The Way Ahead

This Way Ahead document outlines Shaftesbury Arts Centre’s plans for consolidation and development for the five-year period commencing April 2014. This revised version builds on the previous document, adopted in 2010, which in itself followed and reflected the aims of previous documents dating back to 1991. We must continue to work hard at maintaining a very positive ethos as the main Arts provider in our immediate, extended and extending community

The 2014 version has been compiled after consultation with all of the Centre’s activity groups and management areas. The opinions, feelings and wishes of each of these bodies have been included in the document and will feature in our plans for future developments. We take pride in the fact that the Arts Centre is run solely by a team of volunteers from within our membership. It is vital, for our future, that we continue to offer a happy and welcoming environment to both existing and new members and that those offering the skills we need in so many areas are welcomed onto the volunteer team.

The document’s main aim is to provide a focus for future developments so that best use is made of resources whether they are material, skills, time or financial. It will be readily available as a source of information for existing members, new and potential members and any members of the public, or public body who wish to know more. It gives a picture of where we are now and how we plan to move forward facing the main challenges of increasing our membership, maintaining our position as the main Arts provider in the Shaftesbury area,  fostering further links with the widening community, encouraging more volunteer workers and maintaining a healthy financial status.

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  • In the gallery to 8 May - Lin Walker solo exhibition 'What If'. Ceramic reliefs and sculptures responding to found objects in the environment. Closed Sundays #exploration #discardedobjects #texture #relief #contemporaryart #dorsetlife http://ow.ly/wUtA30jHlmA

    shaftesburyarts: "In the gallery to 8 May - Lin Walker solo exhibition 'What If'. Ceramic reliefs and sculptures responding to found objects in the environment. Closed Sundays #exploration #discardedobjects #texture #relief #contemporaryart #dorsetlife http://ow.ly/wUtA30jHlmA"
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    shaftesburyarts: "Continuing this week in the gallery - Southern Contemporaries - vibrant landscapes, moody seas just some of what their group is showing. #contemporaryart #abstractart #expressiveart #dorsetlandscapes #dorsetcoast http://ow.ly/Q9IL30jtfKe"
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  • In the gallery to 24 April - 'Southern Contemporaries' group exhibition. Diverse mediums, diverse subjects and styles. Open everyday inc. Sunday 10am-4pm #painting #stonecarving #abstract #impressionist #symbolic http://ow.ly/qCvi30jszKU

    shaftesburyarts: "In the gallery to 24 April - 'Southern Contemporaries' group exhibition. Diverse mediums, diverse subjects and styles. Open everyday inc. Sunday 10am-4pm #painting #stonecarving #abstract #impressionist #symbolic http://ow.ly/qCvi30jszKU"
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  • Last chance to see 'Altered Images' group show in the gallery. Six artists show diverse styles and content. Closes tomorrow at 4pm #westcountryartists #dorsetartists #somersetartists http://ow.ly/z9AH30jlCzb

    shaftesburyarts: "Last chance to see 'Altered Images' group show in the gallery. Six artists show diverse styles and content. Closes tomorrow at 4pm #westcountryartists #dorsetartists #somersetartists http://ow.ly/z9AH30jlCzb"
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  • Make sure you see the current exhibition before it finishes next Tuesday. 'Altered Images' in the gallery. #portraits #abstracts #livestock #painting #drawing #collage #closedsunday http://ow.ly/UTu830jlCqj

    shaftesburyarts: "Make sure you see the current exhibition before it finishes next Tuesday. 'Altered Images' in the gallery. #portraits #abstracts #livestock #painting #drawing #collage #closedsunday http://ow.ly/UTu830jlCqj"
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  • Continuing this week in the gallery, 'Altered Images' -group show, six artists. #expressive #portrait #landscape #seascape #contemporaryart #westcountryartists http://ow.ly/Ss6j30jcOJe

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  • 'Altered Images' in the gallery to 10 April. Six artists who gather to cogitate on their creativity! Closed Sunday so you can eat your Easter eggs. #collage #sculpture #dorsetlandscape #happyeaster #eostre http://ow.ly/blch30jcNN5

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  • In the gallery from today 'Altered Images' to 10 April, Six artists, six different approaches to making art. #graphic #impressionist #expressive #cornishseas #dorsetsheep #iwanttoridemybicycle http://ow.ly/gE0M30jcNe5

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