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Welcome to The Viewing Deck at Shrewsbury Market Hall
31 Oct 2023

A new exhibition space has been created on the third floor of Shrewsbury Market Hall to support local artists thanks to a boost from The Brewers Foundation.

The mysterious, disused 'third floor' of Shrewsbury Market Hall (once intended as a rooftop restaurant) has been reclaimed and is now a lovely new exhibition and workshop space for local artists. 

The transformation of the space into the new 'Viewing Deck' has been made possible thanks to a donation of 80 litres of paint and other materials from Brewers Decorator Centres. 

It is now set to be used for public art and craft exhibitions and workshops and is already attracting interest from local artists, having hosted part of this summer's Shrewsbury Arts Trail. The low-cost space can be rented by members of the public, for workshops, exhibitions and classes. 

Brewers opened a new decorator centre in Shrewsbury last year and chose the market hall to work with as one of its community partners to benefit from its charitable foundation.

Market Facilities Manager Kate Gittins said: “For a long time, it had been part of my vision to activate the space. It had been used occasionally for some evening events, but I wanted to unlock its potential to be used on a regular basis and enhance what we offer in the market hall.

“It had become a makeshift storage area and was in need of redecoration, but it was a light-filled space which I could see lent itself perfectly to becoming an exhibition and workshop area.

“We were put in touch with Brewers which was looking for a community-based project that it could support with paint and materials. It was a golden opportunity! Brewers matched the paint colour perfectly to what we wanted and now we have a smart new space which enables our stallholders to add to their offering and share their skills with others. It is also available as a new low-cost space that members of the public can rent to exhibit and run classes or workshops.”

Regional manager for Brewers Marcus Ward said the company valued its work with local communities and was thrilled to help with the project.

“Brewers is a family business with family values. The Brewers Foundation is very proactive in supporting community projects both in the UK and internationally,” he said.

Brewers was founded in Eastbourne, Sussex, in 1905 by Quaker Clement Brewer and it now has 215 branches around the UK.

Its work with local communities in Shropshire also includes projects with Derwen College, supporting the next generation of decorators through initiatives with Shrewsbury Colleges Group and providing painting materials to Shrewsbury Up and Comers FC and Salop Unison Cub to redecorate changing rooms.

Brewers also supports the Dreamland Mission Hospital in Western Kenya.

Pictured above: Brewers Decorator Centre regional manager Marcus Ward and Shrewsbury branch manager Dan Duce on the newly repainted Viewing Deck with Shrewsbury Market Hall stallholders Alison Staples and Karen Duffy.