"Barewall is passionate about local art, its story which carves out our creative heritage, giving us our own unique culture. We want you to experience the body of work made in Stoke by the best, and are delighted to be working with Lunar Wedgwood to bring this to you."
Amanda Bromley November 2021
Founder Barewall Art Gallery
Founded in 2010 from an empty shop front project, Barewall grew to take on the full space supporting early career artists including Rob Pointon, Paine Proffitt and Rachel Grant who are all now in 2021 internationally known.
Winning best new start-up at the Staffordshire Business Awards in 2011 after announcing that 50K had reached the local artist community by working with Barewall in its first year. We converted an old pottery studio next to the gallery into our dedicated exhibition space.
The estate of Arthur Berry approached Barewall to act as their agents, research followed presenting the seminal show The Burslem Boys in 2012
exhibited Arthur Berry, John Shelton and Norman Cope after 70 years apart.
Discovering the story of the Burslem School of artists and promoting them together at the gallery in Market Place helped us to stand out on the Northern Art gallery scene as unique and individual. Generating interest in the Stoke artists and drawing in collectors from across the UK and abroad.
In 2015 we were asked by the Potteries Museum and Art Gallery to co-curate a key show titled Lowry and Berry: Observers of Urban Life month exhibition. This was the first showing of Arthur Berry with his British modern art hero and with the most famous artist from the North L.S. Lowry. This show was hot on the heels of the Lowry film and the Modern Life exhibition at Tate Modern.
Barewall published recordings, books and films with local makers to help tell the story of the Stoke school.
A number of important shows with the Berry estate continued as well as a number of sell out exhibitions of local artists including Stephen Liddle, Jiri Borsky, Philip Hardaker, Rachel Grant and Lucy Manfredi at the
In 2017 we helped to relocate the Three Counties Open exhibition from Keele to the Burslem School of Art launching the Burslem Summer of Art. A destination to visit live art exhibitions during the summer period.
Barewall’s founder Amanda took on the role of Cultural Champion in 2018 and helped to bring Light Night Stoke on Trent to Burslem. A highlight in the cultural calendar of the decade in the Potteries. Having worked with a number of partner organisations supported by the Arts Council including Appetite, B-Arts, New Vic, Keele Arts, Claybody Theatre, Burslem School of Art Trust, Clay College, BCB, Middleport Pottery, The Potteries Museum and Art Gallery, Staffordshire University, Barewall Art Gallery is recognised as a key part of the cultural landscape of North Staffordshire, as well as making a clear commitment to regeneration of Stoke on Trent through the arts.
In 2020 COVID hit and we closed our doors to the public and focused online growing our ecommerce business to near the gallery business gaining a new audience across the UK and internationally.
Today in 2021 we are about to publish a book by godfather of Northern Art Peter Davies on Arthur Berry called A Ragged Richness which places Berry in the British and international art scene. We are busy with preparations for a show of the same name at the Brampton Museum and Art Gallery in Newcastle-under-Lyme, Staffordshire which opens in Jan 2022.
And as if that is not enough we are working with the team at the Lunar restaurant at Wedgwood Barlaston to bring local art to their new dining experience which is a wonderful opportunity for the local artist community. Local yes but always exceptional.
For more information about Barewall Art Gallery contact
Amanda Bromley 07932 717718 / firstname.lastname@example.org