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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REMINDER - handing in day for the Shaftesbury Snowdrops open exhibition in the Gallery is on Sunday 2nd February. Find details and entry form via this link http://ow.ly/n2Tn50y44Sv
@SnowdropWalks @BBCCountryfile @theshaftesburygroup #artinshaftesbury #shaftesburysnowdrops

Influences from around the world can be seen in the art at Welcome 20, the first exhibition in the gallery of 2020. Open all weekend including Sunday 10am-4pm. @dorsetartweeks #shaftesbury #india #russia #artinshaftesbury #globalart #dorsetartists http://ow.ly/rVV950xY7rX

Soft greens and natural form expressed in different styles and mediums. Welcome 20 showcases the range of art that will be shown in the gallery this year. Open every day to 1st Feb 10am-4pm. #naturalform #landscape #ceramics #raku #collage #watercolours http://ow.ly/lIhL50xY6A2

Painting the blues - paintings from four different exhibitions who will be taking part in exhibitions over the coming year. Welcome 20 continues to 1st Feb. #landscape #seascape #abstract #painting #mixedmedia #tastershow #welcome20 #dorsetartweeks http://ow.ly/Neqc50xY5Lw

Welcome 20 now in the gallery until 1st February, every day 10am-4pm inc Sundays. A taste of what will be in the gallery over the coming year. @dorsetartweeks @DorsetLife #happyheffalumps #softautumn #brughtceramics #aftermatisse #exhibitions2020 http://ow.ly/2F5R50xY5q5

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  • REMINDER - handing in day for the Shaftesbury Snowdrops open exhibition in the Gallery is on Sunday 2nd February. Find details and entry form via this link http://ow.ly/7oQO50y44Su @SnowdropWalks @BBCCountryfile @theshaftesburygroup #artinshaftesbury #shaftesburysnowdrops

    shaftesburyarts: "REMINDER - handing in day for the Shaftesbury Snowdrops open exhibition in the Gallery is on Sunday 2nd February. Find details and entry form via this link  http://ow.ly/7oQO50y44Su
@SnowdropWalks  @BBCCountryfile @theshaftesburygroup #artinshaftesbury #shaftesburysnowdrops"
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  • Influences from around the world can be seen in the art at Welcome 20, the first exhibition in the gallery of 2020. Open all weekend including Sunday 10am-4pm. @dorsetartweeks #shaftesbury #india #russia #artinshaftesbury #globalart #dorsetartists http://ow.ly/Y5rD50xY7rW

    shaftesburyarts: "Influences from around the world can be seen in the art at Welcome 20, the first exhibition in the gallery of 2020. Open all weekend including Sunday 10am-4pm. @dorsetartweeks #shaftesbury #india #russia #artinshaftesbury #globalart #dorsetartists http://ow.ly/Y5rD50xY7rW"
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  • Soft greens and natural form expressed in different styles and mediums. Welcome 20 showcases the range of art that will be shown in the gallery this year. Open every day to 1st Feb 10am-4pm. #naturalform #landscape #ceramics #raku #collage #watercolours http://ow.ly/iVFe50xY6A1

    shaftesburyarts: "Soft greens and natural form expressed in different styles and mediums. Welcome 20 showcases the range of art that will be shown in the gallery this year. Open every day to 1st Feb 10am-4pm. #naturalform #landscape #ceramics #raku #collage #watercolours http://ow.ly/iVFe50xY6A1"
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  • Painting the blues - paintings from four different artists who will be taking part in exhibitions over the coming year. Welcome 20 continues to 1st Feb. #landscape #seascape #abstract #painting #mixedmedia #tastershow #welcome20 #dorsetartweeks http://ow.ly/EmSD50xY5Lx

    shaftesburyarts: "Painting the blues - paintings from four different artists who will be taking part in exhibitions over the coming year. Welcome 20 continues to 1st Feb. #landscape #seascape #abstract #painting #mixedmedia #tastershow #welcome20 #dorsetartweeks http://ow.ly/EmSD50xY5Lx"
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  • Welcome 20 now in the gallery until 1st February, every day 10am-4pm inc Sundays. A taste of what will be in the gallery over the coming year. @dorsetartweeks @DorsetLife #happyheffalumps #softautumn #brightceramics #aftermatisse #exhibitions2020 http://ow.ly/1kJZ50xY5q7

    shaftesburyarts: "Welcome 20 now in the gallery until 1st February, every day 10am-4pm inc Sundays. A taste of what will be in the gallery over the coming year. @dorsetartweeks @DorsetLife #happyheffalumps #softautumn #brightceramics #aftermatisse #exhibitions2020 http://ow.ly/1kJZ50xY5q7"
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  • Looking for a gallery to exhibit your art? Come along on 11th January 10am-12pm to find out more about renting this lovely space from the coordinator of the gallery. #artinshaftesbury #shaftesburyarts #dorsetartweeks #dorsetartists #visitshaftesbury http://ow.ly/ZflO50xL1r7

    shaftesburyarts: "Looking for a gallery to exhibit your art? Come along on 11th January 10am-12pm to find out more about renting this lovely space from the coordinator of the gallery.  #artinshaftesbury #shaftesburyarts #dorsetartweeks #dorsetartists #visitshaftesbury  http://ow.ly/ZflO50xL1r7"
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  • The last few days for Eeles Family Pottery which closes on Saturday 4th January. Then the Gallery close for its annual facelift until 17th when Welcome20 opens to show case all the artists for 2020. #happynewyear #artinshaftesbury #craftsinshaftesbury http://ow.ly/qIVN50xyzXH

    shaftesburyarts: "The last few days for Eeles Family Pottery which closes on Saturday 4th January. Then the Gallery close for its annual facelift until 17th when Welcome20 opens to show case all the artists for 2020. #happynewyear #artinshaftesbury #craftsinshaftesbury http://ow.ly/qIVN50xyzXH"
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  • We hope you had a fabulous Christmas/midwinter celebration. When you are walking off all that indulgence go into the gallery to see Eeles Family Pottery and paintings. Exhibition continues to January #floraldecoration #porcelain #rainbowraku #shaftesbury http://ow.ly/Qlpm50xyzvN

    shaftesburyarts: "We hope you had a fabulous Christmas/midwinter celebration. When you are walking off all that indulgence go into the gallery to see Eeles Family Pottery and paintings. Exhibition continues to January #floraldecoration #porcelain #rainbowraku #shaftesbury http://ow.ly/Qlpm50xyzvN"
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  • Great last minute Christmas gifts from the Eeles Family Pottery with their distinctive rainbow raku pots, also stoneware and porcelain. Closed Christmas Day but open again on Boxing Day to 4th January. #lastminutegifts #potsforinteriors #visitshaftesbury http://ow.ly/V4mL50xyu6P

    shaftesburyarts: "Great last minute Christmas gifts from the Eeles Family Pottery with their distinctive rainbow raku pots, also stoneware and porcelain. Closed Christmas Day but open again on Boxing Day to 4th January. #lastminutegifts #potsforinteriors #visitshaftesbury http://ow.ly/V4mL50xyu6P"
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  • Looking for Christmas gifts? The Eeles Family Pottery and a painter, Alan Eeles have decorative ceramics and paintings for many tastes. The gallery is open all weekend including Sunday from 11am. #stoneware #porcelain #oilpaintings #giveartforchristmas http://ow.ly/BcRz50xytB6

    shaftesburyarts: "Looking for Christmas gifts? The Eeles Family Pottery and a painter, Alan Eeles have decorative ceramics and paintings for many tastes. The gallery is open all weekend including Sunday from 11am.  #stoneware #porcelain #oilpaintings #giveartforchristmas http://ow.ly/BcRz50xytB6"
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