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Barewall are pleased to announce that we are joint curating a very special six month major exhibition at the Potteries Museum and Art Gallery entitled "Lowry and Berry: Observers of Urban Life which runs July 25th 2015 to Jan 10th 2016". We are delighted to be working with the Museum on the very special moment in the art profile of Arthur Berry. We are also are working on an art catalogue of Arthur Berry`s work to coincide with the opening of the exhibition.

While we are busy working on this event the other news regarding our event space in Burslem includes For 2015/2016 the gallery space at Barewall has been converted into a framing and restoration studio and hosts Studio 29 open Mon, Wed and Fri every week. The studio space is already busy with many collectors working with Ian Kent to restore their artworks and frames.

For other events which we have hosted at Barewall in Burslem please visit out events archive page

October 2014
Fri 12th Sept to Sat 20th September

The Demise of Black by Ken Griffiths

An exhibition of fresh, vibrant use of colour as we see an exploration of the artists world, represented in a non-figurative way as he engages with the invisible aspects of visible reality. He attempts to make tangible the intangible objects of our imagination and reveal the sense of things rather than the actual forms.

`My work is a vehicle which hopefully the viewer can use as a conduit to their own unconscious awareness.`

An artist whose education and enthusiasm for the arts originates in Burslem under the tuition of Enos Lovatt and in recent years has gravitated back and a source of inspiration. Ken`s earliest influence was his introduction to the German expressionists whilst studying art at secondary school. Later, he became interested in painters such as Paul Klee, Max Ernst and Max Beckmann, the latter of whom Ken admires particularly as one of the great metaphysical painters of the twentieth century. Kurt Schwitters, a painter of the Dada movement also left a lasting impression.

Recent success include a prize win at the Three Counties Open at Keele University in 2012 and in 2013 an exhibition hosted at The Villas in Stoke on Trent was an outstanding success with 23 of the 30 paintings selling within 48 hours.

Fri 3rd Oct to Sat 18th October

Almost Home : Rachel Grant and Paine Proffitt

A joint exhibition of work by Rachel Grant a well known mixed media and textile artist and Paine Proffitt. This, Paine`s first exhibition since his sell out Broken Sleep exhibition will be a wonderful collection of warm depictions of life about town; people, places and places that are familiar or imagined.

This joint exhibition will showcase the latest work by mixed media artist Rachel Grant and on a break from his well known sports genre, Paine Proffitt. Taking a look at life about town, including people and places that are familiar, remembered and imagined.

Both of them working freely and independently are brought together for this exhibition to produce a beautiful contrast of subjects and expression of a theme.

Sat 25th Oct to Sun 26th October


The team behind Port Vale fanzine site `One Vale Fan` will be at Barewall with a special collection of PVFC memorabilia from the early years to the present day.

Barewall will be launching a very special limited edition print on the day by Paine Proffitt celebrating the history of Port Vale. Preorders can be made by calling 01782 258 843.

The exhibition is open on Saturday from 10am to 6pm (Port Vale home match against our London friendly rivals Leyton Orient) whilst we are open especially for the exhibiton on Sunday 10am to 4pm.

2015 - Awaiting Dates
Jack Simcock Drawings and Selected Collectors Open - 2015

Jack Simcock Drawings and A Collectors Portfolio

An exhibition of Potteries acclaimed and collected artist Jack Simcock. The exhibition will include a collection of drawings originally from the artist`s personal collection which depict cottages, and heads very reminiscent of his highly popular traditional paintings. The drawings framed will range from just £250 framed making them an affordable alternative to the original paintings. All drawings are signed and dated. Entries are also being invited from collectors of Jack`s work who wish to sell their Simcocks to take part in the exhibition. Barewall are looking forward to showing new work by Simcock, whose friend and mentor was Arthur Berry and who was a student of The Burslem School of Art. More information about Jack Simcock can be found at the following website

12th Sept - 20th Sept 2014 - The Demise of Black : Ken Griffiths

The Demise of Black by Ken Griffiths


Remembering Arthur Berry (1925 - 1994) special events at Barewall in 20th year of Arthur`s death

June 2014 - A Portrait of Arthur Berry by Mervyn Edwards

July 2014 - Dandelions readings by Deb McAndrew and Alan Barnett

Aug 2014 - A selected exhibition from The New Vic Archive: Drawings by Arthur Berry - curated by Romy Cheeseman

Aug 2014 - A film screening of Arthur and Friends edited and compiled by Ray Johnson

Arthur Berry 20th Century Artist from Burslem School of Artists


11th April to Sat 26th April 2014 The Midland Potters Association Exhibition 2014


29th March to 5th April 2014 POINTON : North Wales and The Potteries Exhibition


1st March to 22nd March 2014 Norman Cope (1925-1943)


8th November - 10th November 2013 DAVID HUNT - MOORLANDS


28th September - 12th October 2013HARDAKER: FOR BURSLEM WITH LOVE

Philip Hardaker has worked with over 40,000 members of the public whilst creating his unique and telltale ceramic public works of art across the UK. Hardaker has an impressive CV, studying under Peter Blake, Eduardo Paolozzi at the Royal College of Art, he has exhibited around the world. Hardaker`s ceramic creations are in many private and public art collections. This exhibition brings together selected pieces from his North Staffordshire studio and is his first in The Potteries for many years. Free entry.

18th May - 8th JunePaine Proffitt - Surreal Gothic Fairytales

Paine Proffitt`s Broken Sleep - An exhibition of new surreal gothic fairytale paintings

Something a little different from Paine who is growing a large following for his Sports art work recently featured in the Guardian and gaining interest from clubs across Europe. This is his first solo none football exhibition at Barewall Studio in Burslem of a series of made-up, surreal, gothic fairytale paintings. Some of the pieces are also inspired by music (especially the songs of Radical Face and DM).

6th April - 11th May 2013 Great Watercolourists of The Potteries

An exhibition of quality selected watercolour artists who are related to The Potteries by subject or birth. Many great watercolourists have come or studied in the Potteries and this exhibition aims to bring an exciting and interesting variation to be viewed at the Barewall studio in Burslem throughout April into May.

Selected artists include Potteries scences and people by Geoffrey Wynne RI., Moorland scenes by William Bowyer RA. NEAC., Mark Elsmore RBSA, WSA (Winner of The Sunday Times Watercolour Exhibition 2012), Ivan Taylor(past winner of The Rowland Hilder prize), moorland scenes by Tony Wild and the launch of recent watercolour landscapes painted on location by Jiri Borksy.

October 2012 - The Burslem Boys
A very special and unique exhibition featuring a time in the 1940s at The Burslem School of Art when three friends and artists John Shelton, Norman Cope and Arthur Berry carved out their emerging art careers. The exhibition shows photographs, press clippings and letters between the three friends as well as previously unseen original artworks by all three artists. The name of the exhibition, chosen by the artist`s family, "The Burslem Boys", relates to their age, all of the friends in their teens with huge respect for each others works. All three artists are featured in national and public collections. This is a very special and exciting exhibition of British 20th Century fine art by three hugely important artists to come out of Stoke on Trent. Some of the artworks may be available to buy. Prices will be available on request.

4th August 2012 - Celebrating Arthur Berry - Readings
Relaunch of the autobiography of Arthur Berry ` Three and Sevenpence Halfpennyman` with readings by friends old and new. Previously unseen original works of art by Arthur Berry also on display. Free event welcoming all between 2pm and 4pm. View Arthur Berry Autobiography available at Barewall.

28th July 2012 - Burslem Pottery Collectors Day 2012
On Saturday 28th July we welcome a collectors and signing event with Burslem Pottery. Artists, Tracy Bentley and Steven Shaw will be on hand to demo and discuss their unique collectable ceramics,"Story Telling on a Pot".

Sat 16th June - Sat 23rd Barewall in Birmingham Popup in The Jewellery Quarter
Barewall visits Birmingham`s Jewellery Quarter @ Midland Heart Spectacle Works for a Barewall Popup Exhibition. Selected artists including fine art, jewellery makers and ceramics from North Staffordshire and Birmingham show off their creative talent for the Jewellery Quarter crowds.

Sat 19th May - 2nd June - Jiri Borsky Solo Show
After many years of successful career Jiri Borsky will be presenting his first solo show in The Potteries for a number of years. Barewall are delighted to be welcoming such a highly collectable and talented artist to the Barewall Studio in Burslem. You will not be disappointed.

Thurs 31st May - 2nd June Olympic Torch Passing. The Olympic Torch passed through Burslem Town Centre on the 31st May 2012.

April 14th - April 28th : Midlands Potters Association in The Potteries 2012

Jan 26th Jan - Feb 10th Scottish Themed Exhibition.
The Scottish Cairngorms in oil by Rob Pointon, also included Jiri Borsky, ceramics by Andrew Matheson RBSA, Anita Harris and Denise Moloney plus many more.

Burns Night at Barewall - Jan 25th 2012 - Included Robert Burns Poetry, addressing the Haggis and traditional Scottish tipples alongside Preview of Rob Pointon Oils of The Caingorms.

Previous Barewall Events in 2011

Christmas at Barewall - 29th November 2011 - included a special evening with our real tree, carols and drinks.


Ceramic designer Anita Harris and her studio (Sam Johnson and Peter Harris) will be giving painting demonstrations and signing ware for collectors old and new. Anita is designing special 1off pieces for the event and a chance to see and buy the latest trials.

Studio ceramics and art pottery by Stoke on Trent and Staffordshire artists. Also exhibition of ‘Potters in Paint’ portraits of ceramic artists at work including Kevin Millward, Alex Shimwell and Burslem Pottery at work by wonderful Stoke on Trent artist Rob Pointon.

OCT 2011 ROB POINTON `Vis Unita Fortior`:
`Vis Unita Fortior`: Is on the scroll of the coats of arms for Stoke on Trent meaning "United we are Stronger". His first exhibition in the area for 2 years Rob Pointon exhibits his latest work at Barewall and Barewall Studio. In his own unique style Rob has captured views from across Staffordshire including Staffordshire potters at work and in leisure with the unveiling of a new form by Rob. His first exhibition in the area for 2 years Rob Pointon exhibits his latest work at Barewall. In his own unique style Rob has captured views from across Staffordshire and it will also be the first viewing of the paintings he produced during his isolation in the Scottish Highlands last winter. The preview evening and promotion materials has kindly been sponsored by Staffordshire Housing to coincide with showing of Rob Pointon Animation Reel on the night.

Sat 8th to Sat 22th Oct 2011 ROB POINTON EXHIBITION
`Vis Unita Fortior`: Is on the scroll of the coats of arms for Stoke on Trent meaning "United we are Stronger". His first exhibition in the area for 2 years Rob Pointon exhibits his latest work at Barewall and Barewall Studio. In his own unique style Rob has captured views from across Staffordshire including Staffordshire potters at work and in leisure with the unveiling of a new form by Rob. It will be the first viewing of the paintings he produced during his isolation in the Scottish Highlands.

Sat 24 Sept - Sun 25 Sept 2011 - Staffordshire Enjoy Art Open Studio Weekend 2011 Sue Law Webb Lino Printing / Paine Proffitt Painting

Sat 17 Sept - Sun 18 Sept 2011 - Staffordshire Enjoy Art Open Studio Weekend 2011 Rob Pointon Painting master potter Kevin Millward.

Sat 12 Aug - Sat 27 Aug 2011 - Staffordshire Enjoy Art Open Studios 2011 Preview Exhibition

Sat 23 Jul 2011 - Burslem Pottery Collectors Day
Burslem Pottery Collectors Day at Barewall

BareWindow EXHIBITIONS at Barewall

In 2009 Barewall at its current location in Burslem converted what was an empty shop front into an art space by converting the window space into a white box and handing over the space to artists. This was a project which was the test bed of the current Barewall shop and gallery space. Below are the artists and themes that exhibited in the Barewindow exhibition space from 2009 until 2010. Including a link about Barewindow.

  • SEP 10 - Port Vale / Local Scenes
  • JUN 10 - The Beautiful Game - Poster Artwork for Barewall by Paine Proffitt
  • APR 10 - Karl Burgess
  • MAR 10 - Christopher Guest
  • FEB 10 - Joyce Iwaszko
  • DEC 09 - Nicholas Hudson Paine
  • NOV 09 - British Ceramics Biennial
  • OCT 09 - British Ceramics Biennial
  • SEP 09 - Paine Proffitt
  • About BareWindow