A Friday night out at the Fox & Crow
Last week we were invited to the opening of a new gallery space and shop called the Fox & Crow Gallery in the beautiful & historic town of Leek in Staffordshire. This was not only a treat but also a real moment to celebrate for Simply Member and artist designer Sarah Taylor who has brilliantly gathered together some stand out artists and makers to fill the gallery.
Sarah is a talented artist and surface pattern designer in her own right and has understood for a long time the value of connecting with other artists and makers for support & to provide a real experience for customers. Her new venture is called the Fox & Crow and is based at another gem in Leek (& Simply member), the Foxlowe Art Centre. This stunning Georgian building on the Market Place was rescued some years ago by locals to become a hugely successful cafe, event venue, exhibition space and hot desk provision for small local enterprise to thrive. This permanent gallery will be now be the focus of activity providing a shopping and cultural experience at this iconic building in the middle of town.
Leek itself is something of success story itself and has become a beacon of entrepreneurship, independent retail and creativity over the last few years – against the prevailing trend of dying High streets. As one of Totally Locally’s flagship towns, Leek has resisted large brands and supported small & independent business to stay in the town as well as building a hugely popular events calendar and regular Sunday Supplement artisan market each month. The launch of the Fox & Crow is yet another example of a forward looking town supporting its local talent to succeed and thrive.