Trent Art Exhibitions and Events

Digging for our past Celebrating our Future

Join us in the gallery for our latest exhibition with celebrated Staffordshire Ceramic Artist Philip Hardaker.  The exhibition will feature over 20 original works based on contempory issues that are a celebration of clay in all its remarkable and magical form.

The exhibition runs from Friday 9th March – 23rd March.  All works are for sale.

Digging for our past Celebrating our Future - An Exhibition with Philip Hardaker

Digging for our past Celebrating our Future – An Exhibition with Philip Hardaker

Works on Paper – Exhibition

2018 is on the way with our first exhibition of the year – “Works on Paper”.

The exhibition will run in the gallery from Thursday 8th February until 24th February.  This important exhibition is a showcase for our gallery artists and will include work by Ghislaine Howard, Peter Howson, David Brammeld, Ian Mood, Frederick England, Jack Simcock, Ian R. Pearsall, Jiri Borsky, John Currie, Arthur Berry, Neil Faulkner and James Hall and Rob Pointon.  All work is original and all work is for sale.

Works on Paper Exhibition at Trent Art Gallery

Works on Paper Exhibition at Trent Art Gallery

One Year On – Exhibition

Celebrating the first anniversary of the opening of Trent Art Gallery.

Business partners, Henry Birks and Ruth Palmer, opened their stunning new art gallery in the heart of Newcastle-under-Lyme just one year ago. They took what used to be a run-down bathroom shop, on the corner of Brunswick Street and Hanover Street, gutted it completely and refurbished the extraordinary space to a very high standard. The ‘One Year On’ Exhibition celebrates what has turned out to be a year of remarkable achievement.

The gallery now displays the work of modern and contemporary art from many well known local and national artists and studio potters. The work on display is constantly changing.

Henry and Ruth pride themselves on their very high standard of customer service.

“We are extremely pleased with the progress we have made in the last twelve months,” explains Ruth. “Purchasing a work of art can be a wonderful experience and we always ensure that all our customers go away feeling that they have been well advised, well cared for, and very well appreciated. The number of clients who come back to buy more means that we must be getting it about right.”

The ‘One Year On Exhibition‘ has its opening night on Thursday 30th November 2017.

Drinks and Christmas fayre will be available and a host paintings will be on show for the very first time. Some of the artists themselves will also be attending.

The exhibition, till 16th December 2017, can be seen Monday to Saturday in the Gallery at 19 Brunswick Street, Newcastle-under-Lyme, ST5 1HF. The gallery is opposite The Jubilee Swimming Baths, and there’s free parking in the local side streets.

More information?  Call 01782 610588 or email

One Year On



Ballad of the Streets

We are pleased to present another in our Autumn Lecture Series, part of Trent Art Exhibitions and Events.  The Ballad of the Streets, with Ian R Pearsall and Dave Proudlove.

Thursday 16 November 2017, 7pm till 9pm.  At The Potters Club, Federation House, Station Road, Stoke-on-Trent, ST4 2SA.

Ian R Pearsall, the Stoke-based artist, and Dave Proudlove of Urban Vision Enterprise, join togther to give and in-depth and entertaining talk on how the landscape and streets of Stoke-on-Trent have inspired and shaped Ian’s painintings. This evening of local art, local history, and local tales is set to both inform and entertain.

You are invited to join us for Ian and Dave’s talk in the sumptuous, yet little known, surroundings of the Potters Club in Federation House, which is on the opposite side of the road to Stoke’s railway station. Free private car park at the rear of the building.

Tickets can be purchased from We Got Tickets, the simple on-line ticket agent, here> Tickets, which include a welcome drink, cost £10 plus £1 booking fee.

You can also reserve your seat for the event at Trent Art Gallery – ‘phone 01782 610588

Thursday 16 November 2017 at 7pm. 3rd Floor at The Potters Club, Federation House, Station Road, Stoke-on-Trent, ST4 2SA



Jack Simcock – A Retrospective Exhibition

Trent Art Gallery is delighted to announce a new exhibition of the work of the late Jack Simcock, the renowned artist from Mow Cop.

In conjuction with the Simcock Family Estate, the Gallery is is holding a Retrospective Exhibition of his work from 29 September to 13 October 2017.

Simcock (1929-2012) was a prolific artist. He was born to a mining family in Biddulph, Staffordshire and studied at Burslem School of Art. He is best known for “a long series of bleak, sombre oils on board” of the Mow Cop area in which he lived for much of his life. Simcock started exhibiting at London’s Piccadilly Gallery from 1957 after encouragement from Arthur Berry and went on to have more than fifty solo shows worldwide. His work is in various public collections in the UK which can be viewed through the Art UK website.

To celebrate the commencement of the exhibition Trent Art is holding a Private View Evening on Thursday 28 September 2017 between 6pm and 9pm at the Gallery at 19 Brunswick Street, Newcastle-under-Lyme, ST5 1HF.

For more details call the Gallery on 01782 610588

Building & Head Grey Sky Mow Cop, Jack Simcock

Building & Head Grey Sky Mow Cop, Jack Simcock



An Evening with David Brammeld

Our Autumn Lecture series is now confirmed and kicking off the season is David Brammeld.
21st September The Potters Club, 3rd Floor, Federation House, Station Road, Stoke on Trent, ST4 2SA – 7.00pm – 8.30pmDavid is a member of The Pastel Society and a member of the Royal Society of British Artists. A talented artist capturing both our surrounding urban landscape as well as amazing rural scenes.
Come and enjoy an evening with Celebrated Stoke on Trent Artist David Brammeld as he gives a fascinating talk on his work and how the changing shape of the City inspires him to produce work which is widely recognised as an import social and historical record of Stoke and its surroundings.
Drinks on arrival.
Tickets can be purchased via We Got Tickets and cost £11 (£10 + £1 booking fee – all details of the event can be seen here as well). Tickets can also be purchased directly from Trent Art Gallery at 19 Brunswick Street, Newcastle under Lyme

An Evening with David Brammeld

An Evening with David Brammeld



City of Fire & Beautiful Bricks – An exhibition of Drawings and Paintings by Ian R. Pearsall

Join us – Friday 16th June – 30th June 2017 at Trent Art Gallery.

City of Fire and Beautiful Bricks, Ian Pearsall



Jiri Borsky gets ready to show new work for the first time in 5 years

Jiri Borsky is set to open his latest exhibition of work next week at Trent Art Gallery in Newcastle under Lyme.

Born in Dobrany, Czech Republic 1945 Jiri came to England in 1968 and worked for a time as a draughtsman at Wedgwood. In 1972 he married and settled in the Potteries, becoming a British citizen in 1975. While studying painting at Staffordshire as a mature student, he was taught by Arthur Berry.

Now Jiri’s work is highly sought after and this is the first exhibition of his work for 5 years and has been eagerly awaited by collectors.

Jiri’s subjects are many and varied and have an intriguing and deeply considered story to tell with his passionate love of music is often reflected in his. His preferred medium is acrylic as this supports his technique of working textures into the painted image, giving his work a satisfying tactile quality.

The exhibition of Jiri’s work will be on display from 12th May to 26th May with up to 50 works on display (and for sale) at Trent Art Gallery, 19 Brunswick Street, Newcastle under Lyme




The Human Touch – An Evening and Book Signing with Michael and Ghislaine Howard

One of England’s finest living artists is coming to Stoke-on-Trent. Don’t miss this amazing opportunity to meet Ghislaine Howard – this is a FREE event.

At The Potters’ Club, Stoke on Thursday 6th April, 2017 7:00pm

An evening with MICHAEL HOWARD, leading art historian and author of Lowry: A Visionary Artist gives a personal and detailed talk on the Artist GHISLAINE HOWARD and his latest book The Human Touch.

Ghislaine is one of England’s finest living artists, a painter of powerful and expressive means. Her works deal with the human condition, interpreting human experience. The talk will be followed by a Book Signing by the Artist.

Tickets are FREE but numbers are limited for the event … so if you’d like to come you will need a ticket.

Tickets for the event can be found here We would urge you to get your tickets as tickets are goings quickly.

Ghislaine Howard



Trent Art Autumn 2016 Series of Lectures

We are thrilled to annouce our first series of Autumn Lectures – part of our Trent Art Exhibitions and Events. The lectures are filled with our rich heritage of local artists and supported by expert guest speakers. Each event is to be hosted at The Potters’ Club in the elegance of The Potters Room.  A drinks reception will be provided.

We look forward to seeing you there.

Lecture 1 – The Life And Paintings of Jack Simcock presented by Guest Speaker Suzanne Withington

Thursday 22nd September 2016 at The Potter’s Club, Federation House, Station Road, Stoke on Trent ST4 2SA

Join us for a personal and in-depth talk on the Life and Paintings of Mow Cop Artist Jack Simcock. Suzanne was the partner of Jack Simcock for 14 years and offers a facinating insight to his Art and life.

The talk is held in the splendor of The Potters’ Club with pre-talk drinks provided.

Time: 19.00 – 20.30 with drinks reception

Tickets £10.00 avaible on line. Please Click Here to Purchase

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Lecture 2 – Reginald Haggar: Social Chronicler of Stoke on Trent presented by Guest Speaker Claire Blakely, Art Curator Potteries Museum and Art Gallery

Thursday 27th October 2016 at The Potter’s Club, Federation House, Station Road, Stoke on Trent ST4 2SA

Join us and Claire Blakey, the Arts Curator at The Potteries Museum & Art Gallery, who will be presenting a detailed talk on the work of Reginald Haggar and the three main strands of his career: painting, pottery and teaching.  The museum’s unparalleled collection of Haggar’s work will be used to chronicle his career. These include not only watercolours and sketches, but also sketchbooks and designs for some of his books. Haggar’s work chronicled an important era in Stoke-on-Trent’s history and his paintings provide a unique social commentary on the city.

Time: 19.00 – 20.30 with drinks reception

Tickets £10.00 avaible on line. Please Click Here to Purchase

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Lecture 3 – Arnold Bennett: Art and Artists in his life and fiction presented by Katey Goodwin, Head of Research and Digitisation at Art UK

Thursday 17th November 2016 at The Potter’s Club, Federation House, Station Road, Stoke on Trent ST4 2SA

Join us and Katey Goodwin, Head of Research & Digitisation at Art UK and a member of The Arnold Bennett Society, who is presenting a not to missed talk on Arnold Bennett and Art. While a decent watercolourist himself, it is his support and involvement with Art and Artists that provides absorbing subject matter for this talk. In an era that pre dates social media and its ease of connection, lean how Arnold Bennett was incredibly connected to what are now internationally acclaimed Artists. The talk will also consider how Bennett incorporated art and artists into his fiction.

Time: 19.00 – 20.30 with drinks reception

Tickets £10.00 avaible on line. Please Click Here to Purchase

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Trent Art – One Day “Pop up” Exhibition at The Belle Epoque, Knutsford

Another in our ” Trent Art Exhibitions and Events ”

We are pleased to announce a one day “Pop Up” Exhibition at the iconic Belle Epoque, Knutsford on Sunday June 26th. The Belle Epoque is a Knutsford landmark and we are delighted to be teaming up with them to put on an Exhibition of Modern British Art at this great venue.

The Exhibition will feature many leading artists including, Rob Pointon, David Bez, Colin Halliday, Alan Knight, Steve Capper and Jiri Borsky. We will also have a number of paintings by the very talented Michael Ashcroft.

David Bez will be attending on the day so it is also a great opportunity to come along and meet the artist.

The Belle Epoque is situated at 60 King St, Knutsford, WA16 6DT

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Trent Art Summer Exhibition At The Potters’ Club

Trent Art Summer Exhibition is being held on Saturday 11th and Sunday 12th June 2016 at the Potters’ Club, Stoke on Trent.

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We will have over 100 original paintings from leading UK artists including:
Rob Pointon
Colin Halliday
Alan Knight
Simeon Stafford
Steve Capper
Ivan Taylor
Jiri Borsky
David Barnes
Buhuslav Barlow
Lawrie Williamson
……… to name only a few !!!

A must for Art Lovers set in the splendor of Stoke on Trents Finest Venue The Potters Club.

Anyone requiring more information about the event – just give us a call in advance on 07917 525271



A View of the Potteries – September 12th / 13th 2015

Our inaugural exhibition – A View of the Potteries is being held on Saturday 12th and Sunday 13th at the Potters’ Club, Stoke on Trent.

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We have amassed a significant body of Stoke on Trent art for the exhibition and will have on display a number of works by Arthur Berry that are being seen in public for the 1st time as well as a large collection of Jack Simcock works spanning the artists career. These include “classic” Simcock Mow Cop paintings, later abstract works and a range of his Alien Head Drawings that were last displayed at The Potteries Museum and Art Gallery back in 2001.

In addition we have works by Fred England, Derek Higginson, Jiri Borsky and John Shelton along with a brilliantly iconic painting by Jack Clarkson – A View From Etruria Towards Hanley.

We are also pleased to be including works by emerging local artist, Gaz Williams, whose works captures Stoke both past and present in the Exhibition.