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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In the gallery this week until 26 November, ‘Studio 90’ a group show of paintings, printmaking and drawings. #still life #naturalform #patternmaking #localartists #shaftesburyarts #visitshaftesbury #shaftesbury http://ow.ly/65BH50xfZjA

Last chance to see this eclectic group exhibition. The New Dorset Group show closes at 4pm tomorrow. #dorsetartists #expressiveart #abstractart #decorativearts #womenartists #visitshaftesbury #thehighpointofdorset http://ow.ly/f3Xe50x8uzT

The New Dorset Art Group’s exhibition continues until Tuesday 19th November. Closed Sunday. Nine women artists creating different responses to the landscape and natural form. #dorsetartists #painting #textiles #ceramics #printmaking http://ow.ly/qvXt50x8uod

Continuing this week in the gallery and to 19th November, The New Dorset Art Group. Sue Bennett, Sue Fawthrop, Claire Thomas, Eleanor Norman, Clare Shepherd, Catherine Pitchford, Orsola Adlem , Janet Parker Laird, Vanessa Stanfield #dorsetartists http://ow.ly/7tMa50x8u8X

From today in the gallery until 19th November – The New Dorset Art Group return with a mixed exhibition of painting, ceramics, textiles, printmaking and drawings. #abstract #decorative #floral#floral #landscape #dorsetartists #womenartists#visitshaftesbury http://www.shaftesburyartscentre.org.uk/events/new-dorset-art-group/

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  • In the gallery this week until 26 November, 'Studio 90' a group show of paintings, printmaking and drawings. #still life #naturalform #patternmaking #localartists #shaftesburyarts #visitshaftesbury #shaftesbury http://ow.ly/5Wca50xfZjz

    shaftesburyarts: "In the gallery this week until 26 November, 'Studio 90' a group show of paintings, printmaking and drawings.  #still life #naturalform #patternmaking #localartists #shaftesburyarts #visitshaftesbury #shaftesbury http://ow.ly/5Wca50xfZjz"
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  • Last chance to see this eclectic group exhibition. The New Dorset Group show closes at 4pm tomorrow. #dorsetartists #expressiveart #abstractart #decorativearts #womenartists #visitshaftesbury #thehighpointofdorset http://ow.ly/Yd5W50x8uzU

    shaftesburyarts: "Last chance to see this eclectic group exhibition. The New Dorset Group show closes at 4pm tomorrow. #dorsetartists #expressiveart #abstractart #decorativearts #womenartists #visitshaftesbury #thehighpointofdorset http://ow.ly/Yd5W50x8uzU"
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  • The New Dorset Art Group's exhibition continues until Tuesday 19th November. Closed Sunday. Nine women artists creating different responses to the landscape and natural form. #dorsetartists #painting #textiles #ceramics #printmaking http://ow.ly/1B9c50x8uoe

    shaftesburyarts: "The New Dorset Art Group's exhibition continues until Tuesday 19th November. Closed Sunday.  Nine women artists creating different responses to the landscape and natural form. #dorsetartists #painting #textiles #ceramics #printmaking http://ow.ly/1B9c50x8uoe"
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  • Continuing this week in the gallery and to 19th November, The New Dorset Art Group. Sue Bennett, Sue Fawthrop, Claire Thomas, Eleanor Norman, Clare Shepherd, Catherine Pitchford, Orsola Adlem , Janet Parker Laird, Vanessa Stanfield #dorsetartists http://ow.ly/SIWb50x8u8Y

    shaftesburyarts: "Continuing this week in the gallery and to 19th November, The New Dorset Art Group. Sue Bennett, Sue Fawthrop, Claire Thomas, Eleanor Norman, Clare Shepherd, Catherine Pitchford, Orsola Adlem , Janet Parker Laird, Vanessa Stanfield #dorsetartists  http://ow.ly/SIWb50x8u8Y"
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  • Make sure you check out this group exhibition over the weekend (closed Sunday) and into next week. The New Dorset Art Group is of serious artists, each with their own distinct style but with a common desire to create in whichever medium they prefer. http://ow.ly/rc4k50x3yaO

    shaftesburyarts: "Make sure you check out this group exhibition over the weekend (closed Sunday) and into next week. The New Dorset Art Group is  of serious artists, each with their own distinct style but with a  common desire to create in whichever medium they prefer.  http://ow.ly/rc4k50x3yaO"
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  • From today in the gallery until 19th November - The New Dorset Art Group return with a mixed exhibition of painting, ceramics, textiles, printmaking and drawings. #abstract #decorative #floral#floral #landscape #dorsetartists #womenartists#visitshaftesbury http://www.shaftesburyartscentre.org.uk/events/new-dorset-art-group/

    shaftesburyarts: "From today in the gallery until 19th November - The New Dorset Art Group return with a mixed exhibition of painting, ceramics, textiles, printmaking and drawings. #abstract #decorative #floral#floral #landscape #dorsetartists #womenartists#visitshaftesbury http://www.shaftesburyartscentre.org.uk/events/new-dorset-art-group/"
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  • Last two days for 'Land Marks' from Zara McQueen. Closes tomorrow at 4pm. #wintrylandscapes #abstract #expressive #collage #oilpainting #mixedmedia #contemporaryart The Shaftesbury Group #shaftesburyartist #visitshaftesbury #dorsetartist http://ow.ly/8IMg50wSbOg

    shaftesburyarts: "Last two days for 'Land Marks' from Zara McQueen. Closes tomorrow at 4pm. #wintrylandscapes #abstract #expressive #collage #oilpainting #mixedmedia #contemporaryart The Shaftesbury Group #shaftesburyartist #visitshaftesbury #dorsetartist http://ow.ly/8IMg50wSbOg"
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  • Final weekend for this stunning exhibition from Zara McQueen. Open 10am - 4pm including Sunday, finishes Tuesday 5th November. Don't miss it! #shaftesburylandscapes #gardenshapes #honesty #autumnfields #visitshaftesbury #localart #shaftesburyartist http://ow.ly/IlIs50wSb3l

    shaftesburyarts: "Final weekend for this stunning exhibition from Zara McQueen. Open 10am - 4pm including Sunday, finishes Tuesday 5th November. Don't miss it! #shaftesburylandscapes #gardenshapes #honesty #autumnfields #visitshaftesbury #localart #shaftesburyartist http://ow.ly/IlIs50wSb3l"
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  • Continuing this week and until 5th November, 'Land Marks' from Zara McQueen. #neighbours #jenneywren #shaftesburycommunity #springlandscape #oilpainting, #collage #mixedmedia #dorsetartist #visitshaftesbury #theshaftesburygroup http://ow.ly/ecCY50wSaav

    shaftesburyarts: "Continuing this week and until 5th November, 'Land Marks' from Zara McQueen. #neighbours #jenneywren #shaftesburycommunity #springlandscape #oilpainting, #collage #mixedmedia #dorsetartist #visitshaftesbury #theshaftesburygroup http://ow.ly/ecCY50wSaav"
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  • Open all weekend, including Sunday, solo exhibition from Shaftesbury artist, Zara McQueen with paintings, collage, drawing and mixed media works. The Shaftesbury Group #shaftesburyartist #dorsetartist #melburyhill #visitshaftesbury #thehighpointofdorset http://ow.ly/8cxv50wS9mH

    shaftesburyarts: "Open all weekend, including Sunday, solo exhibition from Shaftesbury artist, Zara McQueen with paintings, collage, drawing and mixed media works. The Shaftesbury Group  #shaftesburyartist #dorsetartist #melburyhill #visitshaftesbury #thehighpointofdorset http://ow.ly/8cxv50wS9mH"
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