The Visual Art Network (VAN) Charity 1087383 is run by our volunteer members.

VAN GALLERY - Middle Level, DARWIN SHOPPING CENTRE, SHREWSBURY - click here to see some examples of members' work in our Winter Exhibition

We are now open Wednesday to Saturday each week 

Opening times: Wednesday 10am - 3pm, Thurs - Saturday 11am - 3pm

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We are on the Trail in June and will be hosting a drawing exhibition and showcasing the diverse range of work of our artists and makers throughout the month

What's On?

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Artist's Boards

14 Apr 2021 - 22 May 2021

The work of six of our members: VAN Gallery, Darwin Shopping Centre, Shrewsbury: 14 April - 22 May 2021 Read more

Open Gardens &...

22 May 2021 - 23 May 2021

Open Gardens and Studio Open 10-4 both days The Granary Eardiston Shropshire SY11 4HA See posters, Facebook, and website for details. Read more

Drawing Exhibition

25 May 2021 - 3 Jul 2021

An exhibition of members' work in non-paint medium (pencil, charcoal, pen and ink, pastel) Read more

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Daily Sketches

Ideas and Inspirations

During the first lockdown I found it very difficult to settle to any creative work apart from knitting. I was determined to knuckle down in the second lockdown in November, so set myself the goal of drawing every day. Although some days it was the last thing I felt like doing, once I got cracking I never regretted it. I drew anything and everything, and I’ve selected some of my favourites that fell into a theme of the everyday to share. I managed at least one drawing a day from 5 November to well after Christmas, and would recommend it as a way of easing out of a creative block. 

Helen Sample

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Enamel Painting

Ideas and Inspirations

In the first lockdown I had to isolate, and at first found it difficult to motivate myself to be creative. So to occupy myself I decided I would enrol on an Online Enamel Painting course with Gillie Hoyte-Byrom, who I know from being a member of the Guild of Enamelling.

There were 10 different painting projects, using painting enamels, different mediums and techniques. The beauty of the course was the ability to work at your own pace and the structure of the preparation needed before you even started painting. The picture is a painting enamel fired in pre-coated steel blanks.


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Ideas and Inspirations

Not being able to go to the pottery to fire my ceramics - I was inspired to try my hand at papier-mâché! I wanted to create something 'quirky' and colourful during these dark times! The idea is to bring a smile to anyone who sees them! I hope they will brighten your day. 

Lindley Fallon

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