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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  • The Gallery opens its doors for 2019 with Welcome 19, a taster show with art representing each of the 32 exhibitions that are booked this year. A huge variety of style, technique and subject matter. Until 2 February. #oilpainting #impasto #collage http://ow.ly/bMPE30nmONz

    shaftesburyarts: "The Gallery opens its doors for 2019 with Welcome 19, a taster show with art representing each of the 32 exhibitions that are booked this year. A huge variety of style, technique and subject matter. Until 2 February. #oilpainting #impasto #collage http://ow.ly/bMPE30nmONz"
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  • In the Ron Holmes Gallery until 27 Jan - Footprints - photography by Neil Baird. Social commentary on the theme of climate change. What is your carbon footprint? #climatechange #carbonfootprint #portraits #frequentflyer #longhaul #walking #driving http://ow.ly/L7h030nmNv6

    shaftesburyarts: "In the Ron Holmes Gallery until 27 Jan - Footprints - photography by Neil Baird. Social commentary on the theme of climate change. What is your carbon footprint?
#climatechange #carbonfootprint #portraits #frequentflyer #longhaul #walking #driving http://ow.ly/L7h030nmNv6"
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  • The gallery team have been busy refreshing the walls with their annual coat of paint ready for the first exhibition of the year 'Welcome19' which opens on 17 January. Find out more in this interview http://thisisalfred.com/arts/shaftesbury-art-centre-previewing-this-years-gallery-artists/ #artinshaftesbury #tastershow http://ow.ly/kOiL30nhL7S

    shaftesburyarts: "The gallery team have been busy refreshing the walls with their annual coat of paint ready for the first exhibition of the year 'Welcome19' which opens on 17 January. Find out more in this interview http://thisisalfred.com/arts/shaftesbury-art-centre-previewing-this-years-gallery-artists/  #artinshaftesbury #tastershow http://ow.ly/kOiL30nhL7S"
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  • Last two days to see this exhibition. Closes tomorrow at 4pm. Eeles Pottery and Keith Stott. #ceramics #pastellandscapes #pastelstilllifes #decorative #functional #crafts #postChristmasgift #artisforlifenotjustforchristmas http://ow.ly/xfw230n3Vly

    shaftesburyarts: "Last two days to see this exhibition. Closes tomorrow at 4pm. Eeles Pottery and Keith Stott. #ceramics #pastellandscapes #pastelstilllifes #decorative #functional #crafts #postChristmasgift #artisforlifenotjustforchristmas http://ow.ly/xfw230n3Vly"
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  • Walking off the excesses of the festivities? Wander into the gallery to see Eeles' Pottery and Keith Stott's soft pastels. Open every day until New Year's Day. #visitshaftesbury #thehighpointofdorset #swirlsandspirals #lustrousglazes #locallandscapes http://ow.ly/UO4e30n3V1p

    shaftesburyarts: "Walking off the excesses of the festivities? Wander into the gallery to see Eeles' Pottery and Keith Stott's soft pastels. Open every day until New Year's Day. #visitshaftesbury #thehighpointofdorset #swirlsandspirals #lustrousglazes #locallandscapes http://ow.ly/UO4e30n3V1p"
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  • Great for last minute Christmas shopping - Eeles Pottery and Keith Stott Pastels. In the gallery everyday except Christmas Day and Boxing Day until 1st January. #lustreglaze #tablelamps #vases #ceramics #landscapes #softpastels #giveartforchristmas http://ow.ly/Ssiw30n3TKA

    shaftesburyarts: "Great for last minute Christmas shopping - Eeles Pottery and Keith Stott Pastels. In the gallery everyday except Christmas Day and Boxing Day until 1st January. #lustreglaze #tablelamps #vases #ceramics #landscapes #softpastels #giveartforchristmas http://ow.ly/Ssiw30n3TKA"
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  • In the gallery until 1st January 2019 - Eeles Pottery and Keith Stott Pastels with their annual Christmas show. #studiopottery #ceramics #landscapes #affordableart #supportlocalartists #giveartforchristmas http://ow.ly/Vb1E30n16tH

    shaftesburyarts: "In the gallery until 1st January 2019 - Eeles Pottery and Keith Stott Pastels with their annual Christmas show. #studiopottery #ceramics #landscapes #affordableart #supportlocalartists #giveartforchristmas http://ow.ly/Vb1E30n16tH"
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  • Last two days to see this rich and diverse exhibition - Perguadeo closes tomorrow at 4pm. #collagraph #silvergoldjewellery #cyanotype #ceramicsculpture #mixedmedia #painting #supportlocalartists #giveartforchristmas #affordableart http://ow.ly/HvRH30mSeLF

    shaftesburyarts: "Last two days to see this rich and diverse exhibition - Perguadeo closes tomorrow at 4pm. #collagraph #silvergoldjewellery #cyanotype #ceramicsculpture #mixedmedia #painting #supportlocalartists #giveartforchristmas #affordableart http://ow.ly/HvRH30mSeLF"
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