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20th Anniversary...

16 Sep 2019 - 23 Nov 2019

Exhibited at the FBC Manby Bowdler Gallery Theatre Severn, Shrewsbury. SY3 8FT  The Visual Art Network celebrate 20 years established as a charity with a diverse selection of current member's work. Read more

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Prize winner

Congratulations to Wendy Riddick who won our first prize in the VAN Winter Exhibition competition at the University Centre Shrewsbury.  The winning work entitled 'Through The Eye of the Needle', is a complex intricate textile piece.  Wendy received her £250 first prize at the Private View event on 11/10/2019.  Wendy  trained at Goldsmiths and subsequently worked as an archaeological illustrator. Now a Shrewsbury based textile artist, she has had several solo exhibitions and has produced work for exhibitions at Powis Castle 2015 and Berrington Hall, 2017.  The competition was judged by Jonathon from The Soden Collection Contemporary Art and Sculpture gallery, 80 Wyle Cop, Shrewsbury.


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Puppets created

Leona Thomas has been inspired to make these puppet characters using traditional papier mache methods of construction. She rekindled her fondness of puppets having recently come across puppets made by the artist Paul Klee.   He had made his to amuse his children grandchildren.  With their rawness and individuality Leona was struck by the fact that they seemed to break through preconceptions of what a puppet should be. She set about making these characters that can be used for a variety of story plots.  The puppets are on show at the VAN Street Gallery, Shrewsbury with further information about the inspiration behind them.

Chris Williams

Chris draws inspiration, for much of her work, from the beautiful Shropshire landscape in the Bridgnorth area of the county.She studied Fine Art (BA Hons) in Newcastle and at the Laird School of Art. She paints using mainly oils, and captures the essence of  delightful country lanes and rural fields with her refreshing use of light and carefully observed detail. She draws on a daily basis to inform her work using graphite, charcoal and pastel.  

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