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 from today four artists – Caroline Hughes, Lindsey Keir, Gillian McCormack, Rachel Raine – until April 2nd. #ceramics #paintings #fusedglass #silverjewellery #inspiredbynature # https://t.co/3qp75ECFR9

Saturday 23 March
Sinnober
A welcome back to Shaftesbury for Sinnober following their Fringe debut.

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Check out one of our Spring Plays! ‘Audience’

Tickets on sale at the box office.

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Tuesday 19 March, 2pm. Swimming with Men (12A)
A man who is suffering a mid-life crisis finds new meaning in his life as part of an all-male, middle-aged, amateur synchronised swimming team. Rob Brydon and Jane Horrocks star in this laugh out loud… https://t.co/Z0WnzKTFFM

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  • In the gallery from today four artists - Caroline Hughes, Lindsey Keir, Gillian McCormack, Rachel Raine - until April 2nd. #ceramics #paintings #fusedglass #silverjewellery #inspiredbynature # http://ow.ly/wuiM30o7yPL

    shaftesburyarts: "In the gallery from today four artists - Caroline Hughes, Lindsey Keir, Gillian McCormack, Rachel Raine - until April 2nd. #ceramics #paintings #fusedglass #silverjewellery #inspiredbynature # http://ow.ly/wuiM30o7yPL"
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  • Last two days to see this exhibition of two local artists, Rob Neeley and Eric Bailey. Closes tomorrow at 4pm. #camouflage #nestingbox #elevatedhideout #assemblage #conversationpiece #oilpainting #expressiveart #shaftesburyartists http://ow.ly/YMaQ30o2MwI

    shaftesburyarts: "Last two days to see this exhibition of two local artists, Rob Neeley and Eric Bailey. Closes tomorrow at 4pm. #camouflage #nestingbox #elevatedhideout #assemblage #conversationpiece #oilpainting #expressiveart #shaftesburyartists http://ow.ly/YMaQ30o2MwI"
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  • Great article about the gallery in the BM mag this week, but don't just 'happen' upon the Gallery, make a point of checking out the exhibitions every week if you have any interest in art at all or are just curious. #bvmmagazine #artforveryone #localartists #shaftesburyartscentre #visitshaftesbury #thehighpointofdorset http://ow.ly/rqA630o4fwc

    shaftesburyarts: "Great article about the gallery in the BM mag this week, but don't just 'happen' upon the Gallery, make a point of checking out the exhibitions every week if you have any interest in art at all or are just curious. #bvmmagazine #artforveryone #localartists #shaftesburyartscentre #visitshaftesbury #thehighpointofdorset http://ow.ly/rqA630o4fwc"
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  • Check out this exhibition of expressive painting and quirky assemblages from Eric Bailey and Rob Neeley. Continues to 19 March 10am - 4pm daily. #vaticanminibar #birdstage #foulplay #stilllife http://ow.ly/rWdY30o2Max

    shaftesburyarts: "Check out this exhibition of expressive painting and quirky assemblages from Eric Bailey and Rob Neeley. Continues to 19 March 10am - 4pm daily. #vaticanminibar #birdstage #foulplay #stilllife http://ow.ly/rWdY30o2Max"
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  • In the gallery this week - Rob Neeley and Eric Bailey until 19 March. Many a fascinating conversation piece along with expressive paintings. #castrelief #transferprints #oilpainting #philosophy #football. http://ow.ly/Vmve30o1SoI

    shaftesburyarts: "In the gallery this week - Rob Neeley and Eric Bailey until 19 March. Many a fascinating conversation piece along with expressive paintings.  #castrelief #transferprints #oilpainting #philosophy #football. http://ow.ly/Vmve30o1SoI"
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  • Last two days of this special exhibition - Peter Gardner with Charlotte Dooley. Peter has over 80 years experience as a painter and Charlotte just four, encouraged by him. Ends Tues 4pm #londonstreets #beautyofthecity #memory #experience #visitshaftesbury http://ow.ly/XVsz30nWy1K

    shaftesburyarts: "Last two days of this special exhibition - Peter Gardner with Charlotte Dooley. Peter has over 80 years experience as a painter and Charlotte just four, encouraged by him. Ends Tues 4pm #londonstreets #beautyofthecity #memory #experience #visitshaftesbury http://ow.ly/XVsz30nWy1K"
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  • Posted @withrepost • @yourvalleynews Shaftesbury Arts Centre welcomes gardener and broadcaster Alan Power, who gives a richly-illustrated spring lecture on gardens that he loves. Wednesday 13th March 7.30pm, tickets available from Shaftesbury Arts Centre @shaftesburyarts #shaftesburyabbey #alanpower #gardens #gardening #horticulture #presenter #gardenersworld #myjourneythroughgreatgardens #headgardener #stourheadgardens #stourheadnt #nationaltrust @ntstourhead

    shaftesburyarts: "Posted @withrepost • @yourvalleynews Shaftesbury Arts Centre welcomes gardener and broadcaster Alan Power, who gives a richly-illustrated spring lecture on gardens that he loves. Wednesday 13th March 7.30pm, tickets available from Shaftesbury Arts Centre @shaftesburyarts #shaftesburyabbey #alanpower #gardens #gardening #horticulture #presenter #gardenersworld #myjourneythroughgreatgardens #headgardener #stourheadgardens #stourheadnt #nationaltrust @ntstourhead"
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  • Posted @withrepost • @shaftesburyfringe Thinking of performing at Shaftesbury Fringe? There’s just over a month to go before registration closes on 14 April. See website for details, and help us to make this the best Fringe yet! . . . . . . . #shaftesburyfringe #shaftesbury #visitshaftesbury #fringefestival #artsfestival #whatsonindorset #dorsetevents #arts #performance #drama #comedy #music #theatre #poetry

    shaftesburyarts: "Posted @withrepost • @shaftesburyfringe Thinking of performing at Shaftesbury Fringe? There’s just over a month to go before registration closes on 14 April. See website for details, and help us to make this the best Fringe yet!
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  • Charlotte Dooley has been painting for the past four years and exhibits with her mentor and friend, professional artist, Peter Gardner in the gallery until Tuesday 12 March. #ageisjustanumber #ageconcern #ruralart #dorsetartist #visitshaftesbury http://ow.ly/jImh30nWxyW

    shaftesburyarts: "Charlotte Dooley has been painting for the past four years and exhibits with her mentor and friend, professional artist, Peter Gardner in the gallery until Tuesday 12 March. #ageisjustanumber #ageconcern #ruralart #dorsetartist #visitshaftesbury http://ow.ly/jImh30nWxyW"
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