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 Shaftesbury this weekend? Head to the gallery to see colourful art from the New Dorset Art Group. Nine artists show a variety of styles and processes. #ceramics #printmaking #painting #dorsetartists #supportlocalartists #visitshaftesbury http://ow.ly/S4dI30lUFPP

    shaftesburyarts: "In Shaftesbury this weekend? Head to the gallery to see colourful art from the New Dorset Art Group. Nine artists show a variety of styles and processes. #ceramics #printmaking #painting #dorsetartists #supportlocalartists #visitshaftesbury http://ow.ly/S4dI30lUFPP"
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  • This week in the gallery - New Dorset Art Group return with their eclectic collection of style, discipline and subject. #oilpainting #watercolours #ceramics #acrylicpainting #pleinair #abstract #localartists #dorsetartists http://ow.ly/9e3S30lTahl

    shaftesburyarts: "This week in the gallery - New Dorset Art Group return with their eclectic collection of style, discipline and subject. #oilpainting #watercolours #ceramics #acrylicpainting #pleinair #abstract #localartists #dorsetartists http://ow.ly/9e3S30lTahl"
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  • Last two days to see this vibrant exhibition from Karren Burkett and Amanda House. Closes Tuesday 18 Sept at 4pm. #textart #applique #stitching #embroidery #painting #paintingwithvigour #detail #raindropsonwindows #supportlocalartists #dorsetartists http://ow.ly/h6I530lQ88O

    shaftesburyarts: "Last two days to see this vibrant exhibition from Karren Burkett and Amanda House.  Closes Tuesday 18 Sept at 4pm. #textart #applique #stitching #embroidery #painting #paintingwithvigour  #detail #raindropsonwindows #supportlocalartists #dorsetartists http://ow.ly/h6I530lQ88O"
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  • Open all weekend including Sunday - paintings by Karren Burkett and textiles/mixedmedia from Amanda House - continues to Tuesday 18 Sept. #artistsbooks #plasterofparis #coldwax #hotwax #ancientstones #glorioussummer #justsitting #supportlocalartists http://ow.ly/HqWh30lPmQA

    shaftesburyarts: "Open all weekend including Sunday - paintings by Karren Burkett and textiles/mixedmedia from Amanda House - continues to Tuesday 18 Sept. #artistsbooks #plasterofparis #coldwax #hotwax #ancientstones #glorioussummer #justsitting #supportlocalartists http://ow.ly/HqWh30lPmQA"
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  • In the gallery from today until 18 Sept - Karren Burkett and Amanda House with paintings, pastels and textile art. #expressive #sunflowers #poppyheads #applique #embroidery # butterfly #poetry #artistsbooks #summerart #affordableart #dorsetartists http://ow.ly/QMgM30lMSTf

    shaftesburyarts: "In the gallery from today until 18 Sept - Karren Burkett and Amanda House with paintings, pastels and textile art. #expressive #sunflowers #poppyheads #applique #embroidery # butterfly #poetry #artistsbooks #summerart #affordableart #dorsetartists http://ow.ly/QMgM30lMSTf"
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  • Make sure you see this skilful work from Neil Colclough this weekend. Open all weekend (including Sunday) and continues to Tuesday 11 Sept. #coastal #dorsetcoast #jurassiccoast #countingboats #boatcurves #harbourscenes #localartist #visitshaftesbury http://ow.ly/ehTi30lIpYF

    shaftesburyarts: "Make sure you see this skilful work from Neil Colclough this weekend. Open all weekend (including Sunday) and continues to Tuesday 11 Sept. #coastal #dorsetcoast #jurassiccoast #countingboats #boatcurves #harbourscenes #localartist #visitshaftesbury http://ow.ly/ehTi30lIpYF"
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  • In the gallery this week until 11 Sept - Neil Colcough's first solo exhibition. Inspired by the West Country. #wingreen #stourhead #locallandscapes #localartist #colour #light #visitshaftesbury #dorsetlifemag http://ow.ly/ds4k30lHMgX

    shaftesburyarts: "In the gallery this week until 11 Sept - Neil Colcough's first solo exhibition. Inspired by the West Country. #wingreen #stourhead #locallandscapes #localartist #colour #light #visitshaftesbury #dorsetlifemag http://ow.ly/ds4k30lHMgX"
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  • Last two days to see this thoughtful exhibition of photography by Simon Baddeley and Michael Breecham. Closes 4pm Tuesday 4th September. #pasture #depthoffield #perspective #dreaming #whitelight #tonalcontrast #dorset #wiltshire #localart http://ow.ly/iILV30lCkZf

    shaftesburyarts: "Last two days to see this thoughtful exhibition of photography by Simon Baddeley and Michael Breecham. Closes 4pm Tuesday 4th September. #pasture #depthoffield #perspective #dreaming #whitelight #tonalcontrast #dorset #wiltshire #localart http://ow.ly/iILV30lCkZf"
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  • Open all weekend including Sunday - photographs by Simon Baddeley and Michael Beecham. #colourfields #exposedswans #monoland #dogpose #localartists #affordableart #photoart #artinshaftesbury #visitshaftesbury #dorsetlife http://ow.ly/1x3a30lCkvf

    shaftesburyarts: "Open all weekend including Sunday - photographs by Simon Baddeley and Michael Beecham. #colourfields #exposedswans #monoland #dogpose #localartists #affordableart #photoart #artinshaftesbury #visitshaftesbury #dorsetlife http://ow.ly/1x3a30lCkvf"
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  • In the gallery this week - photography from Simon Baddeley and Michael Beecham. Everyday 10am - 4pm to 4 Sept. #mono #landscape #meredown #beastfromtheeast #sheepstare #closeup #meadowflowers #bokeh #colour @simonbaddeley @mikebeecham http://ow.ly/ERfI30lBqiv

    shaftesburyarts: "In the gallery this week - photography from Simon Baddeley and Michael Beecham. Everyday 10am - 4pm to 4 Sept. #mono #landscape #meredown #beastfromtheeast #sheepstare #closeup #meadowflowers #bokeh #colour @simonbaddeley @mikebeecham http://ow.ly/ERfI30lBqiv"
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