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 throughout December to 2 January - The Eeles Family Pottery with Keith Stott pastels. #Christmasgifts #festivevessels #westcountryscenes http://ow.ly/eHFT30h7fxP

    shaftesburyarts: "In the gallery throughout December to 2 January - The Eeles Family Pottery with Keith Stott pastels.  #Christmasgifts #festivevessels #westcountryscenes http://ow.ly/eHFT30h7fxP"
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  • Don't miss this fabulous solo show from Zara McQueen. 'Somewhere Near Home' closes tomorrow at 4pm. #expressiveart #subtlehues #abstractart #DorsetLife #powerfulskies #Imustgodowntotheseaagain #jurassiccoast http://ow.ly/oBkS30gVr0T

    shaftesburyarts: "Don't miss this fabulous solo show from Zara McQueen. 'Somewhere Near Home' closes tomorrow at 4pm. #expressiveart #subtlehues #abstractart #DorsetLife #powerfulskies #Imustgodowntotheseaagain #jurassiccoast http://ow.ly/oBkS30gVr0T"
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  • Step in out of the cold this weekend to see Zara McQueen's sensitive responses to 'Somewhere Near Home' open 10am - 4pm including Sunday and to 5 December. #landscape #DorsetArtist #homeiswheretheheartis #painting #collage #drawing http://ow.ly/Gv1j30gVq0x

    shaftesburyarts: "Step in out of the cold this weekend to see Zara McQueen's sensitive responses to 'Somewhere Near Home' open 10am - 4pm including Sunday and to 5 December. #landscape #DorsetArtist #homeiswheretheheartis #painting #collage #drawing http://ow.ly/Gv1j30gVq0x"
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  • This week in the gallery and to 5 December - Somewhere Near Home - Zara McQueen's emotive landscape paintings in her first solo show. #NorthDorset @zara_mcqueen #painting #collage #mixedmedia #theartofseeing http://ow.ly/6oI130gP15I

    shaftesburyarts: "This week in the gallery and to 5 December - Somewhere Near Home - Zara McQueen's emotive landscape paintings in her first solo show. #NorthDorset @zara_mcqueen  #painting #collage #mixedmedia #theartofseeing http://ow.ly/6oI130gP15I"
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  • In the gallery everyday including Sundays until 5 December. ‘Somewhere Near Home’ - Zara McQueen in her first solo show. #paintings #mixedmedia #collage #drawing #shaftesbury #blackmorevale #melburydown http://ow.ly/c31330gL09O

    shaftesburyarts: "In the gallery everyday including Sundays until 5 December. ‘Somewhere Near Home’ - Zara McQueen in her first solo show. #paintings #mixedmedia #collage #drawing #shaftesbury #blackmorevale #melburydown http://ow.ly/c31330gL09O"
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  • ‘Somewhere Near Home’ @zara_mcqueen being hung today. 23-28 November. #sneakpeak #downabitontheleft #onemanshow #seeyoutomorrow

    shaftesburyarts: "‘Somewhere Near Home’ @zara_mcqueen being hung today. 23-28 November. #sneakpeak #downabitontheleft #onemanshow #seeyoutomorrow"
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  • Open all weekend including Sunday 10-4pm DefinARTLY continues to 21 November. #meadows #flora #trees #wishes #steelsculpture #mixedmedia #painting @cduponartist @karrenburkettartist @amo107 @andreajenkinsart ://ow.ly/kmm230gDKWr

    shaftesburyarts: "Open all weekend including Sunday 10-4pm DefinARTLY continues to 21 November.
#meadows #flora #trees #wishes #steelsculpture #mixedmedia #painting @cduponartist @karrenburkettartist @amo107 @andreajenkinsart ://ow.ly/kmm230gDKWr"
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  • There's a great array of small paintings at DefinArtly in the gallery, along with magical textiles and steel garden sculpture, all ready to adorn your homes! Open 10-4 every day until 21 Nov. #trees #meadows #flowers # hedgerows #insects http://ow.ly/LQct30gyijo

    shaftesburyarts: "There's a great array of small paintings at DefinArtly in the gallery, along with magical textiles and steel garden sculpture, all ready to adorn your homes! Open 10-4 every day until 21 Nov. #trees #meadows #flowers # hedgerows #insects http://ow.ly/LQct30gyijo"
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  • Come in out of the rain - DefinARTly - in the gallery to 21 Nov. OPEN SUNDAY 10 - 4 #trees #meadows #wildflowers http://ow.ly/3W5h30gudma

    shaftesburyarts: "Come in out of the rain - DefinARTly - in the gallery to 21 Nov. OPEN SUNDAY 10 - 4 #trees #meadows #wildflowers  http://ow.ly/3W5h30gudma"
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  • In the gallery from today - DefinARTly - four Dorset artists blurring the lines between fine art & craft #dorsetlife http://ow.ly/v8Gi30gotnx

    shaftesburyarts: "In the gallery from today - DefinARTly - four Dorset artists blurring the lines between fine art & craft #dorsetlife http://ow.ly/v8Gi30gotnx"
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