Who Are We?
The Shropshire Heritage and Visual Arts Forum is newly formed forum that has amalgamated to represent both heritage and visual arts interests on the Assembly board . It is based on the belief that collective representation generates shared strength through a pooling of energy, ideas and resources.
The membership ranges from independent volunteer run museums, visual artists, designers and arts promoters. Our heritage members include organisations such as Northgate Museum in Bridgnorth, Council run such as Acton Scott Historic Working Farm, Shropshire Archives to National bodies including the National Trust and RAF Museum, Cosford.
- Provide an umbrella network for visual artists, designers and makers, arts promoters and educators, groups and galleries and people who are interested in participating in and developing visual arts related activities and opportunities in Shropshire and Telford and Wrekin through subscription membership.
- Raise the profile of the visual arts in Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin and beyond and promote the value of visual art in the community as a whole.
- Promote, support and enhance involvement and participation in the visual arts including visual arts education by developing public access, interest and understanding of visual arts in the county of Shropshire and its environs.
- Continue to be a lobbying platform for visual arts working with other arts groups, organisations.
Formally the Visual Arts Networks achievements have included the launch of a permanent gallery and studio base, which is available for hire at the Market Hall Shrewsbury as part of the Galleries Live initiative. The gallery aims to show work by artists, designers and makers from Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin and beyond, providing a forum in which the community may see and participate in the visual arts in a setting not normally associated with the arts.
The community based network encourages inclusion of the whole county in visual art activity and access across Shropshire and is actively making links with other networking groups in the region.