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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    shaftesburyarts: "In Shaftesbury this bank holiday weekend? Make sure you see  this exhibition from local artists Neil Colclough and Karren Burkett. #shaftesburylanes #summerlight #fonthilllake #beatingroundthebuoy #fishingboats #shaftesburyartists #visitshaftesbury http://ow.ly/APX750vEsLv"
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  • In the gallery this week until 27 August, Neil Colclough and Karren Burkett with paintings of the seashore and closer to home. #oilpaintings #honeysuckle #tidesout #dryingout #dorsetartists #shaftesburyartists @theshaftesburygroup http://ow.ly/zWRR50vEslg

    shaftesburyarts: "In the gallery this week until 27 August, Neil Colclough and Karren Burkett with paintings of the seashore and closer to home. #oilpaintings #honeysuckle #tidesout #dryingout #dorsetartists #shaftesburyartists @theshaftesburygroup  http://ow.ly/zWRR50vEslg"
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  • Last two days of Patricia Forrest's exhibition of Aviation Art. Ends at 4pm tomorrow. #formationflying #planesofwar #jetplanes #supersonic #propellors #historyofaviation #guildofaviationartists #royalcollegeofart http://ow.ly/ZYzU50vxydf

    shaftesburyarts: "Last two days of Patricia Forrest's exhibition of Aviation Art. Ends at 4pm tomorrow. #formationflying #planesofwar #jetplanes #supersonic #propellors #historyofaviation #guildofaviationartists #royalcollegeofart  http://ow.ly/ZYzU50vxydf"
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  • Open all weekend including Sunday, aviation paintings by Patricia Forrest as well as several with planes missing! #fiddlefordmill #biplanes #glastonburytor #gava #rca #ruralidyll http://ow.ly/rl5B50vxxLv

    shaftesburyarts: "Open all weekend including Sunday, aviation paintings by Patricia Forrest as well as several with planes missing! #fiddlefordmill #biplanes #glastonburytor #gava #rca #ruralidyll http://ow.ly/rl5B50vxxLv"
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  • This week in the gallery to 20 August, Patricia Forrest with Aviation Art. Vice President of the Guild of Aviation Artists. Planes in the landscape. #gava #bleriot #guildofaviationartists #aviationart http://ow.ly/6Ouf50vxxd4

    shaftesburyarts: "This week in the gallery to 20 August, Patricia Forrest with Aviation Art. Vice President of the Guild of Aviation Artists. Planes in the landscape. #gava #bleriot #guildofaviationartists #aviationart http://ow.ly/6Ouf50vxxd4"
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    shaftesburyarts: "Open all weekend 'Diversity in Nature' watercolour illustrations from Sarah Harris, soft pastel landscapes from Keith Stott and pots from the Eeles. #originalart #prints #teatowels #mugs #greetingscards #visitshaftesbury #thehighpointofdorset http://www.shaftesburyartscentre.org.uk/events/keith-stott-and-sarah-harris-the-diversity-of-nature/"
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  • In the Gallery this week, Keith Stott returns with Sarah Harris and the Eeles Family Pottery. 'Diversity in Nature' is open from 10am-5pm everyday (inc Sunday) until 13 August #honeybee #autumndrove #swirl #westcountryartists #visitshaftesbury http://ow.ly/E2bh50vqE83

    shaftesburyarts: "In the Gallery this week, Keith Stott returns with Sarah Harris and the Eeles Family Pottery. 'Diversity in Nature' is open from 10am-5pm everyday (inc Sunday) until 13 August #honeybee #autumndrove #swirl #westcountryartists #visitshaftesbury  http://ow.ly/E2bh50vqE83"
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  • Last two days to see 'Together Again & Again' - closes tomorrow at 4pm. Eric Bailey's expressive paintings complemented by David Marl's intricate religious narratives. Don't miss it! #paintingisanotherwordforfeeling. #paintwhatyoulove #lovewhatyoupaint http://ow.ly/9Fmm50viirZ

    shaftesburyarts: "Last two days to see 'Together Again & Again' - closes tomorrow at 4pm. Eric Bailey's expressive paintings complemented by David Marl's intricate religious narratives. Don't miss it! #paintingisanotherwordforfeeling. #paintwhatyoulove #lovewhatyoupaint http://ow.ly/9Fmm50viirZ"
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  • Open all weekend (inc Sunday 11am - 3pm) 'Together Again & Again' Eric Bailey and David Marl, paintings. Art to make you think. #narrativeart #expressiveart #dorsetartists #visitshaftesbury #thehighpointofdorset http://ow.ly/yUR350vihJC

    shaftesburyarts: "Open all weekend (inc Sunday 11am - 3pm) 'Together Again & Again' Eric Bailey and David Marl, paintings. Art to make you think. #narrativeart #expressiveart #dorsetartists #visitshaftesbury #thehighpointofdorset http://ow.ly/yUR350vihJC"
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