WE ARE LUCKY ENOUGH TO HAVE SOME OF THE FINEST ARTS ORGANISATIONS, GALLERIES AND VENUES IN SHREWSBURY, HERE'S WHO'S INVOLVED THIS YEAR.

THE ORGANISATIONS 

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SHREWSBURY ARTS & CRAFTS

Shrewsbury Arts and Crafts is a small business comprised of other small businesses. The work of up
to 40 individuals can be seen in the shop at any one time, as well as on our social media platforms. Our ethos is very much founded on the celebration of community. The works of art and craft are diverse with all items being hand-made to a high standard, and many are unique one offs. The work of established local figures is here, alongside unknown and emerging talent.

OPENING TIMES

Monday - Friday

10.30am - 3pm

Saturday 

10am to 4pm

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ST MARYS CHURCH

St Mary’s is one of over 350 buildings saved by the Churches Conservation Trust, a national charity conserving historic churches at risk. We operate the third

largest heritage estate in charitable ownership in the UK. Our unique collection of English churches includes irreplaceable examples

of architecture, archaeology and art from 1,000 years of history. All of the churches in our collection are listed, mostly Grade I and II*, and some are Scheduled Ancient Monuments.

 

OPENING TIMES

Monday to Saturday,

10.00am to 4.00pm

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VAN

The Visual Art Network (VAN)
is a member-led, volunteer run organisation for local artists aiming to promote the visual arts in the Shropshire area. We currently have around 90 members.

The street gallery, located on the middle level of the Darwin Shopping Centre plays host to many members exhibitions.

Other areas of the gallery feature a diverse range of work to buy by local artists and makers including paintings, prints, illustrations, photographs, ceramics, sculpture, textiles, jewellery and greetings cards.

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THE SODEN COLLECTION

Contemporary Art & Sculpture Gallery specialising in modern masters such as Joan Miro, Salvador Dali, Halima Cassell MBE as well as contemporary artists, Endre Röder, Jacob Chandler, Graham Short

and Ian Rayer-Smith. The gallery is located on famous Wyle Cop, surrounded by the largest mix of independent businesses in the UK.

OPENING TIMES
Tuesday - Saturday

10-5pm

 

Monday & Sunday - Open by Appointment

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SHREWSBURY MUSEUM

Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery sits proudly in the town square and is the county’s flagship museum and art gallery visited by over 70,000 people each year.

Visitors can explore millions of years of history through over one thousand remarkable objects in
a complex of extraordinary and beautiful buildings.

OPENING TIMES 

Monday to Saturday 

10am - 5pm

SM&G is Free Entry

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THE BEAR STEPS GALLERY 

Shrewsbury Civic Society’s home is at Bear Step’s Hall, St Alkmund’s Place in Shrewsbury. The society campaigns for the preservation, protection, development and improvement of the town’s architecture. Established in 1963 it has individual and corporate membership who support the work it does for the town.

 

As part of this, the society makes available a number of galleries and exhibition space at Bear Steps Hall as a showcase for new and established artists – mainly local – but also hosts the annual Shrewsbury Cartoon Festival.

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MADE IN SHROPSHIRE

A collaboration of artists, designer- makers and food producers who live and work in Shropshire.

The Made in Shropshire group came into existence in 2005 as a collaboration between Women in Rural Enterprise (WiRE) and the Shropshire Rural Hub as a way

of developing a marketplace for small, unique art, craft and food businesses in Shropshire.

Initially nurtured and still linked
to the Shropshire Rural Hub,
Made in Shropshire members now regularly showcase their products at 2 monthly markets - one in The Square in Shrewsbury (2nd Saturday of the month) and one in Ludlow (1st Saturday of selected months).

Made in Shropshire select their members to ensure a diverse range of quality, skilfully crafted, creative products made in the lovely county of Shropshire.

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THE MARKET HALL

Shrewsbury’s Market Hall has become a haven for a growing colony of artists and handcrafters who have turned a large part of the market’s upper floor into a creative quarter.

Head up to the gallery level and you’ll find artists and designer- makers at work, as well as giant murals by the Shrewsbury-based international artist Matt Sewell. Matt’s urban mural was painted to celebrate the story of a rare American black-crowned heron that mysteriously set up home in the town’s Quarry Park Dingle for several months in 2017.

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RAVEN STUDIOS

Ravens Studios has occupied empty office space in the Riverside Shopping Centre since early
2019. It is now a thriving artists community, home to eight resident creatives with work ranging from architecture, painting, printmaking to iconography. The studio offers long and short-term space, exhibition space, online studio sessions for isolated artists and aims to promote the arts and raise the visibility of Shropshire’s wealth of artistic talent.

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PARTICIPATE

In 2014, artists Elizabeth Turner

and Jill Impey were offered the old supermarket in Riverside Mall as a permanent arts space if they formed a CIC to operate it. Keith Ashford, another local artist joined to form Participate Contemporary Artspace CIC. 

Other local artists were keen to take up space and help with the day to day running of a busy arts’ hub. By 2020 there were over twenty two studio artists regularly working in the space, with visiting artists in the project spaces and a regular exhibition programme. Local volunteers helped to keep the gallery open to the public by invigilating exhibitions, as well as contributing other skills to the organisation. 

Through the floods at the beginning of 2020 & the pandemic, the Studio Artists have been mainly working from home, taking part in our On-line Studios on a Monday morning, delivering Online talks and workshops including one for the Darwin Festival & making ‘lockdown day-in the-life’ videos, which you can see on their website.