Thursday, 18 October 2012

HOLD 27 October to 15 November

Another interesting exhibition to put in the diary is Hold, showing at the Community Gallery run by ARC (Arts for Recovery in the Community) in Stockport, from Saturday 27th October to 15 November.

This is an exhibition of art by women from HMP, Styal and was produced during Arc associate Charlotte Brown's year-long residency at the prison. The show includes hand made books, textile banners, photographs and papier mache bird sculptures. The work is rich in creative ideas and incredible intricacy, and has been recognised for its quality at the prestigious Koestler Awards in London.

Inmates working on the project said: "I'm really buzzing about this and want to be able to keep this (piece of sculpture) to show my son about the 'real' me." "I've never had anyone to look after me or tell me anything good about myself. Art helps me do something good for me and I get encouragement. It's the gift that I give myself."

For more information about ARC, and to find out more about the exhibition, please visit

Tuesday, 16 October 2012

Bright Future, by Judith Donaghy (Vernon Mill Artist)

Just a reminder to scoot down to Vernon Mill in Stockport this Friday 19 October, for the preview of their open studios weekend, from 7-10pm. Lots of fabulous work by established as well as up-and-coming artists.

Vernon Mill was where i first spotted Malcolm Croft and tempted him to come and exhibit at thewhitegallery. We were his first outing into the world of commercial art and since those early days, he's become something of a Cheshire celebrity! His solo shows sell out in minutes, but i'm pleased to report fame didn't go to his head and we've remained firm friends ever since. Malcolm no longer works from the mill, but his work can be viewed online at

Cornishwear teapot, by Malcolm Croft (SOLD)

Vernon Mill is on Mersey Street in Stockport.

For more information, please visit