We are lucky enough to have some of the finest art organisations, galleries and venues within Shrewsbury. Here is the list of who is involved this year.
SHREWSBURY MUSEUM AND ART GALLERY
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.
Monday - Saturday
10am - 5pm
Theatre Severn was officially opened on 25 March 2009 and is situated on Frankwell Quay, a stunning riverside location and one of the main gateways into Shrewsbury. The county town of Shropshire, renowned for its culture and heritage, Shrewsbury is an increasingly popular visitor destination.
The Parade Shops, set in the heart of Shrewsbury, provides a unique shopping experience. The stylish Grade II listed building is home to a collection of unique, independent shops and businesses on two floors with an attractive terrace cafe overlooking the river Severn.
THE VISUAL ART NETWORK
The Visual Art Network (VAN) is a member-led, volunteer run organisation for local artists aiming to promote the visual arts in Shropshire and the surrounding area. We currently have around 120 members.
During Shrewsbury Arts Trail our street gallery, located on the middle level of the Darwin Shopping Centre in Shrewsbury, will be hosting two exhibitions.
The Soden Collection specialises in contemporary art and sculpture. The gallery exhibits world renowned artists, such as, Joan Miro, LS Lowry, Damien Hirst, Antony Gormley, Salvador Dali as well as contemporary giants like sculptor, Halima Cassell MBE.
We offer a number of quality services which include purchasing art interest-free with the scheme, ‘Own Art’ and home viewing service.
Tuesday - Saturday
Monday & Sunday - Open by Appointment
SHREWSBURY ARTS & CRAFTS
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 arts and crafts are diverse with all items being handmade to a high standard, and many are unique one-offs. The work of established local artists can be seen and purchased, alongside unknown and emerging talent.
The star of Shrewsbury Art Trail 2022, Sculptor and Wearable Art Artist, Andrew Logan has his jewellery on display along with many of the Art Trail’s exhibitors from previous years.
Monday – Friday: 10.30 am – 3.00 pm
Saturday: 10.00 am – 4.00 pm
ST MARY'S CHURCH
Formed in 1948 Shropshire Art Society is a thriving community of over 200 artists and lovers of the visual arts based in the beautiful county of Shropshire.
The Society’s aims are to further and encourage interest in the visual arts in Shropshire, to arrange a wide range of classes, social activities, gallery visits and holidays, and to organise exhibitions of members work.
Raven Studios is a Community Interest Company dedicated to creative wellbeing that was set up in 2019. It is home to up to 10 resident artists, with creative space available for long term and short-term hire, and projects including free exhibition space, small bursaries, online studio sessions and The Shropshire Artscape - visual arts mapping for the county.
The Hive is a creative venue and charity organisation based in Shrewsbury town centre, running wellbeing projects across Shropshire, Telford & Wrekin.
SHREWSBURY 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, overlooking the gallery of the market, 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.
Matt has also created a stunning giant mural in the market wine bar Petitglou, also on the gallery level, depicting a biodynamic vineyard in moonlight.
Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday 10am – 4pm
Shrewsbury Library is a warm welcoming space where you can enjoy a wide range of books and other reading materials, use the wi-fi, access the computers and scanning facilities for free or just relax in a warm and safe environment for as much time as you wish during opening hours.
No. 61 is an eclectic shop specializing in quality handmade medium's new and old.
A selection of artists who work with their hands grace our walls and cabinets amongst the antique and vintage handpicked handmade items all reasonably priced ready for their new forever homes. Studio Pottery, Art Glass, Paintings, Paper Collage, Jewellery, Wooden Art, Metalwork, Lighting and other curiosities can be found.
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 spaces at Bear Steps Hall as a showcase for new and established artists – mainly local – but also hosts the annual Shrewsbury Cartoon Festival.
The Gateway Gallery is a newly relaunched art gallery in the heart of Shrewsbury. It is a dedicated space for contemporary art shows that is open throughout the year. Located on the river, with an independent cafe housed within the same complex, it’s a must-visit gallery with a calendar of exciting shows selling work from local artists as well as some from further afield.
The Vision Gallery started out in 2013 as a 6-8 week solo art show by artist Mike Hatch in a vacant unit in the Darwin Shopping Centre. Mike and the Darwin Centre Management decided to continue with the gallery and in 2017 Mike set up a Community Interest Company to promote, exhibit and sell a much wider variety of work by local artists.
SHROPSHIRE ART SOCIETY
Shropshire Art Society is a thriving community of artists and lovers of the visual arts, based in the beautiful county of Shropshire. We showcase our work to the public in two annual art exhibitions in Shrewsbury and organise a wide variety of activities for our members including workshops and classes, plein-air sketching days, lectures, gallery trips and painting holidays.
Our friendly Society is long established and this year is our 75th Anniversary Founded back in 1948, over the decades the Society has transformed itself from a small membership of painters to a community of over 150 people, artists and non-artists all with two things in common - residence in Shropshire and an interest in art.
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.