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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Open all weekend including Sunday ‘Over the Hills and Far Away’ observed and imagined landscapes from Sally Ridout. #surrealism #expressionism #munch #swirlism #droveroads #oilpaintings #acrylicpaintings. https://t.co/MZ3xuSuahv

In the gallery from today to 30 July, Sally Ridout presents ‘Over the Hills and Far Away’ Stylised paintings of local and distant landscapes. #dorsetlandscapes #southafrica #westcountryartist #visitshaftesbury https://t.co/1IpX2NeHrj

Last two days to see Christine Rogers super-realist paintings of the Dorset Coast. Closes tomorrow at 4pm. #closeup #photorealism #onthebeach #dorsetcoast #dorsetartist #visitshaftesbury #thehighpointofdorset https://t.co/sZLjjywy2t

This evening 5-6.30pm, Christine Rogers invites you to a celebration of her exhibition of seascapes in the gallery. Open all weekend including Sunday and until 16th July. #pulpitrock #portlanddorset #jurassiccoast #supportdorsetartists #visitshaftesbur https://t.co/gBpqMSqD0T

Surf’s up! In the gallery this week super-realist paintings from Christine Rogers until 16 July. Come in an cool off! #dorsetcoast #summerseas #superrealism #lightandcolour #dorsetartists #visitshaftesbury #thehighpointofdorset https://t.co/MPHYMCvzbX

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  • Open all weekend including Sunday 'Over the Hills and Far Away' observed and imagined landscapes from Sally Ridout. #surrealism #expressionism #munch #swirlism #droveroads #oilpaintings #acrylicpaintings. http://ow.ly/pYLY50v2Sv3

    shaftesburyarts: "Open all weekend including Sunday 'Over the Hills and Far Away' observed and imagined landscapes from Sally Ridout. #surrealism #expressionism #munch #swirlism #droveroads #oilpaintings #acrylicpaintings.  http://ow.ly/pYLY50v2Sv3"
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  • In the gallery from today to 30 July, Sally Ridout presents 'Over the Hills and Far Away' Stylised paintings of local and distant landscapes. #dorsetlandscapes #southafrica #westcountryartist #visitshaftesbury http://ow.ly/MvCh50v2S8Q

    shaftesburyarts: "In the gallery from today to 30 July, Sally Ridout presents 'Over the Hills and Far Away' Stylised paintings of local and distant landscapes. #dorsetlandscapes #southafrica #westcountryartist #visitshaftesbury http://ow.ly/MvCh50v2S8Q"
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  • Last two days to see Christine Rogers super-realist paintings of the Dorset Coast. Closes tomorrow at 4pm. #closeup #photorealism #onthebeach #dorsetcoast #dorsetartist #visitshaftesbury #thehighpointofdorset http://ow.ly/U0tA50uXsm0

    shaftesburyarts: "Last two days to see Christine Rogers super-realist paintings of the Dorset Coast. Closes tomorrow at 4pm. #closeup #photorealism #onthebeach #dorsetcoast #dorsetartist #visitshaftesbury #thehighpointofdorset  http://ow.ly/U0tA50uXsm0"
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  • This evening 5-6.30pm, Christine Rogers invites you to a celebration of her exhibition of seascapes in the gallery. Open all weekend including Sunday and until 16th July. #pulpitrock #portlanddorset #jurassiccoast #supportdorsetartists #visitshaftesbur ow.ly/gkPa50uXrQ0

    shaftesburyarts: "This evening 5-6.30pm, Christine Rogers invites you to a celebration of her exhibition of seascapes in the gallery. Open all weekend including Sunday and until 16th July. #pulpitrock #portlanddorset #jurassiccoast #supportdorsetartists #visitshaftesbur  ow.ly/gkPa50uXrQ0"
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  • Surf's up! In the gallery this week super-realist paintings from Christine Rogers until 16 July. Come in an cool off! #dorsetcoast #summerseas #superrealism #lightandcolour #dorsetartists #visitshaftesbury #thehighpointofdorset http://ow.ly/MMX350uXrzZ

    shaftesburyarts: "Surf's up! In the gallery this week super-realist paintings from Christine Rogers until 16 July. Come in an cool off! #dorsetcoast #summerseas #superrealism #lightandcolour #dorsetartists #visitshaftesbury #thehighpointofdorset  http://ow.ly/MMX350uXrzZ"
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  • Last two days to see this colourful painterly exhibition from Sabine Abrahams. 'Open Interpretations' closed tomorrow at 4pm. #warmpalette #texture #boldshapes #naturalform #westcountryartist #visitshaftesbury #highpointofdorset http://www.shaftesburyartscentre.org.uk/events

    shaftesburyarts: "Last two days to see this colourful painterly exhibition from Sabine Abrahams. 'Open Interpretations' closed tomorrow at 4pm. #warmpalette #texture #boldshapes #naturalform #westcountryartist #visitshaftesbury #highpointofdorset  http://www.shaftesburyartscentre.org.uk/events"
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  • Down the Rabbit Hole has just kicked off at the Arts Centre with @iainlee - all very jolly! . . . . . . . . #shaftesburyfringe #radio #dorset #shaftesbury #fringe #live #talkradio #worldfringe #weekend #comedy #visitdorset

    shaftesburyarts: "Down the Rabbit Hole has just kicked off at the Arts Centre with @iainlee - all very jolly!
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#shaftesburyfringe #radio #dorset #shaftesbury #fringe #live #talkradio #worldfringe #weekend #comedy #visitdorset"
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  • It’s looking mighty fine down Bell Street - step inside and enjoy the @shaftesburyfringe acts we have on this weekend. Touch peckish? Saturday we have a pop up cafe from 10 til 10. . . #bellstreet #shaftesburyfringe #arts #music #comedy #theatre #art #fringe #weekendvibes #dorsetrocks #dorset #shaftesbury

    shaftesburyarts: "It’s looking mighty fine down Bell Street - step inside and enjoy the @shaftesburyfringe acts we have on this weekend. Touch peckish? Saturday we have a pop up cafe from 10 til 10.
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#bellstreet #shaftesburyfringe #arts #music #comedy #theatre #art #fringe #weekendvibes #dorsetrocks #dorset #shaftesbury"
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  • Check out all the lovely acts we’ve got coming to the Arts Centre in Bell Street for @shaftesburyfringe - all kinds of interesting performances throughout the weekend. And tomorrow from 10 til 10 you can grab a bite at our pop up cafe. Sorted! . . #shaftesburyfringe #music #theatre #weekend #arts #comedy #shaftesbury #dorset #lotsgoingon #comeandsayhello #cafe #fringe @visitshaftesbury @swisbest @visitdorset

    shaftesburyarts: "Check out all the lovely acts we’ve got coming to the Arts Centre in Bell Street for @shaftesburyfringe - all kinds of interesting performances throughout the weekend. And tomorrow from 10 til 10 you can grab a bite at our pop up cafe. Sorted!
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#shaftesburyfringe #music #theatre #weekend #arts #comedy #shaftesbury #dorset #lotsgoingon #comeandsayhello #cafe #fringe @visitshaftesbury @swisbest @visitdorset"
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  • Adding to the colour of the Fringe this weekend are the paintings of Sabine Abrahams in the gallery and until 9th July. #naturalform #abstractcomposition #currentaffairs #stilllife #landscape #shaftesburyfringe http://ow.ly/XhP650uPa35

    shaftesburyarts: "Adding to the colour of the Fringe this weekend are the paintings of Sabine Abrahams in the gallery and until 9th July. #naturalform #abstractcomposition #currentaffairs #stilllife #landscape #shaftesburyfringe  http://ow.ly/XhP650uPa35"
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