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All Hail the Launch of the Shrewsbury Arts Trail!
23 Jun 2023

The Shrewsbury Arts Trail officially launches this week (July 1) with an impressive range of exhibitions, talks and events showcasing local and international talents - and of course the amazing sculpture trail featuring works by Salvador Dali and Jacob Chandler. 

Brace yourselves for the official launch of the Shrewsbury Arts Trail  (July 1). With multiple exhibitions across 18 different venues throughout the summer, it’s going to make a big splash! 

Now in its third year, the Arts Trail continues to grow in size and in ambition. It’s a great coup for our town to have sculptures by Salvador Dali and Jacob Chandler on display in The Dingle, at Shrewsbury Castle and at Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery. 

The dramatic figurative sculptures of Chandler and Dali are a powerful introduction to the festival theme of ‘Movement’, which marks the 350th anniversary of the birth of Shrewsbury dancing master John Weaver. 

Jacob Chandler's Poise and Tension III

Jacob Chandler's 'Poise and Tension III' on display in The Dingle: Credit Phil Langstaff Photography

The sculpture trail is to be complemented by a huge roar of talent from exhibitions featuring local and big named international artists. A special exhibition at Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery will include work by Banksy, Damien Hirst, LS Lowry, Salvador Dali, Halima Cassell, Ian Rayer-Smith, Andrew Logan, Jacob Chandler and many more. 

Further exhibitions of work by local artists and schoolchildren on the festival theme of ‘Movement’ will be held throughout July and August in Theatre Severn and The Parade Shops and at the museum. 

A stained glass festival at St Mary's (August 1 - 31) promises to be a stunning showcase of this sadly endangered craft form, with displays of historic and contemporary designs. And there are scores of other linked exhibitions all across town, in 18 different venues - find them HERE

The organising committee Shrewsbury Arts Trail

The Shrewsbury Arts Trail Committee 2023 (L-R) Jess Richards, Phil Langstaff and Ross Callaghan 

Highlights include a Summer Show with work by Picasso, Damien Hirst, Halima Cassell and The Doodle Boy at the Soden Collection, plus the popular ‘Secret Artist Sale’ at the same venue on August 20. ‘Kinesis’ is an exhibition of artwork by George Sfougaras and ceramics by Stefan Chabluk at the Gateway Gallery, and there’s a display of photographs of ballet dancers by Birmingham Royal Ballet's first soloist and photographer Lachlan Managhan at Theatre Severn. Mrs Jones Art Shop & Gallery in Coleham will have its first annual open exhibition; there’s open studios at Raven Studios, a multi-media exhibition at Visual Art Network Gallery, exhibitions throughout the summer at Bear Steps Art Gallery and the Shropshire Art Society Arts Trail exhibition at St Mary’s Church. Shrewsbury cafes and bars will also be showing the work of local artists. 

And that’s not even the half of it! 

A Banksy artwork for the Shrewsbury Arts Trail

Graffiti artists including Banksy and the Birmingham based artist Disney will be exhibiting at Shrewsbury Arts Trail

Arts Trail founder Jess Richards said: “"We're excited to launch the full lineup of exhibitions from July 1 and a packed schedule of Shrewsbury Arts Trail linked events throughout the summer reflecting our festival theme of ‘Movement’. 

“And of course, we're all looking forward to the John Weaver 350 celebrations - the anniversary of the birth of Shrewsbury's 'dancing master' is the inspiration for our festival theme this year. 

"The enthusiasm from the town, from artists and venues, for the trail has been quite overwhelming - and the response to the eye-catching sculpture trail has made it all worthwhile! Thank you to everyone who has contributed to making Shrewsbury Arts Trail such a success. We're shining a powerful light on the artistic community here in Shrewsbury and putting a pin in the map to establish Shrewsbury as an Arts capital in the UK!" 

Arts Trail Project Manager Phil Langstaff added: “We’re very excited at pulling together the ‘Movement’ exhibition of local artists’ work. The response this year has been fantastic with over 150 artists submitting over 300 pieces and the standard of work submitted demonstrates the abundance of artistic talent that we have in Shropshire and neighbouring counties." 

Support the Shrewsbury Arts Trail: Major undertakings like the Shrewsbury Arts Trail involve enormous amounts of hard work and put great pressure on individuals to raise very significant funds to support them. If you are able to help support the trail please donate via the Just Giving link: justgiving.com/crowdfunding/shrewsburyartstrail2023

Feet of Dali's Homage to Terpsichore