A new concept for the March VAN exhibition: ART BY THE METRE.


1st March until 2nd April 2016.

The exhibition has no themed title; the manner of exhibition is the theme. You can put in as little or as much as you like.

The idea is to create a visually excitng mixed exhibition that will look distinctly different from our more conventional curated exhibitions.

We'd like at least 10 exhibitors to take part, which will give members an opportunity to promote their work; a celebration of variety within our organisation.

Visitors are often drawn to the Gallery in the Market Hall attracted by the eclectic nature of the work on show, which this exhibition is intended to highlight.

Each artist will be allocated a metre of wall space, floor to ceiling, to fill!

For a fee of £5 a week (for 5 weeks duration) for 2D work each artist will be allocated  1 METRE OF WALL SPACE (floor to ceiling) to fill and £3 per cube for 3D work. 

Items hung in walkway spaces and glazed works need to be mirror plated please.

Please email interest as soon as possible with Art By the Metre in subject bar.

We will generate forms and relevant paperwork in Mid Feb.

Olivier Jamin showcase

Deaf Artist to showcase his work with Grand Central and blowUP media...


Birmingham based Deaf Artist Olivier Jamin has announced that he has secured the opportunity to showcase his work at the new Grand Central Shopping Centre Birmingham and on blowUP media's giant digital screen near the Bullring Shopping Centre.

Olivier who is supported by “Grants for the Arts” through Arts Council England, is a Contemporary Artist who has been Deaf since birth and has had a long life passion for the arts.

Olivier specialises in hand drawn multicoloured art and creates Stencil Graffiti. Some of his hand drawn work uses different styles such as pen dotting style or 'tricking the eye' art so people can spend time looking at the artwork rather than a quick 5 second glance.

The aim is to produce work that combines the effect of colours and patterns and raise people's imagination and awareness especially regarding deafness and disabilities.

Olivier is constantly experimenting and finding new ideas and concepts. Much of his work is inspired by influences taken from personal life experiences of being Deaf and from his travels to Europe, Kenya and India.

The installation of Olivier's work starts 1st February 2016.

Jonathan Cheetham, General Manager for Grand Central, said: "Partnering with Olivier Jamin was an easy decision for us. Whilst we are a shopping and dining destination, we're still very much focused on investing in the people of our city. We have thousands of people passing through Grand Central each day, so we are thrilled to be able to provide Olivier with a magnificent platform to help build further awareness of his inspirational artwork."

Simon Russell, Sales Director for blowUP media, said: "We love to see great creative content running on our sites and Olivier's drawings are a great showcase for our medium. We are very pleased to be able to help him share his work with the city of Birmingham and raise awareness for deafness and disabilities."

Olivier Jamin, Deaf Artist, said "I am pleased to have received funding from Arts Council England, and to have been chosen by Grand Central and blowUP media to showcase my work. It's a dream come true to show my art to the public and to think it will be seen by thousands if not, millions of people as they pass through Birmingham is difficult to conceive. A special thanks to all the people who have supported me over the years."

Tu Fewn - Aidan Moesby

An update on the Tu Fewn commission at Llantarnam Grange Arts Centre.


An 'in' with a stranger - starting a creative conversation.

Curator Aidan Moesby begins a conversation exploring the notion of weather as a metaphor for the human condition.  Aidan has brought together an International selection of artists whose work resonates with his vision. Featuring Catrin Andersson; Joanne Mitchell; Zoe Preece and Tim Shaw.

This exhibition is a Tu Fewn project and presented as part of LGAC's "Maker to Curator" series.

Exhibition starts 16th January and runs until 12th March 2016.

Moesby explores the weather and art through the intersection of his socially engaged art practice. The weather is a rich source of metaphor, it is a driver of philosophical thought and even bound into some revolutionary politics.  January 2016.

For further details, visit the project page.

Nubyond Universal Creativity

Nubyond Universal Creativity - is an arts project whose objective is to promote social inclusion of people from different backgrounds, cultures and disabilities.


We aim to remove barriers that exist, enabling people to see the available pathways to presenting and exhibiting their work.

This creates an opportunity to celebrate individual uniqueness and creativity. Additionally, allowing people to share personal experiences of overcoming brokenness and prejudice.

Art exhibition;

Where: 4 The Square, Broad Street, Birmingham, B15 1AS

When: 26th to 29th November 2015

Opening hours: 10AM to 4PM

Free entry

Refreshments available.

Outside In

Submissions are invited from UK based artists whose work is three or two dimensional and centres around craft processes.


The works selected will be displayed alongside pieces by historically renowned and invited contemporary outsider and self-taught artists at an exhibition at Pallant House Gallery, Chichester from 12th March until 12th June 2016 and followed by a national tour.

The overall Award Winner will receive a solo show at Pallant House Gallery. No fee.

Deadline: 5pm on Friday 30th October 2015.

Shropshire Open Exhibition 2015

The SADAA Art Panel is now accepting submissions.


... for the 2015 Shropshire Open Art Exhibition to be held in Shrewsbury between 28th September until 2nd November 2016.

This exhibition is open to all artist aged 15yrs and older. Fee applies. 

Deadline: Friday 4th September 2015.

VAN Gallery exhibitions

Open Art Exhibition on the theme of flowers - and another exhibition titled Heritage...


FLOWERS - Blooming Shropshire 2015:

On display at the VAN Gallery in Shrewsbury's Market Hall until 5th September 2015.

Meet The Artists event on Saturday 8th August between 12pm and 2pm.

This popular exhibition is open to everyone and attracts a colourful range of work by Shropshire artists and makers. August is blooming marvellous!


Heritage - Celebrating 50 years:

Shrewsbury Market Hall marks its 50th Anniversary this year.

To help with the celebration of the 50th Year Anniversary, the VAN Gallery is having an exhibition 'Heritage - Celebrating 50 years' during the month of September 2015. The exhibition will feature original design drawings, artwork and archived material.

Do you have any memories, photographs, artworks and artifacts that can be used to bring alive the history of this building and the characters and people who have been part of its story over five decades for the Heritage Exhibition?

If so contact: 

Read the full story at:  


Future Exhibition Programme at VAN:


Flowers Open
'Blooming Shropshire' Open Exhibition, all things floral!


Celebrating 50 Years, Shrewsbury Market Hall


Brigitta Shuker
Textile Artist


African Art


Mid Winter Market

A call to artists & photographers

'Through the Mill' - Flaxmill Maltings Community Arts open exhibition.


11th, 12th and 13th September 2015.

You are invited to participate in this exhibition of Flaxmill Maltings related artworks.

The exhibition is being arranged and managed by the Friends of the Flaxmill Maltings Community Arts Group (FMCA).

The exhibition will be staged at the Shrewsbury Flaxmill Maltings over the weekend of the 12th and 13th of September.

This will form part of the Heritage Open Weekend, which attracts around 1,500 people.

A private viewing will be staged on Friday 11th of September, which all artists and their guests will be invited to attend.

The exhibition will then move to 'Participate' Contemporary Artspace in the Riverside shopping centre from Monday the 15th for a two week period.

The Flaxmill Maltings site will be opened to artists and photographers to come and sketch, photograph and make work on Sunday the 16th & Sunday the 23rd of August between 1pm and 5pm. 

To download a copy of terms and conditions and an application form please go to our website here.

For any further information please email Richard

Art Express exhibition

Have you been along to the VAN Gallery yet? The stunning Art Express exhibition is on display until June 28th!


Visual Art Network Gallery, Market Hall, Shrewsbury.

Exhibition ends on 28th June 2015!

For gallery opening times go to 

The Art Express workshops were a great success.

We hope that you can join us in celebrating this project by visiting the exhibition to see some of the work that was created.

BVA Group Exhibition and more

A Summer Exhibition call for entries, plus other events and workshops too! An update from The Willow Gallery in Oswestry.


Borderland Visual Arts Exhibition and Open Studios:

The exhibition will run from Saturday 30th May to Saturday 27th June at the gallery featuring a wide range of contemporary art including painting, printmaking, ceramics, sculpture & embroidery.

Artists will be opening their own studios across the Oswestry region on the weekends of 13th & 14th and 20th & 21st June to visitors.

Full details of all events and artist studio details can be picked up at Willow Gallery, Oswestry or downloaded from


Summer Open Exhibition - Call for Entries:

Part 1: Saturday 4th July - Saturday 8th August (5 Weeks)

Part 2: Saturday 15th August – Saturday 19th September (5 Weeks)

Exhibitors can choose either period to exhibit or both if they wish.

Summary: An open exhibition open to all artwork and craft in all media and subject matter. Please contact the gallery for a full application pack!


Summer Craft Fair:

Saturday 18th July 2015, 10am to 5pm.

If you are a stall holder and wish to have a table, please contact the gallery for an application pack.


Tapestry Weaving - Windows on the natural world with Irene Evison:

Sunday 21st June, 10am to 4pm

Learn how to use simple tapestry weaving techniques to weave your own glimpse of the natural world. We will start indoors with a short introduction to tapestry weaving and Irene's approach to weaving, and will then venture outdoors. We'll explore views of nature at small and larger scales, trying out designs that work well for the medium of tapestry weaving – think colours, think shapes. And then it'll be time to start translating your  chosen view of nature into a small woven piece that you'll be able to take home with you at the end of the day.


Workshop Location: Underhill Farm, Underhill Lane, Pant, SY10 9RB.


Block Printing with Drusilla Cole:

Saturday 27th June, 10am to 4.30pm

This deceptively simple technique uses Scratch Foam to produce prints on paper or card to create a look similar to Linocuts, but without the effort. It is suitable for beginners and improvers and interesting results can be achieved very quickly without the use of a press.

Colours may be layered one on top of another  and the medium also looks stunning used for strong black and white designs.

£45 including all materials.

Please bring an apron and ideas or photos to work from. Make your own and take it home.