Museum set to host berry good exhibition in new gallery space – Newcastle-under-Lyme Borough Council

“Arthur Berry: A Ragged Richness” is scheduled to open at the Brampton Museum on Saturday, January 15, 2022.

A gem of Newcastle’s popular and cultural heritage is set to partially reopen to the public in the New Year to celebrate the talents of a renowned artist known as the Lowry of the Potteries.

The Brampton Museum – working in conjunction with the Barewall Art Gallery in Burslem – is delighted to host an art exhibition and series of Covid-secured events, promoting the life, work and legacy of ‘Arthur Berry who is widely regarded as one of the members of North Staffordshire. most famous artists.

“Arthur Berry: A Ragged Richness” combines an engaging display of over 20 handpicked paintings, including “The Bicycle Race” from 1973 which is said to relate to a milk race in Newcastle and “See or Say Nowt”, with additional activities in the museum’s new event space, including an informative lecture by a local historian and a film screening.

It coincides with the launch of a new book, sharing the same title, by art historian and author Peter Davies, which rates Berry as one of the most unique artists in British art with an individual style. incorporating a gritty industrial localism.

Arthur, who lived in Wolstanton and worked with the New Vic Theater before his death, was particularly known for capturing the culture, people, and landscape of the area. He was also a successful playwright, poet and teacher. As a teacher he is best known for his long association with the Burslem School of Art, where he had studied, which later became North Staffordshire Polytechnic.

The planned exhibition is the first to take place in the museum’s new gallery space, the Jim Wain Courtyard Gallery, following an 18-month redevelopment supported by National Lottery players and the Newcastle-under- Lyme Civic Society. The rest of the museum is expected to reopen in the spring.

Visitors can also view images of Arthur talking about his work and purchase the book and other merchandise. Admission to the art exhibition, which is scheduled to run from Saturday January 15 through Sunday March 6, is free and limited free parking is available.

Cllr. Jill Waring, Cabinet Member for Recreation, Culture and Heritage, said: “The Brampton Museum is closed a bit longer as exciting redevelopment work is completed to attract a more diverse audience and provide more tours. significant. However, I am absolutely delighted that we are able to open the new gallery and event spaces for our first exhibition and related activities, especially something of this caliber. It is a sign of things to come – we begin as we intend to continue.

“This is an incredible opportunity to shine the spotlight on a well-known local artist – whose work is often compared to LS Lowry because of its subject matter and style – and to raise awareness of him as a great de the British arts scene. This is going to be very popular, both with residents and visitors from outside the borough. “

The Barewall Art Gallery is working with Arthur Berry’s estate and has approached Council about the possibility of an exhibition.

Amanda Bromley, Barewall Art Gallery, added: “It is a great honor to work with the Council as they prepare to host the first exhibition in the charming and new gallery space of the Brampton Museum. As Arthur Berry lived in Wolstanton at the end of his life, it is a wonderful homecoming for him.

Special events, which can be pre-booked from noon on Thursday, January 6, include –

  • Lecture by Mervyn – a portrait of Arthur Berry – Monday January 17, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • Arthur Berry in person: screening of the film – Saturday January 22 at 2 p.m.
  • A talk by Remy Cheeseman, Honorary Archivist at the Victoria Theater Archive – Saturday 5 February at 2 p.m.
  • Local art market – Saturday March 5, 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

More information is available at

The art exhibition is open Tuesday to Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 2:30 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Last updated on December 23, 2021


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