Time's running out to see Sound Canvas

in Shrewsbury... As on April 9th, it will be taken down when the popular 'Sounds of Shropshire' exhibition comes to an end.


If you haven't already, make sure you don't miss out on the chance to experience the Jodi-Award winning installation whilst you can!

The Hive gallery space in Shrewsbury is open Tuesday to Friday, 9am until 5pm - plus select evening and weekend periods if there is an event on. Please call the venue direct on 01743 234970 to ensure it will be open when you intend to visit.

House of Cards exhibition

Building on the success of the last four years exhibitions, the Shropshire Hills Discovery Centre is once again turning its gallery into a House of Cards!


Running from April 2nd through until May 6th, the exhibition is meant to evoke the artist as card-maker with the gallery as a "hallmark" for creators to showcase cards of varying themes and media.

Popular themes for cards are birthday, special occasion, get-well, and "all occasion" greetings. So get creative and think outside the 2D envelope by including small items such as handcrafted jewellery, magnets, stickers, pins and charms with your cards. Design elements can be drawn, printed, painted, collaged, stamped, sewn or a mix of media. Artists of all ages and backgrounds are encouraged to participate.

Full information and the application sheets can be downloaded from the Shropshire Council website:


Side View exhibition opportunity

mac birmingham is giving people aged 16 to 30 the exciting opportunity to have their work publicly exhibited!


They are looking for work that investigates sexual stereotypes, gender roles and attitudes towards sexuality.

Artists can use a variety of media, including visual art, graphic design, sculpture, video and performance.

Apply by 24 March. More information is available by visiting: http://bit.ly/1eMeXOX

Sounds of Shropshire

Here's a sneak preview of some of the stunning photos on display as part of our current exhibition at the Hive in Shrewsbury.


We really encourage you to visit the exhibition - not only to interact with Zoe Partington's Sound Canvas; but also to view the selection of digital landscapes from local Shropshire artists.

If you're considering travelling some distance to view the artwork, please contact the Hive on 01743 234970 to ensure that the venue will definitely be open upon your arrival. Otherwise, the Hive is open 9am until 5pm Tuesday to Friday and most Saturday mornings, 9:30am until 12pm.

Sound Canvas is in Shropshire

We're pleased that Sound Canvas is currently at the home of DASH, the Hive in Shrewsbury town centre!


It's great to have the Jodi-Award winning installation by Zoe Partington in Shropshire for the next couple of months.

The artwork has already been popular with younger visitors to the Hive, including Young Carers.

Accompanied by a selection of digital landscapes of Shropshire, Sound Canvas plays the 'Sounds of Shropshire' for it's Hive debut - and we encourage you to come along and listen out for the bells and chickens!

The Hive Gallery space is open Tuesday to Friday, 9am until 5pm - plus select evenings and weekends when events are taking place in the building.

Address: 5 Belmont, Shrewsbury, Shropshire, SY1 1TE. If you are intending to travel some distance, please email marketing@hiveonline.org.uk to ensure the gallery will be open.

CALL FOR ENTRIES - Painting with Words Exhibition

The Willow is inviting entries into a special exhibition running in connection with the Oswestry Lit Fest, a celebration of the written, spoken and sung word.


This open exhibition will celebrate the influence and inspiration of literature and language on the visual arts.

We encourage Artists to explore this interesting and inspiring topic in a broad range of styles, materials and interpretations. A variety of lit fest inspired creative and musical events will also be taking place at the gallery throughout the exhibition.

Please visit the gallery website - www.willowgallery.co.uk - and Lit Fest website - www.oswestrylitfest.co.uk for further information.

You can find further information about entering artwork into the 'Painting with Words' exhibition below. Contact the Willow Gallery for an entry pack, which can also be downloaded from the gallery website.  
Painting with Words Exhibitors Information:

Summary: An open exhibition celebrating the influence and inspiration of literature and language on the visual arts. This special exhibition is running in connection with the Oswestry Lit Fest,

Key themes for inspiration: Literature, language, storytelling, prose, poetry, song lyrics, sung and spoken word,. Myths, legends and local history.  Calligraphy, illuminated manuscripts, typesetting, print, bookbinding, paper and print.

Media: Open to all media: paintings, sculpture, original prints, textiles, drawing, ceramics, glass and metal work, photography, etc.
Description: This exhibition will run for 6 weeks. Artists can submit single pieces or a series of work, submission fees are according to the space used rather than the number of works submitted. The gallery will be responsible for hanging all artwork.

Entry Form: Title your postal application /email: Painting with Words Exhibition 2014. Please send example (JPEG) images of work with the title or post images of your artwork. A list of the works you wish to exhibit and the dimensions on the form. Submission fee is required to be paid with the entry form. Please indicate any special requests or enquires about hanging unusual work.

Please send your application and direct any enquiries about this opportunity to:

The Willow Gallery CIC
56 Willow Street
SY11 1AE

Email: willowgalleryoswestry@gmail.com
Subject: Painting with Words Exhibition

Oriel Davies Open 2014 - call for submissions

Call for submissions for the Oriel Davies Open 2014. Please do circulate to interested parties!


Oriel Davies Open 2014:

1st Prize - £1000 and a solo exhibition.

Student prize - £500.

Deadline: 13th January 2014.

Exhibition: 26th April until 18th June 2014.


Anthony Shapland, Artist and Co-director of g39

Deirdre Figueiredo, Director of Craftspace

Helen Legg, Directo rof Spike Island

Alex Boyd Jones, Curator, Oriel Davies

For further information and to send applications/submissions, email: open2014@orieldavies.org


Affordable Art Exhibition: Call for entries

The Willow Gallery is looking for Artists to submit for their next exhibition 'Affordable Art' which will run from the 26th of October to the 30th of November.


'Affordable Art' is an open exhibition aiming to celebrate the diversity of art which doesn't break the bank; enabling everyone to have a piece of original artwork in their home or to give as a gift for Christmas.

Please email willowgalleryoswestry@gmail.com for an application pack.

Information for Exhibitors:

Exhibition Title: Affordable Art Exhibition
Key themes for inspiration: All subjects and mediums considered, each work is requested to be priced at £100 or below.
Summary: An open exhibition celebrating the diversity of artwork created which is affordable, enabling everyone to have a piece of original artwork in their home or to give as a gift.
Mediums: Open to all mediums: paintings, original prints, sculpture, textiles, drawing, photography, etc.
Description: This exhibition will run for 5 weeks. Artists can submit single pieces or a series of work, submission fees are gauged on the spaced used rather than the number of works submitted.

The gallery will be responsible for hanging all artwork.
Exhibition Timetable:
Entry Form, Entry Fee and Signed Exhibitors Agreement, Hand in Deadline: 18th October

Artwork Delivery: 21st October 2013. (Alternative days can be arranged by prior agreement.)

Exhibition Dates: 26th October 2013 to 30th November 2013 (5 weeks).

Collection of all unsold artwork: 2nd December 2013 (Alternative day after this date can be arranged by prior agreement.)

Submission Types and Prices:

Type 1: Maximum total width of all works (inc. frames) <100cm - £12
Type 2: Maximum total width of all works (inc. frames) <200cm - £25
Type 3: Maximum total width of all works (inc. frames) <300cm - £35
Type 4:  Maximum total width of all works (inc. frames) <400cm - £45
Type 5: Plinth for sculpture, ceramics and 3D work – 20x30cm - £10

All cheques to made payable to: Willow Oswestry CIC
or alternatively you can pay in person at the gallery by cash or card.

The gallery takes 35% commission on all artwork sold. Please include this commission within the given selling price on the application form. The Willow Gallery is a community interest, not-for-profit, gallery therefore commission on sales and exhibition entry fee's go to supporting the up-keep of the gallery.

The Willow Gallery, 56 Willow Street, Oswestry, SY11 1AE
Tel: 01691 657575. Email:


Shape Open Exhibition

The Shape Open is an annual call-out for disabled and non-disabled artists to submit work in response to a disability focused theme.


Exhibition dates: October 4th until 20th October 2013.

This year's theme 'Disability Re-assessed' generated submissions from an exciting international range of artists. The 2013 Open will showcase a multi-disciplinary selection of works which includes painting, sculpture, textile, digital art and photography.

The work represents a rich diversity of opinions, reactions and responses to this highly political and often deeply personal theme, but is united by a clarity, energy and commitment to re-interpreting and re-assessing disability.

"The Shape Open Exhibition provides a fantastic platform for artists to show their work. Such exhibitions offer great opportunities for artists to be discovered by institutions and large audiences. Similar exhibitions have helped to contribute to the development of my own personal career."

Yinka Shonibare MBE, Shape Open Patron

Address: The Nunnery Gallery, 181-183 Bow Rd, London E3 2SJ
Directions from local transport links: http://www.bowarts.org/about/find-us
The Nunnery Gallery is wheelchair accessible. A BSL Interpreter and live audio description will be available at the private view.

There is very limited parking on-site. If you require an accessible parking bay please get in contact and we will do our best to accommodate you.

Bastion - an installation

Bastion - an installation, is open for public viewings at Wolverhampton Arena Theatre from October 3rd - 25th.


The installation is open from 10am to 5pm each day and for one hour before theatre performances. Entry is free!

A simple, funny and powerful story of transformation is projected onto three screens. Sounds surround you. A barber's chair sits invitingly in the middle of the space and human hair is beneath your feet.

"An ordinary day, a few of the regulars, old gents with less and less hair to cut each time, I was ready to head home, and then he entered, that harmless fool."

Come and spend ten minutes experiencing the installation, less time than it takes for a No. 3 crop. There's even a comfy chair...

Digital and movement artist Ray Jacobs worked with a team of disabled and non-disabled artists and actors, in Wolverhampton, to explore the story and produce this exciting installation.

The main parts in the projected story are performed by talented young learning-disabled actor James Doolan and West Midlands based actor Denny Hodge.

The installation is based on a story by Simon Armitage.

The installation is being shown during world mental health week and aims to challenge our preconceptions about people around us. This has been supported using public funding, by the National Lottery through Arts Council England.

Further information  - Ray Jacobs 07817194644   jacobsray@hotmail.com