April 19th, 2011
With all these bank holidays coming up, and the fact we rely on a fabulous team of volunteers we will be open on reduced hours for the next couple of weeks. See below.
Wednesday 20 April – Monday 25 April: CLOSED
Tuesday 26 April: 10am – 2pm
Wednesday 27 April: 10am – 5.30pm
Thursday 28 April: 10am – 2pm
Friday 29 April: CLOSED
Saturday 30 April: CLOSED
Tuesday 3 May: Open as usual.
All the above dates and times are confirmed with our team, however, if you are visiting the City Centre (Hanley) and just give us a try, you might find one of the hot-deskers or studio artists may have opened up. Otherwise please use the above to plan your visit over Easter – alternatively email: email@example.com to arrange an appointment.
April 13th, 2011
The Exchange has new stock from Photographer Jon Brayford. Below are the images of the work and his descriptions of the work.
Shatter is composed of images photographed at the now derelict Longmans meat sales factory near the new Tesco development in Hanley. Many hundreds of animals where slaughterd here and as a long time vegetarian i wanted to convey a feeling of destruction both of the building itself and of the lives lost.
Lost was inspired by Miltons poem (Paradise Lost) but is intended to be more of a comment on how we have lost touch with ourselves in a rapidly changing world.
I am a photographer living and working in Stoke-on-Trent. I am primarily a landscape photographer I have exhibited work at the three counties at Keele University achieving several awards and sales. I have recently been exploring new techniques in digital art which are represented here in these two new works.
The work will be available to see on our full walls this week – why not come in to see them for yourselves. Both priced at £70.00.
April 12th, 2011
Tom Sly, and SHUTUPANDSKATE have new jumpers available to buy from The Exchange. We love that they have their own video promo, and think you should share it!
Kickturns are go! from SUAS on Vimeo.
April 5th, 2011
We’ve got an ever expanding stock here at The Exchange, and we’ve added The Nosuch Disco to the collection.
Here is what The Nosuch Disco has to say about himself….
I am The Nosuch Disco! but you can call me Dave. I am an artist based in Stoke on Trent and I like to create colourful little characters!
You will probably already know me as the guy that made the book Waldo the Worm. You know, the worm with a fin that can swim. You can learn more about him buy going here
Back to business, at The Nosuch Disco you will find all sorts of artwork that i would like to call funky! or weird, but generally colourful and interesting.
Aside from that I am your average 16 year old boy trapped in the body of a 31 year old man. Just to clarify, I am 31. I love Queen, Led Zeppelin, The Rolling Stones, The Beatles and The Smiths. I always wanted to be the lead singer in a band, but i can’t actually sing for toffee! so I have decided to just look like one, and if anyone asks I just tell them that i AM a singer in a band!
Come along and see the work for yourselves, the prices start at £69.99.
March 30th, 2011
The Exchange now has a range of Beth Paynter’s handmade products on sale.
Beth is an artist and craftsperson and mainly works in illustrations, wood and ceramics, her work is mainly based on animals as she loves them! she also loves the natural beauty of wood so tries not to take away from that too much, she hopes that in the future her work will help to educate people on issues such as animal cruelty and the natural environment.
She feels it is important that art be accessable to everyone so tries to make her illustrations as light-hearted as possible so people can relate to them, she also likes to show the different personality quirks of animals.
With her 3d work she likes to bring the natural beauty of nature inside the home, she makes none functioning, decorative objects that can be placed in the home, given as gifts or kept as keepsakes.
Her websites are:-
I’m also on facebook, twitter and etsy.
March 29th, 2011
Fruitbat Fudge is a new gourmet confectionery and creative bakery project based in Stoke-on-Trent.
The project started in 2010, when Chef Babbit (our Cook-in-Chief and a lifelong sweet-tooth) decided to experiment with fudge making.
It seemed like some kind of strange magic spell – a wonderful kitchen alchemy of turning various everyday ingredients into rich, beautiful, delicious fudge which, in turn, made people happy when they tasted it.
Chef Babbit decided that this was something she wanted to do lots more of and so, after a lot of thinking and scribbling, Fruitbat Fudge was created. The project is named after Chef Babbit’s daughter, who also designed our fabulous logo!
At Fruitbat Fudge, we’re very proud of what we do and we want to share it with as many people as possible. This is why all our fudge recipes contain no artificial colours or flavours, are suitable for Vegetarians and Chef Babbit is constantly developing new recipes for Dairy-Free and Gluten-Free goodies. She is currently working on a fudge suitable for Diabetic diets.
Chef Babbit also enjoys making cookies and cakes and, from time to time, she may offer some of these for sale. Please subscribe to our blog to see what new creations she has for you – we’d really hate for you to miss out on anything!
March 20th, 2011
Charlene’s paintings are now available for sale.
Her work deals with themes of waiting and Autumn. Her piece “Autumn” draws inspiration from the linear abstract forms of Mondrian executed in lustrous Autumnal shades to evoke feelings of the changing of Autumn and distorted light shining through the leaves of a tree. “Forna” is a beautifully painted study of Autumn Leaves a post stamp of various plant life composed to form a woodland scene.
Here’s what the artist has to say about herself:
“I have painted and drawn all my life. I studied at Leek F.E and Staffordshire Polytechnic. I am a full time Artist and find that I cannot wait to get up in the morning to develop a new painting”
Come and see her work for yourself.
March 20th, 2011
The Exchange team are very chuffed. Working with the City Centre team we have been given the green light to remain at No8 Cheapside untill July 2011..
That’s very good news!!! Having worked so hard since launching at the end of last year to get everything as we think it should be. Now at the point where we have such a fantastic variety of Art on display and Events happening. Having too shut up shop on our original deadline of April would be a crying shame. We hope you agree.
We would like to say a big Thank you to the City Centre.
The Exchange Team.
February 21st, 2011
The Exchange is please to have a collection of James Andrew Beattie’s work on sale. Below are a couple of images from his site and more information about him:
Born 31st January 1990
Hometown – Alton, Staffordshire
Currently studying Digital Film Production at the University of Gloucestershire.
And initiating designs for a clothing brand, as well as working on several short films and photo zines.
I never seem to take a lot of photos, but when I do, I guess I do it for the memory.
I prefer to record light in a true and stable manor, preserving a viewpoint from where I once stood or sat.
I thought I’d share a couple of quotes which help define the subjective motives behind my work.
“I was like a child, constantly wondering and surprised at nothing”
“There is nothing as mysterious as something clearly seen”