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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  • Last few days to see 'Elements' in the gallery - closes 4pm 24 July. Holly Norris and Stephen Yates show a selection of their work inspired by their travels and life on Portland. #embroidery #applique #weave #ceramics #painting #collaboration http://ow.ly/AEsW30kVZ1f

    shaftesburyarts: "Last few days to see 'Elements' in the gallery - closes 4pm 24 July. Holly Norris and Stephen Yates show a selection of their work inspired by their travels and life on Portland. #embroidery #applique #weave #ceramics #painting #collaboration http://ow.ly/AEsW30kVZ1f"
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  • Continuing this week to 24 July, in the gallery 'Elements' from Holy Norris and Stephen Yates. #textiles #painting #ceramics #pallingtonlakes #australia #portland #morocco #naturalform #flora http://ow.ly/lfZq30kVYHb

    shaftesburyarts: "Continuing this week to 24 July, in the gallery 'Elements' from Holy Norris and Stephen Yates. #textiles #painting #ceramics #pallingtonlakes #australia #portland #morocco #naturalform #flora http://ow.ly/lfZq30kVYHb"
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  • In the Ron Holmes Gallery until 19 July - Shaftesbury School A-Level Art. #organicforms #contemporary #expressive #bodyimage #structures #schoolart #youthissues #experiments #sketchbooks @shaftesbury_sch_art #artdepartment http://ow.ly/Fhny30kWsOH

    shaftesburyarts: "In the Ron Holmes Gallery until 19 July - Shaftesbury School A-Level Art. #organicforms #contemporary #expressive #bodyimage #structures #schoolart #youthissues #experiments #sketchbooks @shaftesbury_sch_art #artdepartment http://ow.ly/Fhny30kWsOH"
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  • In the gallery to 24 July Holly Norris and Stephen Yates present 'Elements' inspired by #travels #sea #shore #architecture #richcolours #subtlecolours #texture #pattern #dorsetartists #portlandartists #closedsunday http://ow.ly/PBhv30kVYqc

    shaftesburyarts: "In the gallery to 24 July Holly Norris and Stephen Yates present 'Elements' inspired by #travels #sea #shore #architecture #richcolours #subtlecolours #texture #pattern #dorsetartists #portlandartists #closedsunday  http://ow.ly/PBhv30kVYqc"
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  • In the gallery to 24 July - 'Elements' paintings, pots, textiles and collaborative pieces by @hollymnorris and @stephen_yates_artist #Dorsetartists #portland #seashore #antipodes #seaanenome #cliffs http://ow.ly/t3Qj30kUfg7

    shaftesburyarts: "In the gallery to 24 July - 'Elements' paintings, pots, textiles and collaborative pieces by @hollymnorris and @stephen_yates_artist  #Dorsetartists #portland #seashore #antipodes #seaanenome #cliffs http://ow.ly/t3Qj30kUfg7"
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  • Last two days for 'Walking Feet' in the gallery. Five textile artists set each other challenges to produce an exhibition with five sets of hangings with common features. #treechallenges #complexpiece #9patch #quilting closes Tues 10 July 4pm http://ow.ly/VdnZ30kNGHE

    shaftesburyarts: "Last two days for 'Walking Feet' in the gallery. Five textile artists set each other challenges to produce an exhibition with five sets of hangings with common features. #treechallenges #complexpiece #9patch #quilting closes Tues 10 July 4pm http://ow.ly/VdnZ30kNGHE"
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  • Walking Feet in the gallery to 10 July - five Dorset textile artists. #saristripchallenge #9patchchallenge #embellishment #printedtextiles #patchwork #quilting #dorsetmags #dorsetlife #iloveshaftesbury http://ow.ly/XsKI30kNGp9

    shaftesburyarts: "Walking Feet in the gallery to 10 July - five Dorset textile artists. #saristripchallenge #9patchchallenge #embellishment #printedtextiles #patchwork #quilting #dorsetmags #dorsetlife #iloveshaftesbury http://ow.ly/XsKI30kNGp9"
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  • This weekend in the gallery printmakers Sarah Humby and Jayne Soakell with 'The Art of Staring Out to Sea'. Meet the artists Saturday pm and enjoy a cream tea! Open Sunday. #shaftesburyfringe #dorsetlife #coastalsailing #printmaking #drawing #painting http://ow.ly/yelC30kHEK4

    shaftesburyarts: "This weekend in the gallery printmakers Sarah Humby and Jayne Soakell with 'The Art of Staring Out to Sea'. Meet the artists Saturday pm and enjoy a cream tea! Open Sunday. #shaftesburyfringe #dorsetlife #coastalsailing #printmaking #drawing #painting http://ow.ly/yelC30kHEK4"
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  • In the gallery this week - 'The Art of Staring Out to Sea' - Sarah Humby and Jayne Soakell. #printmaking #monotype #painting #drawing #seaside #dorsetcoast #jurassiccoast #opensunday #shaftesburyfringe http://ow.ly/vZbA30kHEwp

    shaftesburyarts: "In the gallery this week - 'The Art of Staring Out to Sea' - Sarah Humby and Jayne Soakell. #printmaking #monotype #painting #drawing #seaside #dorsetcoast #jurassiccoast #opensunday #shaftesburyfringe http://ow.ly/vZbA30kHEwp"
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  • Last weekend for Creative & Brave - open Sunday, closes Tuesday 26 June. Three women artists. #fineart #crafts and #design #localrtists #dorsetart #dorsetlife #doersetmags http://ow.ly/lT3630kuBxF

    shaftesburyarts: "Last weekend for Creative & Brave - open Sunday, closes Tuesday 26 June. Three women artists. #fineart #crafts and  #design #localrtists #dorsetart #dorsetlife #doersetmags http://ow.ly/lT3630kuBxF"
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