Join the winner of the Wilfred Owen Art Competition, Di Purser, for a fun-filled abstract art workshop that will trigger your imagination.
The workshop will be hosted at Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery (SM&AG) on Saturday 8 February, 2020 from 10.30am to 3.30pm.
During the workshop you will have the opportunity to create your very own piece of abstract art inspired by the museum collections.
Di will guide you through the process of transforming a lifelike drawing into an abstract painting using inks, paints and acrylic mixes.
You will explore different techniques, draw from exhibits in the museum galleries and have the chance to get messy and turn your drawings into paintings.
The workshop is running in conjunction with Di’s stunning exhibition at SM&AG – Di Purser: The New Works.
After winning the Wilfred Owen Open Art Competition, Di was invited to create a series of new paintings which will be displayed on the museum balcony.
Di has created over ten stunning new paintings, several of which reflect the collections on display at SM&AG. Her work uses acrylic paint mixes, inks and illustrative features to overlap the past and the present making her the perfect tutor for you in this workshop.
The workshop costs £55 to attend and spaces are limited. To book your place, call 01743 258881 or email [email protected].
Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery is owned and managed by Shropshire Council.
About Di Purser
Di was born in Walsall, West Midlands, but spent much of her childhood in Ludlow.
She completed a BA (hons) in Textiles at Loughborough University in 1971 and has had a varied career as both a lecturer, teacher and practitioner.
Di has exhibited widely in the Midlands and Welsh Borders including themed group exhibitions and one man shows. She has interests in Art History, townscapes, landscapes and hill and mountain walking, which is reflected in her work.
The Drawn of the Dead exhibition proved to be a success at Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery (SM&AG), attracting over 10,000 people.
The figures make Drawn of the Dead one of the most visited exhibitions to be hosted at SM&AG.
Drawn of the Dead celebrated the work of the comic artist behind The Walking Dead, Charlie Adlard.
Drawn of the Dead showcased more than 80 of Charlie’s artworks from the Walking Dead, cult French comic Vampire State Building, Code Flesh and White Death as well as his life drawing.
Lezley Picton, Shropshire Council Cabinet member for culture, leisure, communications and waste, said:
We’re thrilled to have had the opportunity to celebrate Charlie’s stunning work in the Drawn of the Dead exhibition and are pleased with its success.
While a large proportion of visitors to this exhibition were families, we were also hoping that this exhibition would help us attract new audiences to the Museum and this has proved to be a success which we are particularly pleased about.
I’d like to thank Charlie for allowing SM&AG to showcase his work and I hope everyone who visited the exhibition thoroughly enjoyed it.
Charlie Adlard, said:
It’s been an absolute honour to have an exhibition on this scale in my home town. I’ve been overjoyed with how it’s turned out and I cannot thank SM&AG enough for all the work they put in to make it a success.
A reduced version of the Drawn of the Dead exhibition will be on display at the Shropshire Museums Collections Centre in Ludlow in February 2020.
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Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery is owned and managed by Shropshire Council.
Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery (SM&AG) are inviting you to join local author, David Trumper, for the book signing event of his latest production, Lost Shrewsbury.
The book signing is taking place on Saturday 23 November 2019 from 1.30pm – 3pm and is your chance to meet the author.
Lost Shrewsbury takes you on a fascinating trip through Shrewsbury’s rich history and heritage with over 160 illustrations, some of which have never been seen before.
The book presents a photographic representation of the way life in Shrewsbury has radically changed or disappeared today. It shows not just the people, street scenes and the industries and buildings that have gone, but also many popular places of entertainment and much more.
Phil Scoggins, interpretation officer at Shropshire Museum’s, said:
“David has an unrivalled knowledge of the life of Shrewsbury and its people over the last century. It is a great pleasure to host images from his fantastic archive and display them alongside lost local scenes depicted in the museum’s own fine collection of paintings.”
Philip Dean, publicity officer at Amberley Publishing, said:
“This fascinating photographic history of lost Shrewsbury will appeal to all those who live in the town or know it well, as well as those who remember it from previous decades.”
The latest title in Amberley’s new Lost towns and cities series, Lost Shrewsbury includes photos of Shrewsbury that have never before been publicly available.
Lost Shrewsbury will also be the feature of a new exhibition at SM&AG which will run from Saturday 23 November 2019 until Monday 12 January 2020.
The exhibition will feature 40 slides of captioned Shrewsbury scenes from David Trumper alongside 15 paintings from the Shropshire Museums collection of the Shrewsbury landscape.
The paperback edition of Lost Shrewsbury will be available to buy from the Visitor Information Centre at SM&AG for £14.99.
Join us as we prepare to open a new exhibition ‘Drawn of the Dead’ celebrating the work of internationally famous comic artist and Comics Laureate Charlie Adlard.
Drawn of the Dead will open on Saturday 1 June 2019 in partnership with the Comics Salopia festival which brings a stunning selection of comic artists to the county as well as celebrating the county’s home-grown talent.
In this exciting new exhibition you will find a stunning selection of Charlie’s original works from the Walking Dead comic series displayed alongside immersive, set piece installations created by sculptor Andrew Bryden.
AMC’s blockbusting television show, The Walking Dead, now in its 9th season is a spin off from the revered comic book series created by Robert Kirkman and Shropshire’s own Charlie Adlard.
This unique exhibition extends to the museum balcony where you will see the breadth of Charlie’s work beyond The Walking Dead. Images from cult French comic Vampire State Building are displayed alongside Charlie’s life drawing and original books Code Flesh and White Death.
Lezley Picton, Shropshire Council Cabinet member for culture and leisure, said:
“Shrewsbury and Shropshire has a huge amount of creative talent and I’m thrilled that Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery, having partnered with the new Comic Festival, are able to display some of this work.
“Charlie Adlard’s work is internationally famous so it’s fantastic that we are able to display some of his original artwork in what will be exciting and interactive visitor experience. I can’t wait to see it!”
Charlie Adlard, said:
“I’m incredibly proud to have this exhibition in my home town. And, not only is it here in Shrewsbury, but it’ll be the best exhibition of my works staged anywhere. It’s going to be a truly immersive experience.”
SM&AG will be working with education sector partners including Nottingham Trent University. The aim is to give opportunities to students on theatre design courses to work with SM&AG on the build of the exhibition.
For more information about Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery, click here.
Shrewsbury Comic Festival
Shrewsbury Comic Festival will take place on Saturday 1 and Sunday 2 June 2019.
SM&AG will be running a host of special events, workshops, talks and book signings over the course of the Comic Festival.
The Comic Festival will take place at a number of venues across Shrewsbury and will celebrate the work of Charlie Adlard and many other famous comic artists who call the town home.
Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery is owned and operated by Shropshire Council.
About Charlie Adlard
Charlie began his work in the UK on the 2000 AD series including Judge Dredd and Armitage. He also worked on White Death with the local Robbie Morrison. In the United States, he is best known for his work on The X-Files, Marvel and DC comics and The Walking Dead.
He has been the penciller on The Walking Dead since 2004 and was the UK Comics Laureate from February 2017 – February 2019.
Join Shropshire Museums this Easter holiday for a whole host of family and child friendly events, arts and crafts sessions and trails.
Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery, Shrewsbury Castle and Acton Scott Historic Working Farm are running events perfect for the whole family from Sunday 14 – Wednesday 24 April including some special Easter themed fun.
Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery
Join us for Bear themed sessions and events and visit our current special exhibition, Bears!
Paddington 2 will be screened on Wednesday 17 April on the balcony in the Museum.
Join storyteller Sally Tonge for Bear, Sing and Share on Tuesday 16 and 23 April at 11am for some Easter holiday magic.
Shrewsbury Castle will be open throughout the Easter holidays including Good Friday, Easter Sunday and Bank Holiday Monday.
During Easter, children will be able to take part in the hugely popular teddy bear hunt encouraging them to delve into the collections and note where they find the bears and what is around them.
Usually opened only once a year, Laura’s Tower will be open on Easter Sunday giving visitors a rare opportunity to enter and explore, free of charge.
For more information about Shrewsbury Castle, click here.
Acton Scott Historic Working Farm
Acton Scott Historic Working Farm will be running family and child friendly Easter demonstrations throughout the school holidays.
Join the team for grooming the shire horses, chick holding, bottle feeding the lambs and a guided tour of the Victorian farm yard every day during the holidays.
Easter events at Acton Scott Historic Working Farm will be running from Sunday 14 to Wednesday 24 April. For more information about the events, click here.
All three of these attractions are open during the Easter bank holiday weekend.
Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery, Shrewsbury Castle and Acton Scott Historic Working Farm are owned and operated by Shropshire Council.
We’re celebrating 5 years of opening and we want you to join us so we’re offering FREE entry on Saturday 30 and Sunday 31 March 2019.
Join staff and volunteers in The Square in Shrewsbury town centre on Saturday 30 March 2019 between 11am – 3pm and help to create a giant birthday cake!
Over the past 5 years we have held 36 special exhibitions including Lego, Vikings, Secret Egypt, and are currently hosting a popular teddy bear exhibition from Seven Stories the National Centre for Children’s Books.
Fay Bailey, Shropshire Museum’s service manager, said:
“We’re delighted to have welcomed so many visitors over the last five years. We’re celebrating five years of SM&AG with a packed programme of workshops, films, exhibitions and events for 2019 which showcase Shropshire’s talented artists and makers.”
SM&AG lets you experience the stories that make Shropshire unique as you explore millions of years of history through over 1,000 remarkable objects and encourages children to delve deeper by taking part in the Maximo Mouse Trail.
Did you know that the Museum’s resident café, stop.cafe have baked (on site) nearly 100,000 slices of delicious cake. If you put those slices end-to-end, to make a cake trail, it would stretch for nearly one kilometre?
This exhibition invites you to come face-to-face with your favourite bears in this new exhibition created by Seven Stories, The National Centre for Children’s Books.
On your journey through the exhibition, you will meet iconic bears like Winnie the Pooh and Paddington bear as well as many of the bears who feature in popular contemporary children’s literature.
You can hunt for bears in the bear forest and enjoy original manuscripts and illustrations from Phillip Pullman, Michael Rosen, Martin Waddell, Julia Donaldson and many more.
This exhibition is open at Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery until Sunday 28 April, 2019 and is perfect for the whole family.
Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery is owned and operated by Shropshire Council.
Lovelyland and Lindsey Kennedy will use your old crocks as part of a project to transform the courtyard outside stop. cafe at Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery into a beautiful sensory garden.
Bring your unwanted china to our museum reception before Monday 11 June! Any donations for use in this project will be non-returnable.
Shropshire Museums’ care for an internationally important collection of blue and white Caughley porcelain.
The Salopian China Manufactory was founded at Caughley, near Broseley in Shropshire by Thomas Turner around 1775. It was one of the most important factories of the late 18th century.
You can see a snapshot of this collection on display in our Shropshire Gallery.
Visitors to the historic town centre venue will have the chance to have their very own personalised spell written for them, make a magic wand using simple woodworking tools and create their very own magic potion. The first fantastic adventure in the Harry Potter series, Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone (PG) will be shown on both evenings in the magical setting of the museum balcony.
In addition to the wealth of hands-on activities available, on Saturday 28 October bestselling author and illustrator Matt Sewell will be showing visitors how to create their own beautiful bird book in his Spot and Jot Owl’s Workshop.
Visitors will also be treated to a chance to see some live Owl’s courtesy of Battlefield Falconry Centre!
On Sunday 29 October magician Rob Chapman will mystify and delight with his super magic show suitable for all ages.
stop. café will be putting on a special spooky menu for children and Hot chocolate and Halloween themed treats will be available to buy throughout the film screenings.
Visitors are invited to come along in fancy dress.
For further details and to book your tickets, go to:
The weekend of activities is part of the national ‘Museums at Night’ programme.
Saturday 28th & Sunday 29th October
11- 4 The Spellwright – Our resident spell scribe will craft a personalised spell on a scroll for you to take away.
11-4 The Wand Whittler – Use simple tools to create and decorate your own magic wand with the ‘Wand Whittler’
11-4 Potion’s Class – Create your very own magic potion to take away
11 – 11.30 Spooky story time – a selection of toe-tingling stories (ages 3 – 10)
4pm – Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone (PG), Warner Bros Films, 2hrs 39m. Snuggle up with a STOP Café hot-chocolate and watch the first film in the Harry Potter series in the magical setting of the museum balcony. Parental guidance recommended, places limited, book in advance, £1 per person.
Saturday 28th only
1-2 Care of Magical Creatures – A chance to meet a selection of Battlefield Falconry Centre’s beautiful Owls
2-3 Spot & Jot Owls workshop – Matt Sewell. Best-selling author and artist Matt will show you how to create and draw your own beautiful bird book. Open to all ages, all children must be accompanied, no artistic skills required, everybody must draw! – booking essential, suitable for ages 6+, workshop £8 per person includes museum admission.
Sunday 29th only
1.30 – 2.30 Magic Show – magician Rob Chapman mystifies and delights with his super magic show suitable for all ages.
T: 01743 258881/258888
Or you can drop in to the Museum Visitor Information Centre.
Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery are delighted to be partnering with Shrewsbury High School for an exhibition of artwork from some of the High School’s talented artists.
Running from Wednesday 27 September – Wednesday 4 October 2017, the exhibition will feature work from students past and present, as well as work produced by pupils across Shropshire in special art masterclasses.
The exhibition is free to the public and not only features GCSE, A-level and Alumnae artwork, but will also exhibit work produced at workshops and masterclasses throughout the week by pupils from schools across the county. Head of Art at Shrewsbury High School, Mark Warner, will be hosting a Scholars’ masterclass for High School Art Scholars on Friday 29 September and their work will then be entered into the main exhibition.
Renowned equine artist Mary Herbert from the Society of Equestrian Artists will be running a bespoke art workshop on Saturday 30 September, free of charge, for GCSE art students from across Shropshire.
Work produced at this workshop will then be on display in the Exhibition Hall from 30 September until 4 October.
This is a wonderful opportunity for GCSE pupils to add to their GCSE art work and learn some valuable skills from an established artist. If you are a GCSE art student and would like to attend this workshop, or if you are an art teacher and have GCSE pupils who you think would benefit from this workshop, please contact Emily Brick at the details below.
Mary, who specialises in pastel paintings of animals, will follow this masterclass on Saturday 30 September with a talk and showcase of her equestrian art which will run from 2 – 2.45pm.
This talk is free to the public and is a wonderful opportunity to hear about Mary’s career as a professional artist, working on portrait commissions and exhibiting around the UK and to see some of her beautiful paintings. Stay and enjoy Mary’s exhibition until 6pm.
For more details about the GCSE Masterclass by Mary Herbert on Saturday 30 September (10am – 1pm) please email [email protected].
To book tickets (free of charge) for Mary Herbert’s talk on Saturday 30 September (2pm – 2.45pm) please email [email protected].
Spectacular touring exhibition, Samurai: Warriors of Japan, is to open at Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery on Monday 16 October.
This exciting exhibition brings graphically to life the story of the Samurai and their fall from power as Japan opened up to the West.
Samurai: Warriors of Japan illustrates a range of armour, weapons and costumes using films props from the Tom Cruise blockbuster movie, The Last Samurai (2003), the only Samurai film ever to be made in the West. The Oscar nominated costumes and props have come direct from California and have never before been displayed in the UK.
This exciting exhibition is the only touring exhibition about Samurai available in the UK and includes a real suit of Samurai armour as well as a range of intriguing artefacts.
Lezley Picton, Shropshire Council Cabinet member for Culture and Leisure, said:
“Following on from Antarctica: Life in a hostile land, this new exhibition shows the amazing range of areas Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery covers in its exhibitions.
“Samurai: Warriors of Japan is a touring exhibition that includes exhibits that have never been on display in the UK before so this is a great opportunity to see something truly unique. I’m eagerly anticipating this exhibition and would encourage everyone to pay it a visit.”
Phil Scoggins, Interpretation Officer at Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery, said:
“Whether you appreciate Japanese history and culture, are curious to explore the world of the Samurai for the first time or are a fan of Tom Cruise movies, this exhibition holds something of interest for all.”
Barry Chandler, Director of Pop-Up Exhibitions Ltd said:
“We are really looking forward to bringing our samurai collection to Shrewsbury, we think this is the most comprehensive collection of Last Samurai props and costumes in the UK and we are always adding new items to the exhibition.”
Samurai: Warriors of Japan will be at Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery until Sunday 21 January, 2018.
Currently on at Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery are Antarctica: Life in a hostile land which runs until Sunday 17 September 2017.
For more information about what else you can see at Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery, visit the website.