This is the first collection of Shropshire visual arts organisations collected 8th May 2009. Please contact VAN if your details need updating or if you want your organisation included.
Artisans In The Hills
Web Gallery of work by local designers, producers, craft people and artists.
Contact: Kevin Hodgetts
Tel: 01952 593884.
Formed in 2000 with the support of the Arts Team at Telford & Wrekin Council, Arty Party is now an independent user led arts group for adults with learning disabilities.
Belle Vue Arts Festival
Contact: rebecca Barker
Tel: 01743 --------
Borderland Visual Arts
Contact: Graham Mitchell
Tel: 01691 654961
Borderland Visual Arts is a support network for visual artists with a register of members in and around Oswestry and The Marches. Members are encouraged to be contemporary and experimental.
Bridgnorth and District Art Society
C/o 4 Lavington View, Bridgnorth, Shropshire, WV15 6BJ
Contact: Michael Draper
Tel: 01746 761397
Bridgnorth and District Art Society offers a varied programme of activities which includes:talks and demonstrations by established artists; practical sessions using a variety of visual media; outdoor painting sessions in the summer; occasional Saturday courses on a specific art medium.
The Society will appeal to people of all standards who are interested in drawing, painting and other media.
Contact (via) Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Castle Artists are a thriving group of more than 40 members who regularly exhibit together.
The Three Tuns in Bishop's Castle is our regular venue.
Ceiriog Valley Art Society
Contact Tel: 01691 774726
A group of artists who have an interest in all types of visual arts, including drawing and painting (all media), textiles and sculpture.
The programme includes guest speakers, demonstrations and workshops. New members are always welcome. The Society meets in The Institute, Glyn Ceiriog, on the 2nd and/or 4th Saturday morning of the month.
Chirk Arts and Crafts Group
Contact Chris Eyton, Secretary
Tel: 01691 777591
Meets at St Mary's Church Hall, Chirk on the third Wednesday in the month at 7.30 pm
Church Stretton and South Shropshire Arts Festival
c/o Sheilagh Jevons, The Mogg, Easthope, Much Wenlock, Shropshire, TF13 6DW
Contact: Sheilagh Jevons
Tel: 01746 785026
The Cloud Gazers have initiated this exciting, visionary proposal for The Cloud Gallery, an inspirational visual experience for artists and craftspeople, professionals and the public. It will be a place for people to come together to discuss, interact and support: art in the landscape, sustainable design and construction, ethical working relationships, community involvement.
Craven Arts CIC
Contact: Catherine Pybus
Tel: 01588 680484.
Craven Arts CIC is a non-profit organisation working in partnership with the Shropshire Hills Discovery Centre, Craven Arms Community Centre and South Shropshire Housing Association.
c/o Stephen Ashdown, High Street Chambers, 10-11 High St, Shrewsbury, Shropshire, SY1 1SG
Tel: 01743 232844
Creative Shropshire is the hub of the region's creative industry. We work to promote Shropshire as a centre for creative business excellence.
Criftins Art Group
Contact: Mrs Monica Rowlands-Price, Secretary
Tel: 01691 690294 or 01691 690541
A friendly group which caters for all ages and abilities and offers free taster sessions.
It meets in the Village Hall on Thursdays during term time between 2.00pm and 4.00pm.
DASh (Disability Arts in Shropshire)
Unit 4, Hartley Business Centre Monkmoor Road, Shrewsbury SY2 5ST
Contact: Mike Layward (Artistic Director) Paul Darke (Visual Arts Manager) Paula Dower (General Manager)
Tel: 01743 272939 / 271676
DASh is a practical Disability Arts development organisation, which works across the West Midlands and the Welsh Borders, with Disabled and Deaf people.
We work in partnership with arts and cultural organisations to develop Disability Arts practice. Outside IN is our new three year arts development programme, working in partnership with three galleries in the West Midlands and Welsh Borders. In September 2009 we will be holding a consultation event which will inform our in-house art projects.
DASH’s new home (from November 2008) is at Hartley Business Centre where we have 150 square metres of accessible meeting room / workshop / artspace. There is ground level access with plenty of parking. If you are looking for a place to meet, work or play why not give us a try? Our rates start at £7.50 per hour.
Whether you are an artist, organisation, club or individual our space is open for you.
The Edge Arts Centre
Farley Road, Much Wenlock, Shropshire, TF13 6NB
Tel: 01952 728509
The Edge is a new and vibrant arts centre located on the campus of William Brookes School in Much Wenlock, Shropshire (UK).
It opened it's doors to the public in November 2003 after a year long building programme.
Financed by a mixture of local authority sponsorship and private fund raising (amongst the people of Much Wenlock and its surrounding area) The Edge embodies local enthusiasm for arts in the community.
Embroiderers' Guild (Oswestry and District Branch)
Contact: Maureen Powell.
Telephone: 01691 650388.
The Oswestry and District branch of the Guild meets in the Memorial Hall, Oswestry, usually on the second Friday in the month at 7.30pm. New members and visitors welcome.
Chair: Fiona Gordon
Tel: 01743 357252
English Bridge Workshop Arts & Community Centre
Abbey Foregate, Shrewsbury, Shropshire, SY2 6AD
Tel: 01743 243283
Festival Drayton Centre
Frogmore Road, Market Drayton, Shropshire, TF9 3AX
Tel: 01630 654444
Regular programme of visual arts exhibitions
The Hive is an independent arts organisation working across Shropshire and Telford and Wrekin to inspire young people through music and media. It aims to give young people opportunities to learn, have fun and be creative. It also has a gallery space open to the public.
5 Belmont, Shrewsbury, Shropshire, SY1 1TE
Tel: 01743 234970
The Inside Out Art Groupthe inside out art group
Inside Out is a contemporary art group that brings together artists in the Oswestry and North Shropshire Borderlands region with art students, alumni and staff from Glyndŵr University in Wrexham. Founded in 2007, the group exhibits jointly in unusual, unexpected, non-gallery and exterior locations, as well as in its own multi-purpose space in the heart of Oswestry: Studio A1.
Long Mynd Camera Club
The Long Mynd Camera Club based in Church Stretton but with members from across the surrounding area, is for photographers of all levels of ability, film or digital.
Meetings are held during the winter months (September to May) on alternate Wednesdays at 7.30 pm in the United Reform Church Hall, High Street, Church Stretton.
Ludlow Art Society
Ludlow Assembly Rooms, I Mill Street, Ludlow, Shropshire, SY8 1AZ
Contact: Mrs Ruth Tune (Secretary)
Tel: 01584 831458
Ludlow Art Society is a very active society, aiming to encourage as well as teach, which attracts exhibitions by a range of artists from Shropshire, Herefordshire and the Welsh borders.
It meets at Ludlow Assembly Rooms.
Ludlow Assembly Rooms
1 Mill Street, Ludlow, Shropshire, SY8 1AZ
Tel: 01584 873229 (General Enquiries)
Regular programme of visual arts exhibitions
Contact: Jean Watt, Chairman
Tel: 01584 856648
Ludlow Quilters meet at the Red Cross Centre, Smithfield Car Park, Ludlow at 7.30pm on the fourth Tuesday of the month with the exception of August and December.
The group promotes the appreciation, knowledge and understanding of the art, techniques and heritage of quiltmaking.
Made in Shropshire
Contact: Chris Griffin - Chairperson
Made in Shropshire is a collaboration of artists, designer-makers and food producers who live or work in Shropshire. Exhibiting a wide range of inspirational products and produce including ceramics, textiles, jewellery, artwork, photography, glass, wood, food and drink, the group has rapidly established a reputation for high quality work with a unique edge.
Marches Independent Photography
No contact details – see website:
Mill Hill House, Wyson Lane, Brimfield, Ludlow, SY8 4N
Contact: Charlotte Gardiner
Tel: 10584 711509
We are textile makers who create original designs inspired by our local surroundings. We use dyed fabrics, papers and felt, defining our pieces with hand and machine stitch.
Market Drayton Art Club
A club for local amateur artists (limited membership)
Contact: Lyn Turnock, Secretary
Tel: 01630 698772
Meadow Arts, Cumberley, Cumberley Lane, Hope Bagot, Ludlow, SY8 3LJ
Contact: Mandy Fowler
Tel: 01584 891659
Meadow Arts is a West Midlands based contemporary arts organisation dedicated to commissioning new works and delivering temporary outdoor exhibitions.
The North Shropshire Guild of Weavers, Spinners & Dyers
Ellesmere Town Hall, Ellesmere
Contact: Jean Saunders
The North Shropshire Guild of Spinners, Weavers and Dyers meets at 7.30pm on the 2nd Tuesday of the month, except November, January and February, when there is an all day Saturday meeting and a workshop.
Orleton Art Group
Orleton Art Group, 15 Orchard Rise, Richards Castle, Ludlow, Shropshire, SY8 4EZ
Contact: Mrs Mary Fulford-Talbot, Secretary
Tel: 01584 831719
Oswestry and District Arts Association
c/o Oswestry Library, Arthur Street, Oswestry, Shropshire, SY11 1JN
Contact: Claire Cartlidge
Tel: 01691 677388
A charitable body which receives funding from Shropshire Council and Oswestry Town Council to facilitate arts in Oswestry and its surrounding area.
The aims of the Association are the fostering, promotion and understanding of the arts, and the facilitation and improvement of their accessibility among people in the area.
Oswestry and District Society of Artists
3 Maes Llwyn Close, Bronington, Whitchurch, SY13 3JB
Contact: Mr R. L. Sayers, Membership Secretary
Tel: 01948 780376
Oswestry and District Society of Artists brings together like-minded people to share their interest in all forms of painting and drawing.
Oswestry Photographic Society
Mr Philip Macey, Secretary
Tel: 01244 676733
Meetings of the Oswestry Photographic Society during the new season which began on 3 September 2008 and runs until June 2009 are held in the upstairs meeting room at 35 Willow Street (opposite the Peugeot Garage).
They are held on alternate Wednesdays at 7.30pm. New members and all grades of skill are welcome.
The Loft @ the OPO, corner of High St & Milk St, Shrewsbury.
All manner of arts, crafts, photography, painting, illustration, drawing, comics, animations, short films, knitting, puppetry, fashion, music, dancing around, silliness, glitter...
The Project Group
17a Cross Street, Oswestry, SY11 2NF
Contact: Jo Davis
Tel: 01691 655140
Creative Public Art Commissions.
The Project Group is an emerging social enterprise which provides a creative, progressive and entrepreneurial environment for individuals, who are in touch with Adult Mental Health Services, to achieve to their full potential at their own pace.
Qube - Oswestry Community Action
Oswald Rd, Oswestry
Tel: 01691 656882
Qube is the home of Oswestry Community Action, a charity which aims to improve quality of life and enable those members of the community marginalised through age, health, disability or rural isolation, to fully participate in society.
The gallery hosts a varied exhibition programme - to find out more become a facebook fan of Qube or visit our website.
SADAA Art Panel - Shrewsbury and District Arts Association.
The Gateway, Chester Street,
Shrewsbury, SY1 1NB
Tel: 01743 355159 or 361120
Secret Hills Arts Café
Contact: Sheilagh Jevons
Tel: 01746 785026
Secret Hills Arts Café meet regularly to show and discuss their work at the Craven Arms Discovery Centre. Here they also hold events, classes and exhibitions. If you are interested in joining please get in touch via the website.
Shrewsbury Guild of Spinners, Weavers and Dyers
31 Harley Road, Condover, Shrewsbury, Shropshire, SY5 7BA
Contact: Ms Maralyn Hepworth
Tel: 01743 874254
Shropshire Arts Society
Contact Wilf Langford (Chair)
Tel: 01743 248872.
Shropshire Council Arts Service
Community Services, Shirehall, Abbey Foregate, Shrewsbury, Shropshire, SY2 6ND
Central Shropshire – Sue Goodwin email: email@example.com
North Shropshire – Alexa Mearns email: firstname.lastname@example.org
South Shropshire – Jenny Henrywood email: email@example.com
Festivals and Events – Joy Durrant email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Alternatively call 01743 252252 or email email@example.com for more information.
Shropshire Council - Museums Service
Exhibitions Officer: Adrian Plant
Shropshire Guild of Contemporary Craft
Contact: Sophie Eades
The Shropshire Guild of Contemporary Craft was formed in 2001 to promote, display and sell the work of designer makers working in Shropshire. Our members use traditional skills and techniques, alongside innovative modern methods, to produce beautiful contemporary work of the highest calibre.
The Shropshire Guild encompasses all craft disciplines and is currently represented by designer/makers of baskets, ceramics, furniture, glass, jewellery, leather, metal, sculpture, textiles and wood.
Shropshire Photographic Society
Shropshire Photographic Society, 51 Grange Road, Shrewsbury, Shropshire, SY3 9DG
Contact: Mr C S Pearce, Secretary
Tel: 01743 233873
The Shropshire Photographic Society is open to photographers of all ages and abilities and meets at the Gateway Education and Arts Centre in Chester Street, Shrewsbury on Mondays at 7.30pm (excluding Bank holidays, no meetings in July and August).
The Shropshire and Telford Arts Partnership (STAP)
please see Shropshire Council Arts Service and Telford & Wrekin Council Arts Development
for contact details
The Shropshire and Telford Arts Partnership is made up of representative local authority officers with responsibility for the Arts in Shropshire and Telford and Wrekin, and the Arts Council England West Midlands' Officer for Regional Partnerships
Stanton Lacy Art Group
Contact: Sue Pauli
Tel: 01584 877 655
A small and friendly group of amateur artists guided by an enthusiastic tutor. They meet in 7 week blocks at Stanton Lacy Parish Hall on Tuesday evenings at 7.00pm.
Telford & Wrekin Council Arts Development
Tel: 01952 382360 or 01952 382367
Telford & Wrekin Arts Society
Leegomery Community Centre, Leegate Avenue, Leegomery, Telford.TF1 6NA.
Contact: John on 01952 460918 or Alf on 01952 275052
Members of Telford & Wrekin Arts Society are leisure painters or amateur artists. Membership is open to anyone over the age of 16 with an interest in drawing or painting. twas meet at Leegomery Community Centre.
Wem Art Society
Contact: Secretary: E.Templemas The Rowans, 4 Cedar Close, Wem