pedro Ojeda 23 May - 3 June8_Brighter colours - Pedro Ojeda 21May - 3 JuneBrighter Colours
Pedro Ojeda
23 May to 3 June
Ancient High House, Stafford ST16 2JA

An exciting eclectic collection of mixed media paintings by this Spanish artist.

June 

Through My Eyes
Jo Watson
9_Through my eyes - Jo Watson 6 June - 1 July6 June to 1 July
Ancient High House, Stafford ST16 2JA

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
History Exhibition
27 June to 9 September - Ancient High House, Stafford ST16 2JA

10_Splendour of ancient egypt - 27_June - 9 SeptRare 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.

July 

FotoCross
Margaret Cross and Rob Cross - Cross Culture Images
4 July - 29 July - Ancient High House, Stafford ST16 2JA

11_FotoCross - Margaret & Rob Cross 4 - 29 July_v3Photography 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.

 

August   

Assorted artworks of Tony Smith and Friends
1 August - 2 September
Ancient High House, Stafford ST16 2JA12_Assorted artworks of Tony Smith 1 Aug - 2 Sept_v2

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.

 

September   

Up Close and Personal
Julia Humphreys and Egle Gelaziute-Petrauskiene
5 September - 14 October - Ancient High House, Stafford ST16 2JA

13a_Up Close and Personal - Egle Gelaziute-Petrauskiene 5 September - 14 October13_Up close and personal - Julia Humphreys 5 September - 14 OctoberA 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 - Ancient High House, Stafford ST16 2JA

14_Puppets 12 Sept - 11 NovDouglas 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

November   

To Die For?
21 November - 30 December - Ancient High House, Stafford ST16 2JA

15_To Die For - 21 November - 30 DecemberHave 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


Looking Back16_Looking Back - Matt Sayers 21 Nov - 31 Dec
Matt Sayers
21 November - 30 December
Ancient High House, Stafford ST16 2JA

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 - Ancient High House, Stafford ST16 2JA

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.